203 Food + Beer News: 4th of July Events, Lobster Bakes, Brunch, Fuzzy Baby Ducks + More—7/2/15

2 Jul

Happy Fourth of July, OmNomivores! We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend. In case you’re looking for something to do, we’ve got a bunch of great things going down over the next couple of weeks. That’s it, let’s get down to biz-natch:  

7/2 Boot, scoot, and boogie over to The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing starting at 5:30 for their Country Fest. It’ll feature some country music, drink specials, fireworks, giveaways, and games.
 
7/3-5 Check out Rizzuto’s in Stamford for a ridiculous cheap 3 course lobster bake for just $19.99. You’ll get NE Clam Chowder or Baby Spinach; NE Lobster Bake which includes lobsters, Little Necks, Rhode Island mussels, corn on the bob, baby red potatoes, and grilled Andouille; and you’ll finish up with Blueberry and Strawberry Shortcake. For an extra $10, you can get a second lobster, too.
 
7/5 Olio in Stamford will be celebrating their 3 year anniversary with a killer brunch that includes free champagne and donuts. Yeah, you need those donuts! To make your reservation, call them up at (203) 817-0303. Just be sure not to go on Saturday, because they are closed then.
 
7/8 Mark this and mark it well: this is the day that Coalhouse Pizza’s bar will open, topping them off at 85 brews on tap . . . the most in CT! In addition, there will be a ton of bourbon to drink. Not too shabby.
 
7/8 Tune into News 12 at 8:30 to see Tracey Medeiros make 5 different drinks that are featured in her book, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook.
 
7/10 Bounty Burger will be hitting up Half Full Stamford’s Open House. Just stop by from 6-9, pay $15, and you’ll get unlimited brews. Bounty Burgers are extra but SO worth it. Trust us.

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13 Local Chefs + The Wailers ft. at Most Innovative Chefs Gala @ 2015 Greenwich Wine + Food Fest

1 Jul

While we love the Grand Tasting day at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, we have a real weak spot for the Friday night event: the Most Innovative Chefs Gala. The event features the best food and chefs from Connecticut and Westchester, drinks, and live music from big bands. 

And, while we’ve always had a great time, this time around we think that we’re going to have the best time ever! That’s because The Wailers (yes, THE Wailers, AKA Bob Marley’s former band) will be hitting the stage during the night of September 25 from 7-10:30 at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich. Oh, but there will be much more, especially with the featured chefs and restaurants who will be preparing some amazing bites of food. These chefs include: 

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Book This Dinner: Chef Plum Pops-up @ Minor Memorial Public Library in Latest Dinner Underground Series

30 Jun

Chef Plum continues to kick ass and take names with his ever-popular and continually-sold-out Dinner Underground series. This time, though, it’s a new deal for him, as he takes over the Minor Memorial Public Library in Roxbury! And, what he has in store for undergrounders will be pretty damn awesome. Before we check out the menu, here are the down and dirty deets:

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UnWINEd at Priam Vineyards Concert Series w/ Seafood, Food Trucks and . . . Wine — Colchester, CT

29 Jun

Priam Vineyards UnWINEd Concert Series 2015

One of the best things that you can do as a Nutmegger is tour our 25 wineries and vineyards on beautiful summer days. But, to top that off, is spending a chill night under the stars at Priam Vineyard in Colchester. You pick the summer Friday night that you want and come down to Priam for their UnWINEd Concert Series that goes from 6-9. Entry is $14 per person in advance or $16 at the door. You can also order $10 tickets for groups of 10 or more by e-mailing them or calling them at (860)267-8520 extension #3.

Now, which day(s) will you go? That’s the tough part:

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Mura Ramen + Gastropub Pop-up in Mt. Kisco w/ Chef Anthony from Locali in New Canaan

26 Jun
Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali in New Canaan at his Mura Ramen + Gastropub Pop-up! Picture from Mura Ramen Facebook page.

Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali in New Canaan at his Mura Ramen + Gastropub Pop-up! Picture from Mura Ramen Facebook page.

Most people relax when they go on vacation, but that’s not true of everyone. Quite often, we see chefs take holy pilgrimages to countries that inspire them and guide their cooking. Some might travel to Italy to learn the art of pasta making, some might visit France to learn how to make the most perfect pastries, and some might travel to the Far East to delve deeper into the world of ramen.

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Toni’s Tuscan Table Reopens in Bridgeport w/ Grand Re-Opening Event + Deals

25 Jun

We kind of feel bad sharing this because we know that Toni’s Tuscan Table is a little gem that not everyone has discovered yet . . . so, we know people will be pissed at us for blowing up their spot, but we’ve got some great news to share. Yup, Toni’s Tuscan Table has moved and reopened at 1006 Broad Street in Bridgeport. 

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203 Food News: Openings, Markets, Fireworks, Props, Cheese, Jobs + CT Beer—6/25/15

25 Jun

This week, we’re gonna get right down to biznatch and get your going with an awesome list of events, deals, jobs, and CT brew news. Also check out details on upcoming beer fests or last week’s news. Here we go:

6/26 Tangled Vine will be playing at Little Barn in Westport around 9:30.

The Post Road Grilled Cheese Sandwich at The Granola Bar in Westport, CT6/26 If you’re 35 or under and wanna party before the show, check out Westport Country Playhouse. They have their latest Happy Hours with food from The Granola Bar and Shake Shack as well as some great drinks for just $25. Your ticket also gets you into the show (And a Nightingale Sang) too!

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Surf’s Up @ Summer Luau Food Truck Fest — Westfield Meriden

25 Jun

Summer Luau Food Truck Fest

It’s hard to think of a better way to kick off the first full weekend of summer than with a food truck festival! And, you’ll have exactly that when you head out to Westfield Meriden (470 Lewis Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday (6/27-28) for a great assortment of trux, entertainment, and craft vendors. Entry to the Westfield Meriden Summer Luau Food Truck Fest is free, too, so you’ve got nothing to lose! Hours for both days are 12-7. Now, here are some more deets about the trux that will be there, organized by Both Days or Saturday Only:

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Summer Cocktail Recipe Fix: Strawberry Basil Bourbon Mash from Watson’s Catering

24 Jun

Watson's Strawberry Bourbon Smash

If there are two things that we know as gospel truth for the beginning of summer, they would have to be:

1) It’s the time when we order more cocktails than ever.

2) It’s the time when we get excited about fresh strawberries right outta the patch.

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Connecticut Chefs Challenge 2015: Save the Date + Callout to Chef Competitors

23 Jun

CT Chef Challenge 2015 Info

We already have September 18 at 7 pm blocked off on our calendar because that’s when the 5th Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge goes down! Fairfield County’s best chefs will be competing at Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton to take him the much-coveted “Best in Show” title. What’s great is that when you attend, you get to taste everything and vote along side a guest judge panel. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you’ll soon be able to find them here and a portion of the sales will go directly to The Optimus Foundation that helps to construct and maintain medical facilities throughout the 203 for communities that need the support.

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