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Harvest Hootenanny @ Black Rock Farmers' Market Oct. 29th

The growth of the Black Rock Farmers' Market this year was tremendous and the enthusiasm for more things local has been contagious. After our market season ends on Saturday, October 15th, we will gather on the field once more to celebrate our third season (crazy, I know!) The Harvest Hootenanny will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 1-5 pm.

This family-friendly event will, of course, be chock-full of local chefs, breweries and music-makers. Walrus and Carpenter will be tempting our tastebuds again with a pig roast, poutine, and popcorn. For a special treat, BRFM veteran Whisk & Brush will be filling our bellies with their delicious doughnut creations. In addition, there will be 10 local breweries and oodles of great stuff like a haunted house to scare your pants off, plus our annual corn hole tournament. Hitch and The Giddy Up and Grit Rhythm will be laying down our musical soundtrack for the day. To get into the seasonal spirit of the month, Halloween attire and dancing will be most welcome (you know you want to).

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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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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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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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14 Places for St. Patrick’s Day Parties in CT (2016 Edition)

It doesn’t matter which candidate you support… on Thursday March 17 everyone can be a part of the green party!  Of course we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day!  A number of restaurants will be throwing parties and serving specials in honor of the occasion.

Here are 14 great spots for St. Patty's day parties and special events in CT. 

  1. Tigin Irish Pub, Stamford: Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford is a must visit St. Patty's destination. They'll have specials all day.
  2. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport: Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport invites you to their St. Patrick’s Van Morrison Night with a NEBCO Tap Takeover.
  3. Playwright’s Irish Pub, Hamden: Playwright Irish Pub will have Irish dancers, Irish music, food specials, and festivities all throughout the day.
  4. The Blind Rhino, Norwalk: Blind Rhino is putting their own twist on the holiday with St. Madness Day! Doors open at 11am.
  5. Redding Roadhouse, Redding: Redding Roadhouse is serving up a Celtic festival from Feb 22nd - March 17th (St. Patty's Day) with drink specials, bag pipers and a full celtic menu.

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For The Love Of...10 Unique CT Valentine's Day Gift & Events

Oh, for the love of....! How do you typically finish that sentence? We here at CTBites have a lot of love to share and would like to complete that thought with a whole flurry of creative ways to wooooo your special someone. Show the person you love (like/lust) that they are the peanut butter to your jelly, the mac to your cheese, the frosting to your cupcake. We offer you these delish restaurants and take out spots, seductive surroundings, heavenly drinks, gratifying classes, tasteful gifts...hell, we are making this holiday easy for you. You should send US a Valentine! Take a peek and enjoy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Here are 10 totally unique local CT Valentine's Day Gifts for your loved one...

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29 CT New Year's Eve Parties for 2016

We didn't "drop the ball!" has rounded up a list of 29 restaurants and hotspots where you can usher in 2016 in style.  Make your reservations now... seats fill up quickly!

  1. Elm, New Canaan will have two seatings, a three course dinner and a four course dinner.
  2. Mill Street, Greenwich will host either a 3 course dinner for $75 or a 4 course meal for $115. There are 2 seatings as well.
  3. Harlan Social, Stamford hosts their annual "Reveillon" NYE bash. They'll have live music, craft cocktails, and a chef's buffet of their favorite dishes.
  4. Match, South Norwalk promises "An Extravagant Evening" on December 31. They will be open on January 1 from 12-3pm and 5-8:30pm as well.
  5. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport will host a "New Year's Eve Spectacular" with live music & more!
  6. Bernard's, Ridgefield offers two seatings on the 31st: 6pm and 9pm. There will be live music and a champagne toast at midnight.
  7. Cafe on the Green, Danbury will offer a 5 course prix fixe menu for $65 pp. Two seatings, 6pm & 9pm.
  8. Elm City Social, New Haven invites you to a 5 course dinner with cocktail pairings.
  9. Fez, Stamford has two prix fixe options: a 4 course menu at 5pm and a 6 course menu at 9pm. The later seating includes a champagne toast and music by Harry Ellis and the Deep Intentions.
  10. The Whelk, Westport will offer a New Year's Day brunch.
  11. Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton has 2 New Year's Dinner options: 6 and 8pm. Both include 4 courses
  12. South End, New Canaan will have a special menu and lots of champagne.
  13. Vespa, Westport is throwing a huge party w/ menu special, champagne, DJ and FIREWORKS!!

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Sufganiyot (Cream Filled Doughnuts) Hanukkah Recipe from Roia Restaurant

The first night of Hanukkah is December 6th. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil for one day, and yet it lasted for 8 full days. And so, we celebrate the holiday by paying homage to an ingredient no cook can do without...oil.

Roia Restaraunt in New Haven has shared a wonderful recipe to enhance any true Hanukkah celebration Sufganiyot (Cream Filled Doughnuts). Pay tribute to the oil that lasted 8 days while enjoying one of America's favorite desserts. Happy Hanukkah!

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2015 CT Food Lover's Holiday Gift Guide

“At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” said the incomparable Maya Angelou. Well, we couldn’t agree more! So this holiday season, we know that when you give some of these gifts  that we have found (along with a wide smile, a big hug and happy greetings!), the lucky recipients will surely be feeling the love. Happy them, happy you. Happy holidays, everyone! 

Here are 16 creative and delicious local CT gifts for the food lover in your life. 

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Holiday Recipe: Autumn Old Fashioned by La Zingara in Bethel

Although we all love the Thanksgiving holiday, there comes a time in any family gathering where one simply requires a cocktail or two. La Zingara in Bethel is here to help you in your time of need with a classic drink. Their Autumn Old Fashioned cocktail recipe will drown out any trying relative, and just make the dinner that much better.  

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