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Pistachio Crusted Loin of Lamb with Cherry Port Glaze Recipe: Perfect for Easter! via Marcia Selden Catering

23 Mar
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Learn to make this ridiculously amazing dish by following a few simple steps! Photo courtesy of Robin Selden of Marcia Selden Catering.

March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb . . . sorry, got distracted. Yes, and it comes out like a lamb. Man, it’s one of our favorite meats, especially when it comes around time for Easter and springtime. So, it’s only fitting that we share a great recipe from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering that will definitely wow your guests. Here it is, the recipe for Pistachio Crusted Loin of Lamb with Cherry Port Glaze. Continue reading

CT’s Biggest Food Truck Festival EVER, ever, ever: 1st Annual Connecticut Food Truck Festival

17 Jun
Set aside July 19 and 20...now...seriously...we'll wait...

Set aside July 19 and 20…now…seriously…we’ll wait…

Update:  the festival organizer changed the price for tickets to $5.  Bring your ticket back on Sunday and pay only $2 admission! 

Connecticut peeps really like their food trucks.  And, on July 19 and 20 from 11-7 on both days, CT peeps are gonna fall straight up, head-over-heels in LOVE with a helluva lot of food trucks at the The Connecticut Food Truck Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds.  Although the final details are still being worked out, there are already a few dozen trucks that have been signed up, with 40-50 expected by the time of the festival.  That brings this festival into the record books here in CT as the biggest food truck festival.  The previous record was at Westbrook Tanger Outlets with about 20 food trucks, and the recent RBS Food Truck Festival clocking in at 15.  And, the top record will soon be broken with an estimated 33 trucks at the Hamden Food Truck Festival…still not as big as the CT Food Truck Fest, though.  

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Go Wild with 5 Courses, Wine + Beer @ Bar Sugo’s Game Dinner – SoNo, CT

11 Oct

 

If you’re going to have game meat, you really only have two options to get it done right as far as we can see:

1)  Head to Grandpa or Grandma’s kitchen.

2)  Head straight to a restaurant that has a chef that you trust.

Unfortunately, when you’re headed out to a restaurant, it’s hard to know who the trusted chefs are until you’ve tried their game dishes.  For the timid and those afraid to try more exotic meats, this could be a deal breaker.  The meat might be too dry, it might not be cooked the right way, or the flavors might be off-balanced, leading to an unpleasant taste.

Lucky for you we know that Chefs Pat Pascarella and Paul Failla at Bar Sugo have the art of wild meat down, er, pat.  ;)  And, to show off these skills, they’ve created a five course wild game dinner that will be hosted on 10/22, staring at 6:30.  It’s $60 per person and that includes wine and beer to go with each course, plus it includes the tax and tip!  For a dinner like this, that’s a pretty nice cost, especially if you want to venture off into the dark side of the culinary world.  Yes, maybe you can delve deeper than just chicken, pork, and beef?

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Got Ostrich? Bareburger Expands into Ridgefield and Stamford, Connecticut

13 Sep

It was one fateful day last year that Joe O’Connor walked into the English Department office and explained how excited he was.  One of his favorite burger joints was coming to Great Neck, the place we work.  I asked him what was so amazing about Bareburger and he proceeded to expound upon the virtues of this burger joint.  At the time of this news, Bareburger was only a small chain, but when you consider all the locations that they will soon be in, you’d really need to consider them to be a major chain.  We’re talking about 13 restaurants in NYC, one in Great Neck, and new joints in Hartsdale, Edgewater, Columbus, the Upper West Side of NYC, Plainview, Hoboken, Rockville Centre, Boston, Philly, DC, and even Chicago.  That makes 27 Bareburgers!  Plus, of course, you need to remember that the Stamford location will be opening in summer 2014 and the Ridgefield location will open this fall.  So, what can we expect from Bareburger?  We interviewed Joey, asking him to talk about Bareburger because he truly is one of the greatest experts in the field.

Which Bareburgers have you been to?

 I enjoyed delicious meals at two different Bareburger locations. The first location I went to is in Bayside, Queens NY. This specific Bareburger spot sits right on Bell Boulevard, an incredibly busy strip full of tasty restaurants and fun local bars. Although this location is relatively smaller than the other location I attended, I appreciate how the front of the store completely opens up. The Bayside location extends its space to the street so customers can eat outside as well (which I very much enjoy). The second location I ate at is in Great Neck, NY. This beautiful Long Island community certainly provides terrific places to eat and shop along Middle Neck Road. I recently took a friend there to eat and we both enjoyed the larger space and unique décor.

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(Buck) Wild Game and Paired Wine Dinner at Bar Rosso in Stamford

20 Feb

Bar Rosso Game and Wine Dinner

Many restaurants have embraced multi-course menus with wine pairings.  The chefs have a chance to be creative and put together amazing dishes that normally aren’t on the menu.  The sommelier or person in charge of the wine pairing, also gets to go wild, and think about what would make the best flavor combinations.  Even if you’ve been to tons of these great food events, you’ve probably never been to one like Bar Rosso has planned.  Yes sir, they have planned a five course dinner that features wild game and has a thoughtfully chosen glass of wine to go with each.  Their First Annual Wild Game Dinner is behind held on March 6 and starts at 6 pm.  You’ll need to RSVP by 2/27 by e-mailing or calling them up at (203) 388-8640.  Tickets are $120, tax and gratuity are not included.

Let’s go through the menu:

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