CT Food News, Vol. 28: Deals, Dinners, Dirt Wings, Wine Tastings, CT Beer News + More

7 Nov

Sometimes putting this list of events, deals, and news together isn’t too tough. There might be a few things going on to share, but then there are times when there is so much going on . . . so much that it becomes almost overwhelming! Well, this is one of those weeks! There’s an incredible amount of news and things to look forward to here in Fairfield County and the CT. Always fresh, always new, always nomworthy: here’s OmNomCT’s weekly Food News . . .

Props, Deals, and News

Not for the faint of heart: Farmington High School students recently boycotted the food that they are being served for lunch. People tend to forget that teenagers actually DO have paletes and DO care about the food they eat.

J. Timothy’s in Plainville was named as one of the top 21 Chicken Wing Joints in the country. People would sell their children for their Dirt Wings . . . and the beer culture at this spot is out of control awesome. Congrats!

When you check into Jax & Co in Norwalk on any social media account, tag them, and get 5% off any day, every day. When you’re there, check out “The Monster,” which has three eggs, house bacon, tasso, sausage, white cheddar, Monterey Jack, charred onions, and chilies, served on a ciabatta for just $7.

The Whelk in Westport has started happy hour from 4:30-6, featuring $1 oysters, $3 beers, and more food with a discounted price.

Props to Bank Street Events owned by Nikki Glekas of EOS for hosting a benefit for Hope in Motion. Over $10,000 was raised!

Lorca already has you covered for great coffee, drinks, quiche, and churros, but now they’ve also got you covered if you need a Thanksgiving fix. Just stop by and get their Turkey Cranberry sandwich to get in the holiday mood.

Tea•riffic Ice Cream has a very limited batch of ice cream for sale at Whole Foods throughout New England. The flavor? BROWN BUTTER STICKY TOFFEE. Holy crap, yes, must. have.

Events and Dinners

11/7 There will be a wine tasting sponsored by Harry’s of Fairfield at The Fairfield Museum & History Center. In addition to plenty of wine to try, there will be hors d’oeuvre and a chance to tour the museum, too. Money raised (tickets are $40) helps to benefit Caroline House.

11/8 The Redding Roadhouse reopens! Hours are from 3 pm until 2 am. Plenty of food, plenty of beer, and live music from Milton.

11/8 Stop by Ironworks in SoNo from 5-8 for the 9th Annual Harvest Tasting hosted by Nicholas Roberts Wine. There’s an amazing amount of wine available to try out and sample. Tickets are extremely limited, so reserve your spot today by clicking here. A suggested donation of $25 is your ticket for admission and will help to benefit Turning Wine into Water. 

11/9 The Pizza Truck Company is coming to O’Neill’s Sono! They’ll be slinging pies while you sit outside, drink some beer, eat some wings, and watch the games. They’ve got three huge outdoor TVs, fire pits, and of course there will be pizza. It’s not a football party without pizza, duh.

11/11 Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is donating 10% of their profits to Wounded Warrior’s Project in observance of Veteran’s Day. So, get on down there, get some pies, get some beer, and do your part!

11/11 Whole Foods Milford will host their 5 Year Anniversary party. There will a storewide Thanksgiving tasting with dessert from 5-7, they’ll be donating 5% of their profits to Beth-El Center, there will be $5 specials, raffles, and giveaways too!

11/14 The Caseus Cheese Truck comes by to DuVig Brewery. Treat yo self.

11/15 Pig Candy Lady stops by DuVig Brewery. Candy covered bacon AND beer? Oh hell yes.

11/15 Franklin Street Works in Stamford is hosting their 2nd annual fundraiser from 5-8. Stop by to check out the gallery, a pop-up retail “design shop,” drink some great wine and beer (including Half Full), and nom on some food from Something’s Fishy Catering, Cafe Oo La La, and Little Pub. Tix are $40 for members or students, $45 for patrons, or $75 for benefactors which includes a listing in the event program and a goody bag. 

11/15 Christy from Wakeman Town Farms let us know about a great event going down at the farm from 10:30-noon. Learn how to make your own Mozzarella (and sample, lots of sampling) with Chef Pietro Scotti of DaPietro’s! The class is $45 and requires you to register by e-mailing wakemantownfarm@gmail.com and giving your name and the number of people in your party. There can be only 12, so step on it! 

11/17 Stanziato’s is hosting an Epic Wine Dinner (yes, that’s the name of it) starting at 6 pm. Tickets are $65 and that includes 4 courses paired with wine. Very limited seating, so call up (203) 885-1057.

11/19 Spotted Horse Tavern in Westport is hosting a Black Hog Brewing Tasting Dinner. The awesomeness begins at 7 pm and will include 4 courses with 5 beers and costs $75 per person. Call up (203) 557-9393 for your reservations.

11/19 Stop by Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury from 6-9 for a fundraiser that benefits the Danbury Animal Welfare Society. Bartenders will be donating all their tips to help cats with special medical needs to get better. In addition, there will be raffles and live music from Rustfarmers.

CT Beer + Brew News

Half Full Brewery of Stamford will release their third beer by can: Toasted Amber Ale. This beer is already a staple and go to brew for people who visit the brewery or find it on tap at restaurants, but now they’ll be able to pick it up at their local shops starting on 11/21. Half Full also recently invested in some great equipment to bottle their upcoming bombers, namely their Resolution Ale that was a product of a very special Rare Beer night.

Back East Brewery is helping to give back to men’s health causes again this year. Simply come by any Friday in November from 4-7 and show off your facial hair to get a free Back East glass with any purchase. Women can wear fake mustaches, btw. In addition, they’ll be donating $1 for every grower fill or 6 pack on November Fridays. Oh, and they’ll have also have cases of their highly-acclaimed Palate Mallet for sale.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is brewing Sip of Sunshine IPA at Two Roads. This fine ass brew will be on sale in CT, so you definitely want to snag ‘um when you see ‘um.

Two Roads has released their popular Holiday Ale (Biere de Noel) that weights in at 7.3% ABV. It’s available at the brewery for pints, tastes, and growlers and also in bombers.

New England Brewing has been rewarding loyal followers and visitors with silent releases of some exclusive brews. A few weeks ago they released Zapata Bot to the public: Gandhi-Bot aged in tequila barrels. Just this week they released a beer called Smoke Detector for $10 a bottle. Only 375 were sold!

Shebeen Brewing Company is working on a Christmas Cake inspired beer. Christmas Cake? It’s kind of like a fruitcake . . . this is one brew we’re excited to try. The ingredients are based on two family recipes straight from Ireland!

11/8 OEC Brewing in Oxford is hosting “Honey, I Fermented the Apples,” a cider and mead festival. How many brews are we talking, exactly? Try 40 PLUS they’ll have their own brews, too! The awesomeness goes down from 12-7 with Caseus Cheese Truck there and they’ll even have a cheese pairing table! Sounds like a done deal, huh? 

11/8 Come down to Overshores from 1-5 to meet Headbrewer Brian Cox. While you’re there, get some growler fills (bring your own) and try out an exclusive dry hopped Belle Fermiere saison.

11/11 Craft 260 in Fairfield is debuting a brew from DC Brau that has NEVER been in CT before: their On the Wings of Armageddon Imperial IPA. How good is it? RateBeer.com gives it a 99/100 points. In addition, Craft 260 will have 4 other DC Brau on their rotating taps. 

11/13 Stop by Prime 16 in New Haven to taste six brews from one of our favorite CT breweries, Stubborn Beauty. Debuting there is Panzerfaust, their 8.3% ABV Weizenbock.

Events and News Already Covered

11/7 North Stamford Exchange Club Wine + Food Tasting

11/7 Farms and a Market Fridays at Sugar & Olives in Norwalk

11/11 Free pizza for veterans at all Colony Grill locations

11/11 Game dinner at Bar Sugo

11/11 Barley Vine Onyx Moonshine Tasting Dinner

11/12 Jack’s Abby Tap Attack at Plan B Stamford

11/12 Taste for Education fundraiser

11/12 Homebrew contest party and judging at Cask Republic Stamford

11/13-19 Greenwich Restaurant Week

11/14 Farms and a Market Fridays at Sugar & Olives in Norwalk

11/19 Rare Beer Night @ Half Full Brewery

11/21 Farms and a Market Fridays at Sugar & Olives in Norwalk

12/13 BeerConn at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport!

12/17 Rare Beer Night @ Half Full Brewery

2 Responses to “CT Food News, Vol. 28: Deals, Dinners, Dirt Wings, Wine Tastings, CT Beer News + More”

  1. Eileen Zeid November 9, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    The Redding Roadhouse rises (again). What used to be a staple here in our neck of the woods has seen some better days and some really awful days. Although it is risky (just plain unfair to a new restaurant in my opinion), my better half and kids decided to risk it all and try the Roadhouse for dinner Friday night. Rave reviews all around. Food, service and even the untouched decor. This is a a tough crowd to please so their positive experience speaks volumes. It was like stepping into 1990 all over again – packed bar (minus the smoke thankfully), interesting mixed crowd, tight parking and almost the same wonderful menu. Best of luck (tho you won’t need it) and thanks for bringing back a Redding gem.


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