IntoxiKate Guide to Summer Cocktails

When I think of summer, I think of backyard barbecues, al fresco dining, and beaching it up with friends. And all three have one thing in common—they are not complete without your favorite adult beverage in hand. Enjoyed in moderation, of course... When this summer came around, I felt my usual go-to selection was a little tapped out. So I consulted with my experts—from Yonkers, NY to Ridgefield, CT—to find out what our favorite mixologists were whipping up for the summer. I’ve got cocktail recipes from Westchester’s own Chef Peter Kelly to cookbook author Arlen Gargagliano (who makes one killer [...]

On Air with Shearwater Coffee Bar

This Week on Fork This with IntoxiKate There's many ways to catch the latest episode of Fork This with IntoxiKate, celebrating all things food and beverage in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Every week, the show airs Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. on 1490 WGCH (wgch.com) and on Westchester Talk Radio Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. Missed your first opportunities? Not to worry—you can catch the Fork This with IntoxiKate podcast after the show airs on SoundCloud. I'm excited to introduce you to this week's guests: Ed Freedman Coffee Enthusiast + Owner of Shearwater Coffee Bar Okay, let's [...]

By | 2017-07-25T17:51:20+00:00 July 25th, 2017|coffee, eat + drink, fairfield, gourmet shops, organic|0 Comments

Grains, Greens + Real (Fast) Food at B Good Fairfield

ON THE MENU Click on the images below to dive in to some serious #foodporn. THE DETAILS Owners Steve and Molli Hourihan opened their B Good Fairfield two years ago, and since then, it's been a family focus. From local families popping in to enjoy a meal, to their friendly, knowledgeable staff, the neighborhood eatery is a flashback to the fast food joints of days past. Healthy options like grain bowls, salads, and smoothies litter the [...]

Homemade Pasta + Stellar Sauce at Cotto Wine Bar Stamford

ON THE MENU Click on the images below to dive in to some serious #foodporn. THE DETAILS If you're looking for an authentic Italian eatery in Stamford, Cotto Wine Bar instantaneously transports you to a small café in Rome. From the homey ambiance to the authentic, imported foods, restaurateurs Claudio and Silvy Ridolfi create an intimate, delicious experience. Yes there's tapas, a slamming charcuterie platter, and brick oven-fired pizzas, but here the homemade pastas by Chef Rolando Guardado are the star. Accredited Sommelier Ian Toogood and [...]

Killer B Norwalk

Please note: If you are currently on any sort of diet, do yourself a favor and skip this post. I know, I know. I'm supposed to WANT the views. But listen, I'm looking out for you. There's only very tempting, calorically-dense food porn ahead. Also, I wouldn't read on an empty stomach, because you may start licking the screen. #seriously You've been warned :) Sometimes, a food experience so big comes across your plate and your can't get it off your mind. And that's exactly what Norwalk's Killer B is all about. The eatery boasts some seriously flavorful burgers, bacon, [...]

By | 2017-03-26T23:30:15+00:00 March 26th, 2017|cocktails, craft beer, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Symrise Flavor, Hillside Food Outreach + Killer B

Today on Fork This with IntoxiKate Fork This with IntoxiKate airs Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. on 1490 WGCH and wgch.com. Tonight's guests include: Emmanuel Laroche, VP of Marketing of Symrise   Did you ever wonder how trending flavors make their way onto products on store shelves? Emmanuel Laroche explains how Symrise works with product developers to create the hottest products on the market. He also talks innovation—offering up information on how the culinary world influences the savory, sweet, and beverage categories. Kathy Purdy, Founder of Hillside Food Outreach Hillside [...]

Music, Country Fair Bacon, and Peaches in Norwalk

When I think about peaches, I think about wrapping my hand around something soft and fuzzy, pulling the small fruit off its perch from one of my dad's trees. It's a nostalgic moment—definitely summer, and I can almost feel the juice run down my chin as I take a bite. Refreshing. When it comes to Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint, I'm not thinking soft and fuzzy, but I am thinking refreshing. Here, my tastebuds aren't getting the same effect as sinking my teeth into a ripe peach, but I will admit, the collaboration between owner Greer Fredericks and executive [...]

By | 2017-02-01T21:32:22+00:00 February 1st, 2017|cocktails, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Southern Comfort Brunch: Judy’s Bar + Kitchen Stamford

Misconceptions can be everything with food. And I, of all people, should know better. Normally I'd tout that you can't get southern food like you can in the South. I'd also be bold enough to say I'm not a huge breakfast fan—savory is my thing and I usually find too many sweets on morning menus. But Chef Judith Roll, of Judy's Bar + Kitchen in Stamford, may have convinced me otherwise on both accounts. Greeting you on the table are some tradition Southern breads to start you salivating—small portions of corn bread and bite-sized cheesy biscuits in small, stainless steel colanders [...]

By | 2017-01-26T17:45:54+00:00 January 26th, 2017|chefs, cocktails, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Restaurant News: The Cottage in Westport Expands Space

Restaurant News The Cottage in Westport, CT officially opened its expanded space next door, which includes full service dining at a ten-seat bar (with a new cocktail menu, local draft beers and an expanded wine program to pair with their continued commitment to locally sourced dishes). Chef Brian Lewis' bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to close, and open for continuous service on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to close. Seating at the bar is walk-in only. The additional spaces also houses seating for large parties of ten at a window seat banquette.  Reservations are accepted for large parties at the banquette. {The Cottage: 256 Post Road East,  Westport, CT, 203-557-3701, www.thecottagewestport.com}

By | 2017-01-05T15:44:25+00:00 January 6th, 2017|eat + drink, fairfield, restaurant news|0 Comments

Where to go for New Year’s Eve in Fairfield, CT

The best places to ring in the new year in Fairfield, CT.   BONNE ANNÉE (THE FRENCH WAY!) BISTRO VERSAILLES New chef J. Carlos Rodriguez offers a holiday-inspired menu to ring in the New Year. Classic French cuisine options include a Potato Leek Soup with Bacon Lardon and White Truffle Oil, Torchon de Foie Gras, Arctic Char, Pork Belly Confit, and more. Oh, and dessert includes a decadent German Chocolate Bomb with Pecan Coconut filling. TIME: Dinner hours COST: A La Carte RESERVE: 203-661-6634 GO: 339 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich   DOUBLE THE FUN BAR BQ & MCFADDENS The collaboration between [...]