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18 Restaurants & Food Activities for Halloween in CT: 2016 Edition

Halloween is right around the corner, and Connecticut restaurants are celebrating with spook-tacular specials and parties!  If you’d like to warm yourself up with a bowl of chili, visit Simsbury for its chili challenge.  For family fun, the Black Rock Farmers Market is holding its annual Harvest Hootenanny.  That’s not all!  From costume contests to creative menus to drink specials, here are restaurants and food inspired activities for Halloween!

  1. Spooktacular Chili Challenge, Simsbury: Chili is a fall staple and this year's Simsbury Chili Challenge goes down Saturday October 29 from 12-5pm. Local restaurants will compete for the title while participants taste, listen to music, shop, enter a costume contest, and more!
  2. J House, Greenwich: The J House Greenwich will have a Halloween Ball on Friday October 28 from 8pm-12am. There will be a costume contest for a $200 J House Gift Certificate.
  3. Peaches, Norwalk: On Saturday October 29, Peaches in Norwalk invites you to a NOLA Style Masquerade with Otis and the Hurricanes, drink specials, food specials, costume prizes, and plenty of beads!
  4. Black Rock Farmers Market Harvest Hootenanny, Bridgeport: The third season of the Black Rock Farmers Market is coming to a close.

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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of October 23rd -30th

Woodbridge Restaurant Week runs from Monday October 24 through Friday October 28.  Participating restaurants and menus. 

Room 112 is now open at 112 Washington Street in SoNo!  It is open 4 nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday.   

On Monday October 24, Craft260 in Fairfield will host a Kent Falls Beer Dinner.  Try 5 beers paired with 4 courses.  The menu includes dishes like Smoked & Roasted Marrow Bones w/ Stinky Smoked Bleu Cheese and Charred & Sticky Pineapple Thai Chili St. Louis Pork Ribs. 

Trick or Treat at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk on Tuesday October 25.  From 5-6pm, children 12 and under are invited to come in costume for trick or treating.  Tickets are free, but need to be obtained in advance.  There is a limit of 5 tickets per family.  

Green Village Initiative, a nonprofit in Bridgeport that empowers the community to grow fresh food and eat healthy, is hosting its second annual Harvest Bites & Booze fundraiser on October 25th at Trattoria 'A Vucchella. 

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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Oct 16-23

Nom-eez is on the road, delivering anywhere within a 5 mile radius.  That includes all of Fairfield, Bridgeport, and a bit of Westport!  Call them 7 nights a week as well as Monday- Friday from 11- 2:30. Menu online Call 203-923-8686 with your order.  A catering menu is available for groups of 6 or more as well.

On Tuesday October 18, Fleisher’s Craft Butchery in Westport will teach you all about “Goat & Lamb 101.”  Learn about the anatomy, techniques for preparing the meat, where it comes from, and more.  It lasts from 7-9pm and costs $100 per person.  Buy tickets in advance online.

Thread City Hopfest: Oktoberfest unfolds at Willimantic Brewing Company on October 20 from 6-9pm.  A Cupcake for Later, Cafemantic, and Willimantic Brewing Company will prepare Oktoberfest inspired dishes will the brewery pours seasonal brews.  Tickets are $30 in advance of $40 at the gate. Admission includes a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, and 4 half pours.  Additional beer can be purchased.  

The Stamford Ferguson Library’s Friends Literary Pub Crawl takes place on October 18.

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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Oct 9th - 16th

Napa & Company has announced the schedule for its popular Fall Wine Class Series.  It kicks off on Monday October 10 with a “Fall Wine & Food Pairing Guide.”  It costs $45 per person, plus tax and tip.  Classes start at 6:30pm and typically include 6 wines paired with 3 small plates. 

On Wednesday October 12, Chef Prasad and INDIA New Canaan will host Black Hog Brewing Company for a 5 course beer dinner.  Tom Sobocinsk, the brewery owner, will guide you through the beers and how they complement the dishes.  7-9pm and costs $60 per person, plus tax and tip.  

Ghost Tour meets pub crawl on Wednesday October 12.  “Pints 2 Poltergeists” includes a ghost tour of Mystic, CT, 3 stops for a beer along the way, and take home treats from Two Roads Brewery.  It costs $35 per person.  

The New London Food Stroll takes place on Wednesday October 12 from 5:30-8:30pm.  A $30 ticket gives you the opportunity to stroll through downtown sampling bite size samples and drinks from popular restaurants in the area.  There will be live entertainment as well.  

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Sugar & Olives Hosts Harvest Dinner to Support CT Farmland Trust

What’s the perfect way to send off this harvest season of farm food and the local bounty? A Harvest Dinner at Sugar & Olives in support of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. The Connecticut Farmland Trusts Annual Harvest Dinner is a fundraiser for the only statewide private conservation organization dedicated solely to the protection of agricultural land. Since its founding in 2002, Connecticut Farmland Trust has permanently protected over 2,690 acres of our state’s most valuable farmland.

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15 Foodie Places for Oktoberfest Events & Festivals in CT

Autumn means pumpkin flavored everything, falling leaves, apple cider donuts… and of course Oktoberfest! CT restaurants are celebrating with German inspired fare, seasonal brews, and festivals.  From Redding Roadhouse to Rothbard Ale + Larder to Vespa, here are 10 places where you can raise a stein this fall.

  1. Redding Roadhouse, Redding: Through October 31, Redding Roadhouse will be their 31st annual Oktoberfest. There will be authentic German cuisine, 1 liter bier steins, and a live OOmpah band from 4-8pm every Sunday.
  2. Rothbard Ale + Larder, Westport: Rothbard Ale + Larder will have their first ever Oktoberfest on Saturday September 24 from 1:30-8pm. There will be authentic German beers and food, games, and music all day long.
  3. The Hops Company., Derby: T.H.C. (The Hops Company) will celebrate Oktoberfest every Sunday through October 23. Visit them from 3-7pm for free admission, German bands, Oktoberfest inspired fare, and beer.
  4. Norwich Oktoberfest Pub Crawl, Norwich: On October 1, go on an Oktoberfest pub crawl in downtown Norwich. Visit places like Harp & Dragon, These Guys Brewing, and La Stella Pizzeria.
  5. Harlan Publick, Norwalk: Harlan Publick will have an Oktoberfest party on Saturday September 24

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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent @ The 9th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival 

The 9th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival will be held in Westport CT on September 3 & 4 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the grounds of the Westport Library.  

CTbites will once again play host to the area's top chefs as they grill up some of their favorite dishes and offer up samples for attendees of the festival.  

CTbites Chef Line-up for 2016 includes:

Saturday 9/3 12-4 pm 

12:00- Rothbard's- Chef Jon Vaast

1:00- Match/Nom Eez- Chef Match Storch

2:00-  Da Pietro's- Chef Pietro Scotti

3:00- The Spread / El Segundo- Chef Carlos Baez

4:00- Pearl at Longshore- Chef Michael Hazen

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Celebrating The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in CT 

When I married a fellow Yale grad student whose parents came to this country from Norway, I was struck by how intensely my newly adopted culture focused on light. There was the magic of Norwegian Christmas, when it seemed that every window in Oslo shone with candles lit against the darkness. At the opposite end of the year, there was the solstice at Midsummer, which has also been an occasion for partying it up since pagan days. Summer visits to a family farm north of the Arctic Circle brought grilling, beer, and card games in the brilliant light of the midnight sun. 

While Connecticut residents, being well south of the Arctic, can count on dark summer nights, you do not have to visit Scandinavia, or even claim family connections, to celebrate Midsummer. You just need to be able to appreciate that there’s something about this peak of sunlight hours that invites us all to lighten up and Let It Go. It’s a rare person who could not use the reminder.

The solstice technically falls on June 20th, but Midsummer parties typically take place from June 19th through the 25th. Locally organized festivities include the Scandinavian Club of Fairfield’s annual celebration complete with a Maypole, a Swedish tradition. This year it’s on Saturday, June 25th, at noon, at 1351 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, CT 06825.

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15 Restaurants for Father’s Day in CT: 2016 Edition

Father’s Day arrives on Sunday June 19 and what better way to celebrate than with special menus by some of the area’s best restaurants?  Whether you’re in the mood for an outdoor BBQ, lobsterbake, traditional brunch, or gourmet dinner, there are so many delicious way to honor Dad! Here are fifteen, add some more in the comments.

Pearl at Longshore in Westport will have a special installation of Live @ Pearl in honor of Father's Day. Listen to the music of Accidental Breakdown on the patio from 4-7:30pm.

The National in Greenwich is excited to present a Father's Day Grilling Menu. The menu will feature dishes from their hardwood grill including wood grilled asparagus salad, and wood grilled Berkshire pork skirt steak. Their a la carte brunch and dinner menus will also be available.

Lyman Orchards in Middlefield invites you to a Father's Day picnic. Dig into apple-honey glazed chicken, Cherrywood-smoked St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, burgers, and hot dogs under their Apple Barrel tent. It costs $29.95 for adults with special pricing for children depending on their age.

Harbor Lights in Norwalk will have a special prix fixe menu on Father's Day. Choose from an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $49 per adult and $19 per child.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa will host a Father's Day brunch in its restaurant, Fresh Salt. Brunch includes a slider bar, BBQ station, ice cream sundae bar, and more.

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Opening Day of the Westport Farmers’ Market is May 19: Raise a Glass to Food & Community

Michael Pollan once said, “The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community.” Nowhere is that sense of family and community more alive than at the Westport Farmers’ Market. 

Join your friends and meet new ones on opening day this Thursday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 50 Imperial Avenue. Gather in the center of the market at noon to raise a glass of green juice compliments of The Stand, Fairfield County’s premier vegan-inspired food and juice bar. This yearly ritual kicks off a celebration of local, healthful, delicious food, farming, and community, and is where market organizers unveil the year’s Friend of the Market bags. For a yearly contribution of $40, Friends of the Market are the backbone of the WFM, supporting educational and other activities for clean eaters of all ages. In turn, Friends are rewarded with weekly discounts from over 45 vendors. 

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