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Wednesday
Jul222015

Not Your Nona’s Panzanella Salad Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

Panzanella is a great way to use up day-old bread and turn it into something tasty. You might remember your Grandmother making the traditional tomato/bread version--but if the thought of making the same ol’ seems uninspiring, check out these fun twists from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. Enjoy these great recipes for Greek Panzanella and Tex Mex Panzanella.

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Tuesday
Jun092015

LisaMarie's Food Truck: Paradise Lost, Then Found Off The Beaten Path in CT

Lisamarie Ault was flying high.  For twenty years she had served as the personal Chef to Edgar Bronfman, Sr., the billionaire magnate of the Seagram’s empire, preparing the best of everything for a man who demanded world-class excellence. That's exactly what he got from a devoted chef who was trained at CIA and cooked at restaurants from Switzerland to Hawaii. Lisamarie led a rarefied life in her own culinary paradise.  

But then she suddenly fell back to earth.  In December of 2013, Bronfman abruptly died, and his family no longer had need for a personal cook.  Lisamarie was out of a job … and a dear friend.  “Mr. B”, as she calls him, had become the father she lost days before she took the position two decades earlier.

“In March of last year, I had no idea what I was going to do next,” she recalls. “Suddenly, out of the blue, I learned that Mr. Bronfman had included me in his will.” On an impulse,  Lisamarie decided to  buy an old food truck, and take it on the road under the banner of "PARADISE FOODS.”

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Sunday
May312015

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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Sunday
Apr192015

Simply Delicious: Healthy To-Go Meals @ A Location Near You!

After the Simply Delicious mother-daughter team created a catering company, opened a restaurant, and made two kiosk locations, they have landed in the Westport Weston YMCA, serving on-the-go food and perfecting the art of the “satellite location” business.  

Lauren Peden, co-owner and chef, explained the goal of Simply Delicious is “to offer people on-the-go healthy meals for those that don't have the time to make meals at home.”

Simply Delicious started catering parties six and a half years ago, right after Lauren finished classes at the French Culinary Institute. In a recent interview with Lauren, she said that “friends and other people wanted me to cater their parties, so I decided to make a business out of it.”

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Wednesday
Dec102014

How To Create The Classic Holiday Cocktail Bar via Sheila Barton Catering

Sheila Barton is a local caterer with a flair for food styling. After watching her work her magic at several parties, we asked her for a few tips on creating your own "Classic Cocktail Bar." Here are her tips...

I thought it would benefit many to talk about how to set up the perfect holiday cocktail bar. Not only are the essentials so very important, but so are Style, Texture and Taste. I am always about creating an experience..starting with your eyes and ending with taste. Even if you can only afford to serve one great wine and one great beer, you can still do it with style. If you can throw in a classic craft cocktail or two, more the merrier!

So to first create Style, it is important to create a feeling of glamour and fun. You do this with visual appeal using different heights and Texture.

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Sunday
Nov302014

Lobster Post: Casual Fresh Seafood in Fairfield

Two words: LOBSTER FRIES. No...Really! If you want to cozy up to some delicious and decadent comfort food, get your claws over to the LOBSTER POST at 222 Post Road in Fairfield. Opened and owned by Jack Jagetic and now run by our man, Scotty and chef Mel, the LOBSTER POST offers fresh, tasty and unpretentious fare that both adults and children will devour.

As we walked in the doors of the simple yet charming little jaunt with a beach town vibe, we were treated to a sample of piping hot LOBSTER BISQUE. Seasoned to perfection with a tiny bit of heat at the end of the gulp, this soup was excellent. Not too creamy, and with a touch of sherry wine, the lobster flavor was allowed to blossom. We sat, we ordered, all was right with the world.

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Sunday
Oct262014

Guide To Great Caterers in Fairfield County: Holiday Catering Made Easy

A stack of gifts. Cards with cute holiday stamps. Family parties. Work parties. Kids’ parties. Cocktail parties. Concerts. Shopping. Even more shopping. And now you want me to host a party of my own or host eighteen relatives?? Your holiday to-do list is quickly making the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” look like a lullaby with all the items that are mentioned-that partridge atop that pear tree has nothin’ on you and your list. So...save yourself some gray hairs and a freak-out by booking one of these delightful, highly capable, and creative caterers to take over the food-portion of your entertaining obligations this season. They will do you proud and you can actually relax and enjoy an evening before you have to wrap that 200th gift. And with that, may there be peace on earth. + CTbites readers get special discounts. See below.

 Here is our Guide To 9 Great Caterers in Fairfield County:

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Monday
Jul212014

3 Summer Ceviche Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

There are few things more refreshing on a hot summer’s day or night than the delicious flavor of a freshly made ceviche.  This elegant dish is surprisingly easy to make and the varieties are endless.  The incredible marinade from Marcia Selden Catering makes all the difference between a meh and a wow ceviche!  

The best part?  Ceviche doesn’t need to be cooked in the oven, which keeps the kitchen nice and cool. It should be made in advance, which means you aren’t stuck in the kitchen all day! Read on for ultimate ceviche variations using one killer marinade.

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Thursday
Feb062014

Sochi Party Food Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

We are totally psyched for the Winter Olympics!  What’s better than sitting on your sofa, surrounded by lots snacks and watching the fittest athletes in the world compete for gold?!  

Why not throw a Winter Olympics Sochi Party?  Here are our favorite Russian inspired recipes to enjoy while you watch the Opening Ceremonies on February 7th at 7:30 pm.   So get your vodka chilled, and invite friends to come wearing their favorite ushanka (Russian hat). Read below for the following recipes: Russian Blini, Caviar Torte, Farshirovannye Yaytsa~ Stuffed Eggs, & a classic cocktail recipe, the White Russian.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Plated.com: Mise en Place Delivered to Your Doorstep!

There is nothing better than being able to select a gourmet recipe and have all the needed fresh ingredients arrive and ready to cook with just a few clicks. 

Plated.com makes meal making fun, easy, and a delicious experience. It is a mash-up of an online grocery store and a private cooking lesson. Easy to follow recipes, with pictures are provided. This is a great activity for two or the entire family, helping to reconnect people while sharing great food. The average time to prepare one of the meals is 30-40 minutes.

“Each week, 7 chef-designed recipes are featured on the menu. The dishes include 4 healthy meat & fish options and 3 unique vegetarian dishes.” The produce is fresher than what is typically found at the grocery store and can be enjoyed all week long.

Costs are simple to understand, they are per plate. Trial offers are currently running so check it out and go cook something extraordinary!

Go check out www.plated.com for more information. 

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