CT Food News, Vol. 22: Deals, Bourbon, Beer, Paired Dinners, Art, Film + More

25 Sep

Well, it happened…we’ve entered a new season, but don’t worry, we’ve got a ton of events this week to let you know about mixed in with some great and unique paired beer dinners.  Also, check out some deals, updates, and what’s new in CT beer.  So, stick with us, we’ll always keep you informed with the freshest, newest, best-est, and most delicious-est things around these here parts. 


9/25-28 Sacred Heart University presents their 1st Annual FTMA Film Festival, taking place at different locations in Stamford.  Movies, screenings, and Q&As are all free, but make sure to grab your tickets on their site!  In addition, there will be plenty to drink and eat with a cocktail reception at the Avon on 9/25 starting at 6:30 with an after-party at Cask Republic at 9:30.  On 9/26, check out the Filmmaker Happy Hour at 4:30 at Cask Republic and the End of Prohibition after-party at 9:30 at Stamford Innovation Center, and on 9/27 come to Lorca at 10 for some Coffee Talk (pronounced with a Long Island accent, of course), happy hour at Cask at 4, and an after party at the Palace Theatre at 10.

9/27 What’s that you say?  Fall is over?  Pshhh, not at Sign of the Whale in Stamford.  They are hosting an Endless Summer party from 11:30 am – 8 pm.  This full day event features $4 summer brews, $5 hot dogs and burgers, a sunset champagne toast, a live DJ, and a cornhole tournament.  Also, if you stay around after 8 and RSVP here, you’ll get your first drink for free.

10/2 There will be a special viewing of the movie Fed Up at 7 pm at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport. Fed Up promises to change the way you view food and hopes to correct 30 years of incorrect information being fed to the consumer.  Tickets are $10 at the door or via westportcinema.org.

10/3 Java Westport and The Westport Artists Collective bring you JavArt from 6-9.  What is JavArt?  Coffee, food, and art all together as one!  Nosh on some food and check out some great works of art from local artists.

10/3 Learn about (and taste) bourbon and whiskey from Gregg Glaser, the publisher and editor of Modern Distillery Age (also Yankee Brew News) at a special fundraiser for the Norwalk Historical Society.  The event that starts at 7 features 6 different selections and includes some appetizers so you don’t get that bourbon burn…or too much of it.  Tix are $25 each until 9/26, $40 thereafter, or $50 at the door if there are any left at all.

10/4 From 12-5 at Terrain in Westport check out the Autumn Harvest Celebration!  You can roast marshmallows (enough reason to go, convinced), check out other fall-ish activities, listen to some live music, and check out the Terrain store. 10% of your purchases that day go right to Westport Farmers’ Market, so get shopping!  In addition, there will be a special dinner at Terrain that night that features vendors from WFM, so get those reservations in! Tickets are $55 each and are limited, so you know what to do! 

10/4 We’ve added WOBtoberfest to our rowdy list of Oktoberfests and beer fests to check out.  With plenty of Sam Adams and Two Roads beer pouring, it’ll be a great time.  Plus add in lots of music, food from local restaurants, and games…and, well, you’ve got a great time.

10/5 We’ve also added Porktoberfest to our Oktoberfest listings (full details here). Beer, roast pigs, German music, and lots of brouhaha.

10/8 Stacy Stowers, who specializes in raw food preparation, will present a “non-cooking” demo at the YWCA in Greenwich.  The demo goes from 10:30-12:30 and costs $75. Your ticket purchase gets you not only some good, healthy food, but also gets you plenty of recipes and ideas to take back home into your own kitchen.

Updates, Openings, and News

Drink too much chowder and beer at Chowdafest 2014?  No problem!  There’s a special Stay-n-Slurp deal going down with Hilton Garden Inn in Norwalk.  For $119 you’ll get a one-night stay in a deluxe room, two GA tickets to Chowdafest, a full American breakfast for two, and roundtrip shuttle service to and from CT’s biggest food competition! To get your reservation, just call ’em up at (203) 523-4000.

Now until 10/25, Dr. Julia Trebing will have her art on display at Meli Melo in Greenwich.  All proceeds from the sale of her work go directly to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Oishi SoNo officially opens today! They are a Japanese-style pub that features small plates from across Asia. In addition, they will have plenty of good brews, even boasting some microbrews, too. They are located at 124 Washington Street.

Dinners and Deals

9/28 You’ll want to head to ROIA in New Haven for their special prix-fixe beer brunch featuring Black Hog Brewery. For $25 you’ll get your choice of appetizer and entrée, all of which are made with Black Hog Beer.  Want an example?  You’ll want to devour Les Benedictines, “Ginga Ninja” cured arctic char served on grilled bread with Hollandaise or Bacon Benedict with “Granola Brown” glaze.  There will also be specialty cocktails using Black Hog brews.  Full menu here!

10/6 ECCO Rooftop Eatery and Bar at La Zingara in Bethel is hosting their very own Oktoberfest Beer Dinner.  4 German-inspired courses with beer pairings starting at 6:30 for $80 per person.  For reservations call up Matt at (203) 744-7500.

10/13 Cask Republic Stamford will be hosting Phil Markowski from Two Roads for a 6 course beer dinner featuring Lil Heaven, a cask of their White IPA, Roadsmary’s Other Baby, Krazy Pucker, Conntucky Lightnin’, and Unorthodox.  Tickets are $75, all in.  This isn’t your standard beer dinner because there are lots of new Two Roads brews to try.

Living in Stamford and want a good deal on some pizza?  Just order online from Tomato Tomato and get 10% off your take-out or delivery order.  Suh-weet!

From now until 9/28, visit Fairway Market’s online shop, enter Digitalcard at checkout, and get 15% off your order!


Stubborn Beauty in Middletown just signed a deal with G&G Beverage and that means they’ll soon have their beer on tap in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Personally, we can’t wait because we had some of their brews at the CT Brews Guild Brewfest and they were great!  If this news makes you happy, join them at Mikro Beer Bar on 10/7 at 6 pm with four of their beers on tap.

Overshores Brewing made a big move this week, announcing that they will start selling their Belgian brews in Washington, DC!  That’s right…preach the gospel of CT beer!

Headbrewer Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing was featured on NBC Connecticut, definitely give this video a watch.  Also, they have just released a Rosemary Dunkelweizen that’s available at World of Beer Stamford and other places soon.  Day-umm.

Events We’ve Already Written About

9/26-9/27 Greenwich Wine & Food Festival

9/26-28 Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg in Bethel

9/27 Milford Oktoberfest from 12-9

9/27-28 Westpour Block Party in Westport

9/27-9/28 2nd Annual Ok2berfest at Two Roads

10/2 Food for All 2014 Fundraising Party for Community Plates

10/2 Westport Farmers’ Market, 10-2 (w/ Artist Alley)

10/3-4 Smoke in the Valley Beer and Craft Chili Fest

10/4 Harvest Festival at New Canaan Nature Center

10/4-5 Sun BrewFest at Mohegan Sun

10/6 New England Brewing Company Beer dinner w/ OmNomCT at Coalhouse Pizza

10/6 CT Brewers Fest 2014 at Two Roads

10/8 Farm to Trumbull dinner series at Parallel Post in Trumbull

10/9 Westport Farmers’ Market, 10-2 (demo from Sam Garvin of Saugatuck Craft Butchery)

10/11 Hoptoberfest Craft Beer Fest + Wing Contest

10/12 Chowdafest 2014 at Calf Pasture Beach

10/15 Rare Beer Night @ Half Full Brewery ft. a Half Full/OmNomCT Collabo

10/16 Westport Farmers’ Market, 10-2 (demo from Granola Bar)

10/17 Oktoberfest on the Meadow in Stamford

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