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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A Tsunami of Support for Tidal River Brewing: Kickstarter Close to Its Goal

23 Jun

Tidal River Brewing Canton Logo

Let’s be honest, there are lots of businesses, breweries, and restaurants who are looking for you to contribute to a new addition or new equipment through donations . . . so many, in fact, that it can get overwhelming. Do I contribute to that hipster who wants to start a brand new mustache oil company, a business who wants to be the brand new app for selfie-taking, or a distillery that promises to shake things up? But, what gets us is how so many of them want you to contribute freely (well, not free for you) without anything in return.

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2That’s why we love Kickstarter. Businesses like the soon to open Tidal River Brewing in Canton set up a page and create various tiers of giving with escalatinglay awesome rewards. The only catch is that the money goal ($10,000 in Tidal River’s case) needs to be raised before any donations are counted. So, if headbrewer and owner Geoffrey Mattheis was only able to raise the $7,025 that they have now, the fundraiser would not happen and no one would be charged.

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Lugano Wine Bar + Salumeria brings upscale, delish, and affordable Italian to Old Greenwich

22 Jun

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You know (and maybe even love) Molto, ZAZA, Dolce, and some time in the next two weeks, you’re going to know and get intimate with Lugano Wine Bar + Salumeria of Greenwich. This impressive restaurant portfolio belongs to Nick Racanneli Jr. and Senior (and partners), and they know how to do it right. Go into any of these hotspots at night, and you’ll Look at that beauty! at Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria in Old Greenwich CTnotice the same thing: they’re packed, probably because of the cozy, yet stylish decor, the good prices, the solid drinks, and the dependable Italian food. So logic will tell us that Lugano, located at 1392 E. Putnam Ave. almost on the Greenwich / Stamford border (where Bistro Latino was), will be a huge success. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak and are pretty psyched about the things that make Lugano similar to the rest of their restaurants, but also, the things that make it unique. Let us break it down into sections for you.

The Menu

Tables spill out into the bar area at Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria in Old Greenwich CTLike ZaZa, you can expect an excellent variety of Italian tapas, even some of the tried and true items like their Roasted Truffle Sprouts, Creamy Polenta, and their Crostini. Some other tapas that got us all hungry include Italian Cheese Gravy Fries with bolegnese and creamy burrata, Baby Lamb Chops, Spicy Wings, Panzanella, and Smoked Salmon Carpaccio. In addition, you can go balls to the wall with a meatball tasting for $3.50 for a small order or $10 for a large. Order up the Beef (tomato, basil, grated parm), Turkey (sesame soy jus, scallions, spicy aioli), or House Blend (beef, pork, lamb, tomato, basil, ricotta). Or even get a sampler for $10 so you don’t have to decide.

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CT Farm-Based Back 40 Kitchen Opening Early July in Greenwich; Mill Street Bar & Table on the Way

19 Jun

Back 40 Kitchen Chef DeMarsico

We’ve all been there. You’ve been at a restaurant and the menu blasts in big bold letters: Farm to Table. But, you look and look and you don’t see which farms they get their produce from or where their meat is supplied from. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that there aren’t Farm to Table restaurants, but we’re just saying that real, true, honest, down to earth Farm to Table spots are much tougher to come by. Well, that’s changing with the opening of Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich on July 6.

This reimagined restaurant at 107 Greenwich Avenue builds off the success of Organic Planet which occupied that spot and was a hidden gem. But, we have a feeling that Back 40 Kitchen won’t be as hidden as they have lots of great things working for them:

You’re only as good as your ingredients

Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT (photo from Back 40 Farm site)

Photo from Back 40 Farm site

Back 40 Kitchen will be sourcing a large percentage of their produce from their own private farm: Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT. This will help them to keep the menu fresh, vibrant, and seasonal, but also grounds it locally. In addition, they’ll be sourcing other vegetables, cheeses, and meats from other local purveyors such as Fleisher’s Meats in Westport (they’ll be in Greenwich soon, too), Dancing Dog Farm in Ridgefield, Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove, Gaia’s Breath Farm in Jordanville, Cato Corner in Colchester, Beltane Farm in Lebanon, and Red Bee Honey in Weston. 

. . . and you’re even better with an innovative chef

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