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CTbites' Catering Guide to summer Clambakes & Pig Roasts. Let these guys plan your next party!

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Clambakes & Pig Roasts: A CT Summer Catering Guide

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James said that. And ok, so it’s probably cliche to start an article with a quote, but you know what? This one works. And fits the bill when you are taking about taking time to enjoy a fully catered clambake or a pig-roast on well, a summer afternoon. There is warmth from the sun. You can smell the sweet scent of freshly cut grass or the salty sea breezes. When friends gather on these delightful summer days and evenings, shall you enjoy the treats of the land or the sea? Thankfully, we have gathered a treasure-trove of options for your al fresco dining pleasure! And yes, Mr. James, we agree.  

Enjoy CTbites' Catering Guide to Summer Clambakes & Pig Roasts.

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Discount Code for CTbites for "Beers At The Beach" Event 

"BEERS AT THE BEACH is a summer beer series put on by the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast and hosted by Ken Tuccio.

Ken Tuccio, the host of BEERS AT THE BEACH has put together a special discount for readers of CT Bites. If you purchase tickets on June 1st (before 12am on Tuesday June 2nd) and use the coupon code CTBITES at checkout, you will get 15% OFF of the ticket price! You can buy tickets HERE. 

The first event in the series takes place at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Thursday June 11th. The event kicks off at 6:30pm and will feature the beers from Beer'd Brewing

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Chefs of Our Kitchen (C.O.O.K.) Series

The third annual C.O.O.K. series presented by Gateway Community College Foundation features chef-led culinary evenings at Gateway's campus in New Haven. Upcoming events include Neil "Singing Chef" Fuentes on June 3, 2015 and Abby Dodge on November 4, 2015. Tickets for the Neil Fuentes dinner are $65 per person.

Tickets include:

  • 6 p.m. Pre-event reception with wine, beer soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres in Gateway’s New Alliance Foundation Art Gallery
  • A cookbook, memoir or recipe booklet
  • A chance opportunity to meet the author/chef
  • A 6:45 p.m. 3 course meal prepared by the featured chef and Gateway Community College Culinary

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The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook: Author Signings w/ CTbites Contributor Christy Colasurdo

Updated to include new event dates and locations.

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a beautiful new cookbook co-authored by CTbites' contributor Christy Colasurdo, launches on June 1. The book, a celebration of local food and farms, takes readers on a tasting tour of Connecticut, where you'll meet the state's top chefs and the farmers who provide them with hyper-local provisions. For a full list of events and information, visit

June Book Signings

Stew Leonard's in NorwalkSaturday, June 6 from 11-1
Back 40 Mercantile in Old Greenwich: June 4 from 3 to 6 pm

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Best Doughnuts in CT 2015 Edition: Friday June 5 is National Doughnut Day!

Yes, it’s a recognized national holiday, and CT has great doughnuts for sweettooths ready to celebrate! Here are places serving delicious ones.  Thank you, readers, for your contributions!

Uncle Leo’s, Redding
Speedy Donuts, Norwalk
Whitney Donut & Sandwich Shop, Hamden
Lakeside Diner, Stamford
Beach Donuts, Old Lyme
Darien Doughnut, Darien
Orangeside, New Haven
Lorca, Stamford
Coffee An’ Donuts, Westport
Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk, Danbury, Newington, Yonkers 
SoNo Baking Company, Norwalk
Donut Crazy, Shelton, Stratford
Neil's Donuts, Wallingford
Faddy's Doughnuts & Ice Cream, Windsor

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Friday Froth: Connecticut Beer Triple Double

When we last left Friday Froth, your occasionally humble and rapidly expanding host wastalking American Craft Beer Week, and local offerings from OEC, Stony Creek and Stubborn Beauty. We'll continue the furthering rides the Connecticut beer bus this week as we take our minds on a drive to Bristol, Hartford, and Stratford. Buckle up, because it gets heavy. 

Life is currently pretty fluid out there on the vast, rolling prairie of American craft beer. Everyone who lays hands on a mash paddle seems to be inventing a new style, or at least melting an existing style down and sculpting it into a new form. Much of this morphology arrives in the world with enough alcohol to sterilize minor gunshot wounds. These come stamped with labels marked "double" or "Imperial," which are largely interchangeable, and just mean "strong."

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Where to Enjoy Negroni Week in CT: June 1 - 7, 2015...Every Drink = $$ For Community Plates

7 days. 3 ingredients. A good cause. 

Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, will take place from June 1-7th when bars around the world will mix their favorite Negroni variations and donate a portion of proceeds from each Negroni sold to a charity of their choice. Launched in 2013, Negroni week is as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes. It has grown to include more than 1,300 participating bars around the world, raising more than $120,000 for charities.  In Fairfield County, proceeds will be going to Community Plates, Fairfield County’s local food rescue organization.

Connecticut's Participating Bars

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Weekly Nibble: Guide to CT Farmers' Markets, SoNo Eats, Ninety9Bottles Beer Festival, Book Signings + More

“SoNo Eats” (formerly SoNo Restaurant Week) is a six-day promotion that features the unique and fine dining options available in South Norwalk with Special Prix-Fixe Dining Deals May 31 – June 5. View participating restaurants here. 

On June 6th, Stamford Museum & Nature Center will host their 6th Annual Food & Wine Celebration Enjoy a festive evening of fine wines, delicious fare from the area's top caterers and restaurants, celebrating the museum's rich history as an educational and cultural treasure for Stamford and the surrounding communities. Buy Tickets here. 

Fairfield Cheese Company has posted their summer Cheese Class School schedule and it's creamy and delicious. 

Kick off the summer "al fresco" season at the gorgeous outdoor patio and restaurant at Artisan Southport on Wednesday June 3 with a Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm.  Enjoy creative hors d'oeuvres by innovative Chef Frederic Kieffer and specialty Artisan Margaritas for $39 per person.  View menu and purchase tickets here.

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Sugar & Olives' Ramp and Pistachio Pesto Recipe

Jenn Balin of Sugar & Olives will be the guest chef at the Westport Farmers' Market Thursday May 28th and she will be whipping up some of her incredibly delicious Ramp and Pistachio Pesto. I've had it over eggs. It's killer good. You can find the recipe below. 

If you'd like to taste some for yourself, head on over to The Westport Farmers' Market or visit ANY farmers market as ramps are in season, and pick up the ingedients to make this recipe at home. Enjoy!


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Food Truck Rodeo & Music Fest: Food Trucks, Music & Beer via HeyStamford!

Here's the scoop on Stamford's Food Truck Rodeo from our friends @ Hey Stamford!

A few weeks back we shared the news with you about the Blue Point Brewery Food Truck Rodeo & Music Fest.  The event is just weeks away, June 20th at Mill River Park in Stamford Downtown and we are excited! With live music, almost 20 food trucks and kids games galore, it will literally be a fun family day of food and music!

It's a who's who of local food trucks slinging their best meals with almost 20 of the best food trucks in our area in one spot you can expect a little of everything from apps, to main courses to desserts and everything in between.  Check out this's a work in progress as more are being added as we speak.

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