CT Food + Beer News: 50 Things to Do, Eat + Drink inc. Valentine’s Day Deals – 2/11-29

11 Feb

We’re going on vacation next week to get in some fine Lake Placid air and drink some wicked Vermont beer, so we’re throwing down big time with a ton of events (50 to be exact) to take you until the end of February. You won’t find a listing like this anywhere else, so stick with us for the most original and up-to-date events, dinners, deals, beer releases/info, and more for Fairfield County and beyond.

2/13 Stop by B.J. Ryan’s in Norwalk starting at 9 for Levitation! There’s no cover at all, either. Plus, there will be some special brews they are saving just for the event. Continue reading

Pho Pun-Free Review of Mecha Noodle Bar in SoNo

10 Feb

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We’re going to resist the temptation to make pho puns for this entire review. Why? Because our meal was so fucking good (not PHOking good) that puns just wouldn’t do it justice. Ok, so let’s see if we can do this . . .

Wayyyy back in 2013 when we wrote about Mecha Noodle Bar opening up in Fairfield, we were excited to see Fairfield County’s first devoted ramen bar boiling over with praise and popularity. And, when we shared that they’d be opening up closer to us, in SoNo (where Pasta Nostra used to be), we nearly cried with joy. Continue reading

Iron Chef Judge Donatella Arpaia Talks Food + More @ Fairfield University

8 Feb
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Photo: Donatella Arpaia; Credit: Anna Williams

If you’re up on the world of food culture like we are, you definitely know who Donatella Arpaia is. But, in case you need a reminder, here goes:

  • She’s a graduate of Fairfield University, class of ’93
  • She is lead judge on Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef.
  • She’s a regular on NBC TODAY.
  • She’s the owner of Kefi restaurant in NYC.
  • She’s just plain awesome. ;)

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The Growth, Future, and Success of Kent Falls Brewing: An Interview w/ Barry Labendz

8 Feb

We’ve written about a ton of restaurants, events, breweries, and we’ve tasted hundreds and hundreds of brews, but we seem to get a rare feeling from time to time. It’s the kind of feeling like we’re in the midst of something great. That we’re going to watch something amazing happen. Well, that’s exactly how we felt when we first talked with Barry Labendz of Kent Falls Brewery last February. Just a few weeks later, Dan met up with Barry and Headbrewer Derek Dellinger at Coalhouse Pizza to taste some first sips of their brews. But, it all came together for us and we knew what a big deal this brewery would be when we went by to tour the farm and their brewhouse. Continue reading

Fairfield County Food News: Deals, Demos, Drinks + More – 12/5/16

5 Feb

Snow what if it’s a slush mess out there? You’re not gonna let that stop you, are ya?

Psshhhh! Well, here we go:

2/1-2/29 Have you gotten a Taste of Georgetown yet? Dine at 4 of the following restaurants and you’ll get a get a buy-one dinner, get-one dinner certificate from any! Restaurants are Georgetown Saloon, Lombardi’s Trattoria, Wire Mill, Aranci 67, Rancho Alegre, and Black Cat Grille. The deal is good Sunday-Thursday.  Continue reading

Tom Price from Brooklyn Brewery Hired as Headbrewer @ Half Full in Stamford

5 Feb

 

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Hmmm . . . Buffalo Trace barrels, a dark beer, a wanton, aloof look whilst smoking a pipe. Yeah, something’s going down! Picture of Tom Price from Half Full.

Although Jen Muckerman has been with Half Full Brewery in Stamford since the start of it all, she left mid-year in 2015. We talked with some of the crew at Half Full during their Halloween party and were told that they were in serious talks with a new headbrewer who’s had a ton of experience and comes from Brooklyn Brewery. We were excited at that notion and what it could mean for Half Full . . . especially for how people see their beer and brand. 
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Reserve Your Spot for Spring Wine, Scoth + Pairing Classes @ Harry’s in Fairfield

5 Feb
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Classes sell out quickly, so get on the phone (you know that thing you use to check FB with) and give them a call.

So, here’s the deal: Harry’s of Fairfield is a go-to spot for liquor, beer, and wine here in Fairfield County. And, here’s the other thing: they host awesome wine and tasting classes all the time. But, here’s the other thing: these classes always sell out so damn fast. That’s why we’re telling you about the Spring 2016 events NOW! Learn more about wine, Scotch, and even get some experience with Italian food pairings. 

Check ’em out, pick your fave(s), then get your spot by calling them at (203) 259-4692! Continue reading

Recipe: “Juan in a Million” Mexican Lasagna for Super Bowl Sunday!

5 Feb
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You’re Juan in a Million, yeah that’s what you are-r. You’re Juan in a Million babe, you’re a shooting star-r. Photo from Robin Selden. (Bonus points if anyone knows the song!)

Sure, we know that pizza and wings are the expected food when everyone comes together to watch football, but we have a feeling that you’ll have room for one more dish. Yup, yup: you’ll want to make this Juan in a Million Mexican Lasagna, put together by the awesome people at Marcia Selden Catering. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading

Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread Vows to Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network

4 Feb

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Chef Carlos Baez (pictured top left) of The Spread, the first kind of words that might spring up at you are kind, smiling, generous, reserved and creative . . . but how about dogged, uber-concentrated, and competitive? Well, we had a chance to see his tougher and rougher side when he recently competed against other chefs in the CT Chefs Challenge event. He was laser-focused on his sous chefs and dish that wowed the judges. Baez has also had lots of other success with food contests like Chowdafest. Continue reading

Savory Smoke Thursday BBQ Pop-ups @ Sandwedge Deli in Norwalk

4 Feb

Ryan Cuber of Savory Smoke Catering has been working non-stop on his BBQ game. Over the past few years, he’s spent countless nights stoking the pit, finding the right cooking times and temps, and working on his technique. And, now, it’s finally paying off big time with a BBQ pop-up at Sandwedge Deli @ 607 Main Avenue in Norwalk. Continue reading

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