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Nibble: CT Food Events for The Week of Dec 5-11th

The Wilton Library now has a book group dedicated to food literature. This month, explore Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent while Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, moderates a discussion.  This free event takes place on Tuesday December 6 at 11am.  

On Tuesday December 6, enjoy a Badia a Coltibuono Italian Wine Dinner at Max a Mia in Avon, CT.  Enjoy 4 courses including Rabbit Porchetta and Lamb Carpaccio as Guest Speaker Emanuela Stucchi guides you through complementary wines.  It costs $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

Start the week out right at Cask Republic in Norwalk and Stamford!  Pay half price for any bottle of wine and tap carafes every Sunday and Monday evening.

Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield and Rustico Trattoria in Westport are teaming up for a Piedmont Holiday Wine Dinner on Tuesday December 6.  Enjoy 6 courses paired with complementary Italian wines from the region.

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Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of Nov 14 - 21

Baldanza Café in New Canaan is pleased to offer a new “Americana Menu.”  Diners can now enjoy a 3-course prix fixe meal- appetizer, entrée, and dessert- for just $28.

Celebrate opening day of The Westport Farmers' "Winter" Market November 12th. Food trucks, live music, local Spiked Seltzer, micro-brews and more! Every Saturday @ 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport. Visit the market on Saturdays at Gilbertie’s Greenhouse 10am-2pm through March 11.

Walrus + Carpenter will hold one of their popular BrewGrass + Pig Roast nights on Thursday November 17 starting at 7:30pm.  Join them for a whole hog pig roast, craft beer, and live bluegrass!  

On Friday November 18, Founder’s Hall in Ridgefield will host a Beefsteak Community Feast with an all-you-can-eat meal catered by Sarah Bouissou (of Sarah's Wine Bar) and bottomless libations.  The event serves as a fundraiser for Founder’s Hall.  Tickets are $150 per person.

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Nibble: CT Food Events For Week of Nov 6-13

Olea will host a Georges Laval Champagne Dinner on Monday November 7.  Chef Manuel Romero will prepare a special menu to complement four premium champagnes.  It costs $195 per person, inclusive. 

Greenwich will have its 3rd Annual Restaurant Week from November 11-20.  Festivities begin on Thursday November 10 with an opening night party at J House.  Then visit participating restaurants like Aux Delices, The National, Tarry Lodge, and Back 40 for prix fixe menus and specials.   

The Perrot Memorial Library hosts Kate Perla, author of Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, on Wednesday November 9 at 7:30pm.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Bon Appétit.  Her latest work is part cookbook part travel memoir.

On Thursday November 10, Basso Café in Norwalk invites you to an Italian wine dinner.  Chef Renato Donzelli will prepare five courses to complement wines selected by Wine importer and Wine & Spirit Trust graduate Larry Smith.  It costs $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

On November 10, Chef Matt Storch and CTBites’ own Stephanie Webster will give Y’s Men of Westport/Weston the inside scoop on the Fairfield County dining scene. 

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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 6

EMBODY Fitness Gourmet is now open at the new Heritage Square complex on Forest Street in New Canaan!  Embody offers a fitness inspired menu, a 14-foot community table, and easy plug-in and charging stations for guests.  This is Embody's third location in Fairfield County, CT.  You can also visit them in Darien and Westport.

New Haven Restaurant Week lasts until November 4.  Popular restaurants like 116 Crown, Miya’s Sushi, Shell & Bones and Olea are participating. 

On Thursday November 3, Fjord Fish Market, Greenwich Cheese, and Fleishers, will host the 2nd annual "Monger Mingle.” This year, guests can get in the holiday spirit by sampling holiday-inspired food from all three.  It will take place THE HUB (160 E Putnam Avenue) from 7-9.

On Sunday, November 6 from 11am-1pm, blogger, photographer, chef, and author Gina Homolka will sign her newest cookbook and #1 New York Times Bestseller, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow-Cooker Recipes, at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk

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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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