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Guest Chef Dinner Series @ Amis Trattoria w/ New Executive Chef Jes Bengston + Amazing Guest Chef Lineup

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Stephanie Webster

Executive Chef of the Terrain Cafe brand, Jes Bengston, has just been appointed as the regional head chef for Westport’s Amis Trattoria, in addition to continuing her role at Terrain Café. She will oversee both restaurants (under the Urban Outfitters umbrella) in the CT region. To celebrate, she rolling out an exciting new Guest Chef Dinner Series: Friends + Neighbors. 

Every Wednesday from Sept 25 through November 13 a new chef will bring their culinary POV by creating a menu of specials that fuses their style with the Italian flair of Amis. Diners can expect some creative dishes that push the boundaries of what can typically be found at Amis + an opportunity to rub elbows with both Jes and her chef friends. Check out the schedule below. This is gonna be fun people…

Geoff Lazlo Hosts Dinner Series at Greenwich Botanical Center

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Andrew Dominick

If you were fortunate enough to try Geoff Lazlo’s food at Mill Street Bar & Table—or at The Whelk and LeFarm prior to that—you know to expect fresh, seasonal food from the restaurant chef turned private chef and caterer. With his latest endeavor, Geoff Lazlo Food, he’s popping up at venues all over Fairfield County and beyond. These days you’ll catch Lazlo flashing his skills at places that practice and preach sustainability like Mike’s Organic Delivery, The Hickories, Millstone Farm, and he even returned to cook at one of Gramercy Tavern’s 25th anniversary alumni nights where he was a sous chef for four years. 

Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For September 15-22

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

The 7th Annual Two Roads Ok2berfest takes place September 21 starting at 12pm.  In addition to the brewery’s own tasty drafts, there will be Authentic German music, German-style beers, food, games and more. 

Artisan West Hartford celebrates its 2nd Anniversary with a Havana Nights themed party on Wednesday September 18.  Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer will be showcasing Cuban-themed cuisine including: Cubanos with pulled pork and pickles, Ropa Vieja , and other appetizers.  In addition, unlimited Beer, Wine, Soda and Signature cocktails will be served.  Dressing up for the event is encouraged! 

Max Chef to Farm presents an Oktoberfest Dinner at Hanging Hills Brewery on Thursday September 19.  This collaboration will bring Chef Hunter Morton together with selections from one of Connecticut's most popular craft brewers, Hanging Hills Brewing Company.  Tickets are $79 inclusive and the event is limited to 70 seats. 

Match Restaurant in Norwalk is turning TWENTYCelebrate with them on Thursday September 19.  Party with complimentary bites and bubbles along with a cash bar for other specialty drinks. 

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT, is a multi-day event celebrating this area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries.  This year’s festival includes special guests like Martha Stewart, Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian, and Valerie Bertinelli.  Little Big Town headlines the musical entertainment.  This year’s proceeds will go toward Food Rescue US and Greenwich Parks & Recreation. 

Guide To Connecticut Caterers For Your Next Party

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April Guilbault

School has started. You know what that means, don’t you? The holidays are coming (sorry!). Plan now, get a jump on things. This will be your year to be…ready for it?…organized! We all love the parties and events that the holidays bring but they can also have us sighing and dreading them because, well, they are a lot of work, no matter how wonderful they are. With that in mind, maybe this is the year you opt for a caterer to help you enjoy the season and these delightful gatherings all the more. A gift to yourself, so to speak. This bunch of professionals will set up, decorate, coordinate and serve a wonderful variety of delicious morsels for you and your guests. You can rest easy as your beautiful event unfolds before your very eyes. Sometimes, we get by with a little help from our friends, and in this case, our friends who cater…

20+ Places for Oktoberfest in CT: 2019 Edition

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

It may be called OKTOBERfest, but 2019’s Oktoberfest festivities are kicking off as early as September!  Breweries are creating their own German inspired beers while popular restaurants are providing their own renditions of bratwurst and more.  Get your lederhosen ready… Oktoberfest 2019 is here!

The Hops Company, Derby

The Hops Company will be hosting its 4th annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 13, 2019 beginning at 12:00pm.  Featuring Von Trapp Brewery, the day will include live bands, giveaways, and specialty casks.  A highlight of The Hops Company’s Oktoberfest is the Stein Hoisting Contest.  Each winner will receive an overnight stay for two at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.

Half Full Brewery, Stamford

Oktoberfest in the Park, presented by Half Full Brewery, returns to Stamford on September 27 & 28.  Festivities include food trucks, a Pop-Up Beer Garden, and Live Music from a variety of local and regional acts. The festival is held in support of the Mill River Park Collaborative and takes place on The North Lawn & Grand Steps in Mill River Park in downtown Stamford. 

Troupe429, Norwalk

Saturday October 5 is PRIDEtoberfest at Troupe429 in Norwalk.  The free event features plenty of drinks, food, and live performances. 

Sandy Hook Craft Beer Festival, Newtown

Just in time for your Octoberfest parties comes the Sandy Hook Craft Beer Festival.  There are currently over 45 breweries signed up and 6 food trucks.  Additional vendors will provide food, candy, spirits and other shopping fun.  Join them Saturday October 15 from 1-5pm.

The Great Fried Chicken Sandwich War of 2019

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Chris Grimm

The Great Fried Chicken Sandwich War of 2019 came to Lower Fairfield County last week, following the viral Twitter skirmish that began when Popeye’s introduced it’s new chicken sandwich, an attempt to go after the Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich market that has been dominated by Chick-fil-A for many a year.  This has been a fascinating study in viral marketing as it has been one of the first cases where corporations have been able to use Twitter effectively to go after one another.  By the end of the news cycle even Hot Pockets claimed to be a part of this Battle Royal.

If nothing else was learned, it’s that consumers like snark.  As one commentator said, it became the fried chicken sandwich version of Real Housewives, and it seemed to drive everyone’s’ proverbial ratings through the roof as Popeye’s sold out nationally and others sold out in some locations.  

I primarily wanted to try the national chains that are available locally (no local friend chicken sandwiches, for the sake of the review).  And it had to be a fried (as opposed to grilled) chicken sandwich. The contenders: Popeye’s, Shake Shack, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, & McDonald's.

NEW Podcast! Chef Billy Grant, A Founding Father of CT's Fine Dining Scene

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Stephanie Webster

This week on The CTbites Hot Dish Podcast , we chat with Chef Billy Grant, whom we lovingly refer to as one of “The Founding Fathers” of CT’s Fine Dining Scene. Chef Grant is the owner of Restaurant Bricco, celebrating over 20 years in business, and Bricco Trattoria. What’s on the podcast menu? We discuss the METS, cooking for family, the importance of giving back to his community, and what it takes to do what this guy does. Listen here.

Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For September 8-15

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Join Chef Geoff Lazlo for a Greenhouse Garden Dinner at the Greenwich Botanical Gardens on September 12 from 6-9pm.  Dinner will include a specialty cocktail, passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal inspired by the seasonal vegetables and herbs grown in the GBC teaching vegetable garden.  Lazlo will lead a discussion about the menu and environmentally friendly cuisine. 

Celebrity Chef Tyler Anderson will host the second annual Eat.Drink.Give fundraiser benefitting Foodshare at Millwright's Restaurant and Tavern on Monday, September 9 at 6:30pm.  Eat. Drink. Give will feature a multi-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by local award-winning chefs Tyler Anderson & Niles Talbot of Millwright's Restaurant in Simsbury, Prasad Chirnomula of Chef Prasad Indian Kitchen in New Canaan, Jeff Lizotte of Present Company in Tariffville, Billy Grant of Restaurant Bricco in West Hartford, and Pastry Chef Kristin Eddy of Millwright's in Simsbury.  There will also be a silent auction.  Tickets are $125 per person. 

The Hadley + Occum, 2019 Farm Dinner Event series continues on Friday September 13 with the Chefs from Treva.  The DORO Restaurant Group has teamed up with Sub Edge Farm for an RSA (similar to a CSA but geared towards restaurants) and chefs will highlight the local bounty at this beautiful meal on the farm.  Tickets are $99 per person. 

Suffering from empty nest syndrome?  Roger Sherman Inn wants to celebrate the launch of our children on September 13 from 6-8pm. Tickets will be available for $50 per person at the front desk.

CTBites’s own editor Stephanie Webster is Dancing with the Stars… AGAIN!  On Saturday September 14, she’s kicking up her heels in Greenwich on behalf of Abilis, Inc., a wonderful non-profit that supports kids & adults with special needs.  Make a donation or cheer her on at the event. 

High George, New Haven’s newest rooftop bar located at The Blake Hotel, has launched a new Happy Hour just in time for guests to enjoy the fall foliage.  From 4-6pm, partake in $1 oysters, $6 wines, $8 mojitos, $4 beers, and an $8 rotating punch cocktail.

It’s Sunday Funday El Segundo!  For $10, get a bracelet for $5 drinks specials all day long.  For an additional $5, enjoy a signature breakfast burrito, normally on the brunch menu for $10.  You can come and go as you please.

Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For Week of September 1-8

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Attention CT foodies ready for a road trip: The Newport Wine + Food Festival arrives this September, kicking off the fall season and ushering us into a beautiful time of year.  2019 marks the fourteenth anniversary of the festival, which takes place from September 19-22. 

Get ready to “pig” out on Mondays at Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford.  Every Monday through, 9/23 join them on the patio for some pig pulling and bourbon tasting.  Bring a group of friends and have a pig picking party right at the table! Individual portions are available as well for $9.  Plus, join them Tuesday 9/3 for Friends Trivia.

Birdman in Bridgeport is ready for college students and football season!  They are featuring a Nashville Hot style chicken wing and some Pennsylvania Dutch Hand Pies filled with the Harlem Bodega favorite "Chopped Cheese."

Redding Roadhouse hosts a Tuscan Wine Dinner on Wednesday 9/4.  Chef Lucas has designed a meal that pairs perfectly with Frescobaldi wines.  Dine al fresco on 3 courses with pairings for $75 per person. 

There’s nothing like a good, juicy burger… and now you can enjoy them on the farm!  On 9/4, Chef Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Little Donkey) and Tony Camilleri (Zohara) join the Sub Edge Farmers for an evening of farm-made burgers, grilled veggies, and cold drinks.  Tickets are $45. 

NYC-born pizza institution and Newington newcomer, Artichoke Basille's Pizza, will celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day on Thursday, September 5 by giving away a FREE Basille Regular Cheese Pie with the purchase of any other whole pie.

WIN FREE Tickets to Greenwich Wine and Food Festival 2019

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CTbites Team

Hey guys. It’s that time of year again…Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is almost here, and YOU CAN WIN 2 FREE SATURDAY ALL DAY PASSES (WORTH $400). Comment below and include your email. Tell us why YOU NEED those tickets!

At the festival, guests will experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, cooking demos with Special Guest Chefs, a celebrity green room with live interviews, an exclusive Meet the Masters panel discussion, The Tailgate Party with The Ultimate Taco, Burgers & Beers, and Grill Masters & BBQ.  The 8th Annual Burger Battle and 6th Annual Top Bartender Showdown will also return, providing friendly competition between area restaurants and bars. 

Growing CT Beer At Fox Farm Brewery

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James Gribbon

Beer, as I've said so many times on this site, is food. Beer is a farm you can drink. It's an agricultural product that comes to us from fields of grain and leafy green hop yards, even down to the yeast brewers culture and grow from the skins of fruit in orchards. The massive proliferation of breweries in Connecticut - many of them less than five years old - means a huge uptick in the need for all these natural products. I wanted to take a look at how the rise of craft beer is affecting the state of agriculture in the Constitution State, and how breweries and farms are working hand in hand to create and restore the growth of Connecticut beer. This will be an ongoing series as summer days get shorter and we approach harvest time, but I thought the best way to start would be with a place that brings agriculture and beer together, and I started with at Fox Farm Brewery.

School’s in Session! Hoodoo Brown Debuts BBQ 101 Classes

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Andrew Dominick

It’s a sweltering hot Sunday in July and a dozen of us are standing outside of Hoodoo Brown BBQ at quarter to eight in the morning. A father-daughter duo came in from the Upper East Side, one guy came from Queens, others made a 45-minute drive down from parts of the Hudson Valley or from various parts of Fairfield County, the rest sped over from up the street. At that time, Hoodoo Brown was still over three hours away from opening its doors to customers craving their Texas-inspired barbecue, so what the heck were we all doing there? 

Nibble: CT Food Events For Week of August 25-31

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

In addition to being a food critic in both Connecticut and Miami, CTBites’s own Ellen Bowen is making her film debut! Check her out as an extra in Batsh*t Bride, a movie while was filmed in Fairfield County. There is a special pre film pre fixe dinner at Chez Vous Stamford and an after party At Flinders Lane. Get your tickets to the Monday August 26 premiere for $10 and by emailing 

El Segundo is turning 3! On Thursday August 29 starting at 4pm, join them for food and drink specials, giveaways, and live music.

On Thursday August 29, Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield hosts a Patio Paella Party. Close out the summer with music from a live DJ as Chef James Bizak prepares paella and other dishes. A ticket price of $50 plus tax and gratuity will be collected on-site for entry, food, and wine. Other beverages available for purchase.

The 11th Annual A Taste in Simsbury returns on Thursday August 29. The gourmet foodie event features mouthwatering samples from top area restaurants, craft beer, wine, specialty drinks, coffee and dessert. It takes place at the Riverview from 5:30-8:30pm.

Millwright’s appreciates teachers! Through September 15, show your badge or teaching ID and get 20% off your bill.

West Hartford Restaurant Week continues through September 2. Feast on specially priced prix fixe menus at West Hartford hotspots, all while supporting Foodshare.

Nibble: CT Food Events, Farm Dinners, Tastings and Festivals for Week of August 18-25

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Birdman Juke Joint has kicked off their “Biscuit Brunch”. Yes, it's those nationally acclaimed Brown Sugar Buttermilk Biscuits that took the nation by storm when Chef Chris Scott made them on Top Chef. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday only from 10:30am to 2pm.

Happy Birthday, Julia Child!  On Wednesday August 21, celebrate her birthday at Millwrights with a 5 plus prix fixe meal.  It costs $95 per person (plus tax and tip) and also includes wine pairings. 

Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester, CT invites you to a Pig Roast on the Patio.  Join them on Monday August 19 for a pig roast with plenty of BBQ sauces, picnic-style sides, drinks, and delicious summer desserts. 

The Hey Stamford! Food Festival is finally here!  On August 24 and 25, food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, and more will converge on Mill River Park.  Donut Crazy, Dinosaur BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, and Kona Ice are just a few of the eats that will be there for the weekend!  Choose from regular admission or a VIP experience. 

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for August 11-18

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Two things that embody summer: Croquet and Rose! Enjoy both on the Artisan (West Hartford) event lawn on Monday August 12. A $25 ticket includes game play on the event lawn, two tickets for beer, wine or soft beverages, and Artisan's hand crafted hors d'oeuvres.

There are kids in the kitchen! Stew Leonard’s Newington is offering an “It’s Raining Tacos” culinary class for tots and kids this week. On Tuesday 8/13 and Friday 8/16, toddlers ages 2-5 will prepare taco quesadillas, taco mac & cheese, and tacos. Also on Tuesday, kids ages 6-12 can learn new skills in a separate session.

Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport is known for its tasty BBQ… and it’s soon to be known for its beer! Join them to try their own newly launched beer, Walrus Ale + Lager. Plus, they’ll soon have a food trailer hitting the streets. “The Flying Pig" will be making its way to breweries, festivals, and more.

Have you gotten your tickets for the Hey Stamford! Food Festival? Don’t wait- with 40+ food trucks over 2 days, they’ve got more delicious food than you could imagine for one weekend! And here’s one more reason to stop by: a Veg Out! Vegan Pop-Up was just added to the line-up.

Nibble: Yummy CT Food Events For August 4-11

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

This summer, check out Tequila Tuesdays at Evarito’s in Norwalk.  Get $6 Evarito’s El Jimador margaritas, half price carafes, and other half price tequilas at the bar all night long, and enjoy their gorgeous roof top!

To celebrate Litchfield’s 300 year anniversary, Arethusa Farm and the Lichfield Historical Society invite you to the Tapping Reeve Meadow to meet some of Arethusa’s award-winning cows. On August 11, learn about the history of the farm, sample ice cream and cheese, and play games.  $5 per person or $20 per family. 

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center hosts a Berry Bonanza on Sunday August 11.  Harvest berries from the garde, learn how to identify wild raspberries versus invasive wineberries, and create no-bake raspberry sauce to take home. 

On August 7, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill will be donating 10% of all food sales to New Haven Reads.

Healing meets Happy Hour at the Roger Sherman Inn on August 7. Try out acupuncture while enjoying drinks and bites.

Guide To Our Favorite CT Summer Farm Stands

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Maddie Phelps

With the glorious warmth that summer brings to Connecticut comes a plethora of delicious fruits, vegetables, and other produce that are sure to highlight any and every meal of the season. If you’re looking to get a taste of the incredible produce CT offers when the temperature is at its hottest, you’ll surely want to make a trip to some local farm stands. As late July is upon us, however, the number of summer days left are ticking away at a startling speed. But fear not; your life just got a little bit easier. Some of the best summer farm stands in the state are listed below, ranging from the eastern most points of Connecticut to down in Fairfield County. All you have to do is find one that catches your eye and take the drive.