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5th Annual Hops + Grapes, Toasts + Tastes to Benefit Leukemia + Lymphoma Society at Chelsea Piers

18 Mar

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We hope that you can help us to kick off the weekend on Friday, 4/25/14, from 7:30-10:30 at the 5th Annual Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes at Chelsea Piers in Stamford!  This will be our third year going and our second year as one of the proud media sponsors, along with 95.9 Fox and Star 99.9.  A VIP ticket is $100 and that includes a VIP gift bag, a raffle ticket, and a LLS Wristband, you can also buy a pair of VIP tix for $175.  The other option for attendance is a General Admission ticket that gets you a gift bag and costs $75 or get a pair of tix for $125.  

20130412_204503So, look…there’s a reason why we keep coming back:  there’s always great food, a great variety of drinks, lots of chances to win wicked good auction and raffle items, great people, and most importantly you get to make a big difference and raise some major money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  These two branches of blood cancers kill tens of thousands of lives each year, taking a person every 10 minutes.  So you can see how every donation and every dollar helps to fight and gets us closer to extraordinary breakthroughs.  

Now, back to the Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes fundraising event…although the list of restaurants, bakeries, caterers, breweries, and vendors is still growing, here’s the most current list:

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Jealous Gatsby? We at da party of da year: The Iron Bar Gala @ Plan B Milford (w00t w00t)

13 Mar
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For an entire year, talented mixologists throughout Connecticut have fought hard to make the best cocktails at Plan B Milford’s Iron Bar competitions.  And, through their skills 12 of them have made it to the final stage:  The Iron Bar Gala.  One winner will prevail, win $1,000 in cash and get a trip to Kentucky with the Plan B crew!  

You definitely won’t want to miss this event at Plan B Milford on 3/26/14 at 8 pm.  Seriously, don’t miss it…especially because the final test is bourbon themed using Willett Pot Still.  Tix are just $60 (plus tax and tip) and you get a helluva lot for your dollar, too…an abundance of hors d’oeuvre, 2 drink tickets, samples of all cocktail entries, a chance to vote for the winner, and mingle time with the celebrity judges.

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Major Noms: Willett Bourbon Dinner with Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen at Plan B Stamford

6 Mar

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Bourbon buddies, we’ve got some great news for ya:  Plan B Burger in Stamford will be hosting an event sure to please you.  It’s called Distill it with Willett and it’ll be held on 3/24 at 6 pm.  Tickets are $75, tax and tip included.  We know that we had you at “bourbon,” but let’s take you through why you’ll need to get your tickets today.  But, don’t wait too long because these bad boys are sure to go fast and sell out.

Starting off, there are five courses that Plan B and Willett Distillery are pairing with bourbon and bourbon cocktails.  Not happy in that being enough, they’ve also used bourbon in every single course!  Here we go:

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Merci Beaucoup: Marc Penvenne of Méli-Mélo Relaunches Versailles in Greenwich

6 Mar

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Now that we’ve been around Greenwich for over a year, we can just scrape ourselves out of bed on a lazy Sunday and head over to one of our favorite breakfast spots, Méli-Mélo.  Despite the annoyance of finding a spot and the sometimes long lines, it’s all worth it at the end when you’re devouring some killer crepes.  If you’ve been to this Greenwich Ave. mainstay and hotspot, chances are that you’ve seen and talked with owner Marc Penvenne.  He’s always making the rounds, helping seat people, and making sure that everything runs smoothly.

Well, he’s been a bit busier as of late.  That’s because he has brought Versailles back to life, breathing new life to the closed (Easter, 2013) landmark restaurant that’s been around since 1980.  It’s kind of ironic, huh?  Marc came to Greenwich from France and began as a manager at Versailles, left to open Méli-Mélo (right across the street), and now owns Versailles.  Quite the full circle.

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Deals on Meals: 2014 Wilton Restaurant Week Features 19 Spots

5 Mar

Here we go, OmNomivores…it’s just about time for the 2nd Annual Wilton Restaurant Week!  19 restaurants all vying for your attention with deals on prix fixe meals from March 10 through March 16.  Not too shabby of a selection, huh?  From Italian, to Modern American, to Southwestern, to Mexican, to French, and to even the sweeter side of things, Wilton Restaurant Week’s gotcha covered.

Sean Minor Wines 5 Course Dinner at Blue Lemon w/ Harry’s of Fairfield

3 Mar

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Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market, Blue Lemon, and Sean Minor Wines are coming together on March 6 at 7 pm for a paired wine dinner.  Tickets are $75 (plus tax and tip) and will feature some great wines.  In addition, Sean Minor himself will be on hand at Blue Lemon of Westport to discuss each wine and pairing.  To reserve your tickets, please call (203) 226-2647 or e-mail them at mybluelemon@aol.com.

Here’s the menu:

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Required Coursework: Pig Carving 101 and Lunch w/ Tim LaBant of Schoolhouse at Cannondale

28 Feb

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Contrary to popular belief, bacon is not the only pork product.  There are chops, loins, pork belly, spare ribs, and even some more popular cuts.  Also, there are the uncommonly used parts at restaurants and home like the crackling, cheeks, ears, feet, tail, and lardo.  Oh lardo, how we love you.

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How exactly do we get these cuts and parts of the pig….what do we call them and what do we do with them?  Well, wonder no more!  Chef Tim LaBant (recently featured on PBS) of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale will take you on a tour from snout to tail on March 15 from 11 to 2 pm at Millstone Farm in Wilton.  Tickets to attend are $70 per person and that includes tax and tip.

Here’s everything you’ll get for attending:

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We Pledge Allegiance to Good Beer + Food at Cask Republic – Stamford, CT

24 Feb

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Although we went to the Friends and Family event to celebrate the opening of Cask Republic, we still felt like we were the last people in the world who hadn’t been there for a regular meal service.  Check-in after check-in, beer brag after beer brag, each friend telling us they were there made us green with envy.  So, after spending a few hours around Stamford doing errands, we decided to hit up this new spot (check out more details here) and experience the awesomeness everyone else already experienced.

It wasn’t just the sick selection of beer that we wanted to try out, either!  It was also the food from newly appointed Chef Juan Gonzalez that we were excited to try.  Like many chefs, he had started off washing dishes and prepping food, but he worked hard and graduated from culinary school at the International School of Tourism and Hotel Management in Puerto Rico.  From there he worked as a chef on a cruise ship and became Executive Chef of Pepin’s Cafe & Tasca in San Juan.  Then he came to America and worked at The Homestead 1766, Ocean Reef Club, and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, and most recently was Chef de Cuisine at Post 154 with Executive Chef Alex Rosado.  That’s quite a resume!

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OmNomCT + Others Guest Bartend for Charity @ Bistro 7 in Wilton

24 Feb

 

We’ve been practicing and preparing for this moment all our lives.  Yes, we’ve been drinking cocktails to prepare and we’ve even studied Andy Samberg’s mixology skills on Portlandia.  Well, that must mean that we’re ready for our bartending gig at Bistro 7 in Wilton on March 13, right?  Sure thing!  Have us mix you a drink from 6:30 and on and Bistro 7 will donate 10% of their revenue that night right to one of our favorite causes, Community Plates.  This awesome organization is a made up of a network of volunteers who help to rescue food from markets and restaurants then bring those meals to soup kitchens and pantries.

We’re also excited to share that there will be other guest bartenders, too:

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Bethel Restaurant Week 2014 features 24 restaurants with lots of great deals

19 Feb

Clear your calendars for the third installment of Bethel Restaurant Week, this year running from February 23 through March 1.  Like other restaurant weeks, you’ll be served a three course lunch or dinner at set price decided by the restaurant, but this one’s a bit different.  You’ll actually be able to get breakfast at some of these places, that’s an option that’s not usually offered, and there are lots of deals like BOGOs and discounts.   And, another exciting thing for us about Bethel Restaurant Week is the amazing selection of places that our friends and readers have told us about that we need to try STAT.  So, here’s a nice little guide for you.

Starting off, there are  4 basic price levels for Lunch/Dinner:  $5/$10, $10/15, $15/$25, or $20/$35.  Without further ado, fine gents and ladies, here are the restaurants with links to their Restaurant Week menus (some haven’t been updated yet).

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