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Tuesday
Mar172015

Savor: A Celebration of Wine, Foods & Spirits @ Foxwoods Casino w/ Chef Robert Irvine, April 10-11

As Connecticut continues to stake its claim as a culinary powerhouse, Savor- a celebration of wine, food, and spirits- will make its debut in Hartford on April 10 and 11Foxwoods Casino and celebrity chef Robert Irvine will join forces to celebrate local talent while raising money for important causes.  On Tuesday March 10, select trade and press received an exclusive sneak peak of what the new festival has to offer.  A floor of the Hartford Convention Center served as an impressive backdrop for the event.

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Tuesday
Mar172015

The Winners of The Kawa Ni Cocktail Contest Are....

Winners have been chosen for Kawa Ni's exclusive Bartender Compeition event March 24th @ Kawa Ni in Westport. Winners have been notified via email. 

The 6 runners up get seats to attend the event and "'etta" will be given a spot as one of the judges in the mixology competition. Here they are...

Winner (Will Judge Event)

Thai Me Up - 'etta 

Runner Up Winners (Will Attend Event) 

Lava Lamp - Jessica

Lucy Takes a Tumble - SwankyCarpFace

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Monday
Mar162015

Sono Baking Company Opens in Downtown Westport Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, March 17th, SoNo Baking Company will open the doors to its newest location in downtown Westport at 44 Church Lane. Owner John Barricelli will breath new life into the spot that once housed Java Coffee with a full breakfast and lunch menu for local Westport guests and lovers of SoNo's baked good, breads and coffee. 

What should diners and shoppers expect? The downtown location will mirror SoNo Baking Company's SONO menu and concept and will feature eggs and breakfast specialties including Belgian waffles and pancakes followed by soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. 

A 12 person communal table anchors the dining space, which seats 50, and the patio will open with an additional 20 seats as soon as weather permits. 

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Monday
Mar162015

Re-Cap: Oak + Almond's Four Roses Bourbon Dinner

CTbites was invited to Oak + Almond in Norwalk for its Four Roses Bourbon dinner to sample some of Chef Joseph Italiano’s creative cuisine paired with one of the country’s best bourbons. Working alongside Chef Italiano for this special event was Chef Chris Vacca, whom our readers know from serving one of the best burgers in Fairfield County from his food truck, Bounty. Chef Italiano has been at the helm for several months after stints at Bistro B in Westport and Bridgeport and with Chef Pat Pascarella at Bar Sugo.

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Friday
Mar132015

"Nose To Tail" Dinner @ The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, in Wilton, has decided to start a series of late Winter early Spring events at the Schoolhouse that will focus on ingredients, techniques, or themes we are into at the current moment.

Their first event will be on Tuesday, March 24th and will focus on nose to tail cooking.  Chef Tim LeBant and his team will be creating four courses utilizing different cuts of pork.  They will also have a selection of beers and bourbons to pair with the courses as well (at a separate cost) as well as our regular wine list. You can book a reservation online by clicking here and choosing a time and party size. Reservation are available from 5:30-8:30.  The nose-to-tail dinner will be $60/person.

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Thursday
Mar122015

Weekly Nibble: Big Game Dinner, Sake Tasting, Makin' Ice Cream, Brunch + More! 

New Haven will host the spring edition of its bi-annual restaurant week through March 27. 32 New Haven restaurants will offer special three-course, prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. 

Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford will have smoked corn beef specials all day on Tuesday March 17- St. Patrick’s Day! In fact, many CT restaurants have celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day!  Here are 16 to check out.

Wednesday March 18 is Rare Beer Night at Half Full Brewery in Stamford.  Enjoy  4 specialty beers, brewed just for this night, along with food from Harlan Social.  For information and tickets, visit:

Learn how to make ice cream at Sugar & Olives on Wednesday March 18.  You’ll make a base, flavor it 3 ways, and spin it.  Sorbet is also included.  

Anna Liffey’s Fairfield has just launched a “Manhattan Style” Sunday brunch.  On Sundays, enjoy special menu items like Bailey’s Irish Cream Pancakes, a build-your-own bloody mary bar, bottomless mimosas and more.  

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Thursday
Mar122015

Big Game Dinner @ Terrain in Westport, March 20th

Terrain's Garden Café in Westport will hold a game dinner on Friday March 20 at 7pm.  Chef Alissa Svorka will present  four-courses of  fresh, seasonal game dishes in the Garden café.  Feast on dishes like wild hare roulade, venison loin, and more, alongside thoughtfully-selected wine pairings.  $58 per person plus tax & gratuity. Please call (203) 226-2732 for reservations. View the complete menu below:

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Thursday
Mar122015

Sweet and Savory Quick Bread Recipes via Marcia Selden 

We love a quick bread, they’re a breeze to throw together, freeze beautifully, and are a great activity if you are with your kids and looking for something to do.  

Enjoy a slice with a bowl of soup or a steaming cup of tea, and you have all the trappings of a sweet perfect day. The folks at Marcia Selden Catering have shared their favorite sweet and savory quick bread recipes. Enjoy our recipes for: Earl Grey Zucchini Quick Bread; Almond Butter, Honey, Banana Quick Bread; Sundried Tomato and  Pesto Quick Bread & Prosciutto & Gruyere Quick Bread. You’ll want to try them all!

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Wednesday
Mar112015

16 CT Restaurants To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2015

It’s not easy being green- unless it’s the month of March!  St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and Connecticut pubs, restaurants, and hotspots are announcing an array of celebrations.  From breakfasts to pub crawls to corned-beef dinners, here are the places with specials sure to keep yousham-rockin’ all night long.

  1. Tigin Irish Pub, Stamford
  2. McLadden’s, West Hartford
  3. Center Street Pub, Darien
  4. Rosie, New Canaan
  5. Anna Liffey’s, New Haven & Fairfield
  6. Fire Engine Pizza, Bridgeport
  7. Max Fish, Glastonbury
  8. O’Neil’s, South Norwalk
  9. Molly Darcy’s, Danbury
  10. Cask Republic, New Haven
  11. Johnny Utah’s, Norwalk
  12. Geno’s Pub, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville
  13. Todd English’s Tuscany, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville

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Wednesday
Mar112015

Recap: Mohegan Sun's Winefest 2015...Good Times!

2015 marked the 12th year of Mohegan Sun’s popular WineFest.  The format continued as it has in years past, with a Friday night bourbon tasting, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, an Elite Cru tasting, and a Celebrity Chef Dine Around on Saturday night.  The event also featured many celebrity chefs beloved from previous years like William Kovel, Todd English, Michele Ragussis, Govind Armstrong, Manouschka Guerrier, and Betty Fraser.  Yet, 2015 managed to stand apart with new additions and changing trends.

This year, I attended the Sunday Grand Tasting rather than staying the span of the weekend.  Sunday is slightly less attended, but still provides ample opportunity to see creative chef demonstrations and sample the offerings.

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