From now until September 1, you can get your Connecticut Chef’s Challenge tix at a discounted rate. Yup, for just $60 you can pick up a ticket that would normally cost $75. Entry gets you in on the action as you watch some of CT’s best chefs compete, passed apps, dessert, and free wine and beer. Or, you could buy a VIP ticket ($100) that gets you into the Chef’s Reception and gets you a chance at winning a seat at the Chef’s Table Tasting Seat. There are also other seating options available that get you a guaranteed seat at the Chef’s Tasting Table. Continue reading
Two Roads is one of the most iconic breweries here in CT, so Dan was more than excited when he got a special media event this past Tuesday. The epic day consisted of picking hops off the vine and gathering them, a special release vault tasting of beers such as all their sours and every single vintage of Igor’s Dream, and a guided tour with founder and Headbrewer Phil Markowski and founders Brad Hittle and Clem Pellani. It all wrapped up with a special catered dinner from Marcia Selden Catering at Stratford Point overlooking the ocean and a lighthouse. That dinner? Woahh! Four courses with each representing a season . . . in terms of food and beer.
Needless to say, this was an amazing experience that won’t soon be forgotten. So, we compiled a list of 16 things that you just might not know about Two Roads, based off what we learned. Continue reading
As we finally get a break from the rain and the oppressive heat, we can finally enjoy going outside again. Ready to plan it out? Well, let’s help you out a bit with a great suggestion: The St. George Greek Orthodox Festival in Norwalk! This Greek fest has been going on for about 30 years now and features an amazing variety of Greek food. We’re talking souvlaki, gyros, baklava, and more . . . plus crafts, jewelry, raffles including a 2016 BMX 320i XDrive, and rides with an$25 unlimited ride bracelets options. All proceeds go to supporting the church, too, so eat, ride, and buy to you heart’s content. Continue reading
Today starts the 2016 Greater Orange Restaurant Week . . . and you’ll definitely want to be a part of the action. Not only are 24 restaurants from Orange, Milford, West Haven, and Woodbridge involved, but you’ll also great prix fixe deals for lunch or dinner. But, hey, why stop there? How about taking home some great prizes and gift cards . . . over $2,000 is up for grabs! We’ve included the directions at the end of this post for you. And, because a meal isn’t a meal without a nice beverage, there will drink specials at each spot. Continue reading
We’re entering prime grilling season here, people, so it’s nice to add something new to your arsenal of go-to dishes. So, might we suggest taking things in a new direction with soft shell crabs, cooked up real nice on your grill? It’s really the perfect summer dish, but don’t wait on this too long . . . soft shell crab season only goes until half way through September. Continue reading
Considering Kristien’s obsession with all things HGTV, it’s a surprise it took us so long to get to the Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market. This massive market every Sunday in New Milford features antiques, rare finds, farm stands, and anything you’d need to furnish a home. Sure, you have to rummage through some trash to get to the treasures, but that’s part of the fun. In fact, there are so many food trucks at this flea market every Sunday, they sort of work the same way. They have lots of smaller carts and stands serving up hot dogs, lemonade, Italian ices, and breakfast sandwiches that could be hidden treasures, and they have some of the food trucks we’re all heard of that might not be as much of a treasure as you’d hoped. So we’re going to break down our trash and treasure food truck finds for you so you don’t have to rummage. We got your back! Continue reading
Check it: from now until 7/26 you can hit up your local Stew Leonard’s for Maine lobsters at $4.99 per pound! That’s a big saving to you, so why not beef up that backyard bbq with some killer steaks and turn the night into Surf n’ Turf? :)
So, get down to Stew’s and stock up. Also, we’re including a few resources for you including the Top 5 questions that are asked about lobster, wine pairing options, and a recipe for grilled lobster! Continue reading
Some people are so freakin’ pretty, they attract all the attention when they walk in a room. Some people have nice things, like Rolexes and Ferraris, to showoff how douchey, eeerrr, cool, they are. Then, there’s the rest of us–the rest of us good ‘ole American food eatin, craft beer drinkin’ regular folk. What do we have to impress others? A knowledge of craft beer equivalent to the knowledge Ken Jennings has about stuff that actually matters. Ha, who are we kidding, nothing matters as much as beer?! Here’s the thing though. You may *think* you already know a ton about beer, but there are lots of little known hacks, tips, tricks, stories, and trivia that we’d be willing to bet ya don’t know, which means you get to be that cool guy or chic that drops little gems of beer knowledge randomly on your friends like it’s NBD.
This is exactly where Ben Applebaum and Dan DiSorbo, authors of The Book of Beer Awesomeness, come in as beer loving super heroes, if you will, to school you with all this unknown knowledge. Their book is the ultimate brew-lover’s bible, offering tips on rockin’ beer games, surprising beer history facts, cool beer tricks, and hacks on how to best enjoy them, store them, and more.
Luckily for us local folks, we can get the scoop beyond the book, as Ben and Dan, in partnership with Two Roads Brewing Co., bring their knowledge to Total Wine & More in Norwalk on Saturday, July 30 at 2PM for a 1 hour live chat.
At the chat Ben and Dan will share their knowledge, and of course, there will be samples of Two Roads Beer to enjoy. And, they’ll have plenty of copies of The Book of Beer Awesomeness to pick up and have signed if you’d like. And, bonus, the first person to mention to Ben or Dan that OmNomCT sent them will receive a FREE copy!
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here ahead of time, or at the door. In return, you’ll receive all the beer awesomeness you need to impress your friends, hotties, and random strangers at your next party, oh, and free beer samples. Sounds like a good deal to us!
When: Saturday, July 30 at 2PM
Where: Total Wine & More
380 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
How: Just bring $5 per person and enjoy
Tomorrow’s gonna be a nice sultry 90º, so what better way to celebrate than with ice cream . . . free ice cream! Yup, it’s finally free Uber Ice Cream Day! All you need to do is live in Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, or New London counties, set your location, then request ice cream from 11-3. That easy, that simple! This year you can look to cool off with some Magnum ice cream. Oh yeah!
When you got those ice cream bars, be sure to use #UberIceCream (and #omnomct if you want) in any social media posts.
Here are the foolproof step by step directions from Uber CT:
- Open your Uber app from 11am–3pm on Friday, July 15
- Tap the ‘Ice Cream’ icon on slider at the bottom of the app
- Set your location and tap ‘REQUEST’
- If a car is available, you’ll be indulging in 4 free Magnum bars in minutes! (Sharing is optional, but encouraged.)
The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is looking for the best sandwiches from Fairfield and Westchester Counties . . . and they need your help. If you’re a big fan of a sandwich from a restaurant, deli, or cafe or work at a restaurant, reach out to Brookeknetzger@ungerpublishing.com or call (203) 588-1363.