CT Food News, Vol. 10: Summer Fun, Wine, Beer, FIFA, Openings + Major Props

26 Jun

Summer’s in gear and it’s about time you got off your ass and did something.  And, with this list of things going on in and around Fairfield County, you better work it.  Um girl, don’t be lazy and stay home…not with so much going on.  Whether you’re talking about food-focused events, beer and wine, world cup action, or Woodmont’s Farmers’ Market, we’ve got a major checklist for you to cross off.  Plus, we’ve got some props to hand out, some opening/closing info, and a sweet little summer getaway idea.


6/26:  The hostess with the most-ess, Anna Zap, will be at Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Stamford for Drinks on the Deck with Leaf Vodka.  The par-tay begins at 5 pm!

6/26:  Take part in a Twitter wine tasting of 4 different wines with Whole Foods Market from 8-9 pm.  This is the chat room and make sure to use #WFMwine while tweeting. Here are the wines that you’ll be tasting:

  • Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc 2013, California
  • Les Hauts de Bel Air Bordeaux Blanc 2013, France
  • Querciabella Mongrana Maremma Toscana 2011, Italy
  • Santa Rita Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Chile

6/26:  Celebrate one year with Walrus + Carpenter in Black Rock starting at 7 pm.  They’ll have live music, deals on beer, cocktails, their regular fare, and a whole roast pig for you to go hog wild over.

6/26: Reggae Mayhem will be playing The Loft Martini Lounge starting at 10 PM.  The Loft is located at 97 Washington Street.

6/27: Napa & Co in Stamford is hosting a one-of-a-kind pizza and tasting dinner from 6-9 that features not only Valley of the Moon Winery, but also Chef Elizabeth Falkner of Food Network.  Entrance is $60 and that gets you unlimited pizza and wine along with samples from Chef Adam Truelove’s summer menu at Napa.  And, this great event has heart too, because 10% of the proceeds will be donated to The National Center for Learning Disabilities.  To get a reservation, please call ’em up at (203) 353-3319.

6/27-28:  Art Walk is back in Downtown Stamford, so check out all the exhibits, and then hit up some of our favorite restaurants like Cask Republic, The Fez, Capriccio, Zaza, Lorca, and Barrique afterwards.

6/28 Come down to LaRocca’s Country Market in Stamford from 11-3 and help celebrate their two year anniversary since they reopened.  LaRocca’s and other local vendors will have tastings including juices and lots of gourmet goodies.  There will also be live music, games, clowns (eek! LOL), and an ice cream truck.

6/29 The 3rd Annual Old Greenwich Block Party comes but once a year, so you best get down to Sound Beach Avenue at 3 pm.  The Short Bus will be playing live, there will be plenty to drink, lots of food, and games, too.  A portion of proceeds will benefit the Community Centers Inc. of Greenwich.

7/1 Whole Foods Market in Fairfield is hosting a fundraising day for the Black Rock Farmers Market.  Simply shop and help this brand new market to keep sprouting!

Beer, Wine, and Liquor Get Ya There Quicker

Eli Cannon has worked with Stubborn Beauty Brewing to create a collabo beer that’s a throwback to Pink Floyd.  The brew is called “Us and Them” and is an American Session IPA that’s brewed with 5 kinds of hops.  Check it out at Eli Cannon’s starting on August 7…but get there fast because we don’t think that will last too long!

6/26 Stella Restaurant & Bar in Bethel will have a free wine tasting from 5-7.  Try out some wines and see which varieties pair well with some of the dishes on their menu.

Ninety9 Bottles in Westport not only has the brand new Dogfish Head Rosabi (an Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi and paired with a vinyl record) but also is offering the legendary holy grail of IPAs:  120 Minutes.  Even better?  Buy them in unlimited amounts.

World Cup

Coalhouse Pizza continues to offer $12 pitchers of CT craft beer all month to help you celebrate the FIFA World Cup.  Come with friends and order a pitcher each…sure, why not?  And, if you’re a beer club member, you can tap into Firkin Friday on Thursday!  Ah, the perks!

City Limits in Stamford and White Plains is now offering up a globally inspired menu in the bar/lounge area from 4 to close up until the last game on July 13.  Some of the options include gazpacho, warm burrata with grilled peaches, grilled chorizo sausage burger, steamed shrimp, South American sliders, and steak tacos.

Farmers’ Markets

The Woodmont Farmers’ Market just kicked off its 7th season yesterday.  To find them, head on down to the Robert Treat Farm at 1339 New Haven Avenue in Milford.  It’s open for business every Wednesday from 3:30-6:30 until August 27.  At the market you’ll be able to find fish, meats, veggies, fruit, cheese, coffee, olive oil, mushrooms, baked goods, and more.  Plus, there will be a musician performing each week and there will be food trucks. Yes, good trucks:  Big Green Truck Pizza, Coco Tamale, and a couple of others.  Some of the vendors you can expect are Robert Treat Farm, Gambardella Seafood, Scratch Baking, Lemon Sisters, Smith’s Acres, Mystic Cheese Company, Shearwater Coffee Roasters, Dash & Drizzle, and Nutty Bunny.


Chef Bill Taibe makes his second appearance on PBS’s Moveable Feast with Australia’s Pete Evans.  This episode follows Chef Taibe and Chef Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery as they go whelking (yes, whelking) and prepare a meal that includes whelk salad, smoked duck prosciutto (they also visit a duck farm), smoked duck with grits, and a NE clambake.  For more info, check out this post from The Northforker.

The Local Meatball is also making TV with a spot on them that will air on NBC CT on Friday (6/27) at 11 am.  Congrats Mike and co.

Openings and Closings

The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing will be open early July.  Check out all the deets from our post.

Chefs Graham Elliot and Merlin Verrier have closed Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich.

Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk recently opened up their own rooftop bar.  In addition to drinks, you can order from the raw bar.  SOLD!

Chef Stephen Lewandowski (owner and chef at Harlan Social) has opened up Harlan Publick in SoNo.

World of Beer will finally open on 6/30 with a special preview during the Half Full 5K on Sunday.

Graze Delivered, an awesome food delivery service that heads to local farms and then prepares for you has changed its name.  Now you can call them Simple Scallion.  Right now they are featuring World Cup fare and have lots of great ideas for your 4th of July party.

Food Getaway

Get a little taste of Philly and drink some killer Ommegang beer on July 8 with the Hopchef Philly Competition.  The contest will feature 9 of the area’s best chefs who are creating a companion dish for one of Ommegang’s awesome Belgian brews.  Tickets are $41 for the July 8 event that starts at 6 pm at Union Transfer.  Methinks you need to plan a roadtrip!  For more info, check out Ommegang’s blog.

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