Stamford ArtWalk Map 2013…click through for a zoomed in view
There’s always something great going on in Downtown Stamford, ya know? Whether it’s restaurant weeks, charity events, their yearly outdoor sculpture exhibitions (this year it’s “Downtown Abstractions”), Santa gliding down a building, or Alive @ Five, Downtown Stamford is the place to be. And, now we have another reason to love Stamford: the first ever ARTWALK that’s starting Friday (6/14) and goes into Saturday, 6/15. ARTWALK 2013 will feature 95 artists from the Northeast who are presenting their art in various styles and mediums. This weekend event is free to the public and if you’d like a copy of this map, just register at the ARTWALK booth on Spring Street. Time it perfectly by going to the opening celebration on 6/14 @ 5 pm, have some refreshments, and join many of the artists, gallery owners, local business owners, and restaurateurs…then pick up the map!
Most of that art that’s on display will remain up for viewing at restaurants and businesses until July 7, so even if you can’t make this event, you’ll have another chance for viewing. Plus, if you really love something, you can purchase it! In addition, there are special events (full list here) and exhibits up for you to check out:
Take a gander at this custom built truck…
There are food trucks and then there are food trucks, serving up hand crafted, custom made, awesome food. We’re not talking about your standard street food fare, we be talking ’bout Vanchetta, a rolling rotisserie truck that had its soft opening last week in Stamford. When we broke the news to everybody, people were excited…even the owner, Andy Dolan, who said he was a big fan of our blog but was trying to keep things quiet and take things slowly (oops, sorry for that man).
Well, now that it’s public knowledge, we’re ready to share our experience…
Movies in the Park at Harbor Point by Mr. Frosty’s
Heyyyyyyy youuuuu guyyyyyyssssss!
Sloth love Chunk.
First you gotta do the Truffle Shuffle!
Ah, we could repeat almost every line from The Goonies…we’ve seen it that many times. And, this summer, we can repeat the same lines again and bask in the triumph as The Goonies (never say die) find their way to One-Eyed Willy’s treasure on the ship. Or, there’s also The Sandlot, Rudy (Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!), and Hotel for Dogs…all of these movies will be shown at dusk in Commons Park in the Harbor Point area of Stamford. If you’ve been to Mr. Frosty’s, then you know exactly where Commons Park is. If you haven’t, you can just park on Washington Blvd. and make your way over towards Infinity (The Beer Garden is the opposite direction).
It all started one fine day at work in Stamford when Carlo Fuda was checking out Facebook. CBS was looking for contestants for a brand new show that featured amateur bakers. Without much hesitation, he wrote up an e-mail, hoping his passion and love for food would shine through. Then, late one night he got the phone call. It was from CBS and they had some amazing news: he was going to be one of ten contestants on The American Baking Competition. He remembered being excited that he was chosen, but he had felt that he had a great shot from the start. ”When I got the call,” he shared with us, “it created a new path for me to follow through on my passions.” The American Baking Competition is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and judged by Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood. Each Wednesday at 8, contestants are pitted against each other with the “Signature Bake,” “Technical Bake,” and “Showstopper Bake.” Eventually, only one baker is left and that person is crowned America’s Best Amateur Baker and they pocket $250,000.
A citrusy cappuccino
Unfortunately, Carlo didn’t make it past the first episode (check out his CBS backstory), but during the episode his Twitter feed was blowing up with comments from fans who said they loved him and needed to see more. Well, Carlo always has more and keeps his fans fed with his blog and other social media accounts, all listed at the bottom of this post. Some of his most recent recipes are Calabrese Stuffed Eggplant (from a 100 year old recipe), Polpette di Nonna, and Garlic Parmesan Fried Zucchini & Eggplant. Because he was so willing to talk to a fellow paesan about food, we scored an interview with this Stamford/PA resident, getting a view into the machinery that powers such an energetic, creative, sweet, and passionate mind. So, here’s a little slice of Carlo’s la dolce vita, literally the sweet life.
In the first episode of The American Baking Competition, one of the rounds had contestants a create a pie. Is there a story behind your Italian Easter ricotta pie?
Update: we tried Vanchetta and we loved it. Here’s our review.
Porchetta. Say it with us: pour•keht•uh. The “keht” part is really important if you want to sound Italian and authentic. It’s like when you order a gyro and say, “I’ll have a gi•ro,” rather than, “I’ll have a yeer•o.” And, while we’re at it, it’s brew•sket•uh, not brew•shet•uh. Okay, we’re done with our language lesson for the day. Let’s dig into what porchetta is and why you’re going to be so happy that you’ll get a ton of it with a new food truck called Vanchetta that has its soft opening this week in Stamford. Porchetta starts off as a pork roast that is layered with stuffing and herbs (garlic, rosemary), meat, fat, then it’s put on a spit then roasted. In the case of Vanchetta, it’ll be roasted over their rotisserie.
THE Doc Sabes Dog
The store front of Bridge Street Wienery in Stamford, Connecticut
The one, the only, the extraordinary…Tater Dog
Chili cheese fries at Bridge Street Wienery in Stamford, Connecticut
Has it been a year already? A year of people stuffing Bridge St. Wienery hot dogs into their gullets, downing shakes, chomping away on fries, and noming on burgers. Om nom nom nom. If you’re not familiar with Bridge Street Wienery, definitely check out our review (“Get Thee to Bridge Street Wienery“) that made us break out into iambic pentameter. And, after reading that and you’re not inspired, we’re sorry…there’s no hope for you. :P So, if you’ve never been or if you’re a die-hard wiener-ite, you’ll want to visit them on Saturday, June 15.
One of the best things to come to Stamford recently was Eat for Equity, an organization run by awesome people that brings the community together over great food to make a difference. And, as you may remember from our previous posts, they create dinner experiences every other month and, wouldn’t ya know it, the next event is just around the corner. On Saturday, June 15 from 7-10 pm, you’ll be helping Haiti Marycare while having some authentic and killer Haitian food. If you’re not familiar with this charity, they are a non-profit that, according to Eat for Equity, “Operates a primary healthcare clinic and two schools in partnership with Haitian organizations, as well as initiating community projects ranging from clean water, agricultural programs to micro-loans. Their mission is to work with local partners to improve lives through child and family health programs, education and community development.”
Here is just some of the food for you to enjoy: fried plantains, rice and beans, and chicken stew.
Please check out the event page and RSVP before June 8 so they have an accurate headcount of people who will be there. When you arrive, you don’t need to worry about giving in a ticket…they’ll have your name on a list. While the Eat for Equity events are always free, they do suggest a donation of $15-$20 per person. There will be some drinks there, but you should certainly feel free to bring some brews or wine to share. Hey, the more the merrier! Because there will be alcohol, only people 21 or older are allowed to attend.
Haiti Marycare June 2013 Dinner for Eat for Equity Stamford
June 15, 7-10 PM
Suggested $15-20 donation
97 Wedgemere Road
Stamford, CT 06905
America is all about the indie spirit…especially when it comes to music and beer. And, it just so happens that Seaside Tavern and Sound Magazine are hosting a wicked good time this coming Sunday (5/26), starting at 1 pm. Pour at the Shore will surely be one of the great highlights of your Memorial Day Weekend. Now, you can’t exactly wear white yet, so hold off. Very soon, but not quite yet…