Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian at Ferguson Library w/ Wine + Food Reception from 3 Area Restaurants

23 Apr

Perhaps one of the finer things in life is sitting back with a great book, drinking some wine, and savoring some food.  If this is your kinda heaven, then you’ll definitely want to stop by The Ferguson Library in the heart of Downtown Stamford for a special event with Chris Bohjalian on 4/28/14.  This New York Times bestselling author (his most recent is The Light in the Ruins) has penned seventeen books, nine of them populating the coveted NY Times list.

Tickets to the talk and tasting are $15 (proceeds to benefit the library) and are extremely limited, so make sure to get your tickets right away.  Doors open at 6:30 for a wine and food reception provided by Asiana Bistro, Capeesh? and Zody’s 19th Hole.  Chris Bohjalian then takes the podium at 7 with a book sale and signing afterwards.  

This will be a great event if you’re a Chris Bohjalian fan…or an avid reader in general.  Also, you’ll have a chance to try out two of Stamford’s newest restaurants:  Asiana Bistro and Capeesh?.  

 

Yeehaw! Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival Spans Two Days

23 Apr
Oh yeah!

Oh yeah!

Dagnabbit, Ridgefield’s done and gone all country up in this here place!  Yup, yup…check out The Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival on May 3 (11-9 pm) and May 4 (11-5 pm).  Entrance is $10 for adults, $5 for students 12-18, and $0 for children under 12.  Proceeds from Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival go to The Ridgefield Rotary Club, who is putting on this event with the Ridgefield Community Center.  Speaking of the Ridgefield Community Center, when you arrive at 316 Main Street, be ready for some BBQ madness and to be intoxicated with the smell of burning wood and smoking pork.  Here’s what you can look forward to:

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Kentucky Derby Craft Bourbon Class ft. Pappy, Stagg, Taylor, Sazerak, and more @ Harry’s – Fairfield, CT

21 Apr

Pappy…just ONE of the bourbons that are up for tasting…

Update:  tickets sold out in just a few hours, but you can still be put onto the wait list.  

There are a few great things about watching the Kentucky Derby.  You get to wear goofy hats, dress like you’re from the 1800s, drink Mint Juleps, and drink away your sorrow with bourbon because you lost all your bets.  But, you can’t just drink any ‘ol bourbon!  Come on, think it through…you need Kentucky Bourbon!  So, to help you stock up and get a nice bourbon portfolio going, Harry’s in Fairfield is offering a very extremely super limited class on 4/30/14 from 7-9 pm.  

For just $30, you’ll get your entry into the Kentucky Derby Craft Bourbon Class that will feature Pappy Van Winkle, George T. Stagg Jr., E.H. Taylor, Elmer T. Lee, Blanton’s, Sazerak, and even more not listed.  In addition, you’ll get to try a Mint Julep made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon.  $30 for tastings of these great bourbons and ryes, especially some being so rare and highly acclaimed, is quite a steal.  The only problem…20 seats.  If you want a spot, call up Jan or Patrick right away at (203) 259-4692 or e-mail them at harrys@snet.net.  Make sure you tell ‘em that OmNomCT sent ya! ;)

Kentucky Derby Craft Bourbon Class

4/30/14 from 7-9

$30 per person

Harry’s Wine & Liquor

2094 Post Road

Fairfield, CT 

Taste of Westport: a night of food + drinks to raise money for CLASP

21 Apr

Taste of Westport is back with their annual fundraiser that directly benefits CLASP, a nonprofit that provides homes and services for adults with autism and developmental disabilities.  This year there’s an amazing variety of restaurants and drink providers including spots in Westport and all over Fairfield County.  The event happens on 5/1/14 from 6-9 pm at Westport Inn right in Westport.  Tickets are $75 prepaid via PayPal or by contacting Robin at (203) 226-7895 or $80 at the door.  Once there, taste some food, drink some wine, sip on some cocktails, and try to win some of the great silent auction items that are up for grabs.

Here are 26 delicious reasons to come to Taste of Westport this year:

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Win 2 Tickets to PAWS Uncorked: A Taste for Rescue

21 Apr
Paws Uncorked banner

We’ll be there, so hope to see ya…

We told you earlier about PAWS Uncorked:  A Taste for Rescue and we even gave you a chance to get some discounted tickets with the code “OMNOM,” but now we’re back with a chance for you to win a pair of tickets.  Before we get there, here’s a recap:  PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) does an amazing job here in Connecticut.  They not only rescue homeless pets, but they also save them from pounds where they’d be euthanized.  They provide classes, host many adoption events, and are truly advocates for animals, giving voice to the voiceless.  To help them raise money for all the great things they do, they have created the 1st Annual PAWS Uncorked:  A Taste for Rescue event that’s happening on 4/27 from 5-8 pm at the Stamford Marriott.

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In the mix: Jeff Marron talks about his new role as Beverage Manager at leFarm and The Whelk

20 Apr

 

When we hit up any restaurant, the first thing we do is check out the drink options.  We need to chill, we need to set the mood, and we need something great to go with our meal.  Whether it’s beer, wine, liquor, cocktails, or something exotic like sake, the drink menu is key to a great meal.  And, while drinks menus can complement meals nicely, they also need to be strong and varied enough for people who just want to hit up the bar.

Verified proof...

Verified proof…

Making all of this come together is no easy task, just ask Jeff Marron. He was just appointed Beverage Manager at Chef Bill Taibe’s locally and nationally celebrated restaurants, leFarm and The Whelk. You might be familiar with Jeff for his insanely in-depth knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits through Saugatuck Grain + Grape of Westport. You might have also tried his barrel aged cocktails (he is the master of the Negroni) at Bar Sugo or other restaurants, and you might have also had his drinks at Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails.  There at Luxe he is finishing up his role as Beverage and Food Director.  And, now with all of these skills, experience, knowledge, and passion for drinks, he makes his mark on Westport yet again.

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1st Annual Charity Chili Challenge Hits Trinity Catholic H.S. in Stamford

18 Apr

 

You eat, you vote...everyone wins

You eat, you vote…everyone wins

After the past few days of bitter cold weather and that crazy day of waking up to a thick layer of ice on our cars, you know it’s the perfect time to warm up a bit.  And, that’s exactly what the North Stamford Exchange Club has in store for you with their 1st Annual Charity Chili Challenge on 4/27 from 1-4 pm at Trinity Catholic High School.  Local residents and plenty of home cooks have been prepping and perfecting their chili recipes just for this cook off.  Also, there will be some professional chefs competing such as Old Post Tavern, Bridge Street Wienery, LaRocca’s Country Market, and Parkway Diner.  When you attend ($10 donation is suggested), you’ll get to sample all the chili and vote on your favorite.  The winners will get prizes and there will also be a 50/50 drawing so you could win big, too.  To wash all that chili down pick up some water for $1 or a brewski for $4…not too shabby. 

Donations and money collected from the Charity Chili Challenge will go directly to the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center.  Here’s the mission of the Parenting Skills Center:

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Must Attend: Stone and Goose Island Beer Dinners @ Ginger Man Norwalk + Greenwich

17 Apr
Stone cold crazy...

Stone cold crazy…

You know that Ginger Man always does things right with their beer dinners, but here are two dinners with quite a hefty beer lineup.  First up is the Stone Brewing Co. dinner on May 12 at 7 pm at their SoNo location.  Tix are $75 per person and include 5 beers and 5 courses.  In typical G-Man style, they’ll be featuring some hard to find brews:

  1. Go to IPA (cask conditioned)
  2. Ruination
  3. Vertical Epic 12.12.12 (a yearly series)
  4. Old Guardian (2012)
  5. Matts Burning Rosids

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CT Beer WEEKS 2014: 2x Big, 2x Brews, 2x Awesome

16 Apr
CT Beer Week 2014

Because one week just wasn’t enough! :)

Last year marked the first ever statewide CT Beer Week, brought together by Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association.  There was a kickoff with the Rising Pint Brewfest that featured over 70 brewers, plenty of events at breweries, restaurants, and retailers, and even a chance at unlocking the CT Beer Week Badge on Untappd.  

Well, we’re happy to report that this year’s activities will include not just one CT Beer Week, but TWO…CT Beer Weeks.  Well, damn, that’s plenty of drinking time, right?  To be honest, it’s brilliant timing for both dates:  May 12-18 and October 13-19.  

First off, American Craft Beer Week coincides perfectly with the first CT Beer Week of 2014…that’s no coincidence at all.  Breweries like Shebeen, Two Roads, Half Full, Relic, Thimble Island, New England Brewing, and Beer’d have been putting out some artfully artisan crafted brews, so it’s important to shift our focus to these guys.  You, or loyal readers, know about the importance of drinking beer from the “little guys,” but there are lots of people out there who have yet to have their first Gandhi Bot, Cannoli Beer, Biere de Mars, or Road 2 Ruin.  What better time to convert your friends and family? ;)

And, then there’s the second part of CT Beer Week…wouldn’t you know it, but it coincides nicely with CT Restaurant Week that goes down from October 14-20.  Again, this is no coincidence.  You can not only expect lots of great beer-related events, but you can also look forward to lots of great meal deals throughout the state.

We’ll have more details to share soon, but make sure to mark off your calendars with all of these dates.  In the meantime, check out these events and CT’s breweries:

Events (check out events page for up-to-date info on events as we get it)

April 26:  The Thread City Hop Fest, Jillson Square in Willimantic.

May 10:  4th Annual Rising Pint Brewfest, Rentschler Field in East Hartford. 

May 16:  CT Breweries Night at The Corner Tavern in Naugatuck.

CT Breweries

 

Shebeen Brewing Hosting Annivesary Party with Ted’s Food Truck, Fryborg, Cornhole, Tours, Beer, and More

15 Apr

 

 

Update:  Fryborg will be in the house, too!

Shebeen Brewing Company in Wolcott, CT wants to celebrate one year of brewing beer with ya at their Anniversary Party.  Just come on down to their brewery on 5/3/14 from 12-7 for some brews, foods, games, and fun.   Ted’s World Famous Steamed Cheeseburgers food truck will be on hand, so you have something to wash those beers down with.  And, you’ll want to finish up the night with some dessert, right?  Duh…so chow down on some Shebeen Beer cupcakes made by Shebeen’s own Terry!  

In addition, you’ll be able to take a tour of the brewery, have some tastings, or just drink pint after delicious pint.  There will be live music and you’ll be able to see who reigns supreme with a few games of cornh0le.  Don’t miss this one, OmNomivores!


 

Shebeen Brewing Company Anniversary Party

5/3/14 from 12-7 pm

1 Wolcott Road

Wolcott, CT 06716

 

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