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Saturday
May022015

Locali in New Canaan: New Spring Menu, Clam Apizza + More

Spring has finally sprung!

Chefs are introducing their new spring menus and restaurants are returning tables to their patios for guests looking to enjoy ‘al fresco’ dining. On a semi-crisp April evening I ventured to Locali in New Canaan to sample Chef Mogan Anthony’s newest additions to the spring menu, plus his version of the quintessential CT pizza - the clam apizza.

There were several delicious additions to his small plates.

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Friday
May012015

Cinco de Mayo Tips c/o Aarón Sánchez & Serendipity Magazine

c/o Serendipty Magazine

Chef Aarón Sánchez, Executive Chef of Paloma in Stamford, and well-known TV personality with appearances on Chopped and Taco Trip, is the guest editor of Serendipity Magazine's recent issue. His  gourmet take on tacos and Cinco de Mayo party tips will leave you inspired to celebrate this Mexican holiday with his signature contemporary Latin approach.

On Party Prep

Try to have as many things done ahead of time as possible, and display food in cool bowls. I have dishes with different compartments where you can put little things like pickles in my line at Target.com. Pre-make your drinks in pitchers so you just have to add ice. The key is being proactive with the prep. You don’t want to be working hard while your guests are there.

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Friday
May012015

Instabites: Camille's Pizza in Tolland, Anthony's Deli in Stamford, Holbrook Farm in Bethel, Donut Crazy in Shelton  

A few of our recent snackable moments from Instagram:

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Thursday
Apr302015

The First Annual Food Truck Festival in New Haven

The first annual New Haven Food Truck Festival will take place on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, along the Long Wharf Waterfront. A celebration of New Haven street food, the family friendly event will include live music, children's activities  local vendors, and rides provided by Marenna Amusements. Tickets are $5 per person (children age 17 and under are free).

Proceeds will fund a micro loans and other financial assistance to New Haven's emerging small business entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit newhavenfoodtruckfestival.com.

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Thursday
Apr302015

Chef Thomas Henkelmann's Samuel Adams Glazed Veal Shank c/o The Greenwich Girl

Photo: Lora Warnick

Our go-to gal in lower Fairfield County, Greenwich Girl Laura McKittrick, shared a recipe from her recent Food & Brews Issue with the Homestead Inn's award-winning chef, Thomas Henkelmann. If you don't know about Chef Henkelmann or the Homestead Inn, picture a cozy yet charming setting with a French-inspired menu and dishes that double as works of art. This Sam Adams veal dish is a delicious way you can recreate a bit of the Homestead in your own home. 

Samuel Adams Glazed Veal Shank with Red Cabbage, Carrots & Pearl Onions

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Thursday
Apr302015

Weekly Nibble: Cinco de Mayo, Mothers Day Brunch Spots, New Happy Hours + More

Monday May 4, Napa and Co continues their wine classes with a night focused on Honig, a solar-powered, sustainable, and family run endeavor. 6:30pm.

On Tuesday May 5, Bodega is celebrating Cinco de Mayo at both locations. Join them in Darien starting at 5pm for a Pig Roast and Pincho Party on the Patio featuring pig and special menu items from the grill. There will be live music and dancing by PanaMusik and friends from Patron Tequila will be offering bottle service, drink specials and giveaways.

Many of CT’s best restaurants have special Mother’s Day celebrations.  Here are 17 with special menus and promotions: Reserve early. 

AMG Catering will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch Class on Tuesday May 5 from 7-9pm. Learn dishes like Spinach and feta “ strada” with carmelized onions, Challah bread French toast “ pudding” with three berry salad, and Crepes.  It costs $78 per person.  http://amgcatering.com/942/ 

On May 7th, Community Plates, the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America, is thrilled to present their signature fundraiser, “Food for All.” The evening features 18 of Fairfield County’s newest restaurants, craft cocktail bars, and a Dessert Café, which will feature sweet treats and libations.  It will take place Thursday, May 7 from 6-9 PM at The Loading Dock (375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT). Tickets cost $75 ($60 each for groups of 6 or more and can be purchased at http://communityplates.org/ffa15ffld/ .

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Wednesday
Apr292015

Chef Luke Venner Joins elm in New Canaan & Presents New Menu

This Friday May 1, 2015, elm restaurant in New Canaan will introduce its new Executive Chef Luke Venner and his new, completely revamped menu. CTBites was invited to meet the new chef and have a glimpse of the changes that elm’s guests can expect from the new chef whose philosophy is "I prefer simple compositions with an emphasis on technique and seasonality. 

Chef Luke joins elm from BLT Fish in NYC where he was the Executive Chef. Born in South Dakota, some of his earliest memories include sitting with his grandfather on the family farm eating buttered sweet corn, cherries poached in syrup and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. He watched Julia Child on TV but his passion for the culinary arts was ignited when he saw “Great Chefs – Great Cities,” a behind the scenes documentary of chefs that included Daniel Boulud and Jean-Louis Palladin. He was one of twelve students in a European-style culinary training program in Colorado, where he was placed in the highly acclaimed Restaurant Picasso where he learned classical French techniques. After completing this four year program he joined Larkspur Restaurant in Vail, CO as the Chef de Cuisine and subsequently moved to Yountville, CA as the Chef de Partie of Redd Restaurant. He re-connected with, and joined, Chef Tyler Anderson as the Chef de Cuisine in the opening of Millwright Restaurant in Simsbury, CT where he was instrumental in the receipt of perfect reviews from every local Farmington Valley publication and the highest rating from the NY Times before moving to BLT Fish 

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Wednesday
Apr292015

Wave Hill Breads Open For Bakery Tours Every Saturday!

Central Norwalk’s award-winning artisan bakery, Wave Hill Breads, is now open to the public every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors will be greeted by the owners, Margaret Sapir and Mitchell Rapoport, or by the Chief Baker, Tim Topi, who can give you a tour of the bakery. They can also arrange for fun, educational group visits.

While Wave Hill Breads is known primarily as a wholesale bakery, selling to some of the best restaurants and stores in the area, Saturdays offer local residents an opportunity to shop direct. Visitors will find many items not available at stores, such as just-out-of-the-oven-at-11 fresh Rosemary Roman Focaccia, Pumpernickel, Apricot Croissants, Wild Yeast Bread (Sourdough), and Cranberry-Walnut Demi-Baguettes.

The bakery is located at 30 High Street, between Post Road and Wall Street,

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Tuesday
Apr282015

RIP Gates - 35 Years of Serving New Canaan

Gates opened its doors thirty-five years ago and continues to offer an array of dishes that keep this “elder statesman” on New Canaan’s Restaurant Row bustling seven days a week. The entrance is guarded by ornate gates and once you enter you are immersed into a large, open dining area with walls adorned by murals by Janet Picard, paintings and large terra cotta planters. Wander to the left and you enter the bar with a long oak bar with 12 seats and several booths. Both areas are normally filled with locals partaking of a drink after work, families enjoying dinner and regulars having a good time with friends.

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Monday
Apr272015

Amore Cucina & Bar Raises Money for Susan G. Komen

CTbites gives a very special Shout Out to Bruno DiFabio and his team at Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford for sponsoring an entire day dedicated to funding breast cancer research. Today the restaurant was packed with pizza lovers to help Amore raise and donate 100% of the day’s proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Race to the Cure for breast cancer research.

CTbites was on hand early to thank Bruno for his generosity and partake in one of his outstanding pizzas. The Ferentini pizza that we enjoyed was all the more special knowing that the entire bill was assisting in the research to eliminate a disease that strikes so many families in Fairfield County and the world. Over the last few months there have been numerous articles written about the outstanding food being served at Amore and we felt it was important to recognize people in the area who give back to the community.

So CTbites raises a glass of wine and a delicious slice of pizza to applaud Bruno DeFabio and his team at Amore Cucina & Bar…nice job!!!

921 Hope Street - Stamford, CT - (203) 357-1066 

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