CT Food News, Vol. 9: Hot Dogs, Cocktails, Free Oysters, Trux, Cooking Classes, Festivals, and More…

18 Jun

Well, what can we say but there’s a whole helluva lot going on in and around Fairfield County over the next two weeks.  So, in addition to our regular posts, we’ve gathered up some major highlights of things going on such as awesome events, special meals, beer news, beer dinners, cooking classes, farmers’ markets, festivals, ways to give back, and we give some props to a city in CT that just got some major press.  Check out more events here, too.

Cool (and Chow) Down

6/18-6/20:  Chef Storch of Match continues his themed lunches, this time with “Super Duper” Match.  And, if you’re wondering…yes, he’s featuring some of the greatest dishes from Super Duper Weenie:  the best hot dog joint in the world.  Check out Match’s FB page for the menu.

6/19:  The Chelsea in Fairfield is takin’ things back to ‘Nawlins with food and drink specials, mon cherie.  This is all in celebration of Marc Broussard hitting up Fairfield Theatre Company that day.

6/21:  Bistro Seven in Wilton has partnered with Three60 Events for the 1st Annual Summer Cocktail Social.  It takes place outside the restaurant from 7-11 and includes $5 beers, cocktails, tacos, burgers, and more.  Plus, there will be live music from Mark Smith.  No brainer, people.

6/22:  Something smells fishy…oh, but that’s a good thing.  The Shellfish Commission of Greenwich is hosting the season opening of The Bruce Museum Seaside Center from 1-4.  You can Touch-a-boat, and check out the free raw bar which includes Atlantic Clam Farms, Bloom Bros., and Hemlock Oysters.  You’ll also have a chance to learn about sailing, crew, scuba diving, fishing, and clamming.  And, if you’re feeling sporty, come along on a guided historical cycling tour!  It all goes down at the beautiful Greenwich Point in Old Greenwich…if you don’t have a pass just tell the guard that you’re there for “Experience the Sound & Beyond.”  Free.

6/22:  From 12-5, check out a Victorian Ice Cream Social at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk.  Learn about and play lots of Victorian lawn games.  Plus, you’ll want to try to make your own ice cream…the way they used to by crank-a-lanking.

Mobile Eats in Mill River Park (Stamford) just kicked off yesterday with Vanchetta.  But, don’t worry, there’s a set schedule for 11-2 pm for each day (here and also on their FB page):

• Monday – The Granola Bar of Westport

• Tuesday – Lobstercraft Vanchetta (rotating)

• Wednesday – Maddy’s & Bounty

• Thursday – Szabdo’s Seafood Truck, The Poutine King & The Granola Bar of Westport (rotating)

• Friday – Szabdo’s Seafood Truck


Cooking Classes

Sugar and Olives in Norwalk has started their Prep School cooking classes.  Every Wednesday from 7-9, future-chefs will focus on something new.  Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at the shop or via their website.  On 6/18 the lesson is on Vinaigrettes & Sauces and on 6/25 the focus is on Grilling and Chilling, an outdoor cooking class.  Check out the other classes like Scrumptious Brunch, Summer Soups, and Hors d’oeuvre in a Pinch on our events page.


Farmers’ Markets

6/18:  The Wilton Farmers’ Market launches today from 12:30-5 at The Wilton Historical Society which is located at 224 Danbury Road.  The market will run every Wednesday until October 1.  Featured at the market will be local produce and meats, pasta, breads, prepared food, and lots of organic goodies.  Some of the farms and businesses involved are Ambler Farm, Bistro du Soleil, Carrot Top Kitchens, Dough & Co., and Gazy Brothers Farm.  Helping to kick things off today is Bounty Burger Truck!

6/19:  Ridgefield Farmers’ Market continues with their weekly bounty of fresh food and products, but the time has changed.  Now they’ll be open from 2-6, giving people more of a chance to get down and shop after work.

6/21:  Milford continues downtown farmers’ market this Saturday from 9-1 pm and continues each Saturday until October 11.


Festivals

6/21-22:  Soupstock is back at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Shelton and now it’s two days!  There will be a ton of bands, lots of art to check out, vendors, plenty of food to try, and two days of cook offs.  On Saturday, check out the Soupstock competition and on Sunday check out the first ever Chili Cook-Off!  And, wouldn’t you know it…Chief Chowdahead Jim Keenan from Chowdafest has entered into the fray with a chili of his own. Good luck Jim, we love ya here at OmNomCT.

6/28:  2 Roads Jam Fest is kicking off at the Stratford brewery from 12-7 pm. This festival marks the first concert at the brewery, but certainly isn’t the first time for lots of beer and food trucks.  Tickets are $25 with the first beer included or $18 if you’re that saint in the form of a Designated Driver.  The bands that day are Atlas Gray, What Up Funk?, The Alpaca Gnomes, and John Brown’s Body.  Food trucks include Bounty Burger, Smoke and Bones BBQ, Vanchetta, Spud Stud, King’s Kitchen.  Make sure to bring cash because you’ll buy your beer with $5 tickets.

6/28:  The Mighty Ploughboys present Ploughboy Nation 2:  a free summer concert at Ives Park in Danbury.  Check out our bud Renato while he shreds some guitar with the Mighty Ploughboys, The Alehounds, The Knox Sisters, Celtic Cross Pipe & Drum, Gilleoghan Irish School of Dance, and more.  When you’re done, head down to Stanziato’s to do some major pizza and beer damage!  Gates open at 1:30, the show begins at 2.


Beer and Beer Dinners 

6/24:  Mike Farber of Mikro and Jason Sobocinski of Caseus have teamed up with New England Brewing and Smoke Box BBQ for an awesome 5-course paring that includes Smoked Old Ale, Saison, Rye Pale, Gandhi-Bot, and New England Pilsner.  Tickets to this event at Smoke Box BBQ in Hamden are $63.24 and that includes tax and tip.  Only 12 tix left, yikes.

6/30 Cask Republic Stamford is also having a 5 course beer dinner with NEBCO.  Included are Scrumtrulescent, Fat 10-er #7, 668, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Trooper, and Gandhi-Bot.  Tickets to the 7 pm dinner are $70 with tax and tip included.  This is gonna be a wicked good dinner.

Overshores in East Haven is releasing their Tripel Brun (clocking in at 9.5% ABV) to stores in July, but if you get to them starting at 4 pm on Thursday you can buy them right away.  Their bottle room is open from 4-7 on Fridays and 12-4 on Saturdays and Sundays.  You can also take a tour and taste some brews while you’re there.


Doing Good

6/19:  A portion of sales at Pepe’s in Fairfield, whether eat in or takeout, will go to the Bridgeport Farmers’ Markets.  Pepe’s Pizza is located at 238 Commerce Drive.

6/19:  Check out the Feed the Need Food & Wine Expo from 4:30-7:30 at Stamford Harbor Park Patio at 333 Ludlow Street.  Tickets are $20 which gets you admission and a shot at a door prize.  There will also be a 50/50 raffle and teacup raffles.  Get your ticket by visiting http://www.cellmarkparty.com/expo.

6/21:  Plan B Simsbury is raising money for The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on June 21 with Cans 4 Kids.  Come by from 12-4 for an outside BBQ and come back again at 10 pm to hear Little Ugly Live!  When you’re there, order $4 cans to help raise money.  Choices include Narragansett Summer, Founders All Day IPA, Back East Amber, Sierra Nevada Pale, BBC Lost Sailor IPA, Harpoon IPA, Long Trail Ale, Shiner Bock, Brooklyn Summer, Wachusett Green Monsta Ale.

 

“Do Some Good with Hood” by helping support a milk drive that will bring up to 2,000 gallons of milk to local New England food banks.  In our area, The Connecticut Food Bank will receive milk donations when you donate at DoSomeGoodWithHood.com.  Your donation to The Great American Milk Drive will be doubled with Hood, so you’ll be able to help out twice as much.  Be the change.


Props and Openings

Livability named New Haven #1 Foodie City in the country for 2014.  The survey was based on eating out frequency, money spent on food, access to healthy options, # of farmers’ markets, # of restaurants, and James Beard Award winners.

Chefs Bill and Jeff Taibe’s new Japanese-pub style restaurant plan to open up early August.  Noms.

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