We hope your summer is off to a great start and that it’s action-packed. Personally, we’re booked solid all the way up until September with events, restaurant reservations, beer nights, and other great things going on in CT. so, let’s help you book up some time for this week and next week. In Volume 12 read about food truck festivals, events, what’s new with CT beer, and the nitty gritty on restaurants news.
Chef Aaron Sanchez who is ready to open Paloma in the Harbor Point area of Stamford sat down with Ken Tuccio of the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast yesterday. You can hear the podcast next Thursday. While you’re there, check out the episodes with Black Hog Brewery, Stew Leonard, and Jordan from Half Full. Listen through his website or by subscribing on iTunes…your choice.
Chef Merlin Verrier, formerly of Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, has hopped on board the Fortina train as they expand from Armonk into Stamford and Rye Brook, NY. He’ll be joining Chef Christian Petroni and crew as the Culinary Director.
SKAL Restaurant Group, led by Christian Burns, has taken over the operations side of Post 154 in Westport. According to a recent press release, Christian said that he’ll help Post 154 to “carve out its food and beverage identity.” Some new things to look forward to are more craft cocktails, a “seasonal and creative menu,” house-infused spirits, and a beautiful craft beer menu. OmNomCT readers know SKAL Restaurant Group as the owner of both Cask Republics and Ginger Man SoNo and New Haven. Considering our first experience at Post 154, we think this will be a great change to shake up things in Westport even more!
Bar Sugo in Norwalk not only has a newly designed menu, but they’ve also redesigned their logo and their site. Whatcha think?
Chefs Bill and Jeff Taibe are on the lookout for cooks and servers for their new restaurant that will be opening up soon. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Events and Summer Plans
7/12-13 Tanger Outlets in Westbrook is holding another food truck festival from 11-6 pm on both days. On Saturday check out High Tide Gourmet, Lobster Craft, Food Extrovert, Rough House Food Truck, Caseus Cheese Truck, The Cannoli Truck , Happy Taco, Food Encounters, Sugar Bakery’s Cupcake Truck, Christiano’s Pizza, Rollin Red’s, Like No Udder, Gotta Q BBQ, Mobile Munchies, Latin Spoon, Nora Cupcake and more. On Sunday, you can taste the wares of Get It Toasted, Cowabunga, High Tide Gourmet, Lobster Craft, Rough House Food Truck, Happy Taco, Food Encounters, Sugar Bakery’s Cupcake Truck, Christiano’s Pizza, Rollin Red’s, Like No Udder, Gotta Q BBQ, Mobile Munchies, Latin Spoon, and more still. While you’re there, check out the boat show that will be going on at the same time. There will also be live music from 12-3 on Saturday and 1-3 on Sunday, as well as cooking demos at 11:30 and 3 on Saturday and 12:30 and 3 on Sunday. And, don’t forget to hit up the outlets while you’re there to get some stuff on the cheap. ;)
7/13 It’s Wakeman Town Farm Family Fun Day in Westport from noon until 4! There will be plenty of games, chances to meet with the animals of the farm, a pie eating contest, crafts, burgers from Craft, sandwiches and salads from WTF, lemonade, and mini ice cream cones from local Farmer’s Cow. Entry is $10 per person or $5 per adult.
7/15 Check out Coalhouse Pizza’s first ever Spirits Academy, hosted by Gregg Glasser of Modern Distillery Age and Yankee Brew News. Instruction is free, as always, but flights of the spirits to taste are extra. Be there at 6:30 pm and get ready to taste away and learn!
7/16 Harry’s in Fairfield is hosting a special California wine class from 7-9. Make sure to call them up at (203) 259-4692 to reserve your spot. Tickets are $35 per person.
7/16 Cheshire Food Truck Frenzy takes over the Cheshire YMCA Parking Lot from 5-8:30 pm. Some of the trucks that will be on hand are Caseus, Fryborg, Firedog, The Cannoli Truck, Sugar Bakery, Four Flours Baking Company, 3 Chicks Grille, Christiano’s Pizzeria, and more. A portion of proceeds from each food truck goes to support the Cheshire YMCA and the Sea Dog National Swim Team.
7/19 Take a nice scenic drive over to Winivan in Morris, CT for A Summer Gathering. There will be keynote speakers, interactive family activities, a demos from Hunter Zampa (Teen Chopped Champion), Chef Joel Viehland, and Chris Eddy, a program on goat cheese (OH YEAH!), a farmers’ market, various vendors, and food trucks including G Monkey, Skinny Pines, Sabrina’s Bread Box, and Chet’s Italian Ice. A family 4 pack of tickets is just $35, $12 for adults, or $5 for kids aged 6-11. Keynotes are extra at $50 for members or $60 for CT NOFA members.
7/19 Learn how to forage for wild mushrooms, berries, black cherries, wild greens, and medicinal herbs with “Wildman” Steve Brill. He’ll take you on a three hour tour (a three hour tour, LOL) starting at 1. Entry is suggested as a donation of $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Make sure to call him up and check the site for what you need to bring.
Half Full’s 1st Annual Hop, Skip & A Run was a very successful event. Through registration and beer sales, Half Full raised over $4,700 for Achilles International. Be on the lookout for the 2nd Annual Hop, Skip & A Run registration starting around January or February of 2015. For a gallery of photos, check out our FB page and Half Full’s photos.
Beer’d Brewing is taking their beer on the road…sorta. Known for making collabo beers, Beer’d has a new collaboration with Night Shift Brewing in MA. For more info, check New England Brew News.
Shebeen Brewing Company in Wolcott has expanded their distribution network. Now they’ll also be sending out their cans and new bombers to package stores and bars in Hartford, Windham, Tolland, Essex, Old Saybrook, and New London Counties. Also, look out for more brews like their Grand Cru, Turbo IPA, and an Idaho IPA in addition to their wildly popular Cannoli Beer, Irish Ale, and Concord Grape Saison. And, if it’s variety you crave, you’ll soon be able to check out a 4 pack of their seasonal brews.
Firefly Hollow Brewing in Bristol is looking for someone to design their brand new cans of Cone Flakes IIPA. You’ll have until August 4 to submit your design to them at the brewery. The winner, chosen on August 16, will get $750 and will become a true beer god or goddess by having your art work on a can of beer. Top entries will be displayed in the tap room, too, so get those entries in. You have to be 21+ to enter, though! For more info e-mail them at email@example.com.
Witchdoctor Brewing has started a kickstarter to raise funds for their new brewery in South Windsor. Check out all the info here.