Nomworthy Bites of CT Food News, Vol. 5: BBQ, Memorial Day, Brews, Tastings + More…

21 May


Again, there’s so much going on this week and next week, that we wanted to get a whole slew of events out there for ya.  Don’t ever complain that there’s nothing to do here in Fairfield County!  Also, don’t forget to enter our FB contest to win 2 tickets to The Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County, valued at $120.  The contest ends Friday, so make sure to enter ASAP!  

May 21:  Barcelona Stamford is hosting a new series of events called “The Cocktail Classroom.”  This month’s class is called Whiskey Creations.  Okay, sold!  Check out how to make some great cocktails with whiskey while Executive Chef Scott Quis pairs them with some yummy bites.  Cost is $35 per person.

May 22:  The Harbor Point Water Taxi will start shuttling people back and forth between Harbor Point Marina and to Stamford Landing.  So, you can stop by World of Beer, Bareburger, Paloma, or any other spot nearby, then head on over to get some cool drinks at Crab Shell or Dolce Cubano.  Hours of operation are Th: 5-11, F: 5-midnight, Sa:  4:30-midnight, and Su: 4:30-11.  It’s free, too!  To contact the taxi, call up (203) 219-2673.

May 22:  Sip Shop Nosh all around Fairfield!  While you’re getting some shopping done, sip on some wine, nom away on some food, and finish up the night with some desserts.  The night begins at 5 pm (and goes until 8) at the Sherman Green Gazebo and continues however you’d like.  Some of the participating places are The Buzz Truck, Snappy Gator, Capri, La Moda, Swim ‘n Surf, Apricot Lane, Island Outfitters, Jenny Boston, Dash ‘N Drizzle, 5 Ocean’s Fair Trade, The Beehive, Magic Beans, Twisted Vine, Centro, and more.  Tix are $20 ($25 the day of) and help raise money for Fairfield Foundation for Education.

May 22:  Art About Town Westport opening night street party starting at 5:30 on Main Street.  There will be live music, art on display (up until June 15), and lots of food and drinks.

May 22:  Check out the opening day of the 2014 Westport Farmers’ Market!  There will be a food demo from Chef Cecily Ganz and the Staples High School Culinary team from 10:15-11, a kick-off to the season with green juice from The Stand at 12, and lots of food, products, and veggies available for purchase.  

May 23:  Val’s Putnam Wine and Liquors in Greenwich is hosting their free weekly wine tasting from 3-6 pm.  This is a great spot that we go to for our wine and liquor needs.  They’ll also have a tasting from 2-5 on Saturday.

May 23:  Half Full Brewery in Stamford will be hosting a Bright Ale can launch party from 2:30-8:30 pm.  The first 100 people to the party will get one commemorative can of this brand-spanking new beer can.  While you’re there, get a tour of the brewing, get some tastings, and make a full day of it with some Caribbean grub from Maddy’s Food Truck.  If you can’t make it, check your local liquor store for cans of Half Full Bright Ale, out starting 5/22.  Congratulations Half Full…love ya!

May 23-25:  Have some drinks at the Pop Up Bar outside of Paloma where The Beer Garden used to be in Harbor Point, Stamford.  Hours are 4:30-11 on Friday and Saturday and 2-8 on Sunday.  Friday and Saturday’s event will feature food from the upcoming Paloma from Chef Aaron Sanchez.  On Sunday, check out some food trucks, too.  Check out Harbor Point on FB for the most up-to-date info.

May 24:  Bar Q in Stamford is hosting a pig roast.  Really, there aren’t too many better ways to kick off Memorial Day weekend!  There will be drink and shot specials and you’ll also get to play some games on the patio like cornhole.

Almost too cute to eat…almost.

May 24:  Learn how to play with your food…and make art of it at Fairway Market Stamford from 1-3.  Bill Wurtzel will be showing you how to make fun food art using healthy ingredients that will soon be devoured.  Get your ticket at customer service or online for $1…that small fee will get ya a take home prize, too!

May 25:  109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield’s got the 411 on Cheese with a class that will take you through all the basics of tasting, pairing, and how cheese is made.  You’ll get some apps, a glass of champagne, and a tasting of four wines with four cheeses.  Starts at 5:30 and costs $45 per person.  More info here.

May 25-26:  Dinosaur Bar-b-que will be donating a portion of their sales from both days to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Get out there and show your support!

May 26: Memorial Day BBQ at Barcelona Fairfield from 1-9 pm.  Live music, face painting, and Narragansett beer tasting for the full time.  $20 or $10 for kids gets you a full BBQ buffet that includes hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, sliders, suckling pig, grilled veggies potato salad, gazpacho, shrimp ceviche, fruit salad, an ice cream station, lemonade, iced tea, and more.

May 27:  Stop by from 12:15-1:15 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard for the Mayor’s Homerun Luncheon, benefiting Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut.  Tickets are $25 and that includes lunch, raffle prizes, chances to network, and tickets to the 7:05 game that night.  There’s also a pre-luncheon Meet & Greet ($125) with Gary Gaetti and Mayor Finch that includes everything above, a customized Bluefish Jersey, and more.  For tix to either, call up (203) 210-BLUE.

May 27:  Learn how to cook a classic paella at Barcelona in SoNo!  The lesson and tasting starts at 7 and costs $30 per person (tax and tip extra).  Make your reservations by calling them up at (203) 899-0088.

June 1: Chef Michael Bick, owner of Some Things Fishy Catering and Bick’s Burgers, will be holding his first farm-to-table dinner of the season at Holbrook Farm in Bethel starting at 4 and going until dusk…yeah, that much food is served.  Tickets are $75 and it’s a BYOB event.  We’ve always had a great time, so this is one event we’d definitely recommend.  Find the menu and order tickets here.

June 3:  Two of our favorite things, cheese and chutney, will be the subject of this latest Cheese School class at Fairfield Cheese Company.  Tix are $45 and can be purchased by calling up (203) 292-8194.  This pairing and tasting event starts at 7 and goes until 9 pm.


2 Responses to “Nomworthy Bites of CT Food News, Vol. 5: BBQ, Memorial Day, Brews, Tastings + More…”

  1. Founders Hall May 21, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Don’t forget Battle of the Chefs at Founders Hall in Ridgefield on Sunday, June 1 at 4pm. Chefs Forrest Pasternack, Matt Storch and Jeff Taibe are fired up for a great show, and there will be plenty of food and drink throughout the event. Tickets at


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