First Tastes of Dinner + New Menu at The Granola Bar- Westport, CT

31 Oct

Who knew when Dana and Julie started making and selling their OATS Granola a few years back that today they’d have a successful restaurant that people religiously flock to for breakfast and lunch? Of course, when you meet them and experience their passion, energy and strong work ethic you aren’t at all surprised. And, when you add the talented Chef Jess Bengston to hold down the kitchen, The Granola Bar really becomes a sure bet!

As if The Granola Bar wasn’t already rocking in its first year of business, there are some exciting changes to help take things up a notch starting Wednesday, November 5. Brace yo’selves because The Granola Bar will be open for dinner with extended hours of 7 am until 9 pm Wednesday through Saturday and regular hours 7 am -5 pm Monday and Tuesday, and 8am -4pm on Sunday.

In addition, they’ll be rolling out their third menu change since they opened, and spoiler alert, this new menu is awesome! Chef Jess shared that the inspiration behind these changes had to do with what was fresh and in season, which you can definitely see when you look at some of the dishes on the menu like their new amazing grilled cheese sandwich: The Post Road. This was one of the dishes that we tried on Wednesday during a preview tasting . . . and it also ended up being one of Chef’s favorite new items. She shared with us, “Anything that I’ve had total control over where I’ve made and worked with the ingredients is exciting to me like my apple butter. The soup is also something that I’m super excited about.”

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NOLA Night @ The Palace ft. Food, Drinks, Big Brass + Massive Do-Goodedness

30 Oct
Nola Night Showcase 61 Palace Stamford
Bonjou! Our friends at YES Stamford (Young Energetic Solutions) have put together a NOLA Night Food Drive & Cocktail Hour to help benefit some great local charities. The night of music, food, and Hurricanes goes down right in the Founders Room @ The Palace from 6:30-8 pm. Here’s the great news: entry is free along with nomworthy samples of pulled pork sliders from SoNo’s Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge! Okay, so let’s dig a bit deeper into the details:

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CT Food News, Vol. 27: Cold Romans, Free Sake Bombs, Tap Takeovers, Epic Beer Collabos + More

29 Oct

Halloween Friday,

costumes and spooky movies.

Give me your candy.

Hope you were inspired by that haiku. If not, check out these inspiring events and news—and nom—worthy happenings.


Raus Coffee, makers of the Cold Roman, are going to release a brand new flavor. If you want in on this, make sure that you’re following them on FB and Twitter to find out. In related news, activate your Cold Roman (and other varieties) right at The Granola Bar in Westport. 

City Limits in Stamford is offering 1/2 priced bottles of wine (yes, you can get wine at this diner!) when anybody orders any of their Allen Brothers Steaks. Steak AND inexpensive wine? Yes please. 

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Silly Wabbit: Bar Sugo Hosts Annual Game Dinner ft. Rabbit, Duck, Boar, Pheasant + Vension

29 Oct

Bar Sugo Wild Game Dinner 2014

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Chef Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo is the man. Yes, his pizza is great. Yes, his pasta is fresh and amazing. Yes, his Italian tapas always hit the spot. And, yes, his meatballs are the best around. But, something that people don’t know enough about is how great he is at preparing wild game. He can take an ingredient like rabbit, make it his own, and produce a dish that is just killer.

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Noms: 1st Greenwich Restaurant Week w/ Deals, Specials, Parties + More

28 Oct

The first ever Greenwich Restaurant Week is ready to launch November 13-19, but in typical Greenwich fashion it’s way more than deals on meals. Yup, there is a launch party, an invite-only party at Char, savings at local shops, and even a chance to #tagit and then #snagit! Well, let’s dive into the details:

🍴 There is already a site and a built-in GRW mobile app that you can use on the go to get reservations, menus, call up restaurants, place an order, and check out what’s going on daily. 

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Connecticut Restaurant Association 2014 Voting Open Now: VOTE!

27 Oct

The Connecticut Restaurant Association gathers once a year to honor the best of the best in the Connecticut restaurant scene. This year they are gathering on December 2 at Mohegan Sun for their Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner. If you’d like to attend tickets are $150 per person or $130 if you’re a member, but the reason we’re writing you today is for you to get out there and do some voting! 

Just click through the image up above or here and get your votes in for Upscale Restaurant of the Year, Casual Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Mixologist of the Year, and Server of the Year. Voting is now live and goes until 11/10 at 5 pm. Remember that there’s only one vote per e-mail address, though!

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Garden Catering Fairfield Celebrates w/ Deals, Donations, and Your Shot at Specials for a Year. Yes, a Year.

27 Oct
Chris Ramirez for Garden Catering Norwalk CT

Damn, love those Specials! Pic from Chris Ramirez

Garden Catering fiends (we’ll call you Specialites henceforth), we’ve got some great news to share. Garden Catering Fairfield has been around for 5 years now and they’ve got some great deals this week as well as some other things going on like a special donation day and your shot at getting Specials for a Year! 

10/27: “Old School” Special prices with $6 Specials allllllll day!

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Bodega Taco Bar Resurrects Dia de los Muertos Celebration

27 Oct

Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that’s celebrated November 1 and 2 of each year, is a time for people to pay their respects and remember loved ones who have died. But, even though there are reflections about those who have been lost, it’s more of a celebration of life and the spirit that they’ve left behind in the world.

Keeping with that theme of celebration and remembrance, Bodega Taco Bar in Darien and Fairfield is bringing back their popular Dia de los Muertos party on November 1. In addition to muetro-fying Bodega up, you’ll also be able to check out food specials and drinks made Roca Patron tequila. (If you’ve never been to Bodega, they do tequila right, with an amazing menu. Maybe order a flight?) There will also be plenty of things to do like kids face painting and tattoo art during lunch or even learning how to create traditional sugar skull decorations used to honor the dead.

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7th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cook-off Promises a Spicy Sunday

27 Oct

Last year when we went to the Stamford Charity Chili Cook-off, we were impressed with the entries. The other thing that we were impressed with was all the groceries that people brought to Stamford Museum & Nature Center that they donated to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. And, obviously people have found out about this great contest because last year’s turn out was the biggest ever.

But, this year will be even bigger and, yes, even better! Just come by on 11/2 from 11-3 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center to taste a bunch of chili and vote on your favorites. Admission to the Cook-off is $10 (proceeds are split between The Food Bank and SM&NC) per person or $5 per person if you bring a bag of non-perishable food items. Just a note: kids that are 10 and under have free entry. There’s an additional entry fee to get into Stamford Museum and Nature Center for non-members and that’s just $10 per person.

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CT Food News, Vol. 26: Brandy, Beer, Pancake Party, Pumpkins, and Pigs

23 Oct

Well, look, don’t complain about the rain…just think that it could actually be snow. Then what? Yeah, we know…all the CT schools would have to close for the day in preparation for the 2 inches of snow that could potentially cripple our infrastructure. ;) So, yeah, it’s raining…big deal, especially when we’ve got some great things for you to check out tonight, tomorrow, and over the next couple of weeks. 

Green and Tonic in New Canaan is now open at 5 Burtis Avenue. Get your juice, soup, and healthy food fix by visiting!

Powder Hollow Brewing in Enfield recently had an Open House that was a major success, clearing them out after giving out over 1,000 samples. They’ll be giving a Grand Opening announcement very soon. 

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