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Pony Up with The National and Greenwich Polo Club

Polo season has begun, and Greenwich CT is home to one of the most popular polo clubs in the country. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Connecticut, Greenwich Polo Club was established in 1981 and is recognized as one of the elite high-goal polo venues in the world. Known for its unmatched roster of legendary teams, professional players, and champion equine athletes. It hosted the US Open Polo Championship in 2005 and in 2013 Prince Harry chose Greenwich Polo Club to host the Sentebale Royal Salute Charity Polo Cup.

Each Sunday match beginning with the Butler Handicap on June 26th and continuing until The East Coast Open Championship on Sunday September 11th, is witnessed by more than 2000 spectators from the tri-state area including distinguished families, young entrepreneurs, artists, and well-known personalities that are all part of the international dynamic which makes Greenwich Polo Club so unique.

Tickets for the matches range from $40 for Lawn Seats (per car) to $800 for VIP eight person Cabanas.  The complete schedule and more info can be found at

CTbites has been invited to join the throngs for an upcoming match and lunch courtesy of The National, Geoffrey Zakarian’s popular restaurant which opened late last year on Greenwich Ave. He has teamed up with Greenwich Polo Club with a special Pop-Up next to the grandstands serving signature cocktails like The National’s “Connecticut Derby,” which is a take on a mint julep, plus other iced beverages.

Attendees can also pre-order and pick up from The National Pop-up, a special gourmet picnic box-lunch, including your choice of sandwich, cookie and house-made potato chips.

Priced at $25, choose from an array of sandwiches including:

  • Wood-Grilled Sirloin Sandwich - Stout Onions, Vinegar Cucumbers, Creamed Horseradish, Croissant
  • Smoked King Salmon Sandwich - Chive and Truffle Fromage Blanc, Oven Roasted Tomato, Pretzel Roll
  • Vegetable Muffuletta Sandwich - Calabrian Olive Salad, Provolone, Ciabatta
  • Wood Grilled Chicken Sandwich - Avocado, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Bleu Cheese Dressing, Baguette

and as a sweet treat your choice of one house-made cookies:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Mudslide
  • Snickerdoodle

For more information and to pre-order lunch 72 hours in advance visit

AND, make sure you follow CTbites on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you can join us virtually as we “don our summer chic and floppy hats” and head to the Greenwich Polo Club grounds. 


Guide To Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in CT

Summer is here and that means road trips! Day trips! Exploring this great state of ours with its interesting nooks and crannies! You know, there is always one Big Kahuna of a question when out-and-about (besides, of course, “Where is there a good public restroom?”) and that would be: ”Where can we eat??!”. Aaaaannnd the answer goes on to get a bit more complicated when there’s a vegetarian or vegan in your traveling band of explorers. But thankfully, we have you and your veggie-eaters covered. Great spots all over the state to dine in a delightfully meat-free fashion. Many of these eateries even cater to gluten-free diners, too. Check the websites ahead of your travel time and you are good to go! Be off, young men and women! p.s.-You might be interested in taking a detour through Hamden on July 23rd for their Compassion Fest. It’s a gathering to promote the ideas of kindness, equity, and compassion AND there will be lots of vegan food there. 

Here are 16 delicious vegetarian & vegan Restaurants in CT.

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Food & Fun at This Week's Westport Farmers' Market

There are days when attending the Westport Farmers’ Market feels like a festival – food vendors freely offer samples, children play, and music fills the air. This week add The Prospector Theater’s famous popcorn and a high-season bounty of fruits and vegetables, and we have a celebration befitting the 4th of July weekend. This is the moment farmers’ market goers have waited for – the cucumbers and squash are in; tomatoes are making an appearance; raspberries and cherries look oh-so-sweet next to a beautiful strawberry crop; beets and greens and radishes abound; and meats, cheeses, breads, mushrooms, and pasta complete a meal. Naturally there are desserts – from vegan frozen truffles to gluten-free brownies, the market features something for every sweet tooth.

This week you’ll want to get there early for a seat at the chef demo featuring WUJI, Westport’s newest farm-to-wok restaurant. Part noodle bar, part tapas, part Chinese, WUJI is a Taoist term that means unforgettable, unsurpassable, sublime. This week the WUJI chef promises to create a dish (with recipe!) inspired by its name. As always, the demonstration begins at 10:15 and runs until 11:00. (Speaking of recipes, check out the Westport Farmers’ Market page for a bevy of cocktail recipes using seasonal items, just in time for a long weekend of relaxing).

Lest we forget your four-legged friends, this week’s not-for-profit organization is PAWS, a network of volunteers who provide shelter, medical care, and affection to hundreds of animals while finding homes for abused dogs and cats. Stop by their table to show your support. And don’t forget to visit our pet vendors for treats and locally sourced, handcrafted food.

Whole Foods is sponsoring Get Growing this week, the market’s series of events for children celebrating fresh local food and farmers. And the Young Shoots photo competition with the Westport Arts Center for kids ages 8 to 18 is in full swing (details here).

Are your WFM bags heavy with locally grown fare? This week the Staples High School varsity soccer team will carry them to your car. With tips from shoppers, the team will pick up food at the market and prepare a meal under a professionally trained chef they’ll then serve on July 8th to folks at the Gillespie Center. The Gillespie Center is part of the grass-roots Homes with Hope organization dedicated to assisting those who have lost their ability to remain in their homes. Let the Staples guys lighten your load Thursday so they can help lighten the load of others.

The Westport Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 10 to 2 at 50 Imperial Avenue.



Burger Review: Prime Burger in South Norwalk

Are you looking for an inexpensive burger for lunch? Maybe some fries and a soda to join the burger? If they are all offered as a lunch special, even better. With my obsession with burgers, and my annual Best “10” burgers in southwest Connecticut behind me, I decided to try the moderately priced, newly opened Prime Burger in SoNo. Located next to The Spread, one of my Best “10” burgers, the SoNo location is the second in the area, after the original opened in Ridgefield several years ago.

Prime Burger offers beef, salmon, turkey, chicken and veggie burgers from $6.50-$8.00 with free (sauces, onion, lettuce, tomato, etc.) and $1.00 toppings (cheese, chili bacon, etc.), a la 5-Guys. The menu also includes hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken tenders and salads (you can add a patty or grilled chicken). If you enter from the street your journey begins near the rear, where you place your order. I ordered the $10 lunch special, which included a cheeseburger, fries and a beverage.

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Sneak Peek - Washington Prime in Georgetown Opens Tonight

For fans of Washington Prime who live in the Danbury area, good news is here. The second location of the SoNo hot spot opens in the Georgetown neighborhood tonight, serving the same steaks and creative cuisine that fans have enjoyed down route 7 on Washington Street. The brainchild of owners Marco Siguenza, Rob Moss and its newest partner Dave Studwell, Washington Prime Georgetown offers the same delicious cuisine in a relaxed environment.

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Guide to Kids Summer Cooking Camps & Classes in Connecticut: 2016 Edition

Kids and Summer vacation: No homework! No school! No tests! The beach! Playing with friends! Sleeping in! More friends! Camp! Baseball games! Swimming! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Parents and Summer vacation: WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE KIDS?!

Rest easy. Chill. We have some ideas that you will benefit from in more ways than one. Day classes, culinary camps, learning about where food comes from and then what the heck to do with it-you’re little (or big) foodie will be in their element. With any luck, junior will be able to make *you* a back-to-school breakfast by the end of the Summer. Ohhhh, yeahhhhh.

AMG Catering


Choose your week, choose your cuisine. Proceed to cook and eat your way around the world. Well, in an almost-Anthony-Bourdain kind of way. At AMG Catering in Wilton, traveling the world is the theme for the summer cooking sessions that will introduce your “Chefs in Training” (CITs for those in-the-know) to a wide array of dishes. These hands-on classes will have the CITs working in a professional kitchen and learning cooking skills that will have them creating “Street Food”, “Regional Dishes” from across the U. S, and a variety of “Small Plates”. The junior chefs (ages 10-15) will top it all off with a cooking competition on the last day. Watch out, Food Network. A word of note: these kitchens are not allergy-free kitchens. Everything and anything (nuts, shellfish, dairy) is cooked here. Cost is $475 per week, $900 for two weeks, or $1350 or three weeks.   


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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for June 26 - July 3

Holbrook Farm in Bethel will be hosting a series of farm dinners this summer in collaboration with local chefs and farms.  On Sunday June 26, Chef Jeff Taibe from Kawa Ni, Westport, will highlight the duck with dishes like Duck Soba, Strawberry and Rhubarb Toast, Napa Cabbage Wraps, Duck Bahn Mi, Favas and Strawberries with Radishes and Smoked Soy, and Tomatoes and Arugula with Barrel Aged Ponzu Sauce.  Learn more here.

The Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester will feature Back East Brewing Company in a beer dinner.  There will be a reception, a 3 course dinner, and dessert.  Guests can try brews like the Backeast Summer Ale, BoMo Dry Hopped Pilsner, Back East Ale, and Tony Goes Dancing Double IPA.  It costs $60 per person. 

On Tuesday June 28, Tarry Lodge will host a RED Supper to help (RED) in the fight against AIDS.  They’ll present a tasting menu along with wine pairings.  It is $100 per person at the Port Chester location and $75 per person in New Haven and Westport.

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is legendary… and now you can enjoy more wines from Caymus.  CAVA Wine Bar invites you to a Caymus Wine Dinner on Tuesday June 28.  Partake in dishes like soft shell crab, homemade fettuccini, and halibut alongside complementary wines.  It costs $89 per person.  Call 203-966-6946 to reserve.  

Got beef?  Learn all about Beef Butchery basics at Fleishers Craft Butchery’s Greenwich location on Tuesday June 28. 

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Solid Choices at Tavern 489 in Glenbrook, Stamford

The newest addition to the Glenbrook neighborhood is Tavern 489, located at 489 Glenbrook Road, sharing the building with the newly relocated and reopened Tawa Restaurant (reviewed here). The building has a long history in the neighborhood, it originally housed the Moosehead Bar decades ago (thank you “Hey Stamford”).

The brainchild of owners Eric Monte and Partner/Executive Chef Regis Saget, Tavern 489 offers an eclectic menu, paired with various beer and wine selections in a rustic environment. The fully redesigned interior emphasizes wood and stone to create an setting reminiscent of an Adirondack mountain lodge, complete with exposed M-Trusses, a canoe dangling from the ceiling, a full front-to-back 18-seat wooden bar, additional wooden high-top tables plus a large wooden “picnic” table, all drawing focus to the imposing floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the rear. The walls are adorned with photos of Ernest Hemingway who, in addition to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, was, according to Monte, the ultimate outdoorsman, a true man’s man, and his photos fit the rustic, outdoorsy feel that he was striving to achieve. 

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Catch a Healthy Habit in Fairfield: New Summer Menu, Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free

Unassumingly tucked away amongst the store-fronts in downtown Fairfield is Catch a Healthy Habit. Maybe you’ve not been in a while…maybe you’ve never been at all, or you’ve been curious, but you’ve never been. The Cafe has been in Fairfield for over six years and in New Haven for two years prior to opening in Fairfield.

This casual, health-based, raw, gluten-free and vegan eatery focuses on clean eating. Their products are organic and non-GMO and the tastes and presentations are delicious and beautiful. They recently launched their new Spring/Summer menu and Stephanie Webster, armed with her camera, and I had the opportunity to stop in and sample some of the newest goodies to grace the menu. The food is gorgeously plated, visually stunning, allowing the naturally vibrant colors of spring to take center stage. As the weather heats up and we shed our outer layers we still need to satisfy our hunger without feeling weighted down.

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Celebrating The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in CT 

When I married a fellow Yale grad student whose parents came to this country from Norway, I was struck by how intensely my newly adopted culture focused on light. There was the magic of Norwegian Christmas, when it seemed that every window in Oslo shone with candles lit against the darkness. At the opposite end of the year, there was the solstice at Midsummer, which has also been an occasion for partying it up since pagan days. Summer visits to a family farm north of the Arctic Circle brought grilling, beer, and card games in the brilliant light of the midnight sun. 

While Connecticut residents, being well south of the Arctic, can count on dark summer nights, you do not have to visit Scandinavia, or even claim family connections, to celebrate Midsummer. You just need to be able to appreciate that there’s something about this peak of sunlight hours that invites us all to lighten up and Let It Go. It’s a rare person who could not use the reminder.

The solstice technically falls on June 20th, but Midsummer parties typically take place from June 19th through the 25th. Locally organized festivities include the Scandinavian Club of Fairfield’s annual celebration complete with a Maypole, a Swedish tradition. This year it’s on Saturday, June 25th, at noon, at 1351 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, CT 06825.

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