Some of the tapas we sampled at Barcelona in Greenwich for the first Dishcrawl
Prosciutto wrapped figs at South End
Off the Hook: Guinness Chocolate Milkshake! Chili Fries in Back w/ Kristien ;)
When we hit up the first Dishcrawl Greenwich experience, we were excited to meet some great people and try some new food. First we tried some excellent tapas at Barcelona and had Chef Michael Lucente talk to us about what was on the plate, then we got a huge surprise with the Haitian food of Maddy’s Food Truck. From there we checked out Sundown Saloon for some tacos and chicken wing bites, then ended up at Meli-Melo with a nice scoop of ice cream. Throughout the night we met some great people that we had only known online and it left us wanting to spend more time with them all. While some people thought that the choice to go to Sundown Saloon wasn’t the best and didn’t fit the bill, Jesse (Greenwich Dishcrawl Ambassador) took it as an opportunity to learn and help make Dishcrawl better. He’s definitely listening and trying to make each Dishcrawl even better than the last. Case in point will be the Surprise Dishcrawl that he has planned with only 8 tix left…we think he’s got something great up his sleeves.
Now, there are a few things to go through here with you:
Dishcrawl Greenwich and Dishcrawl Stamford merged to form Dishcrawl Fairfield County. This makes much more sense, especially because they are looking to expand into more cities such as Norwalk, Darien, and now–officially–New Canaan. Yes, the experience of checking out four restaurants in a night (only the first restaurant is revealed, keeping the rest a mystery), meeting great people, talking with chefs and owners, and enjoying nomworthy food is coming to New Canaan. Jesse was able to partner with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and Taste of the Town Stroll to create a two night event on August 27 and 28, both at 7 pm.
If you’d like to get your tickets, just click here.
If you’d like to learn more about the Dishcrawl concept, check out our first post about Dishcrawl Greenwich.
Again, if you are vegetarian, please note that when you buy your tickets as Jesse can accommodate you. If you have other restrictions, you can always see if Jesse can help to arrange suitable food for you. Just contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also make sure to follow Dishcrawl on Twitter with their new handle, @DishcrawlFCT.
Where in New Canaan would you love for Dishcrawl to go? We say elm because we’ve been dying to go there for a long, long time. :)
Now that we finally have that warmer weather that we dream of during the colder months in Connecticut, we can look forward to BBQ season. For some, BBQ season never ends, though. The tailgate warriors, the backyard chefs who won’t allow a little annoying snow to ruin their plans of cooking up some burgers on the barbie. But, whether you’re a BBQ expert, a novice, or just a BBQ eater, you’ve probably never had a BBQ meal like the one that Chef Plum of Newtown, CT has planned out for Sunday, May 26 from 7 to 10. He’s repurposed Butcher’s Best in Newtown as a pop up restaurant in his dining series called Dinner Underground. Tickets are limited to just 30 people and cost $85.39 (that’s with the service fee) and you can buy them here. So, you know how we work…this is where we explain why you need to get yourself to this event:
People went crazy last year when Plan B Burger Bar opened in Stamford Town Center. What? A restaurant with great burgers, a killer beer selection, and an amazing variety of bourbon? Yes, yes, and yes. Well kiddos, ya’ll further out east in Fairfield County won’t have to drive out to Stamford anymore for your Plan B fix. Coming this fall, Fairfield will have its own Plan B Burger Bar at 1262 Boston Post Road, the old post office building. If that’s too far to wait, don’t worry. They opened the Stamford location ahead of schedule and maybe that will happen here?
Keep up to date with Plan B Burger Bar Fairfield on Twitter and their Stamford FB page to see what’s new. You’ll especially want to see what this cryptic message on FB means:
We are opening in Fairfield, CT Fall of 2013!
But, you won’t have to wait that long to have a Plan B Burger in the fair city. Stay tuned to find out what we’re doing in Fairfield for National Burger Day on May 28th.
Plan B Burger Bar asks, tongue in cheek, “Can you beat our meat?” Lolz. But, taking things to a more serious level, we love us some burgers. Heck, we’re even in the middle of our Burger a Day in the Month of May post. And there, on May 11 is Plan B. While they haven’t done anything specific for National Burger Month, they have planned quite the event for National Hamburger Day, May 28.
How do you like your food? Slow with a heaping of healthy local goodness? That’s basically the mantra of Slow Food Shoreline, a chapter of the larger Slow Food USA organization. According to the SFS site:
“Slow Food Shoreline’s mission is to promote cooking and nutritional education, with a focus on using local ingredients, to improve the health of the region. Our focus is on teaching scratch cooking using whole ingredients, with an additional focus on fresh, local, and seasonal products. We believe that teaching core cooking skills and encouraging a love of food and cooking, is the best way for participants to sustain what they’ve learned and change eating habits long term, as well as become better informed consumers. Through cooking demonstrations, tastings, cooking classes, and other food education opportunities, we’ll provide the community with the confidence, knowledge, and motivation to build healthy and delicious food habits.”
We definitely are on board with this and think a focus on “slow” cooking from scratch and on local ingredients elevate not only the taste of the food, but also is pretty zen and meditative. If you can’t find yourself and your center by baking a batch of brownies or preparing a roast, you’re doing it wrong!
“Is that a meal or a monument?” Dan’s friend Adam asked on Facebook.
He was referring to a pic of the legendary Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles dish at Hash House a Go Go, newly opened in Mohegan Sun. This dish is famous because the redonkulously amazing Adam Richman of Man vs. Food tasted and loved its epicness at their Las Vegas spot. You know if Adam Richman put all other chicken and waffles on notice, it has to be good. So, we did like any other brave and upstanding American would do…we pigged out and got down and dirty.
Spiked Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade
Our first piece of business was checking out the drink options. While they don’t have any beers on tap, they do have a decent selection of the classics and some craft beer choices by the can and bottle. Also, there are some wine choices, but their mixed drinks menu is what really shines. The two drinks that stood out to us were the beautiful Spiked Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade that Dan ordered and the perfectly balanced Champagne Supernova that Kristien drank. Dan’s was a great balance of sweet, herby, and tart with just the right amount of liquor. Kristien’s was also nicely balanced with a mixture of two different champagnes, Riesling, mint, lemonade and sugar cane.
Creamy lobster polenta at Zaza Italian Gastrobar
Some of the amazing Coppe Speciali at Volta
Hot outta the oven…Dishcrawl Stamford is official and is ready to go! Yes, the successful start-up that began in New Haven, then worked its way down to Greenwich has set up in Stamford! Their inaugural event is on May 29 at 7 pm and costs just $45 (buy the tickets here). That gets you food tastings at four different awesome Stamford restaurants. If you’re not familiar with Dishcrawl (if you’ve been following us, you should know this like the back of your hand), let’s tell you some of the basics:
1) You hit up 4 restaurants in a night.
2) You’re told 48 hours before the event where you’ll meet.
3) The rest of the restaurant crawl is a complete mystery.
4) You get to talk with chefs and owners about their food.
5) You meet great new people.