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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of August 25-Sept 1

Monday, August 25th, try “Fresh Cheese Pairings” with Caseus in New Haven.  The cheese will be paired with beer and wine, and their chef will give a burrata making tutorial as well.  $40pp. 

Stamford Summer Restaurant Week continues!  Over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants will feature an array of lunch & dinner prix fixe menus.  This time around, each participating restaurant will create a Signature Summer Cocktail.  

Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine will bring their best brews to Harlan Social on Tuesday, August 26th.  Harlan Social will create a special 5-course menu to be paired with their beers.  $75 plus tax and tip. 6:30 - 9:30pm. Call 203.883.8000 to reserve seats. 

Also on August 26, feast on dinner at Eddy Farm with Chef Eric of Barcelona West Hartford.

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Food + Architecture: A Conversation with Sushi Chef Keizo Seki and Architect Kulapat Yantrasast at New Canaan's Glass House

Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan is hosting Feast of Clarity: Food + Architecture on Sunday, September 14 from 3 to 5:30 pm. Architect Kulapat Yantrasast and chef Keizo Seki will collaborate with the National Trust Historic Site for an intimate kitchen table conversation on creativity and a tasting of specially prepared sushi. Tickets are $100 per person.

This program is part of a part of an ongoing series of conversations at the Glass House called Glass House Presents. These programs sustain the site’s historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. Prior to each event, visitors can explore the Glass House campus and view current exhibitions, including Fujiko Nakaya: Veil.  

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Kevin Dundon, Ireland's "Chef of the People," @ Clarke in Milford MA (sponsored post)

Kevin Dundon, Ireland's "Chef of the People," Set to Cook at New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen on the Eve of Boston's iFest

Do you love the charm, wit and humor of the Irish? Do you think Ireland's food is all about potatoes, corned beef and cabbage? You may want to plan a weekend north in Boston this September, when the city hosts its first iFest, a three-day premium festival showcasing contemporary Irish culture, entertainment and innovation at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. The live cooking and tastings by Ireland's finest chefs, including Kevin Dundon of PBS and Create TV fame in the U.S., will surely open your mind about modern Irish cooking. 

On the eve of that festival, September 25th, Connecticut foodies will also want to reserve a seat at Clarke in Milford, MA (their second showroom, in South Norwalk, is well-known in this area).

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Bill Taibe's Kawa Ni Opens In Westport

Bill Taibe's new Izakaya inspired venture, Kawa Ni opens this week in Westport. Rather than describing this truly excellent menu, we thought we would just show you. Enjoy!

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Book Signing w/ Amy & Stephanie @ Westport Farmers' Market August 28

The Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) invites you to meet the chefs & authors behind Fairfield County Chefs Table on August 28. They will be signing books and meeting readers from 11 to 1 pm at the Westport Farmers’ Market Thursday location at 50 Imperial Avenue, Westport. The Market runs from 10 am to 2 pm.

Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster, the author and photographer of the book Fairfield County Chef's Table, will be at the August 28 market from 10:00 – 2:00 to sell and sign copies of their new book. The two women behind embarked on this book project with over 50 participating chefs to profile the region's favorite restaurants and share some of its most beloved recipes. They will be joined by several chefs who are profiled in their book, including Bill Taibe of leFarm and Whelk, Matt Storch of Match and Chelsea Restaurant, and Glen Collelo of Catch a Healthy Habit, who will be on hand to sign the book and meet market visitors. More information at

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CTbites Chef Demo Tent Lineup @ Westport's Blues & BBQ Festival

Listen up food lovers. CTbites has rounded up some of the area's top chefs for two full afternoons of live cooking demonstrations, recipe tasting and general good times. 

On Saturday, August 30th & Sunday August 31st from 11:00-3:30pm come on down to Westport's Blues Views & BBQ Festival to meet:

Chef Matt Storch of Match; Chef Jon Vaast of Walrus + Carpenter; Chef Chaz Mazas of Mama’s Boy; Pietro Scotti of Da Pietro's; Mark Hepperman of Saugatuck Craft Butchery;  Carlos Baez of The Spread; Chef Ian Kokkeler of Barcelona FFLD; Fjord Fish Market; and Matsu Sushi's owner Paul Teoh.

Come get schooled while you enjoy samples from 9 talented local chefs View the full schedule below...  

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Holbrook Farm Hosts Farm Dinner with Chefs from Stanziato's, Mezon, and Mecha on September 14 in Bethel

Holbrook Farm in Bethel is hosting a farm dinner on Sunday, September 14 with Chef Matt Stanczak of Stanziato's Pizza, Chef Morgan Vondle of Mezon Tapas Bar and Chef Tony Pham of Pho Vietnam and Mecha Noodle Bar. Tickets are $110 per person.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Circle Camps for Grieving Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a free one-week summer camp for girls ages 9-16 who have experienced the death of a parent. To learn more about Circle's mission, please visit

From Holbrook:

An evening of amazing food, wine & beer and good will at the 2014 Farm Dinner in the Field! Hosted at Holbrook Farm in Bethel, the evening will celebrate the harvest with a collaboration between top Connecticut Chefs... The evening begins at 4:30 pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as guests mingle and tour the farm at their leisure. Dinner will be served family style with wine and local beer beginning at 5:30pm at candle-lit tables under a beautiful sailcloth tent.

For more information and to purchase online, visit Holbrook Farm Dinner.

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Washington Prime Opens in Sono: Bustling Bar & Creative Food

Washington Prime recently opened at the entrance to the SONO “Ironworks” on the corner of Washington and North Water Streets and is already garnering positive feedback and enormous crowds each night. CTbites offered a sneak peek a couple of weeks ago and recently re-visited this high energy and bustling establishment on two separate occasions to sample the food.

Self-described as an Eating + Drinking Well, Washington Prime reflects the collective vision of locals and co-owners Rob Moss and Marco Siguenza. Moss, a native of New Canaan, is no stranger to opening high energy restaurants in Fairfield County, overseeing many over the last ten years. Siguenza is the epitome of the American dream, starting as a busboy at Match Restaurant and now 16 years later one of the owners of Washington Prime, a neighboring restaurant. The kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Jared Falco, classically trained at the French Culinary Institute. Before moving to Fairfield County, Chef Falco honed his culinary skills at Daniel and WD-50 in NYC. The trio are now working closely to present a vibrant bar scene with delicious interpretations of tradition cuisine.

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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of August 18-25th

Stamford Summer Restaurant Week comes back from August 18 – September 1, 2014. The two week event includes over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants and will feature an array of lunch & dinner prix fixe menus.  This time around, each participating restaurant will create a Signature Summer Cocktail. 

New Canaan Taste Tours take place Tuesday and Wednesdays each week at 6:30 pm.  Enjoy four of the top restaurants in New Canaan for $65 pp. Each Tour is limited to 12 attendees to insure both superior quality in food and service.  Advance purchase required.

The Ginger Man in Norwalk presents a summer happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm. Try oysters and clams for $1, flatbreads for $6, craft beers for $4, and more. 

Tuesday, August 19 Barcelona Greenwich encourages you to cook using “The Tomato Vine.” Chef Michael will teach you how to prepare recipes that hinge on the tomato. 7pm, $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 203.983.6400.

Wednesday August 20, journey to Half Full Brewery in Stamford for “Rare Beer Night, a monthly event.  Try test batches of beer, partake in food pairings, and learn more about the process.  The event is sit down, but casual. Limited to 40 people. 

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Stamford Summer Restaurant Weeks Return: August 18 – September 1, 2014

Yep...that's right. 2 glorious weeks of summer dining. This summer over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.14, $12.14 or $20.14 and dinner ranges from $15.14, $20.14 or $30.14. New this year: each participating restaurant will be mixing up its very own Signature Summer Cocktails to be featured during Restaurant Weeks.

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