As long as we’ve been in Stamford, Chez Jean-Pierre was an instution on Bedford Street. There was rarely a day when the bistro wasn’t packed and never a beautiful day the front doors weren’t open to let the fresh air in. A collective sigh rose up, though, when Chez Jean Pierre closed last year. But then, like a beacon of hope, soon after, there was a sign up: Coming soon, Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar. When we inquired (like good food bloggers do) we found out that the brand new part French, part Italian spot was being opened by owner and Executive Chef Louis Barresi who also has Doppio Greenwich, Huntington, and West Village.
CT Food News, Vol. 9: Hot Dogs, Cocktails, Free Oysters, Trux, Cooking Classes, Festivals, and More…18 Jun
Well, what can we say but there’s a whole helluva lot going on in and around Fairfield County over the next two weeks. So, in addition to our regular posts, we’ve gathered up some major highlights of things going on such as awesome events, special meals, beer news, beer dinners, cooking classes, farmers’ markets, festivals, ways to give back, and we give some props to a city in CT that just got some major press. Check out more events here, too.
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6/18-6/20: Chef Storch of Match continues his themed lunches, this time with “Super Duper” Match. And, if you’re wondering…yes, he’s featuring some of the greatest dishes from Super Duper Weenie: the best hot dog joint in the world. Check out Match’s FB page for the menu.
6/19: The Chelsea in Fairfield is takin’ things back to ‘Nawlins with food and drink specials, mon cherie. This is all in celebration of Marc Broussard hitting up Fairfield Theatre Company that day.
Ready ter celebrate de FIFA Warrld Cup? Yeah, we nu yer are an’ yer better believe we’re ‘elpin’ ter feed yisser addicshun wi’ a list av sum deadly places ter to watch de games, draink sum Guinness, draink sum Guinness, an’ draink sum Guinness. Yeah, they ‘av grub too, but you’ll want ter make sure yer can draink sum Guiness. That’s whaen de soccer ‘ooliganism begins an’ people a go from rabid fans ter rabid beasts who ‘eadbutt supporters av opposin’ team, gettin’ bleedin foreheads, soon ‘eadin’ back ter draink sum Guinness.
Craft 260 has been on our to-eat list since it opened on February 13 of this year, but sometimes we’re bad bloggers and get too lazy to haul our asses up to Fairfield. It’s not that we don’t love Fairfield…we do. In fact, it use to be our old stomping grounds. It’s just that we get sidetracked by all the nomworthy places in between here and there…like food blogger A.D.D. But, our good friends Kevin and Aly recently moved up that way, so we knew it was about time…
We weren’t sure where exactly Craft 260 was, but quickly figured out it was in that little shopping center/strip mall with Michael Gennaro’s Steakhouse, Giove’s Pizza Kitchen (No Name Pizza all day!), and a vodka bar that’s coming soon. An odd location for sure, but we weren’t going to let that deter us.
Update: we went back on Saturday to have some drinks, chomp on some food, and enjoy the Rangers game. The food, for the most part, was still great, though the burger was not as good as we had hoped, so we’ll stick with the sliders from now on. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t great the second time around. Our server (not Luigi) waited long periods of time before taking food and drink orders, he mixed up orders (or the bar did, not sure), and left us and the tables next to us to fend for ourselves by going to the bar for water or drinks.
Last year when we heard that Heartland Brewery was opening up a new brewery in Port Chester, we darn near jumped for joy. First off, we live just a few minutes away. Secondly, we think that Port Chester is the most underrated place in our area and were psyched for people to show it some love. And thirdly, mmmm, beeeeeeer.
Now, a few months back we got a little worried and upset when we learned that it wasn’t actually going to be a brewery, but our frown got turned upside down when we learned that it would become a beer hall and a beer garden with beer pumped in from Heartland Brewery. So, when the weather this past Saturday turned out to be beautiful, we knew what we had to do…
83 degree days? We’ve made it, brahh! So, you best believe that we’re going to share with you some great events for you to enjoy some time outside…even some all summer long. As always, these are new listings that we haven’t covered on our blog yet…no need to be repetitive, huh? The full list of events can be found here if you’re interested.
Oh beehive! That’s cuz one of the world’s largest observation beehives is coming to Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, starting at 11 am. The hive will hold more than 50,000 honeybees and measures 4X5 feet. Seems like a Common Core question in the making, huh? The honey will eventually be collected (over 100 lbs. worth) and will then be sold right at Stew Leonard’s. At the height of the season, there will be 75,000 bees inside!
KC and Anne will be playing the Station Eats Stamford outdoor beer garden starting at 6:30. Get some burgers, get some brews, and just chill.
Wienerpalooza 2014 at Bridge St. Wienery has finally arrived! Come by at 12:30 for the hot dog eat contest and see who the Biggest Wiener Winner is! In addition to their great burgers and dogs, they’ll also have popcorn, cotton candy, music, t-shirt giveaways, and plenty of games to play. Happy two years in business, guys!
Beardsley Zoo is hosting their annual Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari 2014 fundraiser from 6-9 pm right at the zoo. Tickets are $60 each ($65 at the gate) or if you buy 4 or more, they’ll cost only $55 each. There’s also an option for VIP tix that are $100 each and get you “Behind the Scenes” access from 4:30-5:30. In addition to over 100 different wines and 60 different brews, there will be live music, a silent auction, a raffle, and lots of food. Some of the participating vendors include Black Rock Cafe, Carl Anthony’s Trattoria, Joey C’s Roadhouse BBQ, Liquid Lunch, Johnny Utah’s, Smoke & Bones BBQ, DiGrazia Vineyards, Onyx Moonshine, Berkshire Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence, and more. Full list and ticket info here. Also, if you buy any wine or beer at the event, 10% of the sales will go right to Beardsley.
Join Dew Drop Inn in their fight to raise money for Relay for Life, held at 2 pm at 118 Canal Street in Shelton. As of today, they have raised the most money: an incredible $15,130 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. When you’re done, do drop in to the Dew Drop Inn for some great burgers, wings, and killer craft beer.
SoNo Restaurant Week 2014: Classics and New Digs Like Local, Johnny Utah’s, Quartino, and Mama’s Boy23 May
SoNo Restaurant Week is back from June 8-13 and this year, there’s some fresh meat (literally and metaphorically speaking) as well as some of your favorite spots to check out. First, let’s go through the new spots like Quartino Trattoria Vineria which has taken over where Bacchus used to be, Johnny Utah’s which has taken over Black Bear and is putting a lil’ bit a country into SoNo, Sweet Lucy Lynn’s which was John Dough’s and Archie Moore’s, and Local Kitchen & Beer Bar (30 brews on tap) which is a reboot of NOLA and a sister restaurant to the Fairfield location.
On Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26, all Dinosaur Bar-B-Que locations will be raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. And, we kinda dig their style with this fundraiser: they are making the amount of money they donate proportionate to the amount of people who come out. So, the more, the merrier, the more money raised to help provide assistance, support, and programs for wounded service members.
While you’re there, here are some suggestions from OmNomCT
• Dinosaur Bar-b-que has a great selection of local beers and cocktails, so order up!
• We love their wings, especially with the Wango Tango Sauce
• Dino poutine…most likely the best dish at Dinosaur! French fries topped with beef gravy, house Pimento cheese, and pulled pork. Amazing.
• Their Creole Spiced Deviled Eggs are also pretty damn good and worthy of munching.
• BBQ. They have BBQ, you know? Some of our favorites from Dino are the brisket, the ribs, and the pulled pork. When in doubt, try some of the sampler plates to get a nice cross section of the menu.
We hope you can get out and visit Dinosaur on Sunday or Monday. It’s nice to know that pigging out can help you do some good…Brooklyn, NY
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Plan B Burger Bar has been killing it lately with great events and dinners…much like George R.R. Martin, writer of Game of Thrones. While we promise that Martin has no part in who lives and who dies at a special GoT dinner at Plan B Milford, his handiwork will be the focus of the night. That’s because on June 17 from 6-9 you can partake in The Feast, featuring GoT brews from Ommegang, six courses of food, and a special screening of the finale. Tickets are $60 and you can buy them here.
For more info, check out the beer and food menu: