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Marcia Selden Catering Heads to Vegas for #CSES2014; Nicole Straight Dances with the Stars

14 Mar

We feel that catering businesses often don’t receive all the great press and recognition that they deserve.  They are part chef, part baker, part server, part host, and…well…it exhausts us to even watch them do their thang.  So, it’s great for us to see that Marcia Selden Catering of Stamford gets some great press quite often.  For six years in a row, they’ve won Best Caterer from Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast awards and were honored recently by being chosen as Caterer of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

And, here’s some more:  Robin and Jeffrey Selden will be a part of the world’s largest catering and events conference, Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow in Vegas (they won East Region Best Caterer last year).  In fact, they’ll be offering three workshops for the thousands of people from across the US and over 30 countries.  Robin will be working with Chefs Karen O’Connor and Elgin Woodman on an event called “3 Women Catering Chefs Whisk Up a Trio of Dinner Party Menus.”  Also, both Robin and Jeff will be presenting “Best Day of our Lives, Creating Unique, Customized Weddings” and “Orchestrating the Perfectly Organized Event.”

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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.

Connecticut Gives Back with Fairfield County Giving Day: 24 Hours to Give Where You Live!

27 Feb

We all have a favorite local charity that we support financially or that we volunteer for…and now there’s a whole day set aside for us to help out.  Introducing Fairfield County Giving Day, a brand new event that brings together nonprofits and charities from across Fairfield County.  Their goal?  Raise $1,000,000 for local nonprofits on March 7!

How it works is simple:

1)  Find your favorite local charity or charities on their site March 7 from 12 am – 11:59 pm.

          • Type in the nonprofit’s name OR

          • Type in your town OR

          • Search by cause such as Arts, Education, Environment, Food…

2)  Donate any amount from $10 and up.

That’s it…that easy…that quick!

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Stop by Garden Catering + Other Local Spots to Help Fund Camp Promise + Fight ALS

27 Feb

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Time flies…it’s unbelievable to think that this is the third year that we’ve talked to everybody about the Camp Promise fundraiser, organized by our friend James Lacerenza.  Oh, and do you know what else?  Swineus Fugit!  Pigs Fly!  (You like how we worked that in?)

That’s because Garden Catering in Greenwich ( 177 Hamilton Avenue), Old Greenwich ( 185 1/2 Sound Beach Avenue), and Stamford (235 Main Street) are selling Flying Pigs to help raise money for Camp Promise East.  This very worthy organization allows people of all ages who have muscular dystrophy to attend a safe, fun, and interactive summer camp.  Some of these kids and adults who attend have never had a chance to swim, play sports, or rarely get the chance to interact with others in a fun way, so Camp Promise is amazing for them.

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Start Mardi Gras Early with Local Music, Food, and Drinks at 9th Annual BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras Fundraiser

26 Feb

It can be argued that three of the finest things in life are music, food, and drink.  Well, who are we kidding?  Those definitely are the finest things…

And it’s with this awesomeness that we present to you the 9th Annual BlackRock Rocks fundraiser event!  Check out Acoustic Café, Fire Engine Pizza Company, Tautog Tavern, or B.R.Y.A.C., order some drinks (or focus on the drink specials!), watch some shows, and devour some NOLA inspired dishes at each location.

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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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Fun on Tap at SM+NC: Maple Sugar Workshop for the Grown Ups

13 Feb
Where maple sugar comes from...and, no, not the stork

Where maple sugar comes from…and, no, not the stork

There’s nothing quite more New Englandy than maple syrup.  Just think about how versatile it is:  put it on your favorite breakfast food, mix it into cocktails, use it for baking, or just free-base the stuff to get it right into your blood stream.  What it comes down to is this:  we purely and wholeheartedly love us some maple syrup.  And, if you’re truly a New Englander and Nutmegger at the core then you love it as much as we do.

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Taste of Stamford 2014: Culinary Tour of the City that Works

12 Feb

 

As if the great deals of Stamford Winter Restaurant Weeks weren’t enough, the Stamford Chamber of Commerce is giving hungry people even more reasons to visit Stamford. You got it people, it’s the 21st Annual Taste of Stamford!  This year’s event is on 2/27/14 at the Stamford Marriott and goes from 5:30-8:30.  Tickets are $50 if you pre-pay by ordering here or will be $60 at the door.  Money raised from Taste of Stamford will go to the Kids Our Future Trust Fund formed by the Chamber to bolster educational programs in Stamford Public Schools.  

Now, let’s give you the details on why this night is gonna rock yo world:

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CT-based celebrity chefs Twice Baked Twins storm Grade A Market for tastings and book signing

5 Feb

The odds of a chef making it onto local TV, Food Network, The Talk, having recipes shared by people like Oprah, and having a wildly successful cookbook are pretty slim.  So, you could imagine how much crazier it would be to stick two people into the equation, taking over the cooking and recipe scene together.  But, that’s just what Joy and Judy Paoletti, The Twice Baked Twins, have done.  While they are identical twins, they show you how to make a dish in not so identical ways:  Joy makes the traditional version, while Judy creates the time-saving version.  As we suggested, you might have seen The Twice Baked Twins on Food Network’s “Dear Food Network,” in your local paper, on The Talk, in countless online magazines, and even on a weekly basis on our own local Better CT on WFSB.

The Twice Baked Twins

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Legen-dairy: Inaugural Wine Dinner and Essex St. Cheese Co. Case Takeover at Fairfield Cheese Co.

4 Feb

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Look, you’ve been working hard this week.  You’ve done a great job shoveling (or making someone else shovel) and you’ll have bravely fought against the storm ready to strike us tomorrow!  So, isn’t it about time that you treat yourself to some great food, specifically cheese?

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