Rise & Shine Collabo w/ Half Full and Rise Coffee Brews in Stamford; Special Release Friday

29 Sep

It’s National Coffee Day, people. So, while you’re sipping that cuppajoe, take a look see at this: Half Full in Stamford is introducing a brand new series of collabo beers with local brewers and businesses. The first release in the Community Sourced Ales Project is Rise Coffee who is putting out some killer good nitro-infused cold brew coffee (you’ve undoubtedly seen them on tap at your local watering hole). The cold-brew coffee porter packs a punch at 8.5% ABV and will be released tomorrow right at Half Full from 6-9 and will also be in stores on a limited basis.  Continue reading

Warm up to this Short Rib + Sweet Potato Chili recipe from Marcia Selden Catering

29 Sep
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Don’t you just want to dive into those pots and devour them? OMG! Pic courtesy of Robin Selden of Marcia Selden Catering.

What? How did this happen? All of a sudden the temps are in the 60s! So, to help us ease into fall, we’re excited to share a Short Rib and Sweet Potato Chili recipe from the awesome Marcia Selden Catering. Time to break out that slow cooker . . .

 

 

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New Canaan Nature Center Harvest Festival Returns this Saturday . . . Got Your Tix?

27 Sep
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Drink up at this year’s Harvest Festival: Nature on Tap!

The New Canaan Nature Center is celebrating the start of fall with their annual Harvest Festival. This event that we’ve been to two times is this Saturday, October 1, from 7-10. Tickets (21+ only) are $75 in advance, $90 at the door, or $250 for two tix with VIP parking.  Continue reading

Contest Alert: 8 Tix for Anthony Bourdain’s The Hunger Tour @ Foxwoods!

26 Sep
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Let Anthony Bourdain wine and swine you at Foxwoods, October 8 . . .

Anthony Bourdain is coming to the Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Casino on October 8 . . . and we’ve got your shot at not 1, not 2, not even 3 pairs of tix. We’re talking 4 pairs of tix up for grabs! Anthony will come on stage at 8 . . . and that’s when The Hunger tour begins in CT. Now, just a note: this is the only stop in CT, so if you’re planning on seeing him, this is your shot!

Here’s more about The Hunger tour:

Chef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, on his TV show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. He has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates as he is evangelical about his passions. The Hunger serves audiences an all new live show featuring an unyielding, brutally honest monologue reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world, followed by an open Q&A session. Currently filming the hit CNN original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (season seven premiered Sunday, April 24; 9pm ET/PT), Bourdain will bring audiences a menu loaded with lots of laughs, serious discussions and unapologetic irreverence. Continue reading

Learn to be a Happy Cook with Daphne Oz & Yours Truly @ Darien Library on 9/29

21 Sep

 

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Daphne Oz will be in CT next week on our The Happy Cook Tour! See her at the Darien Library. Pictures provided by Daphne Oz.

 

Want to be inspired to prepare quick, easy, healthy, and most importantly, delicious meals for everything from your crazy busy week to fun-filled weekends with friends and family? Well, then the Darien Library is where you need to be on Thursday, 9/29.

 

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Daphne will be signing copies of her newest bestseller, too.

Starting at 7:00pm we’ll have the honor of moderating a lively discussion with New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC’s The Chew, Daphne Oz as she shares her inspiration behind her new book, The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend, as well as ideas, tips, advice and more to help even the most nervous or reluctant novice transform into a happy, confident cook.

 

After our interview, we’ll open up the floor for audience questions and the evening will wrap up with a reception and book signing.

This event will take place in the Community Room and is free to all thanks to the wonderful folks at the Darien Library.

Hope to see you there!


Daphne Oz In Conversation

9/29 at 7 pm

Cost: Free

Darien Library

1441 Post Road

Darien, CT

Stuff ur face with the 2 lb. Taco Gigante for charity @ Margaritas!

15 Sep

It is ACTUALLY a footlong . . . take that Subway! Photo from Margaritas.

Take a massive 2 pound food beast named Taco Gigante, stuff it in your face, and Margaritas will give $2 to Team IMPACT. Here are the nomworthy details: Continue reading

Michel Nischan on Making Changes, Cruising the Mediterranean, Meals with Pepin and Andres, Favorite CT Restaurants + More

15 Sep
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We recently were able to interview one of our favorite chefs who is also a Nutmegger: Michel Nischan. We’ve loved his food, but even more than that we love what he stands for and how hard he works as CEO of Wholesome Wave to make change in the world. He’s the kind of person that inspires us to be better people and to help make change in our own worlds, too. So, here it is: a look into some of the changes that he’s most proud of making, what he’d still love to fix, sailing the Mediterranean, spontaneous dinners with Jose Andres, his favorite restaurants in CT, and what he first wanted to do with his life. After reading this insightful interview, make sure to set plans to see Michel at this year’s Greenwich Food + Wine Festival! 

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Contestants Wanted for 9th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cookoff!

14 Sep
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We’re so excited for this year’s contest . . . and you should be, too!

The 9th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cookoff is just a couple of months away and slots for competitors are slowly bubbling away. If you’re interested in cooking up some chili and going up against other chili experts, email the organizer Joe Gonzalez. Continue reading

Over 30 Restaurants Compete to See Who’s ChowdaBEST @ Chowdafest 2016

14 Sep

 

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You know it’s officially fall when Chowdafest, the most badass and decadent chowder fest in New England, comes back to CT. This year Chowdafest continues right at Sherwood Island State Park (the second year there) on October 2 from 11-3. Tickets are a measly $15 or $5 for kids (AAA saves you 20%) . . . and we can guarantee that you’ll eat way more than that in chowders, soups, samples, and more while you’re there. Plus, a portion of proceeds benefit the food rescue work of Community Plates, as well as Friends of Sherwood Island and Kids Helping Kids Foundation. Now, let’s get down and dirty and dig into this steaming hot bowl of awesomeness that is Chowdafest 2016: Continue reading

Have your food & raise funds too–Exclusive Kitchen Crawl event, 10/8 Westport

12 Sep
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Eat food from 5 great CT chefs, drink wine and beer, tour houses, AND help Community Plates? Um . . . yes!

Have you ever passed a REALLY REALLY nice house for sale that you weren’t actually in the market for, but so badly wanted to tour it just to see how beautiful it was inside? And have you ever fantasized about how amazing it would be to enjoy an amazing meal prepared just for you by a renowned chef inside one of those home’s award-winning kitchens? Well, dream no longer. That’s EXACTLY what you get to do if you attend the first-ever Kitchen Crawl event put on by realtor Judy Michaelis in association with our friends at CTBites and Moffly Media’s AtHome Magazine. And the best part? While you’re enjoying all these amazing sights, smells, and tastes, you’ll be raising money for a charity near and dear to our hearts, Community Plates, whose mission it is to end food insecurity in America.

This is how it all goes down: Continue reading

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