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Monday
Apr272015

Amore Cucina & Bar Raises Money for Susan G. Komen

CTbites gives a very special Shout Out to Bruno DiFabio and his team at Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford for sponsoring an entire day dedicated to funding breast cancer research. Today the restaurant was packed with pizza lovers to help Amore raise and donate 100% of the day’s proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Race to the Cure for breast cancer research.

CTbites was on hand early to thank Bruno for his generosity and partake in one of his outstanding pizzas. The Ferentini pizza that we enjoyed was all the more special knowing that the entire bill was assisting in the research to eliminate a disease that strikes so many families in Fairfield County and the world. Over the last few months there have been numerous articles written about the outstanding food being served at Amore and we felt it was important to recognize people in the area who give back to the community.

So CTbites raises a glass of wine and a delicious slice of pizza to applaud Bruno DeFabio and his team at Amore Cucina & Bar…nice job!!!

921 Hope Street - Stamford, CT - (203) 357-1066 

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Sunday
Apr262015

Brunch Menu Launches @ Barcelona Fairfield, Stamford & West Hartford

Who doesn’t love brunch? Sleepy weekend diners can conveniently avoid their own kitchens while enjoying an often decadent and relaxed morning meal. Plus, as a bonus, brunch is often accompanied by a well crafted cocktail. For this reason, we were pleased to hear that Barcelona Wine Bar has launched brunch service every Saturday and Sunday at several of their locations, including West Hartford, Stamford, and now Fairfield. As each Barcelona menu highlights the vision of their executive chef, brunch menus will vary slightly based on style, but bear a similar theme. To investigate this new kid on the brunch block, we decided to visit Chef Darren Carbone, who recently took over the Barcelona Fairfield kitchen, and who brings to the table, a little Latin flair. 

In looking at the new Brunch menu, it’s difficult not to get just a little bit excited. Entrées such as Duck Confit Hash, Chocolate and Dulce de Leche French Toast, and a Breakfast “Coca,” (grilled bread, mushrooms, egg and Sriracha), sound like solid reasons to get out of bed. 

 

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Sunday
Apr262015

Ticket Giveaway for Ridgefield's Battle of the Chefs 2015

Chefs Bernard Bouissou (Bernard’s), Silvia Bianco (formerly of Biscotti) and Prasad Chirnomula ( Thali)

Battle of the Chefs returns to Founders Hall on Sunday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. and CTbites has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. The culinary showdown event will feature Chefs Silvia Bianco, formerly of Biscotti, Bernard Bouissou of Bernard’s, and Prasad Chirnomula of Thali, with emcees and hosts Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster (yours truly).

We are GIVING AWAY 2 seats to the May 17 Battle Of The Chefs event (a $200 value). We will randomly select 1 lucky winner with a pair of tickets. To enter for a chance to win, please post a comment on this story (you must include your email and name when commenting) telling us what you think the secret ingredient should be. [All comments will be considered made before the end of the day, May 1. Winner announced on May 4].

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Friday
Apr242015

109 Cheese Summer Pop-up Shop in Kent

This summer 109 Cheese will expand to Litchfield County with a pop-up shop on Kent's beautiful Main Street with an expected opening date of June 4, bringing their cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches, Farm Country Soups, and gourmet products to to the former Farm Country Soup location at 14 North Main Street.

We will bring lots of our gourmet goodies, some local artisan favorites and best of all, our sandwiches and grilled cheese, plus we will have indoor and outdoor seating too! We are so excited to be expanding to Kent, an amazing town and destination. - Monica & Todd Brown

109 Cheese and Wine's homebase in "Ridgefield" will be operating as usual throughout the summer.

Related: The Perfect Grilled Cheese recipe from 109 Cheese & Wine

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Friday
Apr242015

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Returns to New Canaan May 16

The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution returns to New Canaan, CT on Saturday, May 16th 10.00am – 12.00pm, once again getting kids and parents excited about food.

The Bravery Passport was created to highlight Food Revolution Founder, Jamie Oliver’s wish: “To create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

Families need to register in advance for a Bravery Passport, which lists participating New Canaan restaurants and food shops. Kids then go on a food trail, sampling tasters and getting a stamp for their passport. Food Ambassador Rachel Lampen says: “Last year New Canaan was buzzing with 350 local children visiting 16 different locations. They each sampled things they wouldn’t normally try - kale smoothies, tuna tartare, cockscomb, escargot, octopus, stewed calamari and stinky cheese. It was a crazy couple of hours but educational and huge fun for everyone. It also showcased New Canaan’s fabulous dining scene”.

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Thursday
Apr232015

The Westport Farmers' Market Kicks Off Summer Season May 21st

Thursday, May 21, the Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) will kick off the 2015 summer season, celebrating a decade of fresh, local food.

For the last ten seasons, the WFM has been cultivating community and nurturing an appreciation of real food, and the work that goes into growing it.

It was June of 2006, when Paul Newman and Michel Nischan planted the first seed, and the WFM welcomed its first shoppers. With 14 vendors present that day, over 500 shoppers showed up to get a taste of something new.

Now, about to embark on its tenth season, the WFM has blossomed into market boasting 45 vendors, food trucks, chef demos, yoga, organic eats, and even a pizza truck. And thousands of shoppers from all over Fairfield Country make the WFM Thursday market a destination.

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Thursday
Apr232015

Weekly Nibble: DavidsTea, High West Bourbon, Picnics, Farm Dinners, Tequila Tasting + More!

On Monday, April 27, FISH Restaurant in downtown Stamford will host a Michael David Winery wine dinner.  Guests can try some of the winery's best bottlings during a Carnival themed Wine Dinner at FISH. 

DAVIDsTEA is now open at Westfarms Mall in Farmington, CT.  Visit it on the 1st Floor of the Nordstrom wing.

On Wednesday April 29, High West Bourbon and Mama’s Boy in Norwalk invite you to “Campfire & Charcuterie.”  Enjoy bourbon pairings with dishes by Executive Chef Holly Michaud.  $85 per person.  Call 203-956-7171 to reserve.

Join Barcelona Greenwich for “Spring Refreshers: Cocktails and Gazpacho” on April 28 at 7pm.  Sip on craft cocktails while Chef Lucente demonstrates some great spring recipes. $30 per person plus tax and gratuity.Reservations (203) 983-6400.

On April 29th, put some oomph in your picnic. Learn how to cook and pack an elegant meal you can share alfresco. 2 hour cooking demo features professional culinary instruction and demonstrations by Chopped Champion Chef Silvia Baldini and extra virgin olive oil pairings & education by Alina Lawrence of Olivette. $40 6:30-8:30 PM.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

Anaya Sushi: All-You-Can-Eat Sushi & Late Night Ramen in New Haven

Photo: Kathy D.

Three-month-old Anaya Sushi, the Japanese restaurant located on Chapel Street in New Haven, recently introduced a $21 all-you-can-eat menu option. Pictured above is the Yale-themed "Handsome Dan" roll.

Yale Daily News reported the restaurant will also extend its hours and menu with a "late night ramen house" option:

Seeing the restaurant’s popularity, Kaoroptham said she also plans to open a late night ramen house in Anaya’s space when the sushi restaurant closes for the night. The proposed ramen restaurant would be open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, according to the owner. 

Read the full story on Yale Daily News.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

Join the Walk Against Hunger w/ Connecticut Food Bank: 4 Locations!

Registration is open for Connecticut Food Bank’s 2015 Walk Against Hunger! Four of the state’s largest cities are hosting the Walk Against Hunger, a community gathering that increases hunger awareness and generates much needed funds to combat hunger in Connecticut. The Walk Against Hunger will increase Connecticut Food Bank’s capacity to fight hunger and most importantly celebrates our New England Spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. Locations this year are: Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven & Norwich. 

All four Walks are 2.5 to 3 miles long with festiviites beginning at 1 p.m. Click on any of the Walk locations below to sign up and access “Walker Tools” to help you reach your fundraising goals.

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Tuesday
Apr212015

SAVOR Event Recap: A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits

Savor, billed as a “celebration of Wine, Food, and Spirits,” made its grand debut on April 11 and 12 in Hartford, CT.  Event sponsors gave us a preview in March, and the actual festival was a resounding success.  Savor offered guests a weekend filled with memorable wine, food, and demonstrations.

Vicky Cirilli, event coordinator, promised wines focused on “quality not quantity.”  CT Distributors offered just that, bringing in some of their best bottles for guests to sample.  It seemed that the majority of the wines featured retailed for about $50 and were carefully chosen for the weekend.  As a result, Savor attracted wine savvy guests eager to learn, making the experience especially enjoyable.

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