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Soup’s on at Wakeman Town Farm with Chef Craig Charlton!

25 Sep

Wakeman Town Farm Soup Workshop

Is there anything better on a crisp fall or cold winter day than a bowl of soup and a nice hunk of yummy bread to go with it?  No, not really.  And we all have our favorite soups, too:  NE Clam Chowder (you’re banned from here if you like Manhattan Clam Chowder, btw), Italian Wedding Soup, French Onion, Tomato, and of course Minestrone.  

Speaking of Minestrone, that’s what you’ll learn to make at a special Soup & Bread Workshop at Wakeman Town Farm on 10/6 from 10 to noon.  Chef Craig Charlton, who is a Westport native and has nearly 30 years of restaurant experience, will lead you through the steps in creating an amazing soup that’s sure to warm your heart and soul. He’ll also show you how to make a killer herbed flatbread, too, because what’s a soup without some bread to dip into it?

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Spice things up: Hatch Chile Roasting Festival at Grade A in Stamford

8 Aug

If you would like your mind to be blown search up “What’s the difference between chile and chili peppers?”  Digging through the vast amounts of articles and bickering over a single letter is certainly tough academic work.  Some claim there’s no difference, some claim it’s a difference based upon where you live, and some strongly state that chiles are spicy peppers (New Mexicans in particular) while chili is the meaty soup-like food.  We’ll just have to do more research on this (and by saying that we mean we’re done researching it)!

Anywho, you’ll be happy to know (however you spell it) that Grade A ShopRite on West Main Street in Stamford is hosting a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival on August 10 from 10-3 pm.  These prized peppers are the champagne of the chile world, only being grown in Hatch.  If you get a Hatch pepper from anywhere else it’s a fake!  And, what makes them even more valuable is that the harvest season is very short.  So, you’ll have to come by and try some of these big and bad grilled chiles outside of the Grade A.  In addition, you’ll be provided with some killer recipes and will get tips from the experts on how to best prepare your Hatch chiles.

Hint:  when cutting hot peppers it’s never fun to wipe your eyes or use the bathroom.  Just trust us on that one.

Grade A ShopRite

Hatch Chile Festival

August 10, 10-3 pm

1990 W Main St

Stamford, CT 06902

8 Awesome Local Restaurants Participate in Winter Chef Series at Klaff’s of Danbury + Norwalk

24 Jan
Klaff's Winter Chef Series
February usually gets the short end of the stick.  It’s too cold, it’s too snowy, it’s too dark, it’s too depressing.  Well, guess what kiddos?  Klaff’s of Norwalk and Danbury have put together some great cooking demos and tastings so that February can be become a somewhat more tolerable month.  Each free event will take place on a Saturday from 12-2 pm right in the middle of an amazing array of ranges, decorations, and appliances.  The chefs who are cooking up a storm represent some of the most popular and yummy dining spots throughout Fairfield County, too!  Lucky for you we’ve got the details for each demo and tasting:
At the Klaff’s South Norwalk store at 28 Washington Street
February 2:  Tinto Bar & Tapas, Norwalk, www.tintobartapas.com
Chef/Owner Carlos Hernandez presents the Spanish food culture in the form of Tinto Bar & Tapas. Superior ingredients, an attractive atmosphere, attentive service, and value are at the forefront of this fun tapas bar and gathering place. A variety of big flavors, creative tapas, and fresh fruit cocktails, all at accessible price points – all without compromising quality, are at the forefront of Tinto’s always festive dining experience.
February 9:  Bar Sugo, Norwalk, www.barsugo.com
Located in Norwalk emerging eastside district, Chef Pasquale Pascarella, a dynamic young chef and the owner of the popular Contina Pizzerias in Fairfield County, introduces his brand of casual, fun Italian dining in the form of Bar Sugo, a contemporary trattoria and wine bar serving “modern Italian meets peasant food”. Momma’s meatballs, damn hot peppers, and homemade short rib agnoletti are some of the favorite dishes customers are talking about.
Chef Kevin Garcia prepares modern Italian cuisine at Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich, CT.  Morello is owned and operated by the London based restaurant group MARC, Inc. Morello Bistro combines regional Italian cuisine with exceptional wines and superior service. Chef Garcia has designed a menu of sophistication, sans the pretense.

Harvest Table Luncheon and Demos to Benefit Local Soup Kitchen – Italian Center of Stamford

26 Oct

Debra Ponzek from Aux Delices of Greenwich will be guest speaker at the Harvest Table Luncheon. Photo from press release.

Update:  back on track!  Harvest Table is happening on 11/11 from 11 to 2:30 pm.  

Our crazy dog Maynard who is harassing us now to throw the ball to him.

Our cute kitties who leave piles of fur, day after day, throughout the house.

Our health.

The promise of new beginnings.

Fans that rock and that make our day, every day.

These are just some of the things that we’re thankful for.  See, there’s just something about the holidays that makes us reflect back on our lives, see what we have, then see how we can give back to those who don’t have.  It’s that spirit of giving that fuels New Covenant House of Hospitality, a vital soup kitchen and food provider that is able to feed residents of Lower Fairfield County.  In fact, they provided over 600,000 meals to residents just last year.  To help them continue their mission, they are throwing their Second Annual Harvest Table event on 11/3 from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the Italian Center of Stamford.

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