CT Food News, Vol. 16: Whole Pigs, IPA Day, Beer Stuff, Props, and More…

7 Aug

Here’s all the food, beer, and event news in the 203 and beyond that’s fit to e-print:

Events

Deuxamis at LeFarm, a collabo between Beverage Manger Jeff Marron and Executive Chef Arik Bensimon will take a temporary break as Chefs Bill and Jeff Taibe and co. open up their their new restaurant, kawaNi.  So, get your last bites and sips this coming weekend.

Bistro 7 in Wilton will have the art of Kendall Meehl on display starting on August 9.  While you’re there, don’t forget they have food and drinks, too. :P  Also, congrats to Bistro 7 because Governor Malloy recently bought his own bottle of their very own Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

8/8 Broken Arrow plays Seaside Tavern at 891 Cove Road in Stamford at 10 pm.  Have a beer, have some snacks, and prepare to be blown away…especially if they throw out their “Psycho Killer” cover.

8/9 Get down with some swine and beer…and Chaz and AJ at GW Carson’s Burger Bar in Branford from 12-6.  Farmboys BBQ will be roasting up two whole pigs and Black Hog Brewing will be pouring some of their awesome brews.  Check out Black Hog News in the Beer section of this post.

8/9 Wakeman Town Farm is hosting a canning workshop from 10-12 pm for just $15 (cash or check) per person.  Carrie Aitkenhead will be on hand to show you how to use those beautiful veggies that you’ve grown.  To register just e-mail wakemantownfarm@gmail.com and tell ‘um we sent ya!

8/16 Check ye out yet 1st Annual Old Time Summer Fair at the First Congregational Church in Bethel.  The fair goes from 9-3 pm at 46 Main Street and includes games, a tag sale, auction, crafts, vendors, books, and lots of food options.

8-17 Whether you think that tomatoes are a fruit or a veggie, you can still have a blast at Ambler Farm’s Tomato Tasting + Family Fun Event.  The Tomato Tasting goes from 1-3 and costs $15 per family or it’s free if you bring 3-5 organic tomatoes or a prepared tomato-based dish.  While there, you’ll taste and learn about a variety of tomatoes, watching cooking demos, play some games, and beat the competition in races.  Also, feel free to bring your own picnic party along with you and don’t forget to register here!

Beer and Liquor

Black Hog Brewing Company has released its highly anticipated Strawberry Gose, the first in their Farmland Series of beers.  The Strawberry Gose is a German-style wheat beer that’s made with organic strawberries from Massaro Farms in Woodbridge.  Each purchase at the brewery, bar, restaurant, or store will benefit the Work Lands Alliance!

Two Roads Brewing brings the sequel that you’ve all been waiting for:  Roadsmary’s Baby II!  Following popular trends, they’ve released their pumpkin beer that is aged in Caribbean rum barrels.  People have already started to go crazy on the Tasting Room Floor and will also go crazy when Roadsmary’s Baby hits stores staring August 11.  And, you can go even crazier as Two Roads has recently expanded their production capacity with the installation of new tanks.

New England Brewing Company has expanded their beer production, also, with 20 and 30 bbl tanks. BABY DUCKS, BABY DUCKS…MORE BABY DUCKS!

Franklin Street Works in Stamford is now hosting a monthly member get together with their members.  The first session starts today at 6:30 and is hosted by The Beer Whisperer (we gave him that name, btw), Scott Gargan of the Stamford Advocate.  An annual membership only costs $35 per individual or $50 for a family.  And, just so you know when you come by their art space, they have a little cafe with food, sandwiches, and beer too such as Half Full Bright Ale, Two Roads Workers Comp, Captain Lawrence Pale Ale, Charter Oak Brown Ale, and Captain Lawrence Sunblock.

8/7 Celebrate one of the most holy of holidays:  IPA DAY!  Yes, a day devoted just to India Pale Ales!

Celebrate at these spots:

Plan B Stamford:  Corondao Idiot, Kelso IPA, Goose Island IPA, Black Hog Easy Rye’Da, Widmer Upheaval, Blue Point Optical Illusion, Brooklyn Blast, BBC Lost Sailor, Victory Hop Ticket Noble, Founders Red’s Rye, Sebago Hop Swap IPA, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial, Southern Tier Nirto IPA, F.U.I.P.A. – Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Cask Republic, Coalhouse Pizza, Two Roads, and Ginger Man too!

8/8 Shebeen Brewery in Wolcott will be hosting a fundraiser from 6-9 pm with open taps for just $30.  50% of all ticket sales that day go to the Greater Waterbury Habitat for Humanity.  If you’d like tickets, please e-mail stephanie.e.cummings@gmail.com.  Also, feel free to bring along your own snacks or even have some pizza delivered to the brewery while you’re there.

Fairway Wine & Spirits in Stamford is hosting lots of tastings that we’ve got to tell you about.  On 8/8 from 5-8 check out Georgian Wines, on 8/9 from 4-7 check out Purity Vodka, on 8/15 from 4-7 taste Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Vascos Rose, and Amancaya Malbec, on 8;16 from 1-4 taste 90+ Wine Cellars, and on 8/17 from 4-7 try Greenhook Ginsmiths.

Props

Liz and Elise from Kosher Like Me rocked the Wakeman Town Farm Chili Cook-off and took home first place!  Congratulations!

Captain Mike and Trond have opened up Lobstercraft in Darien.  Make sure to get down there and congratulate them.  Now you know where to go when you want an awesome lobster roll, their killer mac & cheese, or that silky lobster bisque.  Congrats, boys!

Save the Date!

Community Plates, the volunteer-driven organization that rescues food from markets and restaurants, is putting on their second annual Food for All Event on October 2 at the Darien Community Association.  The VIP Reception goes from 6-7 and costs $100 and the Main Event goes from 6:30-8:30 for $50.  And, they’ve sweetened the pot for food runners by inviting them to come along for free to thank them for all their hard work during the year.

Easy Caffeine Fix

Grady’s Cold Brew just introduced something to Whole Foods that just might change your life:  Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags.  For $11.99, you buy the Bean Bags that produces about 12 cups of cold brewed coffee that’s perfect to brighten your morning.  Do the math on that and figure out how much money you’d save with the Bean Bags.  ;)

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