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The Connecticut Table

February 2014

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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New Haven's Pepe Pizza Family Includes Olympic Bronze Medalist Alex Deibold

02/19/14

New Haven's Pepe Pizza Family Includes Olympic Bronze Medalist Alex Deibold

Seems that Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold is a member of the family behind New Haven's most famous pizzeria, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, and that family members got drawn into the Sochi buzz.

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Get Your Last (Delicious) Tastes of Match in SoNo Before It Closes for Renovations

02/18/14

Get Your Last (Delicious) Tastes of Match in SoNo Before It Closes for Renovations

Match will temporarily close March 2 for a renovation of the restaurant, and our content sharing partners at CTbites are helping get the word out about some special events to take advantage of before Match goes dark.

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Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich: Beautiful Food, Exquisite Setting

02/17/14

Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich: Beautiful Food, Exquisite Setting

Morello Italian Bistro is architecturally one of the most beautiful restaurants in Connecticut and offers equally fine cuisine.

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New Dinners at Truffles Bakery in Farmington: Gourmet and a Bargain Too

02/12/14

New Dinners at Truffles Bakery in Farmington: Gourmet and a Bargain Too

Whether it’s a case of having fallen behind running errands on a weeknight when the children begin loudly demanding food, or planning ahead for a nice Friday or Saturday dinner, most Connecticut families share similar goals—to go somewhere warm, welcoming, cozy and delicious, but without breaking the bank.

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Great Dining Deals During Stamford Restaurant Weeks; Bethel & Wilton Up Next

02/12/14

Great Dining Deals During Stamford Restaurant Weeks; Bethel & Wilton Up Next

The prices for lunch range from $10.14, $12.14 or $20.14, and dinner ranges from $15.14, $20.14 or $30.14 so you can return to some of your favorite restaurants and try some new ones

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Tickets Remain for Nordic Inspired Pop-Up Dinner in New Haven

02/09/14

Tickets Remain for Nordic Inspired Pop-Up Dinner in New Haven

Courtesy of our friends at CTbites, an invitation to a a one-of-a-kind gourmet Nordic inspired dinner in New Haven.

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'Muse by Jonathan Cartwright' Debuts at Connecticut's Luxe Mayflower Grace

02/07/14

'Muse by Jonathan Cartwright' Debuts at Connecticut's Luxe Mayflower Grace

Cartwright’s versatility and flair for subtle drama was evident in the wide range of small-bites offered to guests, most notably in a smoked lobster dish served in a plastic egg-shaped vessel.

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Dressing Room Restaurant in Westport Closes; Paul Newman Was Co-Founder

02/03/14

Dressing Room Restaurant in Westport Closes; Paul Newman Was Co-Founder

It is with a heavy heart that we report the Dressing Room in Westport has closed its doors. While we work on the full story, here are the words of Michel Nischan via their website. Paul Newman and Michel Nischan were pioneers in the farm to table movement. Michel will continue his great work at Wholesome Wave, and we hope to see Chef Jon Vaast very soon.  "After eight great years and hundreds of thousands of delicious, local and sustainable farm-direct meals, Dressing Room Restaurant has closed. Founded by internationally renowned chef Michel Nischan and the late actor Paul Newman in 2006, the restaurant was Fairfield County’s first farm-to-table restaurant. We thank our customers who shared our passion and genuine interest in supporting regional growers...

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Chowdafest: Delicious Competition on Sunday to Warm Up for Super Bowl

01/30/14

Chowdafest: Delicious Competition on Sunday to Warm Up for Super Bowl

The 6th annual Chowdafest competition has award-winning chefs and restaurants competing head-to-head, with guests getting to be the judges.

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Connecticut's Hot New Artisan Chocolates; Insider's Scoop (for Valentine's Day)

01/25/14

Connecticut's Hot New Artisan Chocolates; Insider's Scoop (for Valentine's Day)

For Valentine’s Day, Plum Brook is offering a special heart-shaped box filled with 11 of its richest-tasting truffles at a cost of $22—or any of its chocolates in any configuration, of course.

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