Change is again in the air as Picador recently announced that sous chef Frank Barrese has assumed oversight of the restaurant’s menu and kitchen. As co-owner Ray Rivera explained to CTbites, “Leo (Rivera’s business partner) and I wanted to offer the best in Spanish Tapas and Chef Frank has proven his ability to create the level of dishes that we were looking for since we opened.” To introduce several items that will be included on the new autumn menu, Rivera invited CTbites to sample an assortment of Chef Frank’s creations. Many were delicious and others are still in the final stages of their development.
It’s been just over a month since Garelick & Herbs opened its newest, and second Westport, location in the Saugatuck section of Westport with the familiar food favorites and a slightly more industrial vibe than its other locations. It's the most recent food establishment to open just below the new luxury condominiums, sharing the small section of town with Craft Butchery, The Whelk, and Saugatuck Sweets.
Many favorite dishes from the other locations are available, including an array of bright and beautiful salads (a crowd pleaser is the ever popular Kale and Quinoa). Also tempting are their prepared fish, chicken and meat entrées. Numerous pre-packaged pastas, sauces, soups and salads, as well as their selection of breads and cheeses are ready for purchase, whether to the beach or for a quick easy dinner. Their same, dangerously decadent, selection of sweets grace the counter by the register. For customers looking for a sandwich, Garelick offers Paninis, breakfast sandwiches and omelets. The space includes a large, brightly lit, dining area with plenty of comfortable seating, plus an e and coffee bar, more baked goods and delicious oatmeal; or enjoy outdoor seating.
Jennifer DeGirolomo --2 Tickets to Gala Tickets Friday evening
Steven Draper -- 2 Tickets to On Stage Box Seat Dinner with Red Rooster Saturday evening
Heather Millett--2 Tickets to Oysters & Wine Thursday evening
As a prelude to CT Beer Week (October 13-20), over 20 breweries from around the state will be converging a week early on Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford for the first ever Connecticut Brewers Festival on Monday, October 6th from 6-9 p.m. Over 20 breweries will be in attendance with only 250 tickets available for festival-goers.
Tickets are $25, which gets patrons a pint glass commemorating the event as well as unlimited three ounce pours of some of their favorite CT beers. The event is 21+. All proceeds to this event benefit the Connecticut Brewers Guild.
Connecticut, like most places around the country, is seeing a boom in craft beer. In 2011, there were only a handful of breweries and today, over 25 breweries are operating within the Nutmeg State with more and more opening every month.
Halloween is just around the corner and WALTER STEWART'S MARKET is ready with all of autumn's most BOOtiful offerings. Don't miss out on scrumptious CIDER DONUTS and HOOLIGAN cheese and be sure to wash it all down with some TWO ROADS "ROADSMARY'S BABY" PUMPKIN ALE! Walter Stewart's grocer in New Canaan, family run since 1907, offers the very best in local produce as well as every day items, beer, wine and SPIRITS -not ONLY for Halloween!- and exotic, specialty fare.
What says "Autumn" more than - Back to School!? Walter Stewart has plenty of healthy Back to Nature Snacks including Planet Fuel Organic Juices and the latest from Lunch Bundles - the Gluten Free Snack Pack. (Check it out at lunchbundles.com!) And don't forget to pack those lunchboxes and pie crusts full of fresh, delicious apples. Local apple season is starting any day now and all varieties of local CT apples and pears will be arriving soon from Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT. Also new for fall is beautiful local produce from Boot Camps Farms in Newtown, CT.
I'm forever tempted to geek out in Froth: Hop varieties from New Zealand, Gemini astronauts on labels, fat tankers, coolships - I'm curious about everything, and I'll drink most of it once. Today I'll attempt to make a few points, mention beer early, then get out. Here we go:
Oktoberfest is not a style of beer. In fact, it has more to do with a horse race than anything we drink.
Most beer drinkers have heard the basic origin story: On October 12, 1810, crown prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen and everyone in Munich was invited to party on the fields in front of the city gates, which have been known as Theresienwiese, or "Theresa's meadow" ever since. Everyone had a great time, and you know damn well there was some beer involved, but the highlight of the party for everyone but the non-royals (probably) were the horse races which closed the jubilation. It was the desire to have the horse races again the next year which lead to Oktoberfest becoming an annual tradition.
Match of Sono continues its new prix fixe menu through Friday the 26th. It includes 3 courses for just $30!
SBC has launched “Southtoberfest,” which features seasonal brews and an Okoberfest inspired menu. Pumpkin crème brulee! View menu here.
Thursday September 25, Taco Loco of Bridgeport will hold a tequila tasting w/ a 3 course Mexican meal, 3 mixed drinks, and Azunia tequila! $40 presale, $45 at the door.
Walrus + Carpenter continues its BrewGrass with pig roast on Thursday Sept 25. It includes live music, a roast pig, draft specials, and more. The pig is served at 7:30pm.
THE GREENWICH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL IS FINALLY HERE! It takes place at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich overlooking the Long Island Sound with more than 100 vendors, local & nationally recognized chefs, cooking demos, and live music.
On October 4th New Canaan Nature Center will be hosting their third annual Harvest Festival from 7-10pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Nature Center, and is also the party everyone loves to attend but doesn’t want to host anymore. Boots, jeans, and a jacket in the meadow with beer, a bit of wine, music, and food for one ticket price. A local band called the Jazzholes will be performing, and Half Full Brewery and Two Roads Brewery, will be coming to serve party go-ers.
There will be a wide variety of beer and wine to choose from and some great eats. Last year, vendors pouring beer and wine included Half Full, Two Roads, Estrella, GW Beer, Berkshire, DogFish Head, Widmer, Murphy’s and Charter Oak along with 3 liquor stores pouring a selection of wines and a few signature cocktails. This year they will also have a selection of gluten free labels.
For more information about the location/time/etc.: http://www.newcanaannature.org/programs/adult/index.php
The New Haven Land Trust us hosting a bus tour of New Haven area nature preserves and community gardens ending in downtown New Haven's historic bar Ordinary on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4:30 to 8:30 pm. The organization will present the Environmental Business Award to Blue State Coffee. Tickets begin at $45 for party-only, $80 for a tour and party, and $125 for patrons. For more information and tickets: New Haven Land Trust Benefit Event.
Featured food and drink:
*Ordinary's selection of fine wines
*Outstanding beers, including drafts from Connecticut's new brewery, Black Hog Brewing Co.
*Cheese and charcuterie hand-selected by the cheese mongers from Caseus Fromagerie Bistro.
Chef Speaker Lineup Announced for the 2014 CTbites & Serendipity Blogger Lounge at Greenwich Wine + Food Festival
CTbites is pleased to announce the schedule for the CTbites & Serendipity Blogger Lounge at the Greenwich Wine+Food Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014, co-hosted with the event's presenting sponsor, Serendipity magazine. The lounge will host the CTbites & Serendipity Chef Speaker Series, a schedule of 13 regionally and nationally recognized chefs who will take part in a Q & A with editors from Serendipity and CTbites. Food bloggers, writers, and photographers are welcome to visit the tent, meet the chefs, and listen to the guest speakers. Speakers will be interviewed by CTbites' honarary team member Chef Matt Storch.
CTbites Chef Speaker Series
12:15 pm Aaron Sanchez
12:45 pm Anne Burrell
1:15 pm Adam Richman
1:45 pm Geoffrey Zakarian
2:15 pm Christian Petroni
2:45 pm Fritz Knipschildt
3:00 pm Geoff Lazlo
3:15 pm Joel Viehland
3:30 pm Michael Young
3:45 pm Bill Taibe
4:00 pm Jean-Georges Vongerichten
4:30 pm Mixology Panel: Gretchen Thomas, Jeff Marron, Adam Patrick