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Blackrock Farmers' Market Halloween Hootenanny

Black Rock Farmers Market (BRFM) presents a hoot of a party to celebrate the closing of our 2nd season. Join them for an afternoon of corn hole games, barn dancing, beer tastings, a pig roast by Walrus + Carpenter, local eats, and live music, from 1-5pm. Proceeds will directly benefit our 2016 season.

The event will be family-friendly and include a haunted house. Come in costume to trick or treat through the market.

Halloween Hootenanny Lineup

  • Beer tasting with Two Roads Brewing Company and other local breweries
  • Pig roast by Walrus + Carpenter
  • Corn hole tournament from 1-3pm –  REGISTER HERE
  • Live music from KC Sisters, G Rockwell & The Still River Ramblers
  • Barn dancing led by Bill Fischer, the Dance Caller from 3-5pm
  • Haunted house
  • Lounge area & bonfire

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CTbites Chef Demo Lineup @ The Blues Views & BBQ Festival, Sept 5 & 6

The 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association will be held in Westport CT on September 5 & 6 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the grounds of the Westport Library.  

CTbites will once again play host to the areas top chefs as they grill up and demo some of their favorite dishes and offer up samples for attendees of the festival. Come on down and meet this incredibly talented group of local chefs. 

CTbites Chef Line-up for 2015

Saturday 9/5

12:00- Match- Chef Matt Storch

1:00- Walrus + Carpenter- Chef Jon Vaast

2:00-  The Spread- Chef Carlos Baez

3:00-  Fleishers Craft Butchery- Emily Mingrone

Sunday 9/6

12:00-  Bobby Q’s – Tim Doherty 

1:00-   Vespa -  Chef David White 

2:00-  HooDoo Brown- Cody Sperry

3:00-  Da Pietro’s- Chef Pietro Scotti 

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Meet the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Team at Barrett Bookstore in Darien on July 11

Laura O'Neill and Connecticut natives Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen started Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in 2008 with pair of buttercup yellow ice cream trucks and a mission to revitalize traditional ice cream making by using only whole, natural ingredients. Less than a decade later the business has grown to include several bricks and mortar shops, a fleet of trucks, and a gorgeous new cookbook with 100 classic and new ice cream recipes.

Barrett Bookstore in Darien will be hosting a talk with authors Ben and Laura on Saturday, July 11 at 12 pm with a Q/A session, book signing, and of course, an ice cream tasting.

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Friday Froth: Beers At The Beach With Beer'd Brewing

The first ever Beers At The Beach micro-fest went down at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk earlier this month, and CTBites was there to give you a look. The party's host, Ken Tuccio of the Welcome To Connecticut podcast, created the event to showcase in-state breweries which don't have large distributions, and give people a chance to try the beers and meet the people who make them.  The guest of honor on June 11th was Beer'd Brewing of Stonington. 

Burgers and hot dogs were provided by Ripka's Beach Cafe as part of the party, and shrimp, clams and oysters were also on ice for bites al frescoBeer'd took the opportunity to launch their new imperial amber, Get To The Choppa!

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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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Two Roads’ Second Annual Road Jam Concert: Soul Rebels, Food Truck & Beer!

Stratford, CT's Two Roads Brewing Company will be celebrating their 2nd annual Road Jam concert on the grounds of their 100 year-old brewery building and it promises to be just as fun as last year with four awesome bands, great food trucks and plenty of Two Roads beer.

Building on the success of last year's event, this year's Road Jam will be a must-attend festival for music lovers. Two Roads has hired three local bands as well as a headliner all the way from New Orleans to keep you dancing until last call. 
Returning this year will be the Alpaca Gnomes who killed it at last year’s event and new to the line-up this year are two other Connecticut favorites, the psychedelic Snooty Garland and jam group The McLovins.

Headlining the event is New Orleans' finest brass band: The Soul Rebels. They have shared the stage with everyone from Kanye West to Dave Matthews and have collaborated with some of this generation's best musical acts. They have been described by the Village Voice as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.”  Two Roads is thrilled to feature them as the main act. 

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Ticket Giveaway for Ridgefield's Battle of the Chefs 2015

Chefs Bernard Bouissou (Bernard’s), Silvia Bianco (formerly of Biscotti) and Prasad Chirnomula ( Thali)

Battle of the Chefs returns to Founders Hall on Sunday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. and CTbites has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. The culinary showdown event will feature Chefs Silvia Bianco, formerly of Biscotti, Bernard Bouissou of Bernard’s, and Prasad Chirnomula of Thali, with emcees and hosts Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster (yours truly).

We are GIVING AWAY 2 seats to the May 17 Battle Of The Chefs event (a $200 value). We will randomly select 1 lucky winner with a pair of tickets. To enter for a chance to win, please post a comment on this story (you must include your email and name when commenting) telling us what you think the secret ingredient should be. [All comments will be considered made before the end of the day, May 1. Winner announced on May 4].

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Women's Business Council Hosts Amy Kundrat of CTbites & Sneaky Chef Author Missy Chase Lapin

The Women's Business Council of Danbury is hosting their fifth annual Conversations with Extraordinary Women on April 23 at 5 to 8 pm at the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, including CTbites' Executive Editor Amy Kundrat and best-selling author of Sneaky Chef Foods, Missy Chase Lapine.

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Danny Meyer, Shake Shack Founder & CEO Union Square Hospitality Group to Speak in New Haven

Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group which founded Shake Shack and popular restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern, Marta, and Union Square Café, will visit Yale on Tuesday, April 7 as the University's 2015 Gordon Grand Fellow.

Meyer will present two talks at Yale that are open to the public and will be streamed live on YouTube. For more information, or to watch live, visit Yale SOM or Yale News.


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The 16th Annual Taste of Ridgefield January 25 at Founders Hall

A Taste of Ridgefield will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Founders Hall, located in Ridgefield, CT. The 16th annual event will draw restaurants, caterers, and wine merchants from Ridgefield for two serving sessions 12:30 – 2:30 pm, and 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

This event is hosted by The Rotary Club of Ridgefield and sponosred by Fairfield County Bank and Vazzana Management Consulting to benefit its schoarship fun and support a new fuel subsidy initiative to help needy families in Ridgefield. 

Participating restaurants include:

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