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Wednesday
Jun152016

Green & Tonic Opens 5th Location in Downtown Westport w/ Juices, Smoothies & Plant-Based Food

Green & Tonic opened today in downtown Westport, bringing its own unique brand of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and plant-based food. Located at 70 Jesup Road in the nexus of Westport’s shopping district, this new grab-and-go location will offer organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, cold brew coffee and a full plant-based menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner including acai bowls, soups, salads, savory wraps, rice bowls, snacks and chia dessert items.  The store will be hosting a Grand Opening party on Thursday, June 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm to introduce the store and will offer complimentary food and beverages. And for those unable to make the first party, Green & Tonic will host another community party also open to the public on Thursday, June 23 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 9:00pm – 5:00pm. 

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Wednesday
Jun152016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for June 19-26

Stratford’s Farmer's Market starts its summer season on Monday June 20.  Stop by Paradise Green on Mondays from 2-6pm.  

On Sunday June 26, Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport will celebrate its 3 year anniversary with an epic outdoor party called “Walrus Fest!”  They’ll close down Jetland Street and take it over with food, drinks, games, live music, and prizes.  Activities include a pie eating contest, a bouncy house, a BBQ, face painting, and more.  

Healthy foods meet spa time and relaxation on June 26 & 27.  The Spa at Norwich Inn presents “Food for Thought: The Fun of Healthy Eating.”  The two day one night event includes presentations from well-being experts, healthy recipes and tips, spa treatments, and more. 

Are you interested in learning cheese basicsCheese 101, presented by the Fairfield Greenwich Cheese Company, is a great way to do so.  On Tuesday June 21, the Fairfield location invites you to enjoy a plate of fresh cheeses while learning all about types of cheeses, storing, and serving.  It costs $50 per person.  

Mezon in Danbury has launched a new happy hour, aptly called “Happy Offerings for Happier Times.”  Join them from 4-6pm Monday - Friday for $1 oysters, $2 pinchos, select $5 cocktails, and $49 punch bowls.

The Faith Middleton Booz Schmooze Martini Competition will unfold on Thursday June 23 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Nantucket, CT. 

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Tuesday
Jun142016

Road Trip: Exit 4 Food Hall in Mount Kisco

Food halls are all the craze in NYC right now. But in lower Fairfield County, food halls are completely missing and the closest one (the first in Westchester) is in Mount Kisco’s bustling downtown area and is totally worth the 40-plus minute drive to fill your bellies and thus, nourish your soul.

Exit 4 Food Hall opened in February and it’s already a Main Street hot spot. In an area packed with good eateries and ultra-cool bars, Exit 4 is a destination. It’s casual, it’s great for just about any occasion, and with nine food/drink counters there are lots of options for those days when you’re feeling a bit picky. On weekend nights it can get loud, and busy, but that’s part of its charm. There’s a sense of community here and you might even make a few foodie friends while you’re chowing down on food and chugging a brew. I was recently invited to try some of the food and the brew.

 

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Sunday
Jun122016

Redneck Gourmet Donuts: A Sweet Spot in Higganum

Have you ever had a Boston creme donut, filled and glazed fresh to order, just for you? So the chocolate glaze is still beautifully wet and shiny, like an object of edible art when it’s passed your way?

Or perhaps you’d prefer a cannoli donut, filled to order, then dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a flourish of ricotta cream. This is just the place to get them. And, whoa, the aroma alone will draw you in, straight from the roadside trailer where they’re made fresh each day.

An air horn sounds as a truck rolls by on Route 81 in Higganum on a Tuesday morning. Owner Jeff Blaschke and I wave from the bright orange picnic tables. “That happens a million times a day,” he says with a smile. Open just five weeks, Redneck Gourmet Donuts is putting Higganum, Connecticut on the map. “We have approximately a thousand customers on a Saturday and Sunday, each day. Maybe a little bit more on Sunday.”

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Thursday
Jun092016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings For June 12-19

AMG’s Kids Cooking Camps are already selling out!  Reserve your space now.  AMG has also announced their fall class schedule for adults. 

Chef Dan Dhimiter and The Pantry present “The Panty After Dark” pop-up dinner experience on June 12 at 6pm.  The evening will include a five course tasting menu as well as wine and passed hors d'oeuvres.  Tickets start at $110. 

Delicious food meets polo on the on the Greenwich Polo Club grounds this summer!  All season, The National will set up a a brand new Pop-Up Bar next to the grand stands.  Polo club members and guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and a gourmet “lunchbox-to-go.”  

Sip rosé on Bar Sugo’s patio on Tuesday June 14 at 7pm.  The evening features refreshing wine and tasty bites.  It costs $35 per person, plus tax and tip.

Max Restaurant Group is resuming its Chef to Farm summer series.  Each evening includes a tour of the farm and a beautiful dinner cooked from scratch with local, fresh and flavorful foods.  Thursday June 16 is “Berries and Blossoms” at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards.

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Wednesday
Jun082016

CT’s Best Clambakes & Pig Roasts: 2016 Edition

These Connecticut caterers and restaurants will help you make the most out of the fresh, delicious New England seafood with their beautifully prepared clambakes. If you prefer a summertime cook out, we’ve also included places for pig roasts and BBQs. Make summer catering simple and just hire one of these experts. 

Here are CT's Best Caterers For Clambakes & Pig Roasts. 

Capt’n John's Clambakes, Norwalk: For the past 36 years, folks have been enjoying classic New England clambakes from Capt’n John’s.

The Place, Guilford: For those of us who believe the journey is the true adventure, The Place offers a roadside clambake in Guilford. The casual, outdoor seafood restaurant lets you enjoy summer on seats made of tree stumps and tables adorned with fresh flowers.

Fjord Fish Market, New Canaan, Cos Cob, Westport: Fjord Fish Market & Catering debuted new services for the summer! Additions include a Sushi Station, Poke Bar, Shrimp Boil, and roving oyster shuckers.

Clambakes of CT, Shelton: Clambakes of Connecticut garnered praise from Clinton Kelly, one of the hosts of ABC's popular television show "The Chew." He referred to them as "The Kings of Clambakes" and tapped them to participate in the show's 2013 Memorial Day special.

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Tuesday
Jun072016

15 Restaurants for Father’s Day in CT: 2016 Edition

Father’s Day arrives on Sunday June 19 and what better way to celebrate than with special menus by some of the area’s best restaurants?  Whether you’re in the mood for an outdoor BBQ, lobsterbake, traditional brunch, or gourmet dinner, there are so many delicious way to honor Dad! Here are fifteen, add some more in the comments.

Pearl at Longshore in Westport will have a special installation of Live @ Pearl in honor of Father's Day. Listen to the music of Accidental Breakdown on the patio from 4-7:30pm.

The National in Greenwich is excited to present a Father's Day Grilling Menu. The menu will feature dishes from their hardwood grill including wood grilled asparagus salad, and wood grilled Berkshire pork skirt steak. Their a la carte brunch and dinner menus will also be available.

Lyman Orchards in Middlefield invites you to a Father's Day picnic. Dig into apple-honey glazed chicken, Cherrywood-smoked St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, burgers, and hot dogs under their Apple Barrel tent. It costs $29.95 for adults with special pricing for children depending on their age.

Harbor Lights in Norwalk will have a special prix fixe menu on Father's Day. Choose from an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $49 per adult and $19 per child.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa will host a Father's Day brunch in its restaurant, Fresh Salt. Brunch includes a slider bar, BBQ station, ice cream sundae bar, and more.

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Sunday
Jun052016

Dere Street: Newtown’s Crossroads of British and Italian Cuisine

High atop a hill, near Newtown’s historic flagpole, lies the intersection of Church Hill Road and Main Street. And there, you’ll find an entirely different type of intersection—one where British and Italian cuisines meet. The concept was inspired by the original Dere Street, an ancient Roman road in Northern England, built in the first century A.D. To honor this historic place where British and Roman cultures intersect, the two cuisines are now celebrated at Dere Street in Newtown.

Past the 1800s building facade, it’s contemporary, whimsical and positively humming with other diners and imbibers. Home to 28 different gins, an abundant “British wine list” of single malts, beer and a selection of cocktails so unique, you’d be wise to arrive thirsty. Bring your appetite, as well as an open mind. If you’re a gin lover, this is the closest spot to heaven on earth you’ll find anywhere near here. And if you’re a vodka drinker? Well, they do have one brand, just in case they can’t convert you. Keeping with the British theme, it’s Broken Shed from New Zealand, a former colony. But they’d sure love to try to turn you on to gin.

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Friday
Jun032016

Kent Falls Brewing Begins Bottle Sales At The Farm: A First Look

If, in an alternate world, you'd bought stock in Kent Falls Brewing Co. the first time you read about the small, Connecticut based brewer here on CTBites, you'd be rich by now. The brewery isn't actually public in the financial sense, but it will welcome the public to its farm in Kent, Conn. for the first time on June 11. Kent Falls beer has previously only been available on tap, in bottles at a few shops, and at single farmer's market. All that changes this summer, and anyone up for a drive to the NW corner will be able to buy it bottled at the source, Saturdays from 11a.m.-5p.m., with a focus on special releases like brewery-only IPAs and barrel aged beers. A special bottle release is planned for the grand opening on the 11th.

Kent Falls has seen its popularity skyrocket lately and, as I've said several times before, the beer justifies the acclaim. The announcement of their new retail sales plan ended up being just the push I needed to finally visit their brewery and the working farm in which it's seated. Here is your first look.

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Friday
Jun032016

Embody Fitness Gourmet, Guest Chef @Westport Farmers' Market June 9

The approaching summer solstice signals the beginning of summer and in many traditions, the healing of self and soul. For some it is a time for purification and renewal of energy. For the Westport Farmers’ Market, it is the perfect time to feature Embody Fitness Gourmet as this week’s guest chef/restaurant. 

Embody, with its first stand-alone location on Riverside Avenue in Westport (there are two other locations inside Equinox and the YMCA in Darien) is on a mission to “create sustenance to optimize fitness through simple foods and nutrients that are consciously sourced and crafted.” With a menu that includes “Uppity” and “Vitality” juices, “Nutty”, “Spiced”, “Classic”, and ”Exotic” blends, vibrant breakfast and salad bowls, and original, handcrafted granolas and bars, Embody’s goal is nothing short of “creating a shift to a more food-conscious preservation of self.” We can’t wait to see what healthful and delicious elixir they create for shoppers this Thursday. Get a seat early; the chef demo begins at 10:15. 

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