So…remember when we wrote about the Meriden Food Truck Festival going down October 25 +26 just a few hours ago? Yeah…well, we’ve got another one to share with ya, this happening much sooner (9/18 from 4-8) at the Shelton River Walk: Food Trucks in the Valley! This feast by the river is being hosted by The Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center and will help to raise vital funding for them that will go towards programs and services such as helping people who have undergone severe trauma, abuse, or neglect.
From the outside, Morello Bistro in Greenwich appears to be a cute, maybe even unassuming restaurant with a brown and white awning and a few outdoor tables. But, as you enter, the beautiful domed ceilings, archways, terra-cotta colored columns, and second-level balcony really set the mood for a contrasting old world, yet modern Italian experience. We were excited to have that experience again when General Manager, James Branigan invited us for a special tasting since we haven’t been to Morello Bistro since the first time we tasted their menu back in November ’12 when Chef Pasternack ran the kitchen.
We started the night chatting with Olivier Flosse, Beverage Director for MARC (Mardon Abela Restaurant Corporation). Not only is Olivier in charge of wine and cocktails at Morello, but also A Voce, Bistro du Midi, and FPB. We loved talking with Oliver because he oozed passion and excitement for his job! We talked about wine, cocktails, and his pairings for the night as he shared insights and observations in the world of adult beverages. He talked about how cocktails seem to be returning to classic liquors, how St. St. Germain has made a huge comeback in cocktails because it is, in the words of Olivier, “pure and elegant.” And, he kinda blew our minds when he told us about a cocktail that he has at A Voce: Il Tartufo. It’s made with a 10 year bourbon infused with three different vermouths and black truffles. Then, they put white truffle honey on one side of the rim…DAMN!
Well, enough foreplay, let’s get down to business:
Do you know what’s sad about it almost being Labor Day? Yeah, we know…you can’t wear white again. But, then again, who are we to follow silly rules? Guess what? On Tuesday Dan will wear his white linen suit with white shoes just to show what he thinks about these rules. Yeah, don’t spend your life following all the rules and doing what society tells you! Instead, come along with us as we tell ya all about some great events that are coming up as well as hit ya with some beer news from across the state.
Events and Deals
Craft 260 in Fairfield is pretty serious about football. So serious, in fact that they’ll be offering up happy hour food and drink specials during Monday night games all the way up until last call. Great food and beer, football, and a good deal? C’mon now!
Stamford Restaurant Weeks is still going strong…all the way until September 1. Check out all the deals!
As bad as you think your life is now with problems left and right, think about this: what if you lived during the Prohibition Era? You couldn’t get a beer, couldn’t get a cocktail, couldn’t even drink wine…what kind of life is that? But, that didn’t stop the truly devoted who took the ban on liquor as a creative opportunity to sell illegal drinks in speakeasies and make a profit. Oh, and you best believe that people started brewing their own liquid goodness too…stuff that would put hair on your chest, stuff that could polish (and maybe corrode) metal, stuff that was sure to get you all messed up with just a few sips.
Update as of 8/27: 32 oz. Squealers will be $7 or $8 depending on the style plus deposit if you’re buying from them. You can also bring a growler and they’ll fill it for ya, just at a higher cost. Tours will go on throughout the day, so just ask the kind folks there and they’ll hook ya up.
The wait is finally almost over…Black Hog Brewing in Oxford will open for tastes, tours, and beer sales this Saturday, 8/30. Just come by their brewery at 115 Hurley Road, Building 9A, from 1-5 and kick off the 2014 Labor Day weekend right.
Oh, and you’ll want to come early, too. That’s because they are roasting a whole Berkshire pig just for ya…for free, too! And, if you want even more food or you’re not quick enough, The Caseus Cheese Truck will be there too, selling their awesome food. But, let’s get back to the beer-
While we wish that we could give away tickets to all the people that entered, we had to pick just one winner for the 2 GA tickets. So, without further ado…the winner chosen by random number generator is (commercial break…………..) Eric Hoover! Congrats man, guess building that deck was worth it, huh? :)
As we get closer to September, you might notice something: the Beer Festival to Happiness ratio begins to grow. Case in point: the 1st annual Connecticut on Tap beer festival that’s hitting Hat City on 9/13 from 3-6. On that fine day, CT on Tap will be pouring out over 120 different craft brews, with a bunch of that total coming from CT breweries. Tickets for GA are $35 or $55 for VIP, but we’ve got the hook up for you thanks to i95 Rock and Townsquare Media Danbury.
SoWe Food + Wine Festival 2014 Ft. Celebrity Chefs + Demos, Restaurants, Food Trucks and Drinks Galore18 Aug
While we focus on Fairfield County, we sometimes can’t control ourselves when it comes to nearby towns and events: there’s the CT Brewers Guild Brewfest at Ski Sundown, Miya’s in New Haven, Coals in Port Chester, Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, and there’s also the SoWe Food & Wine Festival. That’s Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival for you n00bs.
This event, now in its third year, (2012 was Taste of Scarsdale which morphed into the SoWe Food & Wine Fest) brings together the best of food in NYC, Westchester and Fairfield Counties, along with excellent wine (beer too) and exclusive experiences. SoWe goes down from 9/19-21 with tickets ranging from $0 to $85 for the Celebrity Chef Battle on Friday. They have also teamed up with WhyHunger, Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, The Community Counseling Center, JDRF, Greyston, and the Food Bank for Westchester to donate a sizable portion of their profits from the weekend to these important charities.
Let’s take you through the different days and options that you can take part in.
CT Food News, Vol. 17: Events, Free Drinks, Fundraisers, Food Truck News, Openings, CT on TV, and Beer…Lots of Beer14 Aug
This has been, arguably, one of our busiest summers, ever! We’ve been so active, going to festivals, attending parties, going to dinners, and having a ton of fun with friends…and we sure hope you’ve been doing the same. So, we’re changing things up a bit this week. Normally we share Thursday through next Sunday’s events, but we’re going to add in one more week because we won’t be posting events next week. Let’s just say we’ll be chowing down on some poutine…
Thanks for reading, as always. We love that we can share fresh, and original events with you and oftentimes breaking and exclusive news. See ya soon!
8/14 Sign of the Whale, with a roof top beer garden, opens up tonight in the Harbor Point area of Stamford. Find them just a little bit down from where Paloma and World of Beer are. And, if you’ve signed up as a VIP, you’ll get your first drink free tonight from 5-8 OR you could just keep wearing your wristband after the Beach Boys show and get a drink free, too.
8/14-15 The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing has delayed hours today and tomorrow due to a private party, so stop on by starting at 6:30. You can also check them out this weekend starting at 2 pm to get your drank on early!