Hey, people, Slice of Saugatuck is back and you need to get yo’self there. All you need to do is bring $10 ($5 for kids) for a ticket on 9/12 from 12-3 in the Saugatuck part of Westport. When you arrive at any of the ticket stations or the main area in Bridge Square (where Kawa Ni is). After you purchase your entry, you’ll get a map of Saugatuck (deliciously shaped like a piece-a pizza) so you can find all the spots to discover. You’ll also get a Golden Passport that lists all the places where you can nom away on food. When you visit 10 or more spots (and why wouldn’t you?) you become eligible for various $25 gift certificates. Continue reading
Or was it that the Cocktail Menu took us down? Yeah, once you see what we sampled, you’ll probably bet on the latter.
The day we visited was a big day in New Canaan—not only was the farmers’ market going on, but it was also their annual sidewalk sale. As we worked our way through the maze of people we found South End Uncorked chef and owner Nick Martschenko cooking up some lamb merguez to give passerbys a first tastes of what his restaurant would be like. “Do you want to try one?” he asked Dan. It didn’t take much convincing at all and the order was in. The sausage was spicy, had a ton of deep flavors, had just the right amount of lambiness (you know what we mean), and had a fresh contrast with the tzatziki sauce on top. We thought, if this is what the food will be like, we’re in! But, we’re not here today to talk about food. Nope. So let’s get to it.
We went inside to check out the new spot and what they did with it since we’d been there last when it was Harvest Supper. You first go down the alley to go in the side entrance (make sure to snap a shot in the selfie mirror, btw) and then you enter in the side door. As you walk in, the completely open kitchen with a 4 seat chefs table is off to your left as is the bar. Then, throughout the restaurant there are rustic and rich tables and high tops. All around, it’s warm and cozy for a small spot. It’s a place where you could imagine yourself hanging out all day in or just coming by for a few drinks and bites. Continue reading
Okay, we know that we don’t probably have to go anywhere past the title of this post because, well, steak. There’s steak involved. It’s steak. Actually, to be more precise, it’s Sedona Taphouse‘s Black Angus Flat Iron Steak. They’ll be serving those bad boys up for just $10 during lunch and dinner every single Monday starting today until 9/21. Half of that $10 is going right to the Norwalk Seaport Association who provides countless educational opportunities and helps to preserve the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. This, folks, is what they are calling “Steak Out for Charity” and we hope you can get there.
As if the steak deal wasn’t enticing enough, Sedona Taphouse (recently opened in the Waypointe development in Norwalk) has beer. Lots of freaking beer. Like 50 on tap and 350 by the bottle lot. Also, if you come by for their Happier Hour from 3:30-6:30, you can get all drafts, wine by the glass, cocktails, flatbreads, sliders, and tacos for just $5.
We haven’t been yet, but this is a pretty enticing offer to get us in the doors. Hopefully you can stop by and check out this great event to help a local organization that does so much good.
515 West Avenue
Phone: (203) 299-1800 for reservations
Hours for Mondays are 11:30-11:30
Wakeman Town Farm in Westport is hosting their 4th Annual Harvest Fest at 6 pm on 9/12. . . and, oh, you’ll want to get a piece of it. Well, lots of pieces, actually. That’s because there will be a smorgasbord of hors d’oeuvre and drinks in the form of cocktails, wines, and craft beer during the cocktail party. Then, things will soon shift focus to a dinner. Just look at this lineup of restaurants and vendors who will be making this night awesome: The Spread, Artisan, Blue Lemon, Fairfield Cheese Co., Fleisher’s Craft Butchery, AMG Catering, Olivette, Wave Hill Breads, and Saugatuck Sweets.
In addition to all of that awesomeness above, there will be live music and an auction that features smaller prizes and bigger items like a stay at a private house in Big Sur, a four-course dinner party at Sugar & Olives and Barcelona, a family getaway, and a mysterious surprise vacation. Tickets for this event are $150 each and are on sale starting today. Click here to get ’em while the getting’s good (this event does sell out pretty quickly, btw).
Somehow, inexplicably, it’s almost Labor Day. And, while that does mean it’s the start of school again, it also means something great for Fairfield Countiers: it’s Blues, Views & BBQ time! Yes, the annual festival that has gotten bigger and better each year is back for some more in Westport. Like previous years, there will be plenty of places to get a bite like local restaurants or food trucks, plenty to drink with Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Tito’s, Beam Suntory, Newman’s Own Wines, plenty to purchase from local vendors like Tom’s Roid Rippin Hot Sauce, 8 interactive chef demos (you get to eat the food, too), the official KCBS BBQ “Cookin’ for a Cause” contest, live music, and new this year is the People’s Choice Wing Contest where the winner is decided by you. It all goes down September 5 from 11-10 and September 6 from 11-9 with entry costing $10 or $15 at the gate. If you’d like entry to see the live music portion, All Access tickets are at various price points including a deal for both days. Please note, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
But, wait, there’s more . . . we’ve got two pairs of All Access tix for ya. One pair for Saturday, the other pair for Sunday. All you need to do in order to enter is comment on this post or Facebook and let us know:
- My favorite thing about Blues, Views & BBQ is _______________.
- Which day you’d like to get tickets for.
That’s it, that easy, that simple. The contest starts now and goes until next Sunday, 8/30, until 8 pm.
Here are more details about BV&B:
Restaurants and Food Trucks
Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ, Winnie’s Jerk Chicken & Fish, Blue Lemon, Melt Mobile food truck, Kettle Corn, Dave and Jerry’s Hot Dog Trolley, Rolling Cones, and Rita’s Ice.
Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Tito’s Vodka, Beam Suntory, Newman’s Own Wines, Poland Spring, Stone Street Tye Dye, Velvet Orchid Hoops, R&B Teez, Bobby Q’s, Tom’s Roid Rippin Hot Sauce, Tomspice, Dash N Drizzle, Fruple.
12:00 – Match – Chef Matt Storch
1:00 – Walrus + Carpenter – Chef Jon Vaast
2:00 – The Spread – Chef Carlos Baez
3:00 – Fleisher’s Craft Butchery – Emily Mingrone
12:00 – Bobby Q’s Barbeque and Grill – Tim Doherty
1:00 – Vespa – Chef David White
2:00 – HooDoo Brown BBQ – Cody Sperry
3:00 – Da Pietro’s Restaurant – Chef Pietro Scotti
Plenty of Contests!
Rib Eating Contest, Pie Eating Contest, and People’s Choice Wing Contest!
Bull riding (mechanical, not real), bouncy inflatables, face painting, and games.
Relative Souls, Billy Iuso and Restless Natives, Honey Island Swamp Band, Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Dan Stevens, Randy Brody Drum Circle, Jake Julak and the LowDown, Boogie Boys, Funky Dawgz Band, and Jim Malone and the Piney Hearts.
School of Rock, Mark Naftalin, Alexis P. Suter, Sugar Blue, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Matt Schofield, and Joe Louis Walker.
Has it been one year already? It’s pure craziness, but yes, it has. But, with the brews that Black Hog Brewing in Oxford are putting out, you’d never guess that. Their distribution has increased, they’re putting out a big variety, and they’ve quickly cemented themselves into the CT Beer Scene. So, they are celebrating that yeariversary with a party full of brand new beer releases and The Green Grunion Food Truck.
Just come on down to Black Hog from 12-5 and partake in the awesomeness. They’ll have their brand new IPA that we’ve heard so many great things about: Hog Water. And, they’ll also have their Disco Pig 2.1, that’s a Brett Golden Sour that’s been aged in Cabernet Franc barrels.
The event costs nothing, but you’ll want to make sure to bring cash or have your card ready to get some of the killer food that Green Grunion is serving up and to take home some of those new brews and some swag from Black Hog.
This week’s gonna be a humongo news post because we’ll be away next week in Cape Cod and Portland, checking out the food and drinking scene, checking out lighthouses by bike, and just chilling. So, we’ve gone ahead and stuffed all the great stuff going on and news here in the 203 and beyond into this here post. As always, thanks for reading!
8/21 Pimpinella will be tearing down the rooftop beer garden at Bobby Q’s in Westport starting at 9 pm. Come for some bbq and brews and soak up the summer air.
8/22 A five-course “Nose to Tail” farm dinner from Chef William Carbone of Dish Restaurant will take place right at the Killam & Bassette Farmstead. The meal is $100 dollars with all of the proceeds going to the Judy Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund which goes to a Glastonbury senior based on community service and work ethic. Continue reading
The Tri-State area has no shortage of pizza joints that people can’t get enough of. And while NYC spots seem to always get a heaping portion of the praise and attention, Connecticut has been stealing the spotlight as of late. The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzas in America of 2015 ranked 9 CT pies (Roseland, Ernie’s, Domenick and Pia’s, BAR, Zuppardi’s, Colony Grill, Modern Apizza, and Sally’s) on their list with Frank Pepe’s of New Haven taking the #1 spot. Oh, and last year? Yeah, they took the #1 spot also. As if that weren’t recognition enough for our good ‘ole Nutmeg state, Andrew Zimmern is also in love with CT pizza, placing both Sally’s and Pepe’s on the top of his favorite pizza list. And, Food & Wine placed Pepe’s on their Best Pizza Places in the U.S. list, too.
It’s awesome for CT to get so much (deserved) love. So awesome, in fact, that the Connecticut Office of Tourism created the Connecticut Pizza Trail so you can experience all of our state’s pizza glory. And, as official CT Food Correspondents for Connecticut, we wanted to help get the word out. The list below is a compilation of expert advice and customer love from social media. If you feel like your favorite pizza shop needs to be on this list, then throw your slice into the ring, like their Facebook page, then share your fave to their timeline or even send them a message to @CTVisit on Twitter. Our faves not on this list are Bar Sugo in Norwalk, ReNapoli in Greenwich, and Amore in Stamford. Continue reading
Farmers and farms are the netting that holds our society together. We don’t often get a chance to be on the farms, to see what they do day in and day out, but we sure do get a chance to reap the benefits of what they reap. Well, Citizens for Easton have put together their 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour to help us make connections and to give us even more reasons to appreciate what we have here in Fairfield County.
The Easton Farm Tour is absolutely free and is a self guided tour, so you can go at your own pace and even go to whichever farms that you’d like. You’ll meet at Easton Firehouse Green at 1 Center Road and you’ll get a map to help you begin your journey. Along the way you’ll find special events and deals from farmers and community organizations. Continue reading