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Gourmet Olive Oils at Shoreline Vine's Madison Shop, Tasting Room

02/28/14

Gourmet Olive Oils at Shoreline Vine's Madison Shop, Tasting Room

Dawn Schwab has a pressing issue she would love to share with you. It’s your olive oil and vinegar — she wants you to get serious about them. Schwab owns The Shoreline Vine in Madison, along with her husband Eric Weiss, where they have more than 40 traditional, mixed, fused and infused oils and vinegars for sale in their spiffy new tasting room located in the downtown Madison. Schwab was first in real estate management, and then retail with Crate and Barrel in Michigan, where she fell in love with oil from a good producer. When she and Weiss moved to Connecticut it seemed as if Madison was the perfect place to open her own store. “I just knew this kind of store would work in a small, upscale market like Madison,” she said. She was right. It works...

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New Gastropub, Avro Kitchen & Bar, Debuts in New Haven

02/26/14

New Gastropub, Avro Kitchen & Bar, Debuts in New Haven

Avro is still in the early days, and an executive chef will come on board soon to continue to shape the menu. Currently, the emphasis is on flavorful burgers and craft cocktails.

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Kibberia Brings Middle Eastern Cuisine to Westport

02/24/14

Kibberia Brings Middle Eastern Cuisine to Westport

Best of all ... was the Fattoush Salad. Here, a crunchy, pita bowl was filled with crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon, garlic, sumac and plenty of mint. So refreshing and tasty, it is a wonderful salad to wake up the taste buds.

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Community Table's Viehland, Millwright's Anderson Up for Beard Foundation Awards

02/23/14

Community Table's Viehland, Millwright's Anderson Up for Beard Foundation Awards

The final Restaurant and Chef Award nominations will be announced at the Publican in Chicago on Wednesday, March 19.

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Mystic Chowder Cook-Off a Folksy Event With Gourmet Soul, 'Best Seafood' Participants

02/20/14

Mystic Chowder Cook-Off a Folksy Event With Gourmet Soul, 'Best Seafood' Participants

In our Connecticut Best Restaurants 2013: Experts' Picks, Oyster Club was among the select honorees for Best Seafood—and that’s statewide—and right around the same time, the Mystic Marriott’s Octagon Restaurant took first prize in the Most Creative category at the 32nd Annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport.

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