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Hop, Skip + A Run 5k and Beer Festival from Half Full Brewery Kicks off Summer Right

6 Jun

Take all that you know and think about 5k races and toss ‘em away because Half Full Brewery in Stamford has a brand new experience for you.  That experience?  The Hop, Skip & A Run 5k Race and Festival that’s coming to Stamford on June 29.  The race starts at 17 Harbor Point Road where Paloma will be, goes along the boardwalk, then into Kosciuszko Park.  Jordan Giles, Chief Beer Organizer, shared more about the race with us:  “Hop Skip & A Run is a truly unique 5K in that participants will literally hop and skip a (small) portion of the route while running the rest. As with nearly everything we do here at the Half Full Brewery, we thought long and hard about how to put our upbeat and positive Half Full spin on the event.”

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Fairfield County Food News, Vol. 7: Wieners, Bees, Horses, Bourbon, and Summer Fun

5 Jun

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.

June 6

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.

June 7

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.

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Get you some: Taste of Port Chester and Wilton Are Back for more in 2014

4 Jun

We love tasting events where you get to taste some of the best spots in an area.  They tend to be inexpensive, they have lots of variety, and it’s basically like a Costco tasting spree on steroids.  ‘Nuff said, right?  So, get ready for two great events coming up:  Taste of Port Chester on 6/8 and Taste of Wilton on 6/9.  Check out the deets with us and get yo’self down (or up) there for all the nomworthy food.


Taste of Port Chester

6/8, from 12-3 pm

Registration starts at 11:30 at the Marina on Abendroth Ave.

Tickets are $25 (drinks extra; you’ll get a map for easy food tourism)

Taste of Port Chester is a walking tour (though there are busses available) through CT’s neighboring village.  Once you have your wristband, you can just visit any of the places below (there will be balloons outside) and get samples of their goodies.  We were downtown when this was going on last year and it was a very popular event, so you won’t want to miss this one.  Added bonuses:  your ticket purchase helps to support Port Chester Public Schools and you can walk off all of the calories that you ingest (wishful thinking).

Here are all the spots that you can check out:

• A&S Deli:  Italian
• Acuario:  Peruvian
• Aqui es Santa Fe:  Colombian
• Arrosto:  Italian
• Bubbles & Berries:  Juice Bar and Desserts
• Cafe Mirage:  Eclectic, Modern American
• Carvel Ice Cream
• Coals:  Pizza, craft beer, killer sprouts, and wings
• Copacabana Steakhouse:  Brazilian steakhouse
• Cousin Frankie’s USA Grill:  American
• Euro Asian Bistro:  Asian, sushi
• Frankie & Louie’s:  Italian, pizza
• Garcia’s:  Nightclub, bar
• Il Sogno:  Italian
• J.J. Cassone’s:  Bakery
• John’s of Arthur Ave:  Italian
• Kiosko:  Mexican
• Longford’s Own Made:  Ice Cream
• Los Chuzos de Juancho:  Colombian
• Mary Ann’s:  Mexican
• McShane’s:  Irish Pub (new)
• Neri’s Bakery
• Nessa:  Italian
• Paleteria Fernandez:  Ice cream, frozen treats
• Panera Bread:  Cafe, American
• Port Chester Hall & Beer Garden (new)
• Salsa Picante:  Mexican
• Sichuan Pavilion:  Chinese
• Sonora:  Nuevo Latino
• Spadaro’s:  Italian
• Tarry Market:  Gourmet market
• Varmax:  Wine, liquor
• Zeppoleme:  Zeppoles, panini, coffee

7th Annual Taste of Wilton

June 9 from 5:30-8:30

$30 per person at Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County Bank, Bankwell, or Wilton Family Y

$35 at the door

Cheaper than an entrée at most restaurants here in CT, admission to Taste of Wilton is a great deal…especially because food and drinks are included.  This year, you’ll want to check out this event all over again so you can try out some of the new restaurants that have opened up and to nom away on your favorites.

Here are all the participants (getting full already):

• Ancona’s Wines & Liquors
• Bianco Rosso Wine Bar Restaurant
• Bistro 7
• Black Cat Grille
• Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar
• Fleur de Lis Academy
Georgetown Package Store
• Little Pub Wilton
• Luca Ristorante Italiano
• Marly’s of Wilton
• Pinocchio Pizza
• Portofino Restaurant & Bar
• Stop & Shop
• Sweet Pierre’s
• Sweet Sabrina’s Cake Shop
• The Painted Cookie
• Toozy Patza Pizza
• Village Market
• Vintage Fine Wines (visit their store during the Taste)
• Wilton Pizza

Worth the Trip: CT Brewers Guild Brewfest ft. over 30 Local Breweries Hop on Ski Sundown

3 Jun

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We hope you’ll join us on a trip to Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT (Home of Satan’s Kingdom, yes…a real place) to get some major drinking done and try some brews from all across CT and the Northeast at the CT Brewers Guild Brewfest.  This year’s event is going down from 4-8 pm on June 21 and costs only $25 in advance or $30 at the entrance.  If you wanna take one for the team, a designated driver ticket is just $20.  You can also go, happy knowing that your ticket purchase will help fund the hop-loving work of the CT Brewers Guild who supports the craft beer industry here in Connecticut.

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Nomworthy Bites of CT Food News, Vol. 6: Contests, Food Trucks, Markets, Dinners, Goats, + More…

29 May

Hey, good news…it’s almost Friday!  So, what better way to celebrate than planning out the next couple of weeks with some great events and checking out some great things that are going on in Connecticut?  This week, we’ve broken down things into a few categories:  Events, Dinners, Farmers’ Markets, Contests, and CT Food and Drink News.  Make sure to check out our Nomworthy Events page for things that we’ve already mentioned, too.

Events

5/29 Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk (6 1st Street) will be hosting a fundraiser for the BMHS Post Graduation Party tonight.  Come by for some great ice cream and check out special guests:  Lobstercraft!  Yup, they’ll be on hand for all your seafood needs.

5/30  Want to learn how to start your own goat dairy?  Duh, we’d love that!  Well, stop on by Squash Hollow Farm in New Milford at 5:30 to check out the Dairy Goats 101 class!  Tickets are $49.99 and you can order them online.

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Top 10 Local Kids Compete @ Future Chef’s Cook Off w/ Tastings, Activities, and Raffles

27 May
Three of the winners cooking and baking in the kitchens of DiMare, Cafe Oo La La, and Casa villa

Three of the winners cooking and baking in the kitchens of DiMare, Cafe Oo La La, and Casa Villa

When you picture cooking competitions, who do you picture cooking up a storm?  Seasoned (pun intended) vets in the kitchen, talented chef/owners who own culinary empires, food truck operators, or CIA grads ready to make names for themselves?  How about a group of kids?  Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get when you head to the Future Chef’s Cook Off on June 8, 2014 from 12 to 3 at The Italian Center in Stamford.  Tickets are $35 online or $40 at the door, $10 online or $15 at the door for ages 7-18, and free for kids 6 and under.  Tickets get you in the door, get you tastings of all the food, and get you the happiness in knowing that you’ll be helping kids with cancer via Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Nomworthy Bites of CT Food News, Vol. 5: BBQ, Memorial Day, Brews, Tastings + More…

21 May

 

Again, there’s so much going on this week and next week, that we wanted to get a whole slew of events out there for ya.  Don’t ever complain that there’s nothing to do here in Fairfield County!  Also, don’t forget to enter our FB contest to win 2 tickets to The Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County, valued at $120.  The contest ends Friday, so make sure to enter ASAP!  

May 21:  Barcelona Stamford is hosting a new series of events called “The Cocktail Classroom.”  This month’s class is called Whiskey Creations.  Okay, sold!  Check out how to make some great cocktails with whiskey while Executive Chef Scott Quis pairs them with some yummy bites.  Cost is $35 per person.

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Eat at any Dinosaur Bar-b-Que Memorial Day Weekend, help Wounded Warrior Project!

20 May

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…

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Secret Ingredient Released for Battle of the Chefs with Chefs Pasternack, Storch, and Taibe

16 May
Grace Weber, executive director of Founders Hall, presents a fresh Pekin duck to Chefs Matt Storch, Forrest Pasternack and Jeff Taibe, who will be competing in Battle of the Chefs to benefit Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 -7pm, at Founders Hall.

Grace Weber, executive director of Founders Hall, presents a fresh Pekin duck to Chefs Matt Storch, Forrest Pasternack and Jeff Taibe, who will be competing in Battle of the Chefs to benefit Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 -7 pm, at Founders Hall.  Photo by Karen Rayda.

Oh, duck yeah!  The first ingredient for the appetizer round of the Battle of the Chefs at Founders Hall has been revealed.  On June 8, Chefs Pasternack (Bailey’s Backyard), Taibe (leFarm/The Whelk), and Storch (Match, The Chelsea), will need to use Peking duck in their appetizers.  For these three talented chefs, we don’t think they’ll have too much trouble…but the real challenge is putting out the best duck dish.  Duck can definitely be challenging, too.  It’s pretty easy to overcook and should be served rare to medium rare.  Plus, it does take lots of work to perfect that perfectly crispy duck skin.

All three chefs will be cooking up 200 servings for guests who will then vote for their favorites on June 1 from 4 to 7.  While all three chefs do have the advantage of planning out their attack with the Peking duck, they won’t be so lucky when it comes to the entrée round.  That’s because they’ll open a basket filled with secret ingredients and will have only 40 minutes to put a killer dish together.  A panel of judges will then discuss each dish and pick the winner of that round.  If you want a taste of the entrees, you can buy a special chef’s table ticket.  And, even if you don’t buy that, all tickets will get you enough hors d’oeuvre to fill up that belly, an open bar (oh yeah), and plenty of amazing desserts.

Tickets are now on sale at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, online, or by calling up (203) 431-7000.  Tasting Table Tickets are $500, Floor Seats are $200, and Stadium Seats are $125.  To read more about The Battle of the Chefs, please check out our introduction post and to learn more about the great work of Founders Hall, check out their site.

Community Plates looking for bin runners @ the new Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in New Canaan

15 May
Community Plates Logo

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just want to make healthier food choices, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is a brand new option for you in New Canaan.  Not wasting any time after their recent opening, they have joined up with the Community Plates food rescue network.  So, starting on May 19, seasoned food rescuers and newcomers will be able to set up bin runs using the GoRescue App.

For those who are new to the mission of Community Plates (learn more from a recent blog post), it’s a network of restaurants and stores that donate food that would normally go to waste.  Food runner volunteers then sign up for a bin run, pick them up, then deliver them to a local shelter or pantry.  In the case of Mrs. Greens, runners would take the bins to either Norwalk, Darien, or Stamford, depending on the sign up.  

To become a new runner, just sign up here and join us and countless others who are taking steps to wipe out hunger in Fairfield County…and beyond.  Just check out what they’ve already accomplished in just the past three years:

They’ve rescued 4.3 million meals!

3.44 of those 4.3 million are from the Fairfield County division alone!

And, just in April of this year, food rescuers helped to provide almost 300,000 meals for people who needed food right here in Fairfield County.

Now, with Mrs. Greens in the mix, we can make those numbers even higher and lower the number of people in need of food throughout the place we call home.

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