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Entries in Westport (187)

Sunday
Oct142012

The Whelk: Bill Taibe's Inspired Seafood in Westport

The last year has given Westport three high-profile (if completely divergent) openings. Danny Meyer's Shake Shack opened its first venture into Connecticut and shook-up the Westport fast food scene and Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich opened a second Tarry Lodge in Saugatuck, bringing a different twist to traditional Italian restaurants. Finally, Chef Bill Taibe, the James Beard nominee and Owner / Chef of LeFarm opened The Whelk, his second Westport restaurant, on the Saugatuck River, just a short stroll from Tarry Lodge.

The Whelk, named after a sea snail similar to a conch, is primarily focused on seafood and addresses an oddly unexploited niche, a high-end seafood restaurant on Connecticut’s Gold Coast.  For that reason alone, I was especially interested in The Whelk, and thus began my exploration, with multiple visits to this award winning kitchen.

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Friday
Sep282012

Westport & Weston Restaurant Week 2012 Starts Sept. 30th

It's a fine time to eat out in Westport & Weston as Westport & Weston Restaurant Week returns September 30th through October 5th. Prix fixed menus include 3 courses for either lunch or dinner. In addition, the Westport Arts Center is sponsoring a “Dinner Doodle” Contest, encouraging diners to doodle on napkins provided by the restaurants. They will be entered into the doodle contest and featured at the Dinner Doodle Party on October 17th!

Participating restaurants include:

Arezzo Ristorante , Bistro 88 , Blue LemonBobby Q’s , DaPietro’s , Dressing Room , Matsu Sushi , Oaxaca Kitchen , Pane e Bene , River House Tavern , Rizzuto’s , Tabouli GrillTarantino’s , Tarry LodgeTavern on Main , Terrain Garden Cafe ,  Villa del Sol

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Tuesday
Aug282012

5TH Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival + CTbites Chef Tent

Come on down to the 5th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival this weekend, September 1st and 2nd.

This event celebrates food, music and family with an exciting line-up of bands, craft beer, barbecue and cooking events, ribs and pie eating contests as well as fun for the whole family. And let's not forget the CTbites Chef Demo Tent on Sept 1st, where 6 top Fairfield County chefs will demo recipes and serve up tasty vittles all day long. 

Food vendors include: Bobby Q's Bodacious BBQ, Winnie's Jerk Chicken & Fish-Caribean Cuisine, Blue Lemon Restaurant, Dave & Jerry's Hot Dog Trolley-Beef Hot Dogs, French Fries & Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Bar Q BBQ -Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken Wings, Melt Mobile -Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda, Rolling Cones Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice. Aurora's Gypsy Cafe-Desserts, Kettle Corn

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Tuesday
Jul312012

Invites Recap: "Happy Hour" @ Dressing Room

As you enter Dressing Room, it is the perfect combination of elegance and charm that attracts you.  When you sit down, it is the warmth that settles you in.  After you have eaten, it is the substance and quality that relaxes you into a food inspired ‘coma.’  Once you have left, it is the overall magnanimity of the Dressing Room restaurant that will entice you back.

Recently, CT Bites sponsored an event at the Dressing Room, known as “Happy Hour on the DR Patio.”  The evening was used to promote that which head chef/owner Michel Nischan has set as his restaurants overarching ideal, comfort.  From the specialty cocktails, to the stunningly made hors d’oeuvres, this is the type of happy hour that I would be a regular at.

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Friday
Jul132012

Behind the Wheel of Westport's Ice Cream Truck 

“Old McDonald” plays loudly over the sound system as two 19-year-old Westport boys, Jon Camche and Rick Snyder, cruise the streets of Fairfield County in their bright yellow vehicle. Occasionally the lyrics to “Happy Birthday” ring through the air, other times “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” repeats. With over 50 different children’s songs on their playlist, these two college boys take their business seriously.

The 1964 Chevrolet milk truck has been transformed to deliver a different sort of dairy product – ice cream! Camche and Snyder, owners of Everybody Scream Ice Cream, are continuing to put smiles and melted sweets on locals’ faces for the second summer in a row.

Summer favorite offerings include a few familiar faces: Chipwhich, SpongeBob Squarepants Popsicle, Screwball, Choco Taco, Firecracker, and the Strawberry Shortcake bar.

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Thursday
Jul122012

FroYo World Opens on Westport / Norwalk Border

There’s a new yogurt place in town and Froyo World is a delicious treat you don’t want to miss! Located at 361 Post Road West between John’s Best and Milo’s Methods, in Westport, this hidden gem is sure to delight you. Going to school in North Carolina, there are at least four frozen yogurt shops within five miles of me and as a result I have developed a growing (and healthy??) obsession with this frozen treat. Of course, I have my favorites and a few classic concoctions I tend to repeat, but I’m always looking for something new.  As the frozen yogurt fad continues to grow, many shops are becoming interchangeable, offering similar flavors with the same standard toppings. That being said, I walked into Froyo World after their grand opening Saturday, June 29th eager to see what I’d find. 

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for July 10, 2012

Happy Hour with CTBites

Come on down to the Dressing Room TONIGHT (tickets are $40), July 10 for Happy Hour on the patio from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Price of entry will secure you two drinks and appetizers as we reveal our cocktail naming contest winner.

Summer Chill: Food and Music to Benefit FTC 

The Fairfield Theater Company is a non-profit group well worth supporting. They bring excellent music, theater, comedy and film to their locations at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport and Stage One by the Fairfield Train station. They will host Summer Chill this Friday at Stage One with food courtesy of Molto, an open bar, and entertainment by The Fry Daddys on Friday, July 13.

Beer Run

Eli Cannons Tap Room in Middletown will host a Saranac Brewing beer tasting TONIGHT, July 10 featuring their Blueberry Blonde, Chocolate Orange Porter and Lemon Ginger Saision. They'll have a Stone Brewing Ruination 10th anniversary party tomorrow July 11.

Speaking of Ruination, Prime 16 in New Haven will also host an event on Thursday, July 12 featuring 10th Anniversary Ruination and a Double Dry Hopped Ruination.

At the new Bottlerocket of Westport, check out two free tastings this week: Thursday, July 12, 4-7pm: Locally made (Port Chester, NY) Honey Comb Vokda from StilltheOne Distillery and Saturday, July 14, 4-7pm: In honor of Bastille Day we'll be pouring both Lillet Rosé and Kronenbourg 1664 beer.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Chef Michael Batt @ Westport Farmers' Market 


Chef Michael Batt has been on the Food Network, trained under master chefs Geoffrey Zakarian (Town, LeCirque), Gray Kunz (L’Espinasse) & Terrence Brennan (Picholine, Artisinal), and is coming to this Thursday as the guest chef at the Westport Farmers’ Market on July 12.

Eight years ago Michael Batt was the talk of New York, well on his way to becoming the next big thing in the City. Working at restuarants including City Hall, Thom, and Terrence Brennan’s Seafood & Chop House, Chef Batt was rapidly working his way to the top. Then fate stepped in and he met his wife, Gallia. Shortly after, the two moved to Connecticut and took over Food Design, then run by another husband and wife team. Today, Michael and Gallia run their business like a family, with many of the staff with them since 2004.

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Monday
Jul022012

Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits Opens in Westport



Is grilled Mahi Mahi on the menu tonight? Not sure which wine or beer would best complement the fish? Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit is now open in Westport at 1790 Post Road East offering a seamless, cleverly organized wine shopping experience. With its roots in downtown Manhattan, Bottlerocket hopes to offer wine fans in Fairfield County a better understanding of wine, beer and spirits. Plus, they've got street cred. Bottlerocket has been named the #2 wine store in New York City by Zagat: "An 'innovator' among vintners...an 'A+ in creativity' for the 'eye-catching' themed displays..."

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Sunday
Jul012012

Art's Deli: An Old Classic Returns to Westport

Having been in Westport for almost eight years, I am definitely enjoying all the hip, new restaurants popping up like wild mushrooms, from California fusion to country chic. I love the innovative foods, inventive cocktails, the trendy decor and the chance to hang out with people who are far more interesting than I am. But sometimes I crave a little old school, mom-and-pop, and a diversion from my mostly vegetarian ways. After driving past Art’s Deli on the Post Road, I finally went in, and discovered a wonderful new, old place. It seems that in spite of all that has changed, what’s old has become new again. But this time, it’s better than ever.

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