CT Food News Vol. 41: Memorial Day Weekend, CT Beer News, Markets, Deals + More

21 May

It’s just about Memorial Day weekend, people! So much to do, see, and eat . . . And you best believe we’re giving you the freshest, newest bites of news regarding restaurants, dinners, events, and breweries here in CT. For things already covered (we don’t want to bother you with old, repeated news), check last week’s post and our most current blog posts. We’ve got the most extensive and helpful calendar info that you’ll find anywhere else!

Dinners, Deals, Happy Hours + Events

5/21 There’s a Spring Fling going on at Luxe in Westport 2night from 7-10. There will be drink specials, live music, new and exciting wines, and passed small plates. Spring Fling at Luxe in Westport tonight. 

5/21 Local SoNo is hosting BeerBQ tonight for their 1 Year Anniversary! They’ll have slow smoked ribs and a crazy lineup of brews for you to down including Dogfish Head 61 and 120 Minute, Goose Island Ogden and Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bluepoint No Apologies, Heavy Seas Phantom Ship, and Founders Centennial. In addition, check out their Insta to enter for a $25 gift card. 

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The Fez Goes Under the Knife; Fancier Fezdom on the Way

21 May

The Fez New Logo Stamford

Without reservation, when we’re asked where our favorite spots are in CT, we always mention The Fez in Stamford. And, when we do, we get one of two reactions:

1) What? Where is that?

2) I LOVE The Fez!

And, when 1) goes to The Fez his/her reaction turns into 2) after the first visit.

Immediately, we were drawn to The Fez after our first meal there. What stood out to us was owner Eric Monte, who is a walking wine encyclopeida. He had so many suggestions of great wines to try with our meal and even let us try a few so that we’d be happy with our choice. But, yes, The Fez is more than just wine. They have great drinks and their food selections are just killer, taking the diner up and down the Mediterranean, specifically Morocco.

Well, you’re going to need to wait a bit to get into The Fez starting on 5/31 at 11:59 pm. That’s because they are shutting down for about six weeks while they update, renovate, and get ready for a brand new dining experience.  The updates will also include some menu changes and an extended wine and cocktail list.

We’re very excited to see what The Fez will be like when they are done and think it’s a great move for them. We always did love The Fez, but the room can defnitely feel cramped, especially when it’s packed with people at the bar and sitting at at tables. 

And, of course, the much-admired and eclectic music program will continue. For more info about closing week events and to stay up to date with what The Fez is doing, check here. Also, check out our first and second reviews of The Fez.

The Beer Garden @ Shippan Landing Opening Food Truck Schedule and Memorial Day Party Info

21 May

You’ve all been good boys and girls (well, most of you), so we’ve got some great news to share with you: today marks the seasonal opening of The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing. If you remember, The Beer Garden opened two years ago where Paloma is now and changed venues last year to its current spot at 290 Harbor Drive. When we visited last year, things were more chill, more open, and felt like a little getaway.

Well, they’re back and back with a vengeance: they’ll be open Wednesday-Thursday from 4-11 and Friday-Saturday from 3-12. You can also expect to see more craft and local brews on tap and in cans including Half Full, Broad Brook, and Captain Lawrence. They will also have plenty of games like cornhole, a hugeass Jenga set, a new favorite called Kan Jam, and even beer pong.  They have lots of events, specials, and deals that are planned this summer, so make sure that you keep up with us and with them on FB and on their Instagram page.

Now, although they are still finalizing their food truck schedule for the entire summer, we’ve got the deets on Thursday-Sunday’s trucks and the Memorial Day Party on Sunday:

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A Lesson on New England Geography and Beer for Boston.com

19 May


Since Dan (half of OmNomCT) is an English teacher, we thought it’d be fun to do a little geography lesson today. See, Connecticut is part of a group of six states affectionately known as New England. Those states are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Do you notice how they are all next to each other? Weird, right? Perhaps that’s why they’ve all been grouped together, huh?

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Win 2 Tix to Hop Bombs + Farmboys BBQ @ Half Full Rare Beer Night

18 May

Half Full will be pouring out some magic...

One of our favorite times of the month is when Half Full Brewery in Stamford puts on its bi-monthly Rare Beer Night. Each event features 4-5 beers that they have never made before by the brewers at Half Full or some of their guests. This Wednesday will be a great one that you won’t want miss, especially if you love IPAs!

Farmboys Smokin' BBQ logoIt’s the Hop Bombs Rare Beer Night and it starts at 7 pm on 5/20. They’ll be featuring El Dorado IPA, Hull Melon IPA, Polaris IPA, and a surprise beer. Tickets for Hop Bombs cost only $22.09 with tax which is good because the money that you’re gonna save can go towards devouring the awesome BBQ of Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ. How great are these guys? Well, they catered Kristien’s birthday party two years in a row so they’re kind of a big deal. Oh, and if they have their Smoked Mac & Cheese, trust us . . . you need to order it!

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Win 2 Tix to Beers at the Beach with Beer’d Brewing and W2CT #BeersAtTheBeach

18 May
Hobbit Juice DIPA, one of the legendary beers from Beer'd Brewing that people go crazy for.

Hobbit Juice DIPA, one of the legendary beers from Beer’d Brewing that people go crazy for.

When we broke the news about Beers at the Beach, the reaction from CT beer lovers was staggering. People were not only excited about a summer time series of beer fests centered around one local brewery that we don’t see too much of in Fairfield County, but also excited to spend some QT at Calf Pasture Beach while nomming on summer classics. And people flipped out, rightfully so, when we shared that Beer’d Brewing would be on hand for the first event on June 11, starting at 6:30.

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27 Trucks + Counting @ 2nd Annual RBS Food Truck Festival, May 22

18 May

After their inaugural food truck festival last year, the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival is back and bigger than before (15 last year)! All you have to do is come by the Orange Country Fairgrounds from 4-8 on May 22 with some dinero and a massive appetite! That’s because there is a crazy amount of food trucks that will be there!  Just look at this list:

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CT Food News Vol. 40: BBQ Beast Mode, Tasting Dinners, Events, Fests, Restaurant News, Beer Talk + More

14 May

What a beautiful warm weather week that it’s been, huh? We’ve got plenty of things for you to do, festivals to check out, special dinners to attend, news and restaurant openings to stay on top of, and some general beer talk for the CT beer geek. We’re your one stop shop . . . see ya next week with more! 😉

Events, Dinners + More 

5/14-17 Make sure that you’ve entered our contest to win a pair of tickets to the Ninety 9 Bottles Craft Beer Festival

5/15 Stop by Green & Tonic in Cos Cob to meet up with Mike’s Organic Delivery service. They’ll be there from 11:30-1:30 and will be showing off their farm fresh fruits and veggies. If you sign up there, you’ll get a killer deal by using coupon code GTSEASON. You can also arrange for pickup at the Darien or Cos Cob locations.

5/15 Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield opens for the first time at 6 pm! Oh yeah . . . check out our detailed preview to see why we’re so excited.

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Win a Pair of Tix to Ninety 9 Bottles Craft Beer Fest w/ Food Trucks in Norwalk – 6/6/15

13 May

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Beer fest season is here, emhergard! And let’s kick it off along with American Craft Beer Week with a giveaway of two tix. Up for grabs is two tickets that will get you into the 2nd Annual Ninety 9 Bottles Craft Beer Festival at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk. N9BCBF goes down on June 6 from 2-5 and you’ll definitely want to get your tix ($40) because last year’s event sold out. Buy online or purchase at either Ninety 9 Bottles in Norwalk or Westport, knowing that a portion of ticket sales goes to The Team Jesse Foundation that educates and supports families of fallen soldiers.

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Real Deal Texas BBQ @ Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield w/ Pitmaster Nestor Laracuente

12 May

Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield CT Side Room with Large Table

Update: please be aware that the opening is delayed to next Friday, 5/22. We’re not aware of the reason, but this is sometimes how openings go with permits, supplies and such. 

Call us jaded, but when we hear about a new bbq joint opening up here in CT we are more than skeptical. To be honest, we have only found one spot (Bear’s in Hartford) that had good meats and good sides with the rest of places here in CT having one or two good items, but never holding out a full house. Well, we suspect things ’bout to change ’round these parts with the opening of Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield on May 15 22 at 6 pm. We can safely say that from what Dan tasted recently during a special preview, that Hoodoo Brown BBQ has the potential to be the best in the state, if not the surrounding states. Wooooh, demm fighting words! Okay, let us explain:

The Restaurant

As you get out of your car savory smoke fills the air and you get that pain in your gut that blurts out, “GET ME FOOD DAMN IT!” As you enter, the first thing you see is a giant glass window in back of the main dining room that gives you a nice view of the smoker in action. Oh, and that smoker? She’s a 108 inch Lang smoker that owners Cody Sperry and Nestor Laracuente (also Pitmaster) brought up from Georgia. They keep it on all day long and nice and toasty around 225º. When Dan came by this past Saturday, Nestor was very proud of that view and said that it was great because it helped to bring a transparency to the bbq and experience at Hoodoo Brown. “We’re not taking any shortcuts here. It’s always low, it’s always slow. We’re only using wood here to smoke . . . no gas to speed things up like many places do.”

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