To celebrate their Grand Opening, Baró in Fairfield is hosting a fundraising event for Community Plates. In a nutshell, Community Plates is a network of volunteers who rescue food from restaurants and stores, then deliver it to shelters and other places that desperately need the food. This event is happening on February 19 from 5-9 pm and costs just $40. What does that get you? A signature drink, a complimentary drink, and a plethora of their tapas and tacos.
Red Flannel Hash with two beautifully poached eggs
The Seafood Pan Roast at Scena Wine bar in Darien Connecticut
Coal Oven Roasted Chicken Wings at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Darien Connecticut
Because of the TWO snow storms, Darien Restaurant Week has some new added dates: 2/9-2/13!
Darien is back with another restaurant week from February 2 through February 6. This time around, the choices are pretty eclectic with some new spots: we’re talking about Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Bodega Taco Bar, Cesco’s Trattoria, Chuck’s Steakhouse, Coromandel, Darien Social, Estia’s American, Jimmy’s Southside Tavern, Meatball & Company, Rory’s Restaurant, Scena Wine Bar, Tengda, The Goose, and The Melting Pot.
The Habanero Express burger with Elk
Ridgefield is quite the dining destination for many reasons. First up, it’s home to our favorite restaurant, Bailey’s Backyard with Chef Forrest Pasternack at the helm. Ridgefield was also recently noted as the place that has the highest restaurant to person ratio in Fairfield County. And, it was named as one of the top 25 towns in New England for culinary awesomeness by GoLocal.
That’s pretty amazing if you ask us. Even if you don’t ask us, we’ll say it’s amazing. :) Well, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to explore the food and drinks of Ridgefield with the 15th Annual Taste of Ridgefield event, put together by the Ridgefield Rotary. The food (and drink) coma from sampling at 36 different spots begins on 1/26 and will include two tastings from 12:30-2:30 and 4-6. Tickets are $20 for kids aged 8-12, $40 if you buy tickets in advance or will be $45 at the door of the Ridgefield Community Center. Pick up your tix by visiting the Ridgefield Rotary site or pick them up from any Ridgefield Rotary Club member, Squash’s, Dimitri’s Diner, Cellar XV, Bistro 7, Deborah Annes, and the Women’s Center.
And, here’s what you’ll get:
Update: Please be aware that Valencia had to cancel this event.
With all the beer, wine, cocktails and liquor in America today, it’s crazy to think that just 94 years ago Prohibition reared its ugly head. Although we know it didn’t stop the truly devoted who brewed moonshine and other crazy concoctions, nor did it stop the mafia from controlling the illegal trafficking of booze…nor did it stop one rum runner named Captain Bill McCoy. Although didn’t drink liquor himself, he smuggled in illegally popular unwatered-down rum into America from the Bahamas, fueling the speakeasies during Prohibition.
But, thankfully we’re way past that dark moment of our history. So, as George Santayana says, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” You best believe we ain’t letting that crap happen again…
And that’s where Chef Michael Young’s Valencia Luncheria comes in with their Bootlegger’s Party. Chef Young and crew have created a bash to celebrate the awesomeness of liquor and food together as one. The drinking, dancing, eating, and reveling goes down from 7-11 pm on January 21. Tickets for this illicit event are either $55 per person or $100 for a couple. The windows at Valencia will be blacked out and the staff will be in costume from the 20s and 30s (we’d pay to $500 to see Chef Young dressed up). They’d love for you to come dressed up too, though they told us it’s not totally ncecessary…but seriously, don’t be a Bootlegger’s Party pooper.
Your typical bar has 8 different beers on tap, of which half are usually piss-poor excuses for beer. We won’t name any names, but you can probably guess what we’re talking ’bout. And, even at home, maybe you have a few different brews in your fridge, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have over 300 different kinds of beer ready for drinking?
Dumb question. Of course it would.
That’s where the 2014 Big Brew New York Festival comes in, held on 2/8 from 4-8:30 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. While this festival isn’t new (it’s held twice a year in NJ), this is the first time that it’s hit NY. You’ll be in a state of complete hoppiness with the unlimited beer tastings in your fancy schmancy 4 oz. tasting glass. We’re talking about over 300 different brews and that doesn’t even include the special beers that will be available to VIPs. Also, there will be lots of local restaurants on hand selling some awesome food.
Course 1: Halibut and shrimp sangria ceviche
Coffee so good, you’ll lactate
Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT
Lamb bolognese with bucatini
2013 is so, well, last year. Let’s do some serious talking about 2014 now. It’s definitely going to be an awesome year, huh? You’ve got your resolutions and you will surely conquer the world, lose some weight, get that promotion, and find that one true love this coming year. Okay, well, let’s be honest with ourselves…we might not do all we hope for, but we can accomplish at least one thing: get a lil bit crazy on New Years Eve! So, being the kind hearted couple that we are, we rounded up a list of places to celebrate NYE then breakfast spots to help fight off that hangover the next day. If you have any places for us to add, please share…
New Year’s Eve Bashes
Barnum Publick House: dinner served from 5-10 pm, champagne toast at midnight, and DJ Los from 10-2 am.
Bistro B: 4 course menu that’s $65 for the 6:30 seating or $75 for the 9 pm seating.
Hacienda Villa: app, entree, dessert, coffee, and an alcoholic drink for just $30! Score. See the menu here.
Can you believe that this is the third year of the OmNomys?! For those of you new to us this year, we like to eat a little food every now and then (riiight), and keep track of the best of the best to celebrate at the end of the year. In 2011 and 2012 we were lucky enough to dine on some amazing food throughout Fairfield County, but we feel like 2013 really upped the ante with some fantastic new spots opening up!
So here it is, the 2013 OmNomys…the best food we’ve eaten in Fairfield County in the year 2013 (not necessarily ever, just in 2013)! If you noticed one of your favorites that wasn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean it’s not awesome…it just means we may not have eaten there in 2013 or we happened to eat somewhere just a little better this year. But hey, there’s always 2014, so tell us where we need to hit up for next year’s list!
Best Ambiance: Dolce Cubano, Stamford
The stunning side room where we dined…
What major things have you accomplished in 12 days? Maybe you were able to bake up your holiday cookies, redecorate a room to your house, or reorganize your closets. Oorrrr, how about opening and redesigning an entire new restaurant? That’s exactly what Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar, transforming the space that was Lolita into a brand new swanky hotspot. Fabiana, the designer for cb5 Restaurant Group, made use of some of the design elements of Lolita, while adding her own touches as well as the ideas of Jodi Pennette. Everybody pitched in, including General Manager Diego who hand painted the beautifully ornate mirrors in the back room.
The very talented Josh Moulton
Rouge is sexy, lush, and oozes that certain je ne sais quoi of a French brasserie. The bar is quaint and intimate, while off to the side you have an elevated dining area, a large room with comfortable dining areas, and a large, stunning communal table. We were there as guests for a press dinner and you best believe we were ready to eat. With Executive Chef Josh Moulton (of Union Square Cafe, Gabriele’s, Tavern on the Green, Gramercy Tavern, a CIA grad, and a sommelier at age 24), we were excited to see what was in store.