When we lived in Rye Brook, we’d often travel into Port Chester and check out some great restaurants like Q, Sonora, or try the countless restaurants that were serving up ceviche. Now that we’re in Greenwich, we’re even closer to Port Chester, so we travel in quite often and have discovered one of our favorite places: Coals. Well, we’re excited to share the third annual A Taste of Port Chester, 2013. This event is taking over nearly the entire downtown area of Port Chester on June 2 from noon to 3:30 pm with registration beginning at 11:30 am.
When we hit up the first Dishcrawl Greenwich experience, we were excited to meet some great people and try some new food. First we tried some excellent tapas at Barcelona and had Chef Michael Lucente talk to us about what was on the plate, then we got a huge surprise with the Haitian food of Maddy’s Food Truck. From there we checked out Sundown Saloon for some tacos and chicken wing bites, then ended up at Meli-Melo with a nice scoop of ice cream. Throughout the night we met some great people that we had only known online and it left us wanting to spend more time with them all. While some people thought that the choice to go to Sundown Saloon wasn’t the best and didn’t fit the bill, Jesse (Greenwich Dishcrawl Ambassador) took it as an opportunity to learn and help make Dishcrawl better. He’s definitely listening and trying to make each Dishcrawl even better than the last. Case in point will be the Surprise Dishcrawl that he has planned with only 8 tix left…we think he’s got something great up his sleeves.
Now, there are a few things to go through here with you:
Dishcrawl Greenwich and Dishcrawl Stamford merged to form Dishcrawl Fairfield County. This makes much more sense, especially because they are looking to expand into more cities such as Norwalk, Darien, and now–officially–New Canaan. Yes, the experience of checking out four restaurants in a night (only the first restaurant is revealed, keeping the rest a mystery), meeting great people, talking with chefs and owners, and enjoying nomworthy food is coming to New Canaan. Jesse was able to partner with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and Taste of the Town Stroll to create a two night event on August 27 and 28, both at 7 pm.
If you’d like to get your tickets, just click here.
If you’d like to learn more about the Dishcrawl concept, check out our first post about Dishcrawl Greenwich.
Again, if you are vegetarian, please note that when you buy your tickets as Jesse can accommodate you. If you have other restrictions, you can always see if Jesse can help to arrange suitable food for you. Just contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also make sure to follow Dishcrawl on Twitter with their new handle, @DishcrawlFCT.
Where in New Canaan would you love for Dishcrawl to go? We say elm because we’ve been dying to go there for a long, long time. :)
Yes, you heard that right! We just got the news from Jesse, the organizer of Dishcrawl Greenwich. The tickets for the May 8th event sold out very quickly (3 tiny days), but people wanted more. While Jesse did release a few more tickets, she realized what she had to do…open up a second date for another fun Dishcrawl experience. The new date is Tuesday, May 7, starts at 7, and is still just $45. Get your tickets by following this link to the Dishcrawl Greenwich site.
For more specifics about the event, please check out our previous post about their opening, but we’ll give you some basics:
- You’ll hit up four restaurants
- You won’t know where you’re starting your Dishcrawl journey until 48 hours before the event
- You’ll meet restaurant owners and chefs
- You’ll try fun, exciting, and adventurous dishes that exemplify the restaurant and chef
- You’ll meet some great people
- You’ll walk from restaurant to restaurant so that qualifies as your exercise from the day.
Congrats again to Dishcrawl Greenwich and Jesse! We’ll see you there!
Yours in noming,
Dan and Kristien
But, one thing we are willing to do is let you know about the second Whiskey Club meeting (Whiskies of the World), put together by BevMax of Stamford. You’ll meet at Kumo Restaurant (850-860 East Main Street) at 7 pm. Tickets are just $25 per person or $30 at the door. Buy them at BevMax: 835 East Main Street. Because there are only 35 seats available, it’s strongly advised that you buy your tickets in advance…plus they’re cheaper, duh.
Here’s why you need to get to the Whiskey Club:
Eight whiskies from around the world will be tasted and paired with food, including Knob Creek Rye 100 from the Good Ol’ United States, Yamazaki Malt 12 yr. from Japan, Amrut from India, and Glenmorangie Nectar D’or from Scotland, and four more!
It’s a scientifically proven fact that chili makes the world a better place. In the case of Branford, that’s even more true. Chili is bringing the community together with the first annual Chili Challenge for a Cause event. Restaurant owners, chefs, organizations, and locals are all putting together their killer concoctions in hope of winning the title of “Best Chili in Branford” but also getting some serious dough for their own charity. Susan at the Chamber of Commerce told us that she can still add some chefs to the contest, so if you’re in, e-mail her.
On March 23 from noon to 3 pm you need to hit up Branford Green on Main Street to be a part of the action. For $10 you’ll get a wristband that lets you taste as much chili as you can take. You’ll also be given a ballot which you’ll use to vote in your favorite chili!
Ever wonder why Andy Samberg from SNL and Lonely Island sang, “I’m on a Boat“? After you’ve hit up Art Greenwich from May 24-28, you might have a similar experience and feeling. Now, you might not be rocking a nautical-themed pashmina, but there’s lots to check out on SeaFair. Check it: a 228 foot megayacht that will be docked at 500 Steamboat road at Delamar Greenwich Harbor. Fill that boat up with seemingly endless works of art, music, music, food, and entertainment and you’ve got a great (and inexpensive) way to spend your Memorial Day weekend.
Here’s a breakdown of the events taken from ExpoShips.com to help you to pick when you’d like to hop aboard this boat and go all nautical:
One Day Tickets: $15 online | $20 at the door
•One day ticket is valid any one day, Friday through Monday. Not valid for the preview evening Thursday, March 24th.
Priority Tickets: $25 online | $30 at the door
• Collectors’ Invitational May 24 from 7:30 pm-10 pm
• Return admission during daily fair hours
• Priority boarding (no waiting in line)
THURSDAY, MAY 24
6 pm – 7:30 pm: First View in honor of the Greenwich Arts Council (by invitation only)
7:30 pm – 10 pm: Collectors Invitational (admission with priority ticket)
8:30 pm: “Convergence and the Maria Esneda Rhetoric”
The noted Greenwich dealer, artist and entrepreneur, Fernando Luis Alvarez has created a truly multi-disciplinary playground for audiences through his performance piece “Convergence”. Through a collaborative of music, dance and painting, Alvarez demonstrates a theatrical portrayal of his transition from business executive to full-time artist and entrepreneur. Alvarez will delight attendees with this special performance opening night.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
11 am-9 pm: Exhibit Hours | Sky deck open til 10 pm
1:30 pm-2:30 pm: “Artful Living: Incorporating Functional Art into Rooms of all Periods” by Pamela Hughes, Hughes Design Associates
3-4 pm: Aperture will present a talk with W. M. HUNT, curator, collector,consultant, teacher, fundraiser, and author of the new Aperture book “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious”. Join Bill, who is known for his wit and larger-than-life personality, for an entertaining presentation on the art of collecting. His book, The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious, presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: magical, heart-stopping images of people in which the eyes are obscured, veiled, or otherwise hidden.The gaze of the subject is averted. The pictures are characterized by what, at first glance, its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals.
SATURDAY, MAY 26
11 am-9 pm Exhibit Hours | Sky deck open til 10pm
Noon-3 pm: Champagne Exotica: Enjoy a unique selection of international champagne cocktails.
Noon-3 pm: The Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar on the sky deck.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
11 am-7 pm: Exhibit Hours | Sky deck open til 10pm
Noon-3 pm: Champagne Exotica: Enjoy a unique selection of international champagne cocktails.
Noon-3 pm: The Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar on the sky deck.
MONDAY, MAY 28
11 am-7 pm: Exhibit Hours
MasterChef is a blast to watch. 100 people from all walks of life compete with each other, week after week, in hopes of becoming the next MasterChef. Kristien and I have faithfully watched both seasons and we’re super excited for the third season. Chefs must learn skills or cook with specific ingredients, then they are judged by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot. We’d probably both pee our pants if faced with being criticized by the judges, so we’ve gotta give major props to all the contestants.
Things are hitting close to home this time around, though. For Season 3 of MasterChef we have two Connecticut chefs and one Westchester chef that beat out 29,900 people to hopefully win the $250,000 prize:
Arnaud Bourgeois: a pilot/captain from Woodbury, CT
Kim Maloof: a homemaker from Katonah, NY
Starting watching the season premiere on 6/4/12 at 9 pm that continues on 6/5/12 at 9 pm, also. Root, root, root for the home team! We hope the judges go pretty easy on them and that they kick it seriously. The final 18 contestants will be revealed on June 11.
Here are all 100 contestants (via TVbytheNumbers):
|Mesa||Anis “Nino” Jabbes||Server|
|Page||Renee Berthiaume||Office Manager|
|Laura Frederick||Retired Teacher|
|Hollie Schoppman||Convenience Store Owner|
|Dwayne Slate||Repossession Agent|
|Nicholas Smith||Marine Mechanic|
|Phoenix||Preethy Kaibara||Family Physician & Attorney|
|Apple Valley||Stacey Amagrande||Farmer’s Market Manager|
|Bakersfield||Gregg McDonnell||IT Manager|
|Brentwood||Justin Weiss||Business Analyst|
|Cluco||Vanessa Larsen||Hair Stylist|
|Corona||Taylor Wilder||Sales Associate|
|Hidden Hills||Carrie Portman||Senior Real Estate Account Executive|
|Hollywood||Felix Fang||Food Runner|
|Encino||Melanie Lowry||Account Executive|
|Laguna Niguel||Jeff Cohen||Wealth Manager|
|Los Angeles||Monti Carlo||Homemaker|
|Playa Del Rey||Becky Reams||Food Photographer|
|San Francisco||Laurence “Larry” Hing||Lawyer|
|Santa Monica||Craig Victor||Call Center Assistant|
|Studio City||Victoria Redstall||Author|
|Kelly Ryan||Professional Speaker|
|Westminster||Barry “Bear” Plunkett||Software Sales Executive|
|Newark||Tianna Wood||Inventory Control Specialist|
|Aventura||Ladda Cooper||Restaurant Co-Owner|
|Boyton Beach||Thomas Wright||Criminal Lawyer|
|Davie||David Mack||Caviar Sales Director|
|Deerfield Beach||Penny Suzuki||Firefighter and Paramedic|
|Jacksonville||Sonya Welch||Administrative Assistant|
|Miami||Samantha de Silva||Design Consultant|
|Jordan Fein||Credit Services Director of Operations|
|Dolores Royale||Real Estate Investor|
|Charles Vidales||Interior Designer|
|Miramar||Joel Ringrose||U.S. Army Station Commander|
|Palm Beach Gardens||Kate D’Hondt||Bartender|
|West Palm Beach||Andrew Rosenthal||Plastic Surgeon|
|Marietta||Lindsay Tarquinio||Non-Profit Co-Founder|
|Powder Springs||Mike Hill||Contractor|
|Rowell||Bobby Manheim||Primate Therapy for Special Needs Children (Monkey Doctor)|
|Vladimir Giuliano Djurkovic||Assistant Manager|
|Greg Tomaras||Field Service Engineer|
|Elisa Veal||Administrative Assistant|
|Glencoe||David Martinez||Educational Administrator|
|Stilwell||Becky Reams||Food Photographer|
|New Orleans||Heber Dunaway||Music Teacher|
|Cohasset||Julie Mitterando||Emergency Physician|
|Boston||AJ Rossi||Director of Sales (Antiques and Fine Art Magazine)|
|Anna Rossi||Pharmaceutical Sales Representative|
|Fall River||Adam Camacho||Mechanical Engineer|
|Baldwin||Helene Leeds||Health Coach|
|Baltimore||Elizabeth Etzel||Real Estate Agent|
|Bethesda||Amy Holmwood||President of Life Insurance Company|
|Silver Spring||Kaimana Chee||Director of IT Training|
|Windsor Mill||Sherine Taylor||Benefits Counselor|
|Ada||James Lee||Retired Police Officer|
|Royal Oak||Brian Kho||Business Student|
|Biloxi||Michelle Gollott||Food Services Sales Consultant|
|Jackson||Joshua Marks||Contract Specialist for US Army|
|Florham Park||Samantha McNulty||High School Student|
|Manahawkin||Jessika Morgan||Nutrition Sales|
|West Orange||Nandini Anant||Homemaker|
|Astoria||Luca Manfe||Restaurant Manager|
|Jack Hazan||Children’s Wear Assistant|
|Earlville||Gabe Fowler||Journalism Student|
|Harlem||Courtney Carey||Professional Opera Singer|
|Holtsville||Frank Mirando||Stock Broker|
|Levittown||Al Matousek||Teaching Assistant|
|Long Beach||Alessio Vella||Sales Manager|
|New York City||Ryan Umane||Unemployed|
|Woodside||Michael Petroff||School Aide|
|Cincinnati||Krystal Mandap||Food Sales Representative|
|Clackamas||Josue del Castillo Rios||On-Air Radio Personality|
|Portland||Jessica Glenn||Book Publicist|
|Cranston||Cheryl Manzi||Admissions Representative|
|Austin||Michael Chen||Meteorology Student|
|Tanya Noble||Student and Hospitality Assistant|
|Dallas||Rami Rassas||Used Car Salesman|
|Houston||Christine Ha||Graduate Student|
|Annandale||Scott Little||Interactive Producer|
|Arlington||Matthew Duffy||IT Manager|
|Joe Maiellano||Political Consultant|
|Seattle||Jaeger Stoltz||Hair Stylist|
|Sun Prairie||Derek Distin||Medical Device Sales Representative|
Take some great food, throw in some wine, and add in a dash of silent and live auctions and you’ve got Beaujolais & Beyond. This fun (and tasty) fundraising event will help to benefit The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. What? You think that all the awesome stuff and support that they give to the community is free? $60 dollars gets you a ticket if you pre-register or pay $70 at the door on 5/17 starting at 6 pm at The Westport Inn. So, get your tickets online now and use the extra money to bid on some great finds during the event.
We are excited at the prospect of trying out 55 Wine Bar & Restaurant, part of the Scena Wine Bar and Cava restaurant group. To be honest, we’re also very excited for some Moe’s! I spent a few years in Atlanta and we had Moe’s there. As soon as you open the door, the staff yells out, “Welcome to Moe’s!” Danny and I are a bit jealous, though, because Fairfield gets a Moe’s while we’re left out of the mix in Stamford. <Hint, hint> And, of course, we’re excited to try the other restaurants! You never know when you’ll be inspired by a dish that you sample at one of these events.
Casa de Vino
Beaujolais & Beyond
Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 9 pm.
$60 per person/$70 walk-in
The Westport Inn
1595 Post Road East
A weekend of decadence with drinks, food, art & more at the Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Weekend26 Apr
Well, we know if you’re reading our blog you clearly love food, wine and beer, so we KNOW you’ll be all about Westchester Magazine’s 2nd annual Wine & Food Weekend coming up on May 17-20 at The Ritz Carlton Westchester in White Plains. Ritz Carlton, oooo fancy.
But don’t worry, with events like the BBQ, Burgers and Beer Bash on Thursday, this weekend is anything but stiff. Well, except maybe the cocktails. Whether you’re stuffing your face with yummilicious food from over 30 of the best local restaurants and downing glasses of wine from over 200 world-class wineries at the Grand Tasting, or learning to make prohibition cocktails, or checking out local art at the ARTSBash, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
Check out the full schedule, prices and packages below. For tickets visit the event website here.
Hope to see you there- we’ll be the ones with some sort of food or drink attached to our lips at all times. We’ll wink at your or something – but less creepy.Thursday, 5/17 7:30PM – 11PM: Burgers, BBQ & Beer Bash – $50.00 Friday, 5/18 6PM – 9PM: ARTSBash – $75.00 Saturday, 5/19 11:30AM – 4PM: Grand Tasting – $85.00 12:00PM: A Tour Through Tuscany Wine Seminar with Kevin Zraly – $25.00 1:15PM: Crystal Clear, Does the Glass Make A Difference? Wine Seminar – $75.00 2:30PM: Modern Mixology: Bringing Cocktails Home Cocktails Seminar – $25.00 6:30PM – 10:30PM: Winemakers Dinner – $150.00 Sunday, 5/20 11:30AM – 2PM: Sparkling Sunday Brunch – $50.00 12:00PM – 4:30PM: Grand Tasting – $85.00 12:30PM: Wines of Bordeaux Wine Seminar with Kevin Zraly – $25.00 1:45PM: Prohibition Cocktails Clinic Sprits Seminar – $25.00 3:00PM: Majestic Terroir of Sonoma Wine Seminar – $25.00 Packages: Grand Tasting Combo: Grand Tasting Saturday & Sunday – $160.00 VIP Pass: Package above + 1 Wine Seminar each day, Winemakers Dinner & Sunday Brunch – $400.00
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We had the fortunate opportunity a few months ago, thanks to local foodie and PR extraordinaire Linda Kavanagh, to enjoy a complimentary press dinner at Cactus Rose Cantina in Wilton, CT that would prove to be a record breaking number of courses. And now we want to share that experience with you. Here’s how it went down:
We were struck by how bright and fun the interior is, with beautiful, bright tiled mosaics along the walls, perfect lighting, and an adorable fireplace. They even have a fireplace outside on their huge patio that’s perfect for kind weather dining. You could really tell both owners, Maria Pertesis and her mom Katerina love what they do too because they’re usually found greeting guests, making the rounds, asking customers how the food is, talking, chatting, and even helping to bring dishes to tables from time to time. We love when we see that!
Before we sat, we had some margaritas at the large bar. They have four signature margarita concoctions, so it was our duty to try them all out, you know? Danny started with the Dali, a margarita with Sauza 100 yr reposado, triple sec, lime
juice and simple syrup with a splash fresh orange juice. I had the Apache, a spicy margarita that hit you at the end with a nice heat from the serrano. All and all, they were pretty delish! We also started with some beef empanadas in a light ranchero sauce and dipped into some vertical nachos that were smothered in chihuahua cheese (no, they didn’t milk the dog, it’s a yummy Mexican cheese), refried black beans, and guac. Both were hardy apps filling enough if you’re looking to just get a bite at the bar.
As we sat down, we saw the tasting menu, awaiting us like Wonka’s Golden Ticket. Danny and I didn’t know what to order from the 14 dishes available, as usual. Well, that problem was solved for us because apparently we were trying every. single. one. Holy crap, I didn’t wear an elastic band skirt, haha. Well, let us take you on the tasting tour, so you know what to order when you hit up Cactus Rose.
Seafood cocktail shooters (lobster, crab & shrimp with citrus, chile, & tomato): This was a cross between a ceviche and a seafood cocktail. Must love cocktail sauce here for sure or you won’t dig this! Seafood was fresh and the chile added a fun kick.
Wilted greens (warm chorizo vinaigrette, orange, jicama, organic sunny side up egg): The dressing was very light and the oranges added a nice contrast with the greens and the crispiness of the jicama. And the egg? Well, everything’s better with an egg on it.
Corn & poblano chowder (applewood smoked bacon, potatoes, cilantro): Great chowder (actually won the Critics Choice Award at Chowdafest IV) with chunks of corn and a smooth after heat. The smokey bacon was a really nice addition. This was my favorite.
Tuna tostada (watercress salad, pickled jalapeño, cilantro aioli): A bit too much aioli for us, but the tuna was seared nicely and served with a bright and herbaceous salad. Good for summer.
Chile relleno (goat cheese, black beans, red chile salsa): Loads of goat cheese, though thicker and milder than the goat cheese Kristien is in love with. It was fried in a batter that was too thick for us. We prefer a lightly fried chile relleno.
Mini wagyu burger (poblano pepper, applewood bacon, Monterey Jack): Cooked close to well, which is more cooked than we like it causing it to be a bit on the dry side. Shoestring fries were crispy and were nice. Bacon flavor really came through with the thick cuts.
Seared salmon with chorizo cream: All agreed the salmon was cooked great and the sauce was a nice, unique complement. I was proud for picking up Executive Chef Lisa Varnberg’s use of cardamom in the dish. A unique salmon dish I actually enjoyed, and I usually don’t like salmon.
Grilled lamb chop with New Mexican ratatouille: The lamb chops were cooked appropriately and the ratatouille was good, but we were both hoping for more of a kick and flavor. The lamb was a bit fatty. Definitely not our favorite.
Chile chocolate pots de crème: Imagine a pudding, lighter than air, just floating into your belly. Yup, that’s this. Quite tasty!
Leche asado (queso fresco and maldon salt): Think custard, but on crack. Really filling, so make sure you’ve saved up some room in that gut. Delish!
Banana bandit (banana cheesecake “burrito” w/ chocolate ice cream): Danny’s not a big fan of cheesecake, but even he thought this was a great dessert. It “stole” our hearts, bah ha ha (yeah, we’re lame).
Jelly doughnuts (strawberry jalapeño jam and vanilla milkshake): Dear sweet beautiful lovely god of food. Seriously, some of the best donuts that we’ve ever had. The strawberry jalapeño jam sneaks up on you slowly but just mellows out behind things. The milkshake was frothy and makes you feel like a little kid again. This dish has to be ordered.
Cactus Rose Cantina is a cozy, friendly spot where you could easily kick back while laughing with friends. The drinks are creative and tasty. As for the food, you can expect to find some wonderful gems on the menu and some dishes that don’t quite make the grade. Yes, it can be a bit hit or miss, but if you choose carefully you could have a great experience. And you really can’t go wrong with any of the desserts, so it’s definitely worth trying for yourselves.
Cactus Rose Cantina
Address: 5 River Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: (203) 762-8484