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Tuesday
Jul292014

Beach Party Recipes: Quinoa Tabouli, Jerk Chicken, & Peachy Beet & Tomato Salad

August, some would say, is the best month of summer. By August you’ve finally, gotten into your summer “groove”, and with produce at its best, why not have a beach party?  No, not the Annette Funicello kind, but the cool, laid back, great food and drink kind.  

Simply pack up some cute disposable plates, napkins and silverware, and you’ll  be good to go!  Friends want to bring something?  Let them take care of drinks and dessert! Here’s Marcia Selden Catering’s ultimate beach party menu…

Try out these simple receipes for: Quinoa Tabouleh, “Peachy” Red Beet and Tomato Salad, & Jerk Chicken Skewers. Party menu ... done and done!

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Monday
Jul282014

Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo @ The Westport Farmers' Market July 31

Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo in Norwalk will be the Guest Chef @ The Westport Farmers' Market Thursday, July 31st. Pat started his career at Bella Luna in Stamford CT and entered The French Culinary Institute at the age of 18. He worked at L’Impero, ESCA, and Union Pacific, all in NYC. Chef Pascarella opened Bar Sugo in fall 2012 and continues to offer some of the best Italian fare in Fairfield County. 

Pat will be demo-ing and serving Burrata with Mortadella, Plums, Heirloom Tomatoes and Cherry Peppers @ 10:15AM. Can't make it to the market? You can find this delicious recipe below. 

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Sunday
Jul272014

Sweet Pea’s Baking Company: Greenwich Bakery Serves Breakfast & Lunch w/ International Flair

Sweet Pea’s Baking Company is not just another small town bakery – it’s much more. Owners Rafael and Katjia Pita met as young students in Paris. There, on their first date, they shared their mutual dream of one day opening a bakery. Their journey brought them to Francisco, Paris, and Brazil, New York, and finally to Old Greenwich, Connecticut, where they decided to settle down with their 4 young children and finally pursue their dream.

Their storefront shop initially offered only artisanal breads, pastries and a few other select items along with their own in-house roasted coffee. In the year since they opened, they’ve transitioned from a small bake-shop to a café with an impressive offering of both prepared and made to order breakfast and lunch items. Katjia describes herself as the baker – loving the precision and exactness of it all, and refers to her husband, Rafael, as the creative one. Together their science and art created a winning combination. 

Whether you want a small treat and a cup of their wonderful coffee, or something a little more substantial you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your mood.

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Sunday
Jul272014

Wakeman Town Farm's 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off & Barn Dance

Wakeman Town Farm is hosting its first-ever Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance on Sunday, August 3rd  from 2pm-5pm, a high-spirited chili competition, followed by a foot-stompin' barn dance, led by legendary Contra Dance Caller Bill Fischer and his band of merry musicians, drummers and fiddlers.

It will be a day of family fun and fiery eats for all ages. Both the chili cook-off and the barn dance will be open to the public. The cost for the event is $20 for Adults, $5 for children, capped at $50 per family. Admission includes chili samples and live music. Refreshments will be available for an additional charge, and all proceeds will go to "raise the roof" funding for Wakeman Town Farm's revamped classroom space. 

Enter the Cook-Off

Do you have a killer Chili recipe worthy of being crowned the WTF Chili Champ?  We are inviting teams comprised of folks from local civic organizations and groups (Westport Fire and Police Departments, Westport Y's Men, Westport Woman's Club, etc.), restaurants, farms, downtown business, families and friends to compete for bragging rights to Westport's most winning chili in Wakeman Town Farm's first-ever Chili Cook-off. In keeping with our farm roots, we encourage your team to use locally sourced ingredients-if possible-and to share your recipe.

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Sunday
Jul272014

Kids Bites: The Grilled Cheese Eatery in Westport

Author, Hannah Bukzin, is a 14 yr old Staples high school student with a passion for cooking. Hannah has her own blog "Small Chef in a Big World,"and is a contestant in the 2014 Chopped Teen Tournament on The Food Network. 

It’s all about comfort food.  Everyone has that one dish that makes them feel right at home and for me ...I love nothing more than a simple grilled cheese with some tomato soup.  Classic, right?  Featuring 13 grilled cheeses with over 10 add-ons, I think the Grilled Cheese Eatery in Westport fits the bill.  Tucked away right next to the former Great Cakes, the Grilled Cheese Eatery offers a casual dining atmosphere with amazing food.  Owners Ivanina and Henri Donneaux opened this venue after their much deserved success with their location in Fairfield

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Saturday
Jul262014

Washington Prime Opens in SONO: A First Look

The corner of North Water and Washington was alive in South Norwalk this week with the opening of Washington Prime. A soft opening on Thursday led to a throng of over 300 guests wandering in to enjoy the vibrant scene at the bar and the reservation book for Friday filled so quickly, it was shut earlier than expected. This latest addition to SONO is attracting enormous attention and a visit inside and a look at the menu shows why.

The interior includes an enormous “U” shaped bar to unwind and enjoy a beer or one of their specialty cocktails and the dining area that spans the entire length of the right side of the restaurant is heavily focused on woods and foliage. Floor to ceiling windows allow for natural light to illuminate the space, comprised of dark wood tables and “moss” encased booths. All very organic and relaxing.

The ownership of Washington Prime is no stranger to the area. One of its owners, Marco Siguenza, is cousins with the owners of Cava, Harvest, 55 Wine Bar and Scena and worked with them since he arrived in the United States in 1998. The kitchen is under the direction of Executive Chef Jared Falco, spent time in several of Fairfield County’s restaurants over the last two years from Bar Sugo, to The Whelk, and most recently Mama’s Boy Southern Table and Refuge. His opening menu shows a desire to place a modern twist on some classic dishes. 

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Friday
Jul252014

Millwright's Hosts Share Our Strength Dinner with Hartford's Best Chefs

 

Some of the best chefs from Hartford County are going to be hosting a dinner to benefit Share our Strength, the nationwide effort to end childhood hunger, on August 12, 2014. The event will be held at Millwright's Restaurant and Tavern and will feature Billy Grant (Grant's and Bricco), Ryan Jones (Mill @2t), Adam Greenberg (Barcelona), Jeff Lizotte (ON20), Scott Miller (Max Oyster), Steve Cavagnaro (Cavey's), Hunter Morton (Max Downtown) and Tyler Anderson (Millwright's). All proceeds benefit Share our Strength. Visit the Share Our Strength Benefit Dinner for more information and ticket sales or email info@millwrightsrestaurant.com.

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Friday
Jul252014

Friday Froth: This Is The Point, or Connecticut Beer From Overshores & Thimble Island

The statement's very intonation was a dare.  

"There is no difference at all, I'm telling you." 

A quick glance past my right shoulder revealed two men who stared at each other with furrowed brows, half grinning. I began to turn back, but was arrested by a series of clunking sounds as two shot glasses and two bottles of beer fell onto the bar like hailstones. The bartender was smiling: finally, some action.

I was at a Plan B with the guys from Branford, Connecticut's Thimble Island Brewing, and it seems the challenge was met. 

Just in case you're wondering, a lot of thirsty people walk into places like Plan B, look at over a dozen beers on tap, peruse a list showing tens of bottles of foreign and domestic craft brews, and then order a Coors Light. This was how it started, and why a giggling someone was now secretively pouring small servings of Budweiser and PBR into tiny, bucket shaped glasses. Five of us took the Pepsi challenge, and (I'll protect the innocent here) only three of us got the gold star. 

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Thursday
Jul242014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

The Chelsea in Fairfield is celebrating two years in business with a 2 course lunch for $15.99 or a 3 course dinner for $29.99 between Sunday July 27 and Friday August 1.

On Tuesday July 29, Red Stone Pub of Simsbury will have a beer dinner featuring Overshores Brewing Co., a new Connecticut brewery that specializes in Belgian Ales. The Owner and Brewer will talk about the beers and the food pairing. 6-9 pm. $65 per person plus gratuity. Reservations required; limited to fifty guests. Visit http://www.redstonepubs.com/.

Learn how to make the ultimate summer salad with Barcelona Norwalk on Tuesday the 29th.  Chef Wayne will teach you how to create quick and easy Barcelona-inspired raw salads and healthy homemade dressings. $30 per person, plus tax & gratuity. 7pm. To make a reservation, call 203-899-0088.

Walrus + Carpenter of Bridgeport will host a pre-vibes celebration featuring local musicians and $4 draft beers starting at 8:30pm on Wednesday July 30.

Gathering Harvest Wines and Amity Wine & Spirits together with Mambo Cocina Latina invite you to experience the “Elm City Iron Chef Dinner” with Alex Morales on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 

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Wednesday
Jul232014

New Eli's Tavern in Milford Dazzles With Gastropub Delights via Connecticut Magazine

Eli’s Tavern ups the culinary ante by embracing the gastropub ethos and brining in a talented youngchef, David Brooks, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who did an internship at the legendary Le Bernardin in New York City and previously owned Judie's European Bakery in New Haven (so “the desserts are out of this world,” Fitzsimmons says).

The result of the whole formula is well-priced, delicious and hearty tavern fare that’s executed as beautifully as haute cuisine and kicked up more than a notch from pub fare by the chef’s talent and creative twists.

Consider the Philly Egg Rolls from the Small Plates menu. These variations on the classic Philly cheese steak sandwich—with the egg roll replacing the bread—are packed with super-tender and richly flavored (real) steak, onions and cheddar, and then nicely spiced with chipotle aioli. They’re totally addictive—and go great with any of the 18 craft beers on draught.

Another example is the lobster roll. Lots of even the best lobster rolls out there are filled with knuckle and claw meat, but Fitzsimmons says the Eli’s Tavern version contains precious tail meat. Brooks makes the classic fresh and sublime with his foamed hot-buttered corn sauce, and then tops the lobster meat with crisped tortillas to bring some pleasant crunch into the equation—pairing all of that with a piquant purple slaw (and fries).

Read the complete review on ConnecticutMag.com 

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