CT Food News, Vol. 36: Must Try New Menu Items, Rooftop Parties, News, Events + CT Beer Goodness

16 Apr

Lots and lots of things going on here in Fairfield County and beyond over the next couple of weeks, so we’re gonna get right down to things with events, food news, new menu items to seek out, and what’s new with CT beer. By the way, how many of these 100 foods have you had? We’ve had a respectable 86.

Events and News

4/16 Sean Rainey plays O’Neil’s Sono from 8-11. What’s cool about his performance is that it’s an interactive, all request show. Wanna hear him sing “Bad Romance”? He’ll do it. Wanna hear him sing “Stairway to Heaven”? He’ll do it. Want him to sing “Call Me Maybe”? Well, maybe he’ll do that . . .

4/17 Tigin in Stamford will officially open up their patio tomorrow! Oh yeah, let the hooliganism ensue! ;)

4/18 Check out the Spring Fever Party on the deck at Sign of the Whale in Stamford that’s going down all day and night long. There will be BBQ, Cornhole, Jenga, and even putting contests. In addition, check out specials on Half Full beer and $2 off spring cocktails.

4/18-4/19 The Made in CT Expo hits the Durham Fairgrounds from 11-6. This event will feature over 150 CT Made companies including retail, crafters, food and beverage, artists, and artisans.

4/19 When you hit up Capriccio Cafe in Stamford for brunch, you’ll enjoy 1/2 priced bottles of wine. What what?

4/21 Barcelona SoNo will be hosting a preview of their new spring menu selections. Not only will you get to taste these dishes, but you’ll also learn how to make them. It all begins at 7 pm . . . get your info here.

4/21 Mosey on down to Mama’s boy in SoNo for Low country Boil Night. You’ll get a bucket of crawfish with potatoes and “all the fixins'” for $22. Reserve your table by calling them up at (203) 956-7171.

Farmer Joe, dishing out fresh veggies at the New Canaan Farmers' Market

Farmer Joe, dishing out fresh veggies at the New Canaan Farmers’ Market

4/25 Cook and Grow will be hosting a bake sale at the Black Rock Library from 11-2. Come get you some!

4/25 The New Canaan Farmers’ Market is back, starting at 10 am at the corner of Maple/South/Main Street. Definitely check out one of the best farmers’ markets in the area! :)

4/26 Shake off some of that meal that you had at Mezon Tapas Bar in Danbury with some Salsa Dancing! Come by with your dancing shoes on from 3-5 and pay $10 to get a dance lesson and passed tapas. Spots are filling up fast, so call up (203) 748-0875 to get your spot.

4/28 Chef Lucente of Barcelona Greenwich will take you through some classic Spring Refreshers as he shows you some great warm weather cocktails and gazpacho. Show up at 7 to let the party begin.

Fortina in Stamford is getting closer and closer to opening and you should be even more excited because they’ll have a rooftop bar!

Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk is back in action with some great ice cream and is starting up their weekly food truck parties. As of now, they’ll have Chef Tony Mexican Food Truck on Tuesdays and Melt Mobile on Thursdays.

No surprise here to us, but J. Timothy’s in Plainville made the #2 spot on BuzzFeed’s search for 22 Chicken Wings You Have to Try Before You Die! Read our review here.

The Whelk has changed their lunch hours to Fridays and Saturday from noon all the way until closing time. Kawa Ni and LeFarm is keeping their hours, so don’t freak out.

New Menu Items

Strada 18, Norwalk: there’s a new dish that you’ll want to try that is called Burricotta. That’s mozzarella filled with buttermilk ricotta and we’ve gotta try it STAT!

Paloma, Stamford: there are lots of new dishes on the menu including a new version of their grilled salmon. This one includes a fresh pea guacamole, pickled carrots for crunch, and a Meyer lemon mojo.

Washington PrimeGolden Age Cocktail at Paloma in Stamford, CT, Norwalk: it’s not just food that’s new come spring time, it’s also the drinks! One of the new drinks for warmer weather is The Coco which includes Cilantro Rhum Clement Barrel Select, Clement Mahina Coco, Cream of Coconut, Fresh Lime, and Fresh Coconut.

Amore, Stamford: Chef Jared Falco has been hard at work with a killer Sunday brunch that you can devour from 11-3. Some of the dishes that we can’t wait to try are the “Boh” Sandwich that features chicken park, two fried eggs, sriracha, Eddie’s bread, and shoe string fries; the BEC Sandwich that has braised pork belly, creamy ricotta, two scrambled eggs, house ketchup, Eddie’s bread, and shoe string fries; Steak and Eggs with an 8 oz. NY Strip, poached eggs, Calabrian chili-truffle Hollandaise, and duck fat potatoes. The menu is just plain ridiculous and should be on your brunch radar!

CT Beer News and Events

4/22 Tigin in Stamford is getting in on the beer action more than ever with Extreme Beer Month. Yesterday they featured some awesome big and bold brews from Europe. On the 22nd, they’ll be featuring cask conditioned and specialty brews at the awesome price of 4 for $20!

Ride the Lightning! (Please don't sue us Lars)

4/26 Oh hell yes! Take the Branford Beers & Cheers Brewery Tour of DuVig, Southport Brewing Company, Stony Creek, and Thimble Island. For $40, you’ll get a bus to take you to each brewery where you’ll spend 45 minutes at each drinking and checking out each spot in depth. You’ll even get lunch at SBC! You’ll meet at 10:45 right at Stony Creek for your first tour and tasting.

Kent Falls Brewing Co. has doubled production of their Field Beer Saison, so check your local packy and get your hands on those bad boys! Fairfield County peeps: it’ll be at Warehouse Wines & Liquors in Danbury, so check it out and here for other locations.

There’s plenty going on at Coalhouse over the next few weeks with Night of the Quads on 4/16 starting at 5, Best of the Belgians with 4 brews and a cheese plate on 4/21 at 5, and One-off Night on 4/23 at 5.

Back East Brewery has released their Summer Ale made with Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy hops. Find it on draft and in six packs at your local packy.

Win tix to Thread City Hop Fest ft. 49 Northeast breweries, food + music

15 Apr

Enter to win tickets Thread City Hop Fest

One of the things that we love about craft breweries here in CT and across the country is their appreciation for each other and how they often collaborate with each other. A perfect example of this is the Thread City Hop Fest, organized by Willimantic Brewing Company. Over the past few years, this beer fest has grown into a complete beer-beast of its own, drawing people from all over CT and the surrounding states who are ready to try some of the best beers in the Northeast and nom away on some killer food.

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La Vida del Mercat Returns to Barcelona SoNo w/ Cheese, Wine, Beer, Food + Spanish Imports

14 Apr

After the success of last year’s La Vida del Mercat, Barcelona in South Norwalk follows up with another sure-fire hit event. This year will prove to be even more awesome as Barcelona recreates the vibe of a classic Spanish market. In a fun twist, there will be a a mixture of Spanish foods and imports along with local food and drinks, too. For $40, you’ll get a chance to taste and drink as much as you’d like with all of the vendors on 4/15, starting at 7. 

Just check out this list:

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Mission: Devour @ A Taste of Wilton 2015

14 Apr

We love events where restaurants, caterers, and drink slingers gather together to help you gorge like a pig and drink like a fish. Well, get ready for A Taste of Wilton on 4/20 (perfect day for munchies, huh?) from 5:30-8:30 at the Wilton Historical Society. Tickets are a very affordable $25 for Wilton Historical Society members, $30 if you buy them in advance, or $35 at the door. 

Here’s everything that you’ll get to sip and munch on:

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Pig Out w/ Black Hog and W2CT Pig Roast + Cornhole Tourney

13 Apr

CORN HOLE BROWN NEW

Before the uber-successful Black Hog Brewing opened up in Oxford, we had the chance to talk with Jason Sobocinski (one of the owners along with his brother Tom and headbrewer Tyler Jones). We asked where the name Black Hog came from and he shared that it’s another name for the Berkshire pig and invokes memories like pig roasts and events that bring people together. 

Black Hog Brewing in Oxford, CTWell, Black Hog Brewing is bringing that fun vibe in by teaming up with Ken Tuccio from the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast for The 1st Annual Flag Day Cornhole Tournament and Pig Roast.  

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Things Are Getting Hot @ 2nd Annual Charity Chili Challenge in Stamford

13 Apr

2nd Annual Charity Chili Challenge

Do you know what the great thing about chili is? It’s perfect any ‘ol time of year! By itself, on top of a burger, on top of a hot dog, on a breakfast sandwich: it’s a meal and it’s a condiment at the same exact time. And, what better way to show some respect and reverence to chili then hold a contest called The Charity Chili Challenge? Now approaching its second year in existence, this contest sponsored by the Exchange Clubs of North Stamford, Stamford, and Norwalk pits amateurs and professional cooks against each other.

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CT Food News, Vol. 35: Food Challenges, Props, Deals, Outside Dining, Recipes + More

10 Apr

So, first it was nonstop snow. Snow, snow, snow, and more snow all over the place. Well, this week has been that way, but just with rain. Yeah, we know, we can’t complain at all, but there have been a few nights where it’s been that crazy Lord of the Rings fogginess where you feel like there are orcs and other creatures lurking in the dark. But, anyway, it looks like we’re seeing the end of the rain for a bit and will have a really kickass weekend and week ahead, so why not celebrate the hell out of it with some great events and deals going on here in Fairfield County? Plus, you better recognize that we’ve got some great local food news to share, the latest on some food challenges, and some great stuff going on with the CT Beer scene. 

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Agave Maria: Fairfield County Tequila Takeover w/ Food Trucks

8 Apr

Oh yes, it’s true!

Hola, amigos!  Que pasa? 

Well, we’ll let you know what’s up by telling you about a great new event that Taco Loco in Bridgeport has planned: The 1st Annual Fairfield County Tequila Takeover. This ode to agave will feature more than 15 different tequila bands, music, a cocktail competition, and even food trucks. Tickets are very affordable at $25 and that gets you unlimited tastings of the tequila and the cocktails. Plus, to keep things organized nicely, they’re going to have two sessions: 1-3 and 4-6.  Continue reading

Greenhouse Beer Fest w/ Craft Beer, Caseus, NoRa Cupcakes @ Michael’s Greenhouses in Cheshire

7 Apr

We’ve heard that people eat tea and crumpets while they are in greenhouses. Or they wear khaki capris with those sick green visors that you might wear if you’re playing poker. So, what MiKro Beer Bar has planned at Michael’s Greenhouses in Cheshire will be a total game changer! Yes, they’ve teamed up with Caseus Food Truck, NoRa Cupcake Company, and lots of great craft breweries for the first ever Greenhouse Beer Festival.

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11th Annual Taste of Westport Returns w/ 21 Local Spots + VIP Pre-party

7 Apr

The highly-anticipated Taste of Westport returns for its 11th year in a row this May 7 right at The Westport Inn. This year they’ll be opening up the doors a bit earlier than usual at 6 for a special VIP pre-party with Neil Fuentes, Executive Chef at Jojoto in Branford. This “Intimate Affair” is perfect for any food lover because Chef Fuentes will not only give cooking demos, but will also give attendees a taste of the food and a taste of his band as they perform. VIPs also will get an early shot at trying all the food that’s around and can even put in bids for some of the great silent auction items . . . more on that below. Tickets for the pre-party are $95.

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