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Sunday
Jun192016

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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Tuesday
Jun072016

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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Friday
May132016

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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Thursday
May122016

Fire Up Some Fun at Sun BBQFest at Mohegan Sun

Photo courtesy of CTNOWBrace yourself for a grillin’ and chillin’ good time at Sun BBQFest. On June 11th & 12th, sink your teeth into the best barbeque around with festivities featuring celebrity BBQ Chef — Myron Mixon, live music, beer trailers, barbeque showdowns, local vendors, food trucks and so much more!

Tickets are $5.00 per day and go on sale Friday, April 1st through the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Kids 6 and under get in free. The weekend of the event, tickets for entry are available at the gate along with food and drink tickets.

Eat, Drink, Compete

Get in on all the BBQ action and decide who reigns supreme during the People’s Choice Contest all weekend long. Purchase $2.00 samples from 20 participating Kansas City BBQ Society teams and cast your vote for the ultimate best at Sun BBQFest. Competition remains fierce on Saturday with a Rib Contest fromNoon to 2:30pm followed by a Wing Challenge from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. For $5.00, each contest offers a sampling of 5 wings or 5 ribs for you to judge! A portion of the proceeds benefits the Sun BBQFest official charity, Operation BBQ Relief.

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Friday
May062016

Recap: Community Plates 2016 "Food For All" Fundraiser

The skies were gray and rainy and the weather was cool and unseasonal on the evening of May 4th. But inside The Loading Dock in Stamford, home to Abigail Kirsch Catering events space, the space was glowing with a warmth and buzzing with activity and enthusiasm. This was the night for supporters, caterers, and restaurants to come together, raise funds, and celebrate the accomplishments of Community Plates, the Fairfield County nonprofit organization that works to ease food insecurity for so many of its residents. Via a technology fueled, direct-transfer system, their team of 315 volunteers (“runners”) regularly pick up and dispatch surplus food from over 46 donors and they have provided more than 8 million meals since its founding in 2011.  

This premier strolling culinary evening highlighted new restaurants, markets and cocktail bars in the Fairfield County area. From lobster and dumplings, to doughnuts, soul food, and craft cocktails, supporters tasted and mingled for a great cause. 

[Photography courtesy of Andrew Dominick & Hey Stamford!]

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Tuesday
Apr262016

Recap: Savor, A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits @ Foxwoods

What if I told you that you could feast on Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon, nurse a glass of Fess Parker Ashley’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, get cooking tips from Chef Mary Ann Esposito, and dance the night away with celebrity chefs- all while raising over $70,000 to help veterans and military families?  That by indulging in  a bite of Truffled Tenderloin Beef Tartare you could help a young girl receive a much-needed bone transplant?

Savor, now in its second year, makes all of that possible.  Dishes from Connecticut’s best restaurants, wines, spirits, beer, and merchandise are all available under one roof.  Proceeds from the celebration go toward the Robert Irvine Foundation.

CTBites was invited to both sessions of the walk-around Grand Tasting as well as the Savor In Style Charity Gala.  Here all of the delicious details.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Restaurants for Mother’s Day in CT: 2016 Edition

Sunday May 8 is all about Mom!  Connecticut restaurants are helping us celebrate the mothers in our lives with prix fixe menus, special a la carte items, buffets, and more.   Here are many places serving Mother’s Day meals. Please add more in your comments.

  1. Bernard’s, Ridgefield: Bernard's, which can be found in Ridgefield, will serve Mother's Day brunch from 11am-12:30pm and dinner from 1:30-6pm.
  2. Morello, Greenwich: On Sunday May 8, Morello Italian Bistro will offer Mother's Day brunch and dinner from 11am to 9pm.
  3. Harbor Lights, Norwalk: In Norwalk, Harbor Lights will offer a 3 course prix fixe menu for $59.99 per person. Kids are welcome too. There is a children's menu for $25.99.
  4. Millwrights, Simsbury: Millwright's in Simsbury has created a 3 course prix fixe menu for Mother's Day. Starters include dishes like a Baby Gem Salad and Smoked Salmon Rillette. Then, choose an entree and dessert.

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Friday
Mar112016

Edible Nutmeg to Launch Spring Issue with Event at Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich

Back 40 Kitchen will celebrate the release of Edible Nutmeg’s spring issue by hosting an afternoon launch event on March 24 from 11 am to 1 pm, a day before the issue’s official release date for a 'meet & greet' with Dana Jackson, Editor and Publisher, Edible Nutmeg and Bill and Lesley King, Owners, Back 40 Farm Group. Guests are invited to pick up a free copy of the new issue and enjoy organic light bites provided Back 40 Kitchen. Back 40 and Edible Nutmeg share a mission of appreciation of regional food, farming, and sustainability.

The Back 40 Farm Group is closely aligned with Edible Nutmeg’s vision, which is helping their readers engage the Connecticut food community. We have long appreciated this publication and are happy to provide the venue to launch the issue that officially ‘kicks-off’ the 2016 agricultural season. – Bill King

Back 40 Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant dedicated to using the highest quality organic ingredients in all of its dishes. Back 40 Kitchen is also committed to sourcing local by partnering with CT farmers and vendors including sourcing from its own organic Back 40 Farm in Litchfield County. 

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Sunday
Oct112015

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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Sunday
Aug162015

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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