You are no chef if you can’t properly put together a warm and comforting bowl of soup. And, no, a can of Campbells or Progresso won’t cut it. That’s because soup is a complex beast, full of layers of flavor, bases, differing textures, and varied cooking techniques and times.
To help you perfect this art, you’ll need to stop by to see Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning. She’ll be at the Darien Community Association on 11/12 from 12:30-2 pm, showing how to make perfect fall soups. Tickets are $90 for members or $100 for non-members.
Oh, no biggie. Just OmNomCT hanging with THE Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. Check out his bitchin’ brews at the Plan B Doggy Style fundraiser.
This post about three great events happening this week covers just about everything in the world that makes us happy:
Well, let’s get to it, chop chop!
Bistro B Fall Is in the Air Wine Dinner in Bridgeport
Bistro B American Bistro & Wine Bar is a brand new restaurant in Bridgeport, though their roots aren’t so new. That’s because Bistro B is the sister restaurant to the ever-popular Barnum Publick House. Bistro B focuses on small plates and a shared dining experience over some great glasses of wine. And, you can get a taste of this brand new restaurant on 11/6, starting at 7 pm, for just $50 plus tax and tip. Here’s what you get:
We’re almost in November here, boys and girls, and you know what that means…Thanksgiving is on the way. Yes, the day that we test to see how far our stomachs can stretch out, laden with stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes. It’s a tradition and holiday that is completely American, but the CT Beer Trail (you do follow them, right?) has a new tradition that they are starting this year: The 1st Annual Turkey Tour.
You’ll meet at Back East Brewing Company in Bloomfield at 11:30 am on 11/30 to begin the day. You’ll start off by taking a tour and get a tasting of Back East brews. Like all stops on the Turkey Tour, you’ll be able to fill up growlers at each brewery (and you can down the growlers on the limo bus too). After the tour and tasting, you’ll load up on the bus (riding in style, boyyy) and head out to Cambridge House Brew Pub in Granby. You’ll get your tour and tasting, but you’ll also get a complete lunch along with a pint of beer. When done there, you’ll head out to Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. for another tour, more tastings, and you’ll even get to take home some glassware swag. After this you’ll check out Olde Burnside Brewing Co. then Broad Brook Brewing Co. for more tours and many many more tastings. The whole day ends around 7 pm when you’re dropped off at Back East Brewing…where the Turkey Tour began!
Tickets are $90 and, to be honest, it’s the best way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Do you really want to be that punk who stays at home all day or gets stuck at the mall with lines that stretch across for miles? Meh. Wouldn’t you rather check out 5 CT breweries and drink lots of great local beer? Yeah, we thought so.
Buy your tickets by clicking here, but don’t hesitate. Their bus tours sell out pretty quickly. We warned you.
The North Stamford Exchange Club is a made up of a group of community members, coming together through community service, providing activities for children, helping to prevent child abuse, and strengthening Stamford. All of this work that they do for local Stamford families and youth isn’t cheap, so they’ve brought back their Wine Tasting event on 11/1 from 7-10 pm at The Italian Center of Stamford. Tickets are $50 each and that gets you wine samplings from across the world as well as some tasty treats from local restaurants. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal at http://www.northstamfordexchangeclub.org, with a credit card at http://www.localwineevents.com/, in person at Giovana’s Wine & Spirits (the awesome sponsor), 1492 High Ridge Rd., 203-252-2518, or at the door.
Last year we told you all about Bacon Week at Plan B of Milford. You oohed, you awwed, you drooled, you clawed your way there. Well, boys and girls, it’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Here are the details (we won’t complicate this with words, let’s just get down to the porky details):
- It runs from 10/28-11/4.
- Bacon cocktails
- Woo your sweetheart with bacon roses
- Bacon Butter Mac & Cheese
- The Hog Tied Hamburger
- Scrumptious Swine fi-Salad
- and so many more bacon related goodness.
Plus, if you come by at 7 pm on 11/1, you can have dinner with DaymDrops himself. He’s the man!
Plan B Milford
Address: 1638 Boston Post Rd.
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 713-8700
Some of the veggies that Forrest has pickled for sale
It’s always a strange moment.
Invariably, people will ask us what our favorite restaurants are when we meet them or when they discover we have a food blog. Although we spend countless hours writing about some of the best places in Connecticut and trying new places, our minds always seem to draw a blank. But, then, we remember some of the best meals that we’ve had. And, one of those places that we always mention to people is a quaint little restaurant in Ridgefield called Bailey’s Backyard. We’ve been there three times already and plan to come back three hundred more times.
Bryan Walsh is not only the mixologist, but is also in charge of the drink program at Bailey’s
You might remember back in March we interviewed Executive Chef Forrest Pasternack (formerly of Morello Bistro in Greenwich) and we saw how deeply devoted he and Sal Bagliavio (the owner of Bailey’s) are to the farm-to-table principle. Yes, we know that word gets thrown around and is quite overused. But, at Bailey’s Backyard it’s a literal interpretation. Forrest and staff hit up the local markets and visit nearby farms to build their menu on a daily basis.
On Sunday, November 3, be sure to head down to The Italian Center in Stamford between 11-2:30 for a day of food sampling, tips on entertaining, auctions, and a luncheon discussion on how to help the hungry of Fairfield County. This is all part of Harvest Table, the annual fundraiser for New Covenant House of Hospitality. NCHH is the only soup kitchen that provides for all Lower Fairfield County and is also part of the Community Plates network. Entrance for the event is just $50 plus a non-perishable food item. Besides raising money for this worthy charity, check out some other reasons why you should come along:
Food Samples and Style Watch
Major noms for the Harvest pizza
The pot roast was, arguably, the most impressive dish of the night.
Matt Westfall, head brewer of New England Brewing Company, talks to the sold out Coalhouse crowd
Over 100 people packed Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford on Monday, 10/21, for a five course dinner that featured the beer of New England Brewing Company. Matt Westfall (head brewer) and Sebastian D’Agostino (Assistant brewer) were on hand to talk about their beer and to partake in the awesomeness that Chef Eddie Hurtado, the kitchen staff, and the pizzaioli had in store for that night.
Yes, everybody was there for the NEBCO-infused food and the hard to find brews, but they were also there for an even greater cause…helping to eradicate breast cancer. With ticket sales and a generous donation from Gerard Robertson, owner of Coalhouse, $1,000 was raised and given to Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Center.
James Lacerenza is the kind of person who never thinks about himself or his own happiness. Instead, he’s always working hard, giving his time, energy, and heart into organizations that mean so much to him. We’ve talked about James and his passions in the past, namely his fight to help those with muscular dystrophy. In truth, he has raised more money than any of us will probably ever raise in our lives. We’re talking over $135,000, yet that number climbs every year and with every event.
But, here’s the thing about James. Because he cares so much about others and raising money, he doesn’t think about himself or his own needs. We can understand his reluctance to reach out to others and to ask for help when he knows there are so many in the world that need help, love, and support, but we think it’s time to do more for him. That’s why Olio has teamed up with Backyard Humanitarian to create a special fundraiser this coming Thursday. All you need to do is stop by Olio in Stamford on 10/24 (we recommend you call (203) 817-0303 for reservations first) and eat up. Steve and Moira will donate 20% of all sales and the staff has generously agreed to donate all of their tips.
Earlier this year (see our post for more details) we shared the news of Oak + Almond‘s opening and we were most excited about two things:
1) The chef is Jeff Taibe, (brother of chef Bill Taibe from LeFarm and The Whelk) formerly of Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield. He has received lots of great press, so we definitely wanted to try out his food.
2) We love their beautiful patio and were excited for a restaurant to come in that could fulfill its potential.
So on a beautiful summer night, we decided to see if we were right on both fronts.
The vibe was lively, the fire was roaring in the patio fire pit, the service was attentive, and the drinks were flowing. The space definitely felt revived from its Tuscan Oven days! We started with some drinks, because, well, when don’t we? The wine list was pricey, the cocktails creative, and the beer list a bit disappointing. Nowadays, I think we’ve come to expect some local beer on tap, or at least some awesome craft brews in restaurants that tout themselves as farm-to-table…yet there were none of these things. So, with that, we both started with the Oak + Almond Cocktail which consisted of Four Roses bourbon, luxardo triplum, almond syrup, fresh lemon, Elemakule Tiki Bitters, and a smoked sea salt rim. Wow, this is quite possibly our favorite Bourbon drink ever. Above all, this drink had finesse and balance. At first you get an orange-y kind of taste, but that quickly fades as the great quality bourbon comes to the front. The nice touch is the giant ice cube that keeps the drink cold with less water diluting it. This is a must-order if you love bourbon drinks.