CT Food + Beer News, Vol. 13: Openings, Closings, Parties, and Drinks

17 Jul

We hate to say this, but the summer is fluttering fast by us with August soon on the way.  So, let’s slow things down a bit and soak up all the awesome things ogling on this week and next week.  Trust us, there’s a ton to do like a bunch of food events and parties, liquor tastings and classes, openings and closings, and of course…beer news.

Food Events and Parties

7/19  Before (or after) you head over to Fairway Stamford for the Firefighters Cook-off, stop by Stop & Shop Ridgeway from 10-1 for a food drive run by Backyard Humanitarian.  They need cereal and other non-perishable goods.

7/24 The Best of the Gold Coast party is back in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford from 7-10 pm.  Tickets are $65 and tha includes unlimited tastings and drinks.  You can also get a VIP pre-party ticket that gets you in at 6 pm.  We went last year and had a blast!

7/24 The Peter Hand Jazz Duo will be playing some slick music at Basso Cafe in Norwalk.  If you’ve never been here before, you’re missing out!  Remember…it’s BYOB and reservations are definitely recommended.

7/26 Ready for a lobster and clambake?  Okay, stupid question!  For just $45 (or $40 for Redding Neighbors), you’ll get your seafood on from 7-10 right on the beach at Topstone Park.  You can pick 1 1/2 lb. lobster, steak, chicken or a veggie meal.  There will be side dishes and soft drinks included, but you’re welcome to BYOB.  Make sure that you get your tickets BEFORE you go.

7/27-8/1  The Chelsea in Fairfield is celebrating two years in business with some great deals to help you get in the mood.  They’ll be offering up a 2 course lunch for $15.99 or a 3 course dinner for $29.99.

7/30 A Foodie Affair in Fairfield kicks off with Dishcrawl Fairfield County.  Tix are $45

City Limits is making getting outside and enjoying summer super easy with the purchase of picnic baskets.  For $25 you get:  Goat Cheese Crostini with Pico de Gallo, Hummus & Tabbouleh Sampler with Toasted Pita, Turkey Club on Focaccia with Potato Salad, Fruit Salad, 2 large chocolate chip cookies, and 2 bottles of Poland spring water

Liquor gets ya there quicker…

Happy Hour is a bit happier at Bistro 7 with two happy hours every day from 4-7 and 9-close.  The deal?  Buy one get one free drinks in a party of two of more.

7/20 Go back to school (the liquor-laden one) with Adam Patrick of Match as he runs a class at 5 and 8 at LUXE Wine and Cocktail Bar in Westport.  The cost is $40 per person.

7/29  Coalhouse Pizza’s Spirit Academy with Gregg Glasser has been postponed because of that nasty storm.  The fun begins at 6:30 with a sampler flight of bourbon costing only $9.75.

Openings and Closings

Chick-fil-A will open their Brookfield location in September and will also have locations in Danbury, Enfield, and Wallingford.

SBC Stamford is closing and will have a final shindig on July 20 to say goodbye to their loyal customers.  They cite “the inability to reach an amicable agreement with the landlord, coupled with the ongoing construction” as the reason for shutting down.

Michele’s Pies in Westport is closing, but don’t be too scared.  They are keeping their Norwalk location open and will make it even easier for you to get your pies.  Here’s the info.

Washington Prime is ready to start serving SoNo!  They have planned a soft opening next week…that’s 7/25 and 7/26!  You can start to make your reservations tomorrow, so get dialing:  (203) 857-1314.


7/17  Justin Gargano and  Mike Fawcett of Thimble Island Brewing of Branford will be at Plan B Stamford for a special tasting and meet-and-greet.  They’ll have their Coffee Stout, American Ale, Mindjammer Wheat Ale, American IPA, and the newly released and much anticipated Ghost Island DIPA.  The event starts at 7 with $4 pints and $7 flights from Thimble Island.

7/26 As if checking out DuVig Brewery in Branford wasn’t enough, from 11:30-2:30 you’ll also be able to down some amazingly cheesy food from none other than Caseus food truck!  DuVig is located at 59 School Road.

Stony Creek recently broke ground on a new brewery in Branford and they also recently collaborated with Jeff of Bar in New Haven on a new beer.  The brew is a session IPA that’s made with New Zealand hops.  It’ll be ready to pour in about two weeks at BAR.

Tickets for Beer for Beasts, hosted by Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, are now on sale!  Buy them here.

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