|Clockwise from top left: Octopus from The Spread, short rib from Ritz Carlton, Filet Mignon, Pork belly from Mezon - Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Shrimp w/ ricotta gnocchi and pesto from Hudson Grille CT, Fluke crudo from Fjord Fisheries|
CTBites hosted their blogger tent again the year, with an impressive lineup of celebrity chef and mixologists sharing their stories with moderator Matt Storch, owner and chef at Match in South Norwalk. Featured speakers included Adam Richman of Man vs. Food, Chopped's Aaron Sanchez (who has recently opened a new restaurant, Paloma, in Stamford), and Bill Taibe, the man behind Westport hotspots Le Farm and The Whelk.
A mixology competition featuring talent from local hotspots Walrus + Carpenter, Napa & Co., Valencia Luncheria, Paloma, and Match was a stiff one, with Adam Patrick of Match in South Norwalk earning the win with his creation "Farewell, My Lovely" (I've tried it, and I have to agree that it's remarkably delicious).
At 4 o'clock, two large tents (dubbed "The Watering Hole" full of beer and liquor vendor began to fill up, and the anticipation grew for the beginning of the BBQ and Burger Battle. At this point, I was too full to reasonably consume another morsel, but of course that did not stop me. There was a competition underway, and I had to form my own opinion! My favorite burger was from Dan Rooney's, guinness sauced and placed on a pretzel bun, but last year's winner, Plan B Burger Bar, reigned supreme.
As darkness fell, the focus shifted from food to music, with performances by The Bacon Brothers and Alabama. It's an impressive feat to make it through the whole day and stay for the entirety of the music, one that I'll admit I have yet to achieve. Maybe next year. I'm already excited. If you live anywhere near Greenwich and have taste buds, The Greenwich Wine + Food fest is a must-attend event!