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Hamden's Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival

The Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival in Hamden is back this year at Hamden Town Center Park on June 19 from 4:30 to 9 pm.

Here is the Festival lowdown from the organizers:

Connecticut's original Food Truck Festival is back! Over 40 vendors, a kids play zone, DJ Dance Party and more. Free admission, free parking and free entertainment. The only thing you have to pay for is your food and drink!

For more information, visit the Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival on Facebook.


Top 10 Burgers in Southwest CT: 2015 Edition

It’s that time of year again. Restaurants have opened their patios and added new menu items to highlight the newly arriving spring bounty. With the warm weather finally upon us it is time to release the 2015 list of my Top 10 Burgers in Southwest Connecticut.

The burgers just keep getting better. This year I decided to return to a single list and celebrate the best of the best. Over the last year I re-visited previous winners plus sought out many other locations (three are new to this list) to taste their creations. The list was finally reduced to my favorite burgers and at the end of the day and after much soul searching and return visits, it was a tie.

The Best Burger(s) in southwest Connecticut are…

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Food Truck Rodeo Giveaway! We've Got 6 Tix for YOU!

We are giving away 3 sets of 2 tickets to the Food Truck Rodeo in Stamford. Fancy a set for yourself?

Just tell us why you think you should go, and we will select the best 3 responses from the comments below. We will select the 3 winners on June 15th. 


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Friday Froth: Beavertown Brewery, USA

"Raygun Gothic," they call it - all pneumatic curves and sleek fins blasting through air and space. This was the look of a future that meant rocket vacations to the moon, a fission reactor in every home, and wristwatch television walkie-talkies. Like Cicely, Alaska, I've always wanted to live there. 

Humanity has accomplished some of this - I'm sure at least one of you reading this right now has an iWatch on your wrist - but the dream, the one Huge Gernsback had while writing inside his isolator and thinking about "Vacation City" suspended 20,000 feet in the clouds, is out of reach. Maybe not quite so far as I think, though, thanks to Beavertown Brewing of London, and late of America.


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Al’s Angels & 20 + CT Restaurants Launch Angel-ade Cocktail Month to Raise $$ For Kids in Need

Al’s Angels, a non-profit charitable organization founded by Al DiGuido of Westport, CT announced today the launch of its first annual Al’s Angels “Angel-ade Cocktail ” initiative.  Al’s Angels provides financial and emotional support to children suffering from severe challenges resulting from cancer and rare blood diseases.

As part of the initiative, more than 25 local bars and restaurants in Connecticut will be offering Angel-ade cocktails throughout the month of June  to raise donations and awareness for Al's Angels throughout the community. Initiative partners are Drinx Unlimited, Triple 8 Distillery & Newman’s Own lemonade. Participating restaurants and bars will be donating $2.00 per Angel-ade cocktail purchased throughout the month of June to Al’s Angels.

Angel-ade Cocktails will be offered at: Spotted Horse – Westport, Cask Republic – New Haven, Cask Republic – Stamford, The Spread – Norwalk, Murphy’s Townhouse Café – Stamford – Sunset Grille – Norwalk, Jimmy’s Southside – Darien , Coalhouse Pizza – Stamford , Brennan’s by the Beach – Stamford, BJ Ryan’s – Norwalk, BJ’s Banc House – Norwalk , Tavern on 7 – Norwalk , The Gingerman – Norwalk, Black Rock Tavern – Thomason , @Corner Restaurant – Litchfield , Bobby Q’s Westport, 19th Hole – Stamford, Blue Lemon – Westport + more to come!

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Summer Watermelon Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

Three cheers for watermelon!   This sweet, crunchy fruit reaches its peak in the summer—making it perfect for a picnic or BBQ—it’s colorful, refreshing & packed with vitamin C!  It can be used in a variety of dishes (or simply sliced on a platter)!  The gang at Marcia Selden Catering shares three watermelon recipes that will dazzle and can easily be made ahead.  Pro tip: Tap on the shell of a seedless watermelon when shopping-if you hear a hollow sound it’s ripe and ready to eat! Enjoy these delicious recipes for: Watermelon Panzanella Salad, Tomato, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Watermelon Salad & Thai Watermelon Ceviche.

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Napa & Co. to Host The Withers Wine Class on June 15th

Napa & Co. in Stamford has been a cutting edge food destination for many years and on Monday June 15th they will host a Withers Wine Class with the owner of The Withers, Andrew Tow. Tow will present six wines over three courses, each duet of wine will be paired with a special dish prepared by Napa’s Executive Chef Walter Estrada.

The Withers was launched in December, 2013 in Sonoma California blending wines from vineyards in both Sonoma and Mendocino counties plus the foothills. The aim of The Withers is to “produce elegant, nuanced, balanced, food friendly expressions of cool climate vineyard sites that don’t sacrifice flavor, complexity or intensity.” The six wines that will be featured at this class are priced from $20 to $44.

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Weekly Nibble: Moink Balls, Strawberry Festival, Kids Eat Free!, What the Funk @ Cask, Lobster Bakes + More!

Tis the season for Farmer’s Markets and they are taking place all over Connecticut.  Find one near you.

Have you ever heard of “Moink balls?” Prepare to be amazed… they are meatballs wrapped in bacon!  On Mondays, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ in Hartford sells them for 50 cents each. 

Newly opened Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, located in Stamford, has announced that kids eat free Monday-Saturday until 7pm (with purchase of an adult platter and southern specialty).

June 10th, join Cask Republic Stamford for “What the Funk,” a night featuring beers with extreme tasting profiles.  Starting at 5pm they’ll serve “funky” beers from bitter to sour to barnyard!

Fairfield Cheese Company offers “Perfect Pairings: Cheese & Wine” at its Fairfield Location on Tuesday, June 9 and at its Greenwich Location Thursday, June 11. They’ll pair the perfect cheese with its perfect wine match.  7-9pm, $45 per person.

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"Fork It Over" Recap: The Westport Farmers' Mkt Hosts Fundraiser

Definition of a Food Coma: The feeling of listlessness, bordering on sleep, that one feels after eating a large meal, often caused by a rush of blood to the stomach and intestines during food digestion. 

Well that explains why I am having such a hard time writing up this recap of today’s Westport Farmers' Market Fork It Over benefit brunch as I must be in a food coma.

As the kick off event celebrating 10 years of the Market under the passionate direction of Marketing Director, Lori Cochran,  this first of four planned Fork it Over events was a collaborative effort by Chef Bill Taibe of  The Whelk, owner Ryan Fibiger of Fleishers Craft Butchery and owner Mimi McLaughlin of Saugatuck Grain and Grape. 

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Clambakes & Pig Roasts: A CT Summer Catering Guide

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James said that. And ok, so it’s probably cliche to start an article with a quote, but you know what? This one works. And fits the bill when you are taking about taking time to enjoy a fully catered clambake or a pig-roast on well, a summer afternoon. There is warmth from the sun. You can smell the sweet scent of freshly cut grass or the salty sea breezes. When friends gather on these delightful summer days and evenings, shall you enjoy the treats of the land or the sea? Thankfully, we have gathered a treasure-trove of options for your al fresco dining pleasure! And yes, Mr. James, we agree.  

Enjoy CTbites' Catering Guide to Summer Clambakes & Pig Roasts.

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