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CTbites Invites You! New Canaan Taste Tours Food Event 

New Canaan Taste Tours returns after last years sold out series to offer a self-guided food tour beginning Tuesday June 30 and continuing throughout the summer every Tuesday and Wednesday until August 25th.  Enjoy three of the top restaurants in New Canaan for $55 pp ( tax and tip included). Purchase Tickets here.

The 2015 Taste Tour will focus on an easy walking tour starting on Elm Street and ending on Forest Street featuring restaurants:  elm, Baldanza Natural Market and Cafe, and Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant.

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Friday Froth: Beers At The Beach With Beer'd Brewing

The first ever Beers At The Beach micro-fest went down at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk earlier this month, and CTBites was there to give you a look. The party's host, Ken Tuccio of the Welcome To Connecticut podcast, created the event to showcase in-state breweries which don't have large distributions, and give people a chance to try the beers and meet the people who make them.  The guest of honor on June 11th was Beer'd Brewing of Stonington. 

Burgers and hot dogs were provided by Ripka's Beach Cafe as part of the party, and shrimp, clams and oysters were also on ice for bites al frescoBeer'd took the opportunity to launch their new imperial amber, Get To The Choppa!

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Strawberry Salad with Feta, Avocado and Toasted Almonds c/o Watson's Catering

Strawberry Salad with Feta, Avocado and Toasted AlmondsIt's strawberry season here in New England, which means a full-on strawberry frenzy in the kitchen for us here at CTbites. Watson's Catering and Events has created this easy and delicious summer salad. If you still have a quart of strawberries leftover from your strawberry-picking adventures, this is where you'll want to put them to work.

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Boothbay Lobster Company Opening in Stamford's Harbor Point: Wicked Fresh Maine Seafood 

It’s official.  The Boothbay Lobster Company will be opening its first restaurant in early 2016 at Harbor Point in Stamford. In fact, owner David Galin had just finished hanging up the announcement sign in the window of the new location, when we asked about his plans.

Since Boothbay is Lobster Haven in Maine, our first question had to be, “Connecticut Lobster Roll or New England Lobster Roll?”  

 “Both,” Galin said, grinning.  “And either way, we’ll serve tail, knuckle and claw meat in a really good bun.”

The restaurant concept is so fresh that Galin and his somewhat silent business partner are still refining the details, but “fresh” is the operant theme:  seafood plucked directly from the cold waters of Maine immediately trucked to Harbor Point.

When the concept is further embellished, Galin promised to give CTBites readers a very early preview.  

This we can leak.

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Weekly Nibble: Outdoor Dining, Whisky Tasting, Beer Dinners, Summer Cooking Classes + More!

Southport Brewing Company, with locations in Southport and Milford, has opened their patios!  Come enjoy some drinks and food outdoors. 

Monday June 22, Stamford’s Bar Rosso will hold a 4 course Pio Cesare wine dinner.  All of the cuisine is inspired by Piedmont, Italy.  It costs $75 per person and begins at 7pm.  Call for reservations at 203.388.8640 or email 

Beer Monday June 22 Cask Republic Stamford will hold a Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner.  Crew members at Cask had the opportunity to brew a double dry hopped session IPA with them that will be featured at the dinner. It is 7pm, $75 ticket (inclusive of tax/tip). 

Every Tuesday night, Harlan Publick’s bar and patio will be open and serving sample-sized treats for $2.  You can choose from Harlan Angus Beef Sliders, Peekytoe Crab Fritters, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos, Korean Fried Chicken, Pok Pok Style Pork Ribs & More.  There will be select $3 beers as well. 

Wednesday, June 24th, Walrus + Carpenter is celebrating their 2 year anniversary with an all you can eat pig roast buffet, live music and O.G. cocktails!  

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“Pretty in Pink” Margarita Recipe: Grapefruit, Blood Orange & Hibiscus  

One of our favorite local foodies, Jen Spaide, is a mother, chef, writer and natural food & health advocate. She also does recipe development for Barcelona/ Bartaco and makes a darn fine cocktail. Tis that time of year, when all should be drinking margaritas. Fresh, bright and summery, with just a little bite, this "Pretty In Pink" Margarita recipe is a keeper. Enjoy!

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Black Rock Farmers' Market Opens June 20th: Honey Tastings, Michel Nischan & Food Demos!

The Black Rock Farmer’s Market (BRFM) is back and better than ever! Now in its second season, the market will be held every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the field next to St. Ann Church on 481 Brewster Street. The mission of BRFM is to serve as a community gathering place where local and organic farmers, producers and artisans can offer fresh agricultural and related locally sourced products to the Black Rock community and surrounding area. With a strong focus on sustainability, BRFM educates people on the importance of good health and creates business opportunities for local vendors. 

This year will host a variety of local vendors including Sport Hill Farm of Easton, Aradia Farm of Southbury, K is for Cookies of Black Rock, Jane’s Good Food of Westport and more. There are many new and exciting experiences for market attendees, including more local farms, food demos and educational programs. The last Saturday of every month, visitors can shop for unique and creative items in the Artisan Market.

New this year there will also be a lecture series beginning on June 27th featuring Michel Nischan, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave in Bridgeport. Nischan was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. 

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The Winners of The Food Truck Rodeo Giveaway Are...

We recently offered up 3 sets of tix to the Food Truck Rodeo in Stamford, going down this weekend in Mill River Park. We are pleased to announce the winners of the giveaway. Please step forward and claim your prize!

Tamara, Ebonie & Robin G are the lucky winners.

To all who attend the event, have fun and eat something delicious on our behalf. 

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What is the Gourmet Mode in the Wolf Convection Steam Oven? (sponsored post)

It seems that the Chinese have been cooking with steam for more than 3,000 years. And the "combi oven" (steam and convection combined) is a fixture in the finest European restaurants, bakeries and home kitchens. For the past several years in the U.S., many have been talking about steam ovens and how this is such a healthy way to cook. People bandy about the terms "Steam Oven," "Combi Oven," "Convection Steam Oven" and we're here to talk about the one option that is leading the pack in features, performance and number of models available.

With the Wolf Convection Steam Oven you enjoy exactly the right mix of heat and humidity for any dish - crispy or flaky on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. You have ten cooking modes at your command: Steam, Auto Steam Bake, Convection, Convection Humid, Convection Steam, Gourmet, Slow Roast, Reheat, Recipes and Keep Warm.

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The White Hart Inn in Salisbury Led by Chef Annie Wayte

Scallop Crudo. Photo: Julie Bidwell

With British chef Annie Wayte at the helm, fellow Englishman Paul Pearson cooking alongside her, and pastry chef Gabby Rios sculpting gorgeous desserts, The Dining Room at The White Hart in Salisbury is as brilliant as it is new, and instantly one of the best restaurants in Connecticut. Wayte, who opened fashion designer Nicole Farhi’s namesake restaurant and 202 Café in London and New York City, also worked with Sally Clarke — the Alice Waters of England — and she’s passionate about cooking with the best local and seasonal ingredients produced sustainably. Pearson “has a very high style of cooking,” Wayte says, and the results of their collaboration are dishes with lush, painterly artistry that embody purity and integrity and taste amazing.

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