Now that we finally have that warmer weather that we dream of during the colder months in Connecticut, we can look forward to BBQ season. For some, BBQ season never ends, though. The tailgate warriors, the backyard chefs who won’t allow a little annoying snow to ruin their plans of cooking up some burgers on the barbie. But, whether you’re a BBQ expert, a novice, or just a BBQ eater, you’ve probably never had a BBQ meal like the one that Chef Plum of Newtown, CT has planned out for Sunday, May 26 from 7 to 10. He’s repurposed Butcher’s Best in Newtown as a pop up restaurant in his dining series called Dinner Underground. Tickets are limited to just 30 people and cost $85.39 (that’s with the service fee) and you can buy them here. So, you know how we work…this is where we explain why you need to get yourself to this event:
Around this time last year we headed up to Ambler Farm in Wilton to take part in Bull N’ Brew. The farm was beautiful and the night was just perfect, set off by good wine, beer, and food from Super Duper Weenie. And, just about a year later Ambler Farm is holding another event…a much anticipated annual event.
Two of our favorite spots to get brews and grub in Fairfield County have lots of fun ahead for American Craft Beer Week. ACBW kicks off today, 5/13, and goes until 5/19. The focus of the beer week has always been on smaller batch brews, a focus on fine details, and more of a hands-on approach to beer. Now, it’s no coincidence that Ginger Man in Norwalk and Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford live and breathe this philosophy year round, but you know they have to step up their game (is that possible?) to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. It’s kind of like the Super Bowl of the beer world.
Coalhouse Pizza is featuring a week of tap takeovers:
Monday, 5/13: Sebago
Wednesday, 5/15: Harpoon
You might have heard of pop up restaurants, springing up in empty spots or abandoned places. Here one week, gone another. You know…that’s so 2012. PopShop Market, though, is taking things into 2013 with their pop up market. For each pop up event they’ll have 50 or more vendors, a mini farmers’ market, they’ll feature a local brewery, and they’ll have a bunch of CT’s best food and food trucks available for your noming needs. The first PopShop Market is being held on June 1 from 9-3 at the Fairfield Theater Company‘s warehouse and parking lot. There’s no cost at all and there is live music, too. Here are the details for the first event:
Get your mind out of the gutter, people. We’re talking about Two Roads Brewery having The Local Meatball shop on hand for their Saturday food truck experience from 3-7 on 5/11, the start of CT Beer Week. Since TLM launch on 4/20, Mike’s been gaining quite a following of ballers. There’s no doubt that Mike will be serving up some Serious meatballs, his standard formulation made with Saugatuck Craft Butchery beef and other local ingredients. Here are descriptions from his site about the meatball choices (there is usually Serious and one other on special):
SERIOUS: made with the finest ground beef from Craft Butchery, we use only the best local ingredients. Soaked in our traditional sauce, they are like no other. These balls burst with flavor and are our version of the classic.Future SpecialsKICK IN DA: made with the most tender local pork around and some hot cherry peppers to give them just the right kick. Served in a chunky, spicy sauce, they’re a win-win.IN THE BUFF: fresh ground chicken and our own buffalo sauce—these are the perfect combination of heat and flavor.HONEY’S: honey BBQ sauce from a local favorite and a tender, juicy pork ball…who needs ribs when you’ve got balls?JEWELS: these salty, sweet creations are what we like to call a “breakfast ball.” Made with delicious ground beef, sausage, bacon and chunks of melted cheddar cheese. Topped off with the tastiest local maple syrup on a soft, light and airy snowflake roll. They’re jewels.
Here’s how to do it:
1) Place your oder.
2) Grab your slider, Average Joe, or Grinder.
3) Head upstairs to Two Roads Brewery and down those meatballs with some old cold brews. We highly recommend the saison.
4) Fill up some growlers or growleritos (they are so cute and tiny).
5) Get some more meatballs before you leave.
Two Roads Brewing Co.
1700 Stratford Ave
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: (203) 335-2010
How do you like your food? Slow with a heaping of healthy local goodness? That’s basically the mantra of Slow Food Shoreline, a chapter of the larger Slow Food USA organization. According to the SFS site:
“Slow Food Shoreline’s mission is to promote cooking and nutritional education, with a focus on using local ingredients, to improve the health of the region. Our focus is on teaching scratch cooking using whole ingredients, with an additional focus on fresh, local, and seasonal products. We believe that teaching core cooking skills and encouraging a love of food and cooking, is the best way for participants to sustain what they’ve learned and change eating habits long term, as well as become better informed consumers. Through cooking demonstrations, tastings, cooking classes, and other food education opportunities, we’ll provide the community with the confidence, knowledge, and motivation to build healthy and delicious food habits.”
We definitely are on board with this and think a focus on “slow” cooking from scratch and on local ingredients elevate not only the taste of the food, but also is pretty zen and meditative. If you can’t find yourself and your center by baking a batch of brownies or preparing a roast, you’re doing it wrong!
One of our favorite places in all of Connecticut Stamford Museum & Nature Center. And, this coming Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend it’s about to become our more most favoritest place! All the action is going down on 5/18 and 5/19 from 11 am to 3 pm. Yes, their annual party is getting bigger and badder than ever with the addition of seven, count ‘um seven, food trucks. On Saturday you can get the Caribbean flavors of Maddy’s Food Truck, good ol’ fashioned American fare with Cowabunga, hot pies from Victoria’s Wood Fired Pizza Catering, got your hands on some meatballs from The Local Meatball, and cold and creamy goodness from Skip’s Ice Cream Co. Then, come back for more on Sunday where you can try the awesome fries and sandwiches of Fryborg, the awesomely organic and oven-to-table pizzas of Skinny Pines, and get more of that ice cream from Skip’s Ice Cream Co.
But, this weekend isn’t just about food. Okay, it’s a big portion of it, but there’s other reasons why you’ll love coming by:
1) Check out the baby goats. It’s all about the baby goats…but there are lots of other animals to ooh and ahh over.
Processed and passionless food. Tight aisles. Fumbling for coupons. People who won’t move out of your way. Finding the right aisle for your special ingredient. Horrible music. Old ladies writing checks in the express lane. These are just some of the reasons we haven’t looked back since switching over to grocery delivery several years ago. We just feel so much more centered and can use that extra time to catch up on our DVR shows. Ya know: Bones, The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, L & O SVU, and Big Bang Theory ain’t gonna watch themselves!
So, you could imagine when Vermont based Graze contacted us with promises of a complementary delivery of their farm food for a week, we were game. The process of how this happens is very interesting. Will (or whoever is available) drives bins of food (that have been organized by order) from Vermont to their Norwalk location. From there, drivers deliver the orders on to happy homes throughout Fairfield County on Monday between 2-7 am, ready for you before you leave for work. When they see you next, they’ll collect your bin, so no cardboard box waste anymore!