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The Connecticut Table

March 2014

A Tour of Veneto Wine Dinner at Foxwoods' Al Dente Is a Sure Bet

09/16/14

A Tour of Veneto Wine Dinner at Foxwoods' Al Dente Is a Sure Bet

Who says there’s no sure bet at a casino, that the odds are always stacked in favor of the house? In at least once instance, the guests always win—with a jackpot of big, beautiful flavors that come at a fairly modest cost—at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

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Owner of The Whelk and Le Farm Opening Asian Restaurant in Westport

03/31/14

Owner of The Whelk and Le Farm Opening Asian Restaurant in Westport

If there is any cuisine that is not represented well in Fairfield County, it is Asian, but all of that is about to change.

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How Sweet It Is: UConn Maple Syrup Shack to Host Open House

03/28/14

How Sweet It Is: UConn Maple Syrup Shack to Host Open House

UConn students have discovered something sweeter than a love shack—and way more sappy.

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From Rome to New Haven With Love: Classic Italian Gems at Adriana’s

03/26/14

From Rome to New Haven With Love: Classic Italian Gems at Adriana’s

Adriana’s Restaurant & Wine Bar in New Haven offers classic Italian fare from team that learned to cook in Rome.

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Bick's Burgers Opens in Danbury; Gourmet-Minded, Homemade Philosophy

03/25/14

Bick's Burgers Opens in Danbury; Gourmet-Minded, Homemade Philosophy

The Bick's Burger concept is fairly straightforward–a modern take on burgers, elevated with homemade touches, and delivered with a solid 75/25 burger.

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Mac 'n' Cheese on a Hot Dog: It's a (New) New Haven Classic

03/20/14

Mac 'n' Cheese on a Hot Dog: It's a (New) New Haven Classic

Corey Spruill puts macaroni and cheese atop a grilled, split, foot-long Hummel’s hot dog. Add some jalapenos and bacon, and oh boy, comfort is in every bite.

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Jane and Michael Stern's 'Roadfood' to Star in New Haven Event

03/17/14

Jane and Michael Stern's 'Roadfood' to Star in New Haven Event

Jane and Michael Stern will give talk at a 'Roadfood' themed dinner, where Gateway Community College students will prepare regional recipes.

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Match in South Norwalk to Reopen This Week; Cocktail Party Thursday

03/17/14

Match in South Norwalk to Reopen This Week; Cocktail Party Thursday

After months of planning and a sleight of hand two week renovation, Match restaurant in South Norwalk is poised to reopen this week with a blow-out opening cocktail party celebrating the new Match on Thursday, March 20 at 5 pm. Beginning Thursday at 7:30 pm, reservations will be accepted for dinner with business as usual for SoNo’s beloved restaurant. Match opened up its still very dusty doors to CTbites over the weekend before the reopening, giving us a behind the scenes look at what to expect from the new Match, from its décor (purple!), new brand (relaxed and modern), to its new menu (more is more) and glimpses of a handful of reimagined and darn good looking dishes. A steady fixture in the Fairfield County dining scene with chef/owner Matt Storch...

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A Roadfood Favorite for Burgers, Harry's of Colchester, Opens for Season

03/14/14

A Roadfood Favorite for Burgers, Harry's of Colchester, Opens for Season

Harry's Place of Colchester reopens for its 94th season offering memorable "beach fare" to hungry customers.

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Mario Batali Plans New Haven Restaurant Like Tarry Lodge in Westport

03/13/14

Mario Batali Plans New Haven Restaurant Like Tarry Lodge in Westport

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, known for his suite of restaurants and television presence, wants to open a restaurant at Park and Elm street like his Tarry Lodge in Westport.

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Ibiza in New Haven Closes; Enjoy Its Cream Cheese Mousse at Home

03/12/14

Ibiza in New Haven Closes; Enjoy Its Cream Cheese Mousse at Home

Ibiza, the beloved Spanish restaurant in New Haven, has closed, which Stephen Fries, a professor and coordinator of the Hospitality Management Programs at Gateway Community College, announes in his latest column for the New Haven Register, which is excerpted here. Ibiza's website says the Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar in Hamden remains open.

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Crêpes Make Perk Cafes in Durham, Guilford Destinations; Bargain Dinners a Bonus

03/11/14

Crêpes Make Perk Cafes in Durham, Guilford Destinations; Bargain Dinners a Bonus

If you come at lunchtime, there are plenty of tempting soups, salads and sandwiches—along with a long list of sweet and savory crepes, which are the unifying theme of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar: Top Notch French in Stamford

03/10/14

Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar: Top Notch French in Stamford

Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar has the best location in downtown Stamford, in a quaint stone building a few steps from the Art Deco Avon Theatre.

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Branford Bakery's 'Wonder' Bread: Healthy German Rye Called Volkornbrot

03/06/14

Branford Bakery's 'Wonder' Bread: Healthy German Rye Called Volkornbrot

Call it fitness bread; health bread; weight-loss bread. You can even call it wonder bread, with a lower-case “w” that is. Such is its renown that people throughout the country order it online.

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A Getaway for Chocoholics at JHouse Boutique Hotel in Greenwich

03/05/14

A Getaway for Chocoholics at JHouse Boutique Hotel in Greenwich

Chocolate lovers can get their fix in Greenwich with a weekend of decedent sweet tooth indulgence.

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Farm-To-Trumbull Dinners at Parallel Post: Menus Set by Freshest Local Ingredients

03/04/14

Farm-To-Trumbull Dinners at Parallel Post: Menus Set by Freshest Local Ingredients

This spring and summer, chef Dean James Max will share his “fresh” obsession with Connecticut locavores at the Farm-To-Trumbull dining series. The series will kick off at Parallel Post on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

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Graham Elliot's Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich: Outstanding Cuisine, Says CTbites

03/03/14

Graham Elliot's Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich: Outstanding Cuisine, Says CTbites

Our content sharing partners at CTbites checked out a celebrity chef's new place in Fairfield County. Read our Connecticut Magazine review, which gives the restaurant a rating of ★★½ [Very Good-Superior] and then check out the CTbites' take.

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