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Wednesday
Dec072016

Angela Baldanza of Baldanza Café Wins Food Network Cooks vs Cons - ‘Tis The Seasoning

Another of Fairfield County’s restaurant owners joins the growing list of winners on The Food Network.

Last night Angela Baldanza, owner Baldanza Café in New Canaan cooked her way to victory on Food Network’s Cooks vs Cons. The culinary competition, hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian, sees talented home-cooks go up against kitchen professionals. Angela remained focused and calm and won the prize in the blind taste test with her rack of lamb, followed by French toast and caramelized apple.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

BunBurgerBun Food Truck - Gluten, Soy & Nut-Free Burgers, Fries & More

Hi, my name is Maizy. I'm 13 years old, love food, and have celiac disease. When I heard about BunBurgerBun, a food truck that specializes in gluten free burgers and fries, I had to go try it out. 

Arriving at the truck in Stamford, I was instantly impressed by the menu because it had all the favorites. I ordered three things while I was there: The sweet and salties, The Jammer burger, and the chicken tenders with a side of fries. 

My absolute favorite thing that I ate was the Jammer: A burger on a gluten free peasant bun with house-made pickles and a bacon relish. I love pickles and those on the BunBurgerBun truck are fantastic. They are made with mustard seeds, onions and have this great classic pickle taste, but with a hint of a spicy undertone. When I took my first bite of the burger, the first flavor was vinegar. This came from the pickles, as well as the amazing bacon relish.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

Rye Ridge Deli Opening in Oscar’s Space in Downtown Westport via Westport Now

This corned beef related news just in from WestportNow.

Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St.

Partners Mike Ventorino and Scott Martin today in the future home of Rye Ridge Deli and Restaurant at 159 Main St..  Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today. Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.

Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. “I got a lot of calls after it closed, asking me to take a look at it,” said Martin, an eight-year Wilton resident. “We signed the lease around Halloween.”

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Sunday
Dec042016

Outrageous BBQ at Mason Dixon Smokehouse in Stamford

World-class BBQ returns to CT with the homecoming of renowned pitmaster Nestor Laracuente, who is overseeing the kitchen at Mason Dixon Smokehouse in Stamford. When I heard that Nestor was teaming up with Mason Dixon, I was ecstatic, the mounds of his perfectly prepared meats that I raved about at Hoodoo Brown were indelible etched in my memory. Would Mason Dixon fill the void that I have felt for months? Bottom line…yes, the food is spectacular.

Laracuente is a soft-spoken lover of meats and Southern rock who spent years perfecting his craft. After leaving CT last year, he returned to Brooklyn where he spent time with his buddy at Beast of Bourbon in Bed-Stuy. His time was spent experimenting with new rubs, new dishes, waiting for the right opportunity for his return to Connecticut. His newest venture, of which he is part-owner, opened a few weeks ago and it is slowly expanding the menu. 

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Friday
Dec022016

Nibble: CT Food Events for The Week of Dec 5-11th

The Wilton Library now has a book group dedicated to food literature. This month, explore Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent while Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, moderates a discussion.  This free event takes place on Tuesday December 6 at 11am.  

On Tuesday December 6, enjoy a Badia a Coltibuono Italian Wine Dinner at Max a Mia in Avon, CT.  Enjoy 4 courses including Rabbit Porchetta and Lamb Carpaccio as Guest Speaker Emanuela Stucchi guides you through complementary wines.  It costs $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

Start the week out right at Cask Republic in Norwalk and Stamford!  Pay half price for any bottle of wine and tap carafes every Sunday and Monday evening.

Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield and Rustico Trattoria in Westport are teaming up for a Piedmont Holiday Wine Dinner on Tuesday December 6.  Enjoy 6 courses paired with complementary Italian wines from the region.

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Thursday
Dec012016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For The CT Food Lover

Festive Foodalicious Finds ...and FAAABulous ones, we might add! For friends, family (this alliteration is getting fun isn’t it?), and frenemies alike. We have scouted and compiled a list of great gadgets, unique tableware, fun and memorable experiences, sugary sweets, and superb savories for all of the gift recipients in your life this season. So have fun while shopping! Buy one, buy two, buy with that perfect person in mind and think of the smiles and happiness you are sharing with them. How perfectly fabulous, right?

Here are 20 local CT gift ideas for your favorite food lover.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Recipe via Marcia Selden

Fall is the right time to get your squash on, and acorn squash is one of our favorites. Choose acorn squash that is heavy for its size, with a hard skin free of blemishes. Marcia Selden pairs this with the sweetness of a little maple vinaigrette, bringing out the flavor in the already desert-like squash. Enjoy this recipe for Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette.    

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Wednesday
Nov302016

The Fez, Moroccan in Stamford Gets An Update: Belly Dancing, Live Music and Great Fare

Ever since its debut in 2010, The Fez in Stamford made a name for itself as an eclectic hotspot.  Around the corner from Napa and Company and across the street from Barcelona Wine Bar, the Fez offered an alternative experience: nightclub vibes, live music, crimson walls, esoteric wines by the glass, and Spice Route cuisine.  When it closed its doors in the summer of 2015 for renovations, its followers (including me!) didn’t know what to expect.  I recently had the opportunity to visit The Fez 2.0 for myself.  They invited me to participate in a five-course Chilean Wine Dinner, and I eagerly accepted.

It turns out that The Fez 2.0 is largely the same- and I mean that in the best possible way.  New owners Fred and Nancy Laist embraced the original features that defined The Fez in its previous era.  The menu includes many of the same items.  Live music remains at the forefront.  (They are already booked up Thursday-Sunday through March of next year!)  Kristen tends the bar.  The interior, though expanded to include more seating, continues to feels small and intimate.  The stage remains at one end of the restaurant, with a handful of tables and booths in front of it.  Red walls still complement dark wood and varied upholstery.

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Tuesday
Nov292016

WIN FREE Tix to Beer Conn Festival and Tasting Extravaganza Dec. 10th

WIN 2 FREE TIX to BEER CONN Festival, December 10th. To enter just tell us why you NEED to go in the comments section below. 

The biggest names in brewing will gather once again at the Webster BankArena on Saturday, December 10, 2016 for the 3rd annual BEER CONN festival. BEER CONN, a beer tasting extravaganza, will showcase more than 50 local, national, and international breweries and offer more than 100 beers for sampling. This fantastic thirst-quenching pay-one-price beer tasting event offers beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker the opportunity to speak to company representatives and the brewers responsible for creating some of the world's most popular and award-winning brews. 21+ only. Session 1:  12:30-4:00pm; Session 2:  5:30-9:00pm.  www.Beer-Conn.com

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Tuesday
Nov292016

Neat & Festivities Now Hosting Custom “Pop Up Parties” at Neat in Westport (sponsored) 

Neat, a favorite coffee café in Westport and Darien and Festivities, the award winning special event catering and event design company have joined together to offer “Pop Up Parties."

With craft cocktails by Neat and foods by Festivities, party givers can select from several party ideas.  From cocktail parties, interactive foods stations or plated dinners and with global traditions to home traditions, Festivities has created offerings that are delicious and fun! (two very important words). 

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