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Saturday
Jul122014

Chef Martschenko of South End to Guest Chef @ Westport Farmers' Market July 17

Nicholas Martschenko, Owner and Executive chef of South End in New Canaan will be the guest chef @ The Westport Farmers' Market on Thursday, July 17th. Nick will demo and serve up (yes!) a beautiful locally sourced Farmers' Salad complete with a fried duck egg from Farah’s Farm in Wilton, CT.

You can find the complete recipe for Chef Martschenko's Farmers' Salad below. 

Nick has worked alongside Chef/Owner Tom Colicchio at the famed Gramercy Tavern in in NYC, as well as i Trulli also in New York City and Solaia in CT.  Over the past two years, Nick has poured his heart and soul into South End in New Canaan

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Saturday
Jul122014

Fried Chicken & Beer Night w/ Charter Oak Brewery

This summer, Ridgefield Academy will be host to some very special dinners.  The Fried Chicken & Beer dinner will be held on the scenic grounds of Ridgefield Academy, either indoors, in the former ballroom of the historic Lynch House; or outdoors, overlooking a view many describe as the best in Fairfield County, this dining experience will feature a superb menu prepared with the freshest local ingredients by Chef Paul Desiano (formerly of Cello Restaurant, Ridgefield). 

Our Fried Chicken and Beer dinner can be reserved for $65/pp. Dinner will begin at 6:00pm. This exquisite dining experience is limited to 50 guests.
 

Please note that because Chef Paul focuses on sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, these menus are subject to change. 

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Friday
Jul112014

Blueberry Season in CT: Here's Where To Pick Your Own

Strawberries are wrapping up their season in CT, but those beautiful blues should be ready to pick in a matter of days. If you're looking for a fun family friendly activity, here's a great guide to CT farms that offer "Pick Your Own" blueberries. Make sure you call the farm before you head over as picking schedules vary daily. 

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Thursday
Jul102014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain at Mohegan Sun now offers a three-course pre-fixe menu for $38 from Sunday-Thursday.  You can also add sommelier wine pairings for $18. 

New Canaan Taste Tours begin Tuesday July 15th with three of Elm Street’s favorite restaurants; elm, Picador, and Chef Luis before finishing the evening at South End. These special will continue for four weeks offering special menus each Tuesday and Wednesday with either a 6:30 or 7:30 start time. 

Dinosaur BBQ continues its Wednesday night “Rock n Roasts,” a party on the Dino Patio featuring a whole, smoked hog with a sound track of live rock'n'roll.  This week, enjoy music by Jeff Tuohy.

NEW Lunch menus every week @ Match: Every two weeks Matt changes the menu into either one of his favorite restaurants or destinations to eat lunch.  From Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield to his old high school job and hang out Tacos or what to an ode to the classic roadside clam/lobster shack. Next week...ASIAN!  Every Wed, Thurs & Friday from 11:30 to 2ish @ Match.

Also on Tuesday the 15th, Barcelona Greenwich invites you to a night of “Summer Sangria, Cocktails & Light Bites.” 

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Thursday
Jul102014

Recap: The Spread & CTbites Host Rooftop Fireworks Party 

When The Spread co-owner, Chris Hickey, first approached CTbites with the idea of co-hosting a party on a roof of a Norwalk garage, we admittedly were pretty skeptical.  A parking garage roof?  For a sit down dinner party?  The popular CTbites Invites program has co-hosted a slew of unique culinary events,  but never one in a parking garage. 

But skepticism turned to enthusiasm, as talented Executive Chef Carlos Baez, began sharing his ideas for the creative menu and we toured the space on the top floor of the North Water Street parking garage across from the Maritime Aquarium. 

An open sky above, panoramic views from all sides of Norwalk Harbor, Downtown SoNo and even a glimpse of competitive rowers in the Norwalk River lent itself to a great venue for an evening dinner and viewing of the City of Norwalk fireworks scheduled for Thursday July 3rd

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Wednesday
Jul092014

Olivette Opens in Westport: Ultra Premium Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

The olive oil craze continue with the announcement that Olivette is opening a second tasting room at 24 Railroad Place in Westport. Akin to its sister in Darien, the second location will also offer the freshest, ultra-premium, extra virgin olive oils from around the world and authentic balsamic vinegars from Modena.

The grand opening is scheduled for Thursday July 17th from 4-7PM and guests can sample a wide variety of full line of olive oils and vinegars while enjoying light refreshments. “We are very proud to offer our customers exclusive products of superb quality. One of the many outstanding olive oils we carry was recently named one of the top 10 extra virgin olive oils in the world. It is a thrill to be able to offer such delicious, high quality products to our customers” said Alina Lawrence, owner of Olivette. The philosophy of Lawrence is to provide only the finest artisanal products that are never mass produced, and a “culinary experience that delivers unsurpassed sensory and health benefits to its customers.” Guests are always encouraged to taste before they buy and discuss food pairings and recipes with the staff.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Food Evolution Now Open in Ridgefield's Marketplace

Food Evolution, a gourmet plant-based café, has recently opened in Ridgefield's Marketplace located at Copps Hill Plaza, 109 Danbury Road, taking over the space formerly occupied by a vegan cafe.

The new owner of Food Evolution is Ridgefield resident Elizabeth Berney, a passionate vegan and elementary school teacher for the past 18 years. Berney and her omnivore husband purchased the restaurant from its original owner, a local real estate developer eager to sell the restaurant to owners dedicated to maintaining a plant-based menu.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

Winvian in Litchfield Hills: Farm Dinner & A Little History

Ever since a friend mentioned to me his unforgettable experience  visiting Winvian in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, I have always kept it on my “to do” list.  In fact, when my daughter and I perused the website, she prematurely decided that it was to be her future wedding venue. So, when I received an email announcing a farm dinner event, my daughter and I jumped at the opportunity. Arriving at Winvian on June 11, 2014 was reminiscent of the approach to a French chateau, along with the service, culture, and class that such an experience entails. 

In 1775, Dr. Seth Bird, an eccentric but respected physician known for bringing a coffin along on his house calls, built a home for himself and his family in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. It was a white clapboard beauty, aproned with meadows and woods, and a comfort and sustenance for the generations.

In 1948, the Smith family bought the historic Bird estate and named it Win-Vian, a combination of the first names of Winthrop Smith and his wife Vivian. They raised a son, bounteous fruit and vegetables, and livestock on the property (today the luxury Spa stands where the pigpens once did but offers a rather nicer kind of mud treatment).

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Tuesday
Jul082014

Crumbs Bake Shop Chain Closes Its Doors 

Just in case you hadn't heard...Crumbs has closed all of its CT locations as of this Monday. 

As reported in The Daily News as well as dozens of other publications, Crumbs Bake Shop, famous for its 600-calorie, 4-inch, frosting-topped sweets, notified employees Monday that the popular chain had run out of dough. The chain’s 48 stores across 10 states closed Monday, the same day employees were notified they were losing their jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported. Crumbs’ sales had been sinking for several years. Its 48 stores across 10 states closed for good this Monday — the same day employees were notified they were losing their jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/crumbs-bake-shop-cupcake-chain-closes-stores-report-article-1.1858063#ixzz36sUrVw9K

Crumbs had been touted at the world’s largest gourmet cupcake business with 70 stores globally — but its sales had been falling off for several years.

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Tuesday
Jul082014

Uncle Leo's Not Just Coffee & Donuts in Redding

A top secret doughnut recipe, a father and son business, and a dozen or so different types of doughnuts and New York-style bagels mean that mornings in Georgetown just got that much better, thanks to the arrival of Uncle Leo’s “Not Just” Coffee and Doughnuts.

Norwalk residents Leo Spinelli III (age 22) and his father Leo Spinelli, Jr., recently opened Uncle Leo's in the heart of Georgetown, at 19 Main Street, in the former Swirl Ice Cream location. The shop is a second coming for the father and son and the familiar Spinelli surname, who previously owned Spinelli’s Not Just Bagels in Norwalk that closed in 2009.

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