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Pho Saigon: Real Pho. Really off the beaten path. 

If you like Italian cuisine (I mean real Italian) and you haven't been to Fortina in Armonk yet, something is ALL wrong. 


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GIVEAWAY: Tix to 4B Festival... Beer, Bourbon, Bacon & BBQ for All

The 4B Festival, the area’s first of its kind festival of specially curated beer, bourbon, barbecue and bacon is around the corner on March 22nd...but it's ALL SOLD OUT!! 

DO YOU WANT TIX TO The 4B Festival? We can help! CTbites is GIVING AWAY 5 pairs of tickets to the "Regular Admission Session 2" on Saturday March 22nd, 5:30pm-9:30pm. Each pair of tix is a $150 value!!


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The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events 

This weekend, Fountainhead/Fat Cat Pie Co. in Norwalk will offer complimentary tastings of wine from  the Southern Rhône

Fairway Market has its own house-baked Beer Bread!  It’s made with local Blue Point Brewing Co. Hoptical Illusion IPA and is a combination of wheat, rye and sourdough.  It has a strong essence and smell of hops and can be included in any type of meal of the day!  Stop by to pick yours up- great for St. Patty’s!

Artisan Restaurant has a brand new prix fixe lunch menu.  On weekdays, enjoy an appetizer, entrée, and coffee or tea for just $19.  See the menu here. 

The luck ‘o the Irish is giving you even more delicious choices to enjoy at Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse in Stamford. They are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with some traditional and not-so-traditional additions to the menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Shamrock Brazilian Limeade, Leprechaun Limeade, Green Beer, Shamrock Coffees, Shamrock Cremes.  Through the 17th.

Strada 18 in SoNo is celebrating St. Patty's with a $29 prix fixe including Chef David's Famous House-Made Corned Beef, Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread Guinness Stout & Irish Whiskey Specials Guinness Stout Gelato!

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New Haven May Be Home to Another Tarry Lodge

Connecticut may be home to another Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria, due to arrive in New Haven as early as this summer, according to recent news reports by The New Haven Independent who covered the recent Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Tuesday evening: 

The Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group intends to open a Tarry Lodge restaurant at 278 Park St., according to Lauren Zucker, Yale’s director of New Haven affairs. Yale holds a long-term lease on the property, which is owned by St. Thomas More.

The Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group already have successful locations in Port Chester, NY and Westport, CT, led by Joe Bastianich, chef Andy Nusser, and general manager Nancy Selzer.

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Pig Carving Workshop & Growing Mushrooms @ Millstone Farm

Millstone Farm in Wilton has a few workshops coming up that you may not want to miss. These events range from Pig Carving 101 with Chef Tim LaBant of  The Schoolhouse including lunch & cocktails to a three-hour workshop on Mushroom Cultivation. Can you think of a better way to spend your afternoon? I think not. Details are below...

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Outstanding In The Field Tix Go On Sale March 20th

Mark your calendars. On Wednesday, March 20th, the first day of spring, tickets will go on sale for the 2014 season of Outstanding In The Field. 

On September 4th Bill Taibe of The Whelk & le Farm and on September 5th Chef Wirt Cook of the Redding Roadhouse will be hosting dinners @ The Hickories Farm in Ridgefield. 

"Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls." Their mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. The other meaning of Outstanding in the Field is outstanding as in the best. 

Last year’s first-time event at The Hickories was so wonderful we decided to do two this year. Host farmer Dina Brewster left a big-city teaching/poetry career to become a farmer. Chef Bill Taibe and crew were a pleasure to work with and we’re thrilled to be doing it again -- and again. Plus, this year, there will be a second date with Chef Wirt Cook of the Redding Roadhouse. --Outstanding in the Field

Thursday September 4, 2014
The Hickories, Ridgefield, CT
PRICE: $235.00
HOST FARMER: Dina Brewster, The Hickories
GUEST CHEF: Bill Taibe, LeFarm & The Whelk, Westport
TIME: 3 pm

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NyHaven in New Haven: A New Nordic Pop-Up

NyHaven, a one-time pop-up new Nordic dinner in New Haven on March 3, blew away a couple dozen diners lucky enough to purchase seats to the 15-course dining experience showcasing some of the most daring and inventive food in Connecticut. Conceived by Chef Simon Marcell Davidsen with fellow Community Table chef Tommy Juliano, they teamed up with John Ginnetti of 116 Crown, who not only generously offered the kitchen and dining space for NyHaven, but also paired each snack and course with an appropriate "cocktail."

An indelible evening marked by a provocative menu, curious cocktails, and a house filled with appreciate gourmands, we attempted to capture the meal in not just words, but an interview with Chef Simon Marcel Davidsen, photos of each course, and 116 Crown's video of the NyHaven experience:

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Sign Up for Sport Hill & Stone Gardens Farms CSA's w/ Easy Pickup @ Wakeman Town Farm

Wakeman Farm CSA Pickups
Thursday or Friday? Just pick your day!
Wakeman is offering not one - but TWO - CSAs to provide you with 
fresh-picked produce all season long.
One is from Sport Hill Farm in Easton, the other is from Stone Gardens Farm in Ridgefield. Both are for pickup at Wakeman Town Farm 
Choose your day!   
Organic Sport Hill Farm CSA is accepting applications through 3/31. Order now and receive weekly produce delivery every Friday at Wakeman Town Farm! To order, click here: 


Friday Pickup

A Note from Organic Farmer Patti Popp, of Sport Hill Farm in Easton:
We have extended the 2014 CSA deadline until 3/31/14 for pick up at Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center on Friday afternoons 1-7 or at Black Rock Farmers Market Saturdays 9-1. Our CSA program runs twenty weeks. Usually begins the first week of June through mid-October. We are mainly a vegetable production farm, we grow watermelon and cantaloupes. Cooking is a must. Please e-mail me for an application if this seems like a good fit for you and your

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Bonnat & Pralus Venezuelan Chocolate Tasting Re-Cap

Spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart is fantastic, tasting and learning about great chocolates with your sweetheart is even better. While many were eating at restaurants, enjoying romantic dinners at home, or enjoying a concert or sporting event, a group of chocolate novices and enthusiasts met at Olivette Oil in Darien and were educated on the finer points of high-end chocolates by Analiese Paik, trained chef, chocolate aficionado, and Editor of The Fairfield Green Food Guide.

The table was pre-set with five different chocolates, a rating card and a flavor wheel. Normally, the chocolates would have disappeared in a nano-second but the group was instructed to sit and relax. Analiese presented an incredibly detailed and comprehensive overview of the process that converts the bean pods of the Theobroma cacao (“food of the Gods”) tree to chocolate. All of the chocolates that we would sample were from Venezuela and included Bonnat Puerto Caello, Bonnat Chuao, Bonnat Hacienda El Rosario, Pralus Venezuela, and Pralus Chuao.

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And The Winner of the Baró Cocktail Contest Is....

Our cocktail throw down winner has been decided. Baró  New World Cantina in Fairfield made their decision last night and have selected the following name for this great spring cocktail. 

The winning name is... Flor De Sol...submitted by LAW.

LAW will win a FREE DINNER FOR TWO at Baró in Fairfield (cocktails included). 

Kudos to all 70 entries. There were some mighty fine names in the mix. 


Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar: Top Notch French with a Twist in Stamford

It’s the corner where downtown Stamford’s sidewalk café scene began. Bedford and Spring streets. Barrique has the best location in downtown Stamford, in a quaint stone building a few steps from the Art Deco Avon Theatre (date night recommendation--an independent film and Barrique’s bistro food).

In summer, Barrique’s large, wood doors fold open on both sides of the corner. For 14 years, it was Chez Jean-Pierre, and under new ownership since June, Barrique’s dining room has lost the humorous Renoir-esque mural of Jean-Pierre and his friends in favor of a subdued white and gray palette -- white-washed brick walls, café chairs, wrought iron chandeliers, and bare, dark wood tables. It’s a casual, relaxing atmosphere.  And there’s a new bar room at the back of the restaurant, a cozy spot where jazz is played Wednesday evenings.

Executive chef/co-owner Louis Barresi’s menu mostly focuses on France, with Italian, Spanish, Latin, Asian and Latin influences. Barresi is a co-owner of Doppio Artisan Pizza in Greenwich, New York City and Long Island. Manager and partner Danny Silver is the sommelier. Barrique means “barrel” in French, and if you have questions about the 41 wines served by the glass, ask him. He’s the former sommelier at A Voce in New York City. 

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