CT Food News, Vol. 17: Events, Free Drinks, Fundraisers, Food Truck News, Openings, CT on TV, and Beer…Lots of Beer

14 Aug

This has been, arguably, one of our busiest summers, ever!  We’ve been so active, going to festivals, attending parties, going to dinners, and having a ton of fun with friends…and we sure hope you’ve been doing the same.  So, we’re changing things up a bit this week.  Normally we share Thursday through next Sunday’s events, but we’re going to add in one more week because we won’t be posting events next week.  Let’s just say we’ll be chowing down on some poutine…

Thanks for reading, as always.  We love that we can share fresh, and original events with you and oftentimes breaking and exclusive news.  See ya soon!

8/14 Sign of the Whale, with a roof top beer garden, opens up tonight in the Harbor Point area of Stamford.  Find them just a little bit down from where Paloma and World of Beer are.  And, if you’ve signed up as a VIP, you’ll get your first drink free tonight from 5-8 OR you could just keep wearing your wristband after the Beach Boys show and get a drink free, too.

8/14-15 The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing has delayed hours today and tomorrow due to a private party, so stop on by starting at 6:30.  You can also check them out this weekend starting at 2 pm to get your drank on early!

8/15 Sign of the Whale starts things off right with their second night in business with a Benefit for Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.  Sign up here and you’ll get your first drink free along with $5 drafts and $6 mixed drinks from 5-8.  Then, from 8-10 help raise some money with a $25 ticket that gets you an open bar and passed apps.

8/16 More fun at Sign of the Whale in Stamford with their High Tide Rooftop Party!  Just show up from 8-10 pm and you’ll get your first drink free.  While you’re there, enter to win a 3 hour booze cruise of Long Island Sound.

8/16 Common Ground High School in New Haven will have a Fall Seedling Sale from 10-2 pm at their 358 Springside Ave. location.  Admission is free and you’ll have your shot at kale, broccoli, collards, cabbage, and a helluva lot more.  There will also be bagged compost and Common Ground Wool for sale.

8/16 come on down to Two Roads in Stratford to see Todd Ruggere of the CT Pour Tour as he makes his final stop in CT right at Two Roads where his trip started.  He’ll be there from noon until 7 with 10% of all proceeds going to Todd’s pediatric cancer charity!  There will be a special firkin of “Todd’s Road 2 Ruin” and lots of raffle items such as oak barrels that were used to age Two Roads brews, Two Roads neon signs, and even group VIP tours.

8/16 Shebeen Brewery in Wolcott is skipping the ice bucket challenge and is going right to the fundraising bit.  Put down $35 for Ales for ALS, get an open tap, food, live music, and a chance at some killer raffles.  Ales for ALS goes down from 6-10 pm at their brewery in Wolcott.

8/21 In the last news post we told you about the Farm to Table dinner brought to you by Jason Sobocinski of Caseus and Black Hog taking place right at Boulder Knoll Community Farm.  Well, we’re here to tell ya that if you use the code “farm” you’ll get $15 off the price.  Thanks to Julie-Ann for the tip.

8/23 If you’re a tennis fan, you’ll definitely want to check out the food court at the Connecticut Open!  We’re talking about Aaron May’s Lobster Shack, Caseus, Valencia Luncheria, Spuds Your Way, La Petite France Crepe Truck, Tony’s Orangeside Donuts, and the sweet flavors of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Truck.  More info on the weekly events here.

8/23 Check out Grit ‘N Wit 5K, CT’s first “Mental and Physical” obstacle course race that goes down at Keney Park in Hartford.  Half Full Brewery is the official beer sponsor of this event, so why not get 50% off the price by entering code HFB?  ;)

8/24  You’ll definitely want to check out the amazing 82nd (82 years!) Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair.  The fair is going on from 10-4 pm at 25 Cannon Road in Wilton.  There will be plenty of local veggies, fruits, flowers, baked goodies, food vendors, and tons of other great things.  Support local!

Food Trucks

There’s even MORE going on at Vet’s Park in Stamford with an updated and expanded schedule of food trucks and live music from 11-2 pm:

Mondays:  Taco Loco, Have a Ball

Tuesdays:  Bounty Food Truck, The Poutine King, Valencia Luncheria

Wednesdays:  Melt Mobile, Firehouse Grill, Lobstercraft

Thursdays:  Taco Loco, Firehouse Grill, Valencia Luncheria

Fridays:  Melt Mobile, Bodega Taco Bar Truck, Maddy’s Food Truck

8/16: Pierogies on Wheels, one of CT’s newest food trucks, will be hanging out at Bar 140 in Shelton from 5-9 pm.  Also check them out 8/19 at Two Roads from 5-8.  Get your nom on!

Props and Deals

Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk was on a recent episode of the brand new Candid Camera hosted by Mayim Bialik (Amy from Big Bang/Blossom) and Peter Bunt.  In the prank, customers walk up to an antibacterial liquid dispenser to clean off their hands, but get a surprise when a ton of foamy liquid continually spews out.  They look around confused and we benefit from their bafflement.

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters has introduced their 32 oz Running Rapids Cold Brew Concentrate.  While you might think these bottles of awesomeness are a nice coffee stout, they’ll help you to make anywhere from 8-12 servings of coffee.  Or, in the case of OmNomCT: 2 servings.  Right now they only please to get this limited edition Cold Brew is their HQ at 100 Corporate Drive, B106 in Trumbull, CT.  For more info on pricing and refills, please call 203-292-0848.

Tabouli Grill has another kinda app going on at their restaurant:  they brand new iPhone and Android app.  Just download it, join their loyalty club, get a free hummus, then start earning rewards each time you visit.  So, with just 10 visits of spending more than $10, you’ll get $10 off your next purchase.  SCORE!  FREE FOOD!

Morello Bistro right on the Ave. in Greenwich has put their awesome Orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage onto their 2 course $24 lunch prix fixe menu.  Suh-weet.


Muse Paint Bar in SoNo is opening up with their first painting sessions on 8/15 + 8/16.  To celebrate, they are selling $10 and $15 sessions along with 20% off through September with code “MuseSono20Off.”

Little Pub is just a few days away from opening.  Check out our behind-the-scenes post where we take you through a preview of this soon to be packed Greenwich hotspot.


DuVig Brewery is having a tap takeover at KC’s Restaurant and Pub in Guilford from 7-9 PM on on 8/14.  Duvet will be there along with $3 pints (Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and their new American Wheat) and $5 flights.  There will also be another tap takeover at Eli Cannon’s in Middletown on 8/28 if you can’t get enough.

Even MORE going on at Two Roads!  On Friday, 8/15, from 9-11 pm check out Drink ‘N’ draw with cartoonists Jack Purcell, Mark McKenna, Jerry Ordway, and others to celebrate ComicConn.   Also, did you get your registration in for Two Roads’ 2nd Annual Shore 2 the Pour Race yet?  It goes down on 8/24 at 10 am.  Your registration includes a dry-fit race shirt, the right to race, and beer.

You’ve bought your fair share of Half Full Bright Ales in cans, and coming in September you’ll see their newly branded Pursuit IPA, followed by their popular Toasted Amber Ale in October.  Also, keep your eyes out for their fantastic Pumpkin Ale that is close to release at the brewery and restaurants.

Black Hog Brewing in Oxford will soon be releasing a Nitro beer, Black Hog Coffee Milk Stout.

Broad Brook Brewing releases their Oktoberfest today.  That, along with other brews like Porter’s Porter, 7th Heaven IPA, Hopstillo IPA, and Pink Dragon WIT will be on tap at the brewery.  Just be aware that their hours in August are now Saturdays from 1-7 pm with tours at 3 and 5 pm, costing just $6 which includes a sample flight of beer.

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