After we had moved into our new place in Greenwich in December, one of the first things we did was head over to The Greenwich Library on West Putnam Avenue. We got our library cards and explored. We saw thousands upon thousands of new books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, computers, help desks, an art gallery, and even an art loan program. Plus, we loved just gathering up our CDs and books on Ireland and checking ourselves out…nice and simple. Having all of these great features, hosting awesome events and programs, and keeping up the library isn’t easy at all, so The Greenwich Library is hosting a Book Sale Weekend from May 17-19. Books (and more) will be on sale including audiobooks, biographies, children’s books, DVDs, cookbooks, fiction, romance novels, young adult literature, and more. Here are the Book Sale Weekend details:
May 17, 5-8 pm:
Special Book Sale Preview Party for $100. That gets you early access to the books that are on sale and let’s you in on a fun party with food from Burke Catering, Barcelona, and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. And, yes, there will be drinks…espresso NEAT will be pouring coffee and espresso, there will be wine and liquors from Horseneck Wines & Liquors, and there will be plenty of drinking of the library’s signature “Book-tini” cocktail. Guests will also get a chance to meet with antique book appraiser Ken Gloss who is a frequent appraiser on Antiques Road Show. Ken will appraise up to five books and documents for free as part of your entrance fee, plus you’ll be able to hear Ken talk about “Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?” in the Cole Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by going here https://greenwichlibrary.ejoinme.org/booksalepreviewparty or contacting Sarah Falvo at (203) 622-7957.
May 18, 9 am to 4 pm:
Terra of Greenwich.
Sole of New Canaan.
Acqua of Westport.
Aurora of Rye, NY.
And Mediterraneo of Greenwich AND Norwalk.
Bellinis and margaritas at Mediterraneo
Now, let’s play a guessing game. What do you think these all have in common? They all serve Italian? Well, kind of. They all feature seafood? Well, kind of. They all have been created by Ramze Zakka of Z Hospitality Group? Good answer, good answer team. You guys and gals are on top of things!
Goat cheese tartlets
It’s pretty cool to say that we’ve been to every single one of those restaurants, but now we have another one to try starting on Monday, 4/29, for dinner. On that day at the brand new Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk, the second Mediterraneo in Connecticut will be open. From there, according to a recent press release on Stamfordplus, they’ll be easing into things with dinner only until May 7 and having Sunday brunch starting on May 12. At that brunch you can enjoy a celebratory Bellini or Mimosa.
It’s no surprise that we’re very excited about Dishcrawl’s debut in Greenwich. Maybe we’re too excited. One of our Twitter friends, Velda, asked if we worked for Dishcrawl. No, we don’t work for them, but we like what they stand for. After we ran a contest together and gave away a $100 Ginger Man Greenwich gift certificate, we talked with the Dishcrawl Greenwich organizer for a bit. Jesse was so very amazed with the overwhelming demand for Dishcrawl. The first event sold out very quickly, then the second event sold out just a while after it was announced. But, still, people wanted to be put on a waiting list to get their chance at having their own Dishcrawl experience.
We’re happy to share that Dishcrawl Greenwich has already announced their third event, set for June 11 at 7 pm. Just buy your tix at $45 each by going to the Dishcrawl Greenwich June 11 event page. After you buy your tix, you’ll get an e-mail 48 hours before the event. They’ll tell you where you’re meeting to start your Dishcrawl of four local Greenwich restaurants. This is perhaps one of the greatest parts of the culinary tours: the element of surprise. You won’t know where you’re eating, what you’re eating, or even who you’re meeting until you actually sit down at your next stop.
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
Here’s an easy way to give back to those brave men and women who give their time and put their lives in danger daily…just eat out. Yup, just eat at some great restaurants in Greenwich on April 4 and you’ll be taking part in Patrol Dine Out. Just pick any of the restaurants below and you’ll be helping the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol! Here’s a bit about this great organization from their site:
“The Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol is a volunteer company which operates under the structure of the Greenwich Fire Department in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. The company conducts traffic operations, scene control, salvage, lighting, and other support functions for the fire department at calls for service. The Patrol is under the command of its own Chief.”
There are also some restaurants that aren’t participating, but are sponsors and should be thanked: Beach House Cafe, Meli Melo, Morello Italian Bistro, Pasta Vera, Sundown Saloon, and Villa Nuova.
In addition, there are some awesome event sponsors and they are: Fairway Market, Pepe Auto Group, Greenwich Pharmacy, Rand Insurance, The First Bank of Greenwich, Putnam Shell & Food Mart, Greenwich Bank & Trust, Neal and Karen Neilinger, David and Kerrin Theis, The Joker
The plate, the plate, the plate is on fire…
Viva la blood orange margarita
Chefs prepare the food at Harvest of Greenwich
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Roasted All Natural Half Chicken
Paella, por favor
Back in January, we told you about Dishcrawl starting up in New Haven. We’re very excited to share that the same awesome experience is coming to Fairfield County in Greenwich. Here’s the premise:
- You buy a ticket for a “Dishcrawl” of four restaurants
- 48 hours before the event you find out where you’re meeting
- The rest of the Dishcrawl will be a surprise!
- If that’s too much to handle, follow @dishcrawlgre or check them on FB for little hints
- You try dishes at each restaurant
- If you’re vegetarian, let Jesse Leeds-Grant, the Greenwich Dishcrawl Ambassador know at email@example.com
- You get to talk with chefs and owners
- You learn new fun things and meet great new people
- You eat so well that you begin to crawl.
Some contests have crazy rules such as:
- taking blood from your first-born as the moon is in perigee during an odd month.
- balancing on one foot while goats attack you as you try to click through and enter.
- or watching a video about how seahorses give birth (what does that have to do with anything?) then finally getting a chance to win.
Well, this contest that New England Culinary Group (they created Eating Greenwich & Port Chester) is putting on is pretty darn easy. Just like their FB page and you’ll be automatically entered into a contest to win one of three great restaurant prizes. The contest ends by March 7, so you’ll need to get on that right now! Would you like to know what the prizes are?
Back in October 2011, we told you about Eating Greenwich and Port Chester: a restaurant week that spanned two states. Well, these two neighboring buddies are back for more action two years later! But, this isn’t your typical restaurant week and you can thank New England Culinary Group for that. Starting off, one of the restaurants below might give you a deal on a three course lunch for $12.13/$18.13 or dinner for $20.13/$30.13. Restaurants also have the option of offering up a special killer deal that will get you there and save you some serious dough. But, here’s the gem in the crown of this event: the “Keep Eating” program. When you chomp away at any of the restaurants that are participating during Eating Greenwich and Port Chester, you will receive a Keep Eating 20% off gift certificate to be used at any participating restaurant from March 10-27, 2013. The certificates are valid from Sunday through Wednesday and don’t include alcohol, just be aware.
Make sure to check out NECG’s site and this post for updated info, deals, and pricing points. Here are the restaurants with their locations from 3/3-3/7:
- Alba’s in Port Chester
- Arrosto in Port Chester
- Avenue Cafe
- Bistro Latino in Greenwich (a must for tapas, review on the way)
- Centro at the Mill Restaurant in Greenwich
- China White in Purchase (we’ve heard amazing things, Greenwich opening around spring)
- Coals in Port Chester (yeah, love the grilled wings, pizza, and beer selection here)
- eleven14 Kitchen in Greenwich (we want to try)
- Greco’s Bella Cucina in Greenwich
- John’s of Arthur Ave. in Port Chester
- Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Greenwich (we’ve been to Red Lulu, but not here yet)
- Morello Bistro in Greenwich (excellent Italian)
- Polpo in Greenwich
- Sonora in Port Chester (love this Nuevo Latino spot! Same chef/owner as Bistro Latino)
- Tandoori in Port Chester (when we lived in Rye Brook, we loved going here. Will have to try again)
- Tarry Lodge in Port Chester (excited to try)
- The Ginger Man in Greenwich (great beer selection)
- The Willett House in Port Chester