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Tuesday
Oct282014

Hana Tokyo Opens in Fairfield CT @ The Brick Walk

Hana Tokyo opened in Fairfield’s Brick Walk Plaza just a few weeks ago, and locals seem to be embracing the new restaurant with open arms. Owner Alan Wu recently relocated from Alexandria, Virginia to be closer to his family. Born and raised in China, he came to the US in his mid-20s and landed in New York City where he immersed himself in the world of gourmet sushi, learning everything possible about the trade. In 2002 he opened the original Hana Tokyo and after 13 successful years as the busiest Japanese restaurant in town, Wu and his restaurant now come to us. Wu prides himself on using only the freshest available ingredients, making everything in-house, and offering unparalleled service.

The new restaurant (which many will recognize as the former Tomba) has a contemporary, earthy feel. As one enters the restaurant, a large mural of a Japanese woman in a kimono, painted by renowned local artist, Suzanne Bellehumeur, greets you as you enter the facility and a small sushi bar constructed from reclaimed wood is to the right. Contemporary and traditional Japanese décor are combined to give the space a look that is modern yet traditional. The main dining area has 8 hibachi tables, a sushi bar, a lounge, plus 20 outside seats.

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Sunday
Oct262014

Guide To Great Caterers in Fairfield County: Holiday Catering Made Easy

A stack of gifts. Cards with cute holiday stamps. Family parties. Work parties. Kids’ parties. Cocktail parties. Concerts. Shopping. Even more shopping. And now you want me to host a party of my own or host eighteen relatives?? Your holiday to-do list is quickly making the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” look like a lullaby with all the items that are mentioned-that partridge atop that pear tree has nothin’ on you and your list. So...save yourself some gray hairs and a freak-out by booking one of these delightful, highly capable, and creative caterers to take over the food-portion of your entertaining obligations this season. They will do you proud and you can actually relax and enjoy an evening before you have to wrap that 200th gift. And with that, may there be peace on earth. + CTbites readers get special discounts. See below.

 Here is our Guide To 9 Great Caterers in Fairfield County:

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Saturday
Oct252014

Geoffrey Zakarian Eyeing Greenwich Location...As Reported by NYPost.com

Zakarian @ The CTbites Blogger Lounge at Greenwich Wine+Food Fest 2014As reported on NYPost.com.....

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is eyeing an expansion to Greenwich, Conn., in 2015.

The Lambs Club and “Iron Chef America” toque hosted VIPs to preview the Palm Court — which he’s relaunched at the Plaza Hotel in a space designed by Thierry Despont that includes a new afternoon tea menu.

Spotted surveying the new setup were fellow chefs Bobby Flay, Marc Murphy, Anne Burrell and Marcus Samuelsson. A spy said Zakarian was overheard telling friends and colleagues about expanding to Greenwich next year.

A foodie boomlet’s been going on in Fairfield County, with restaurants including Bill Taibe’s the Whelk and Antoine Blech and Anshu Vidyarthi’s popular Le Penguin.

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Friday
Oct242014

Weekly Nibble: Bo Ssam, Halloween Parties, Pancakes & More 

On Tuesday October 28, Harlan Social presents a New World vs. Old World Wine Dinner.  Called their “largest event to date,” it will feature a custom 5-course menu paired with 12 premium wines.  There will be a 7:00pm reception followed by dinner. $178pp all-inclusive. 

There will be a Halloween Party at South End in New Canaan starting at 9pm on Wednesday October 29.  $42 gets you unlimited beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and snacks.  Enjoy live music while you party.

Walrus+Carpenter and Mecha Noodle Bar partner on Thursday October 30 for a “BO SSäM Dinner.”   The mission is to bring together East Asian flavors with Western smoking techniques for one incredible evening, inspired by cult film, "Way of The Dragon," starring the high kicking, fast punching Lee and Norris. 7pm $100 pp. 

On Thursday October 30, B.J. Ryan’s in Norwalk will hold a 6 course beer dinner.  It begins at 7pm and reservations are required.  For more information and to get your seat, call (203) 866-RYAN or email

Barcelona SoNo is teaming up with The Spread for a Second Annual Halloween Party. The event starts at 9 PM on Halloween, Friday, October 31st.  There will be DJs, drink specials, and a costume contest with fabulous prizes!

Joe Bastianich will come to Stew Leonard’s Wines in Norwalk on Saturday November 1.

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Friday
Oct242014

"Future Chefs," A New Cookbook by Westport Author, Ramin Ganeshram

This is not a kid cookbook – well, of course it is, but it’s not the type of cookbook you’d expect from a bunch of kids. This is a book to be gifted, passed on and shared, especially among children and teenagers. It’s inspiring and thought-provoking. Future Chefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World is the brainchild of chef, food writer and author, Ramin Ganeshram.  Future Chefs is a remarkable collection of stories and recipes from extraordinary children world-wide. Some of the recipes are quite complex, others couldn’t be more simple, but the messages about the food and around the food are what inspires. 

We are introduced to a new generation of chefs, foodies and tastemakers and we see the ever changing world of food through their eyes. Today’s children are smart and savvy. They are aware of all that lies around them. Many of these children are keenly aware of health and nutrition, the importance of fresh, wholesome ingredients, supporting local businesses and farms and using organic ingredients. In Future Chefs you will meet all sorts of children from a wide array of socio-economic backgrounds – some are privileged, others are not, and many have remarkable stories to share. These children, are focused and determined. Collectively they have published recipes, have food blogs, have been invited to the White House as guests of Mrs. Obama, and have made appearances on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, and Chopped.

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Thursday
Oct232014

Locali Bar & Pizza Kitchen in New Canaan Rolls Out New Fall Menu...And It's Good

Executive Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali restaurant in New Canaan rolled out his fall menu, inspired by the fresh autumn ingredients, and invited CTbites to stop in and sample a few of his new culinary creations.

My favorite of the Small Plates was the “Shaved Local Cauliflower.” The thinly sliced raw cauliflower was tossed with pieces of Medjool dates, cashews, and drizzled with white Balsamic. The earthiness of the crispy cauliflower was beautifully complemented by the sweetness in the dates and the slightly tart balsamic. The cashews added additional earthiness and a delightful crunch.

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Thursday
Oct232014

TRUCK Chef @ Westport Farmers' Market October 30th

This Thursday, October 30th, at the Westport Farmers' Market, chef/owner of TRUCK restaurant, Nancy Roper, will be demonstrating their house coleslaw. Stop by and try a mini green chile cheeseburger topped with TRUCK coleslaw. 

TRUCK Coleslaw

1/2 head medium sized farmers' market white cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 head medium sized farmers' market red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon juice and zest
3 carrots shredded
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise (add more or less depending on house saucy you like your coleslaw)
freshly ground black pepper to taste
finish with Maldon salt
Gently mix all ingredients in a large bowl. 

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Wednesday
Oct222014

16 Fall Recipes from Our Local CT Chefs

Temperatures have started dipping and a fall chill is in the air!  CTBites has collected recipes from local chefs and popular restaurants that embody the seasonal harvest.  We've compiled some of our favorites below- and included three new fall inspired recipes.  Try Chef Frederic Kieffer's Acorn Squash Cappuccino Soup, Chef Matt Storch's Quince and Hazelnut Torte, and Cask Republic's Harvest Vegetable Medley.

  1. Autumn Harvest Apple Contorno, The Boathouse
  2. Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Chef Nicole
  3. Cider Braised Turkey Legs, le Farm
  4. Prosecco Apple Fizz, Sugar & Olives
  5. Baby Pumpkin, Bernard's
  6. Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt, Katie Vitucci
  7. Homemade Apple Fashioned Cocktail, Luxe Wine Bar
  8. Pecan Pie, Leticia Schwartz
  9. Apple Tart, Tina Rupp

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Spotlight on The "Local Burger" @ Local Kitchen & Beer Bar in Sono... Delicious

In my continuous and unending search for great hamburgers in Fairfield County, I returned to SONO to sample Chef Dan Kardos’ latest version at LOCAL Kitchen and Beer Bar. Kardos is no stranger to my “Best of” list with previous version from both Harvest Supper in New Canaan and NOLA (at this same location) earning a spot. The interior of the restaurant has been transformed, with more woods and lights plus the rear room (never my favorite) was converted into a Bourbon Bar. The new décor gives a much hipper and fun feel.

Chef Dan’s latest version is named “THE LOCAL BURGER” and includes all natural, humanely raised beef, sautéed wild mushrooms, bacon, Swiss cheese, fronions and black pepper mayo, encased in a Wave Hill bun…served with French fries and a pickle.

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Sunday
Oct192014

Jax & Co. Opens in Sono, from the Owners of Mama's Boy: Breakfast, Lunch & To-Go Dinner 

Whenever the owner of a restaurant that serves great food announces a second location, I am excited to see where this second venture will lead.  After hearing that Greer Fredericks, the co-owner of Mama’s Boy in SONO, was opening JAX around the corner on North Main, I couldn’t wait for my first visit. JAX opened a few weeks ago and currently serves a wide range of breakfast options, plus a tremendous selection of creative sandwiches at lunch. It is also placing the final touches to its soon to be released take-away dinners, and awaiting the delivery of its ice cream machine.

Located just south of the SONO theatre, the interior is completely redesigned, accented with a red painted art nouveau ceiling and lots of wood throughout…it is definitely the sister restaurant to Mama’s Boy.

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