CT Food News Vol. 30: WTF!, Meal Deals, Maple Syrup, Paired Dinners, Major Props for CT Chefs, Closings + More

5 Mar

There’s a boatload of events, deals, special dinners, and other killer things going on in Fairfield County and across the state beer-wise, so check it all out. Also, don’t forget that today is Fairfield County Giving Day: give where you live!


3/5-3/16 There’s still plenty of more time to check out the prix fixe deals and specials at local Stamford businesses with Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks.

3/7 Check out the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Stamford, starting at noon. The parade begins on Main and Sumer, then goes fast to Atlantic, then follows Broad Street onto Bedford, stopping at Walton Place. Be aware that roads will start to close at 11:30 or earlier, so if you want part of the fun, head on down early. For ideas, check out this.

3/7+14 Ambler Farm in Wilton will be hosting Maple Syrup Open Houses from 1-2 pm. Learn how to tap, taste test, and see how syrup was made by the Colonists and Native Americans. The word on the street is that you might get to try some of Amber Farm’s own syrup over some delicious vanilla ice cream. ;) 

Westbrook Lobster and Black Hog Beer Dinner3/11 Want to try Black Hog Brewing’s newest offering, the Piglet DIPA? Westbrook Lobster in Clinton has it and you can try it out with 4 other beers and five courses at a special beer dinner that starts at 6. Tickets are just $55, so get your reservations set by calling them up at (860) 664-9464.

3/13 Next Friday marks the seasonal opening of Priam Vineyards. Check them out for tastings, buying bottles or their popular unWINEd Concert Series. Hours for March-April are Friday-Sunday, 11-6 pm. More details on events and summer hours here.


Raise the roof! Gif from Little Pub.

3/15 Little Pub Wilton is hosting a Maine Beer Dinner with 6 different beers and 5 courses. They’ll be serving up Peeper, A Tiny Beautiful Something, Another One, Weez Black, Lunch, and Mean Old Tom and those will be paired with Lime Salt Pork Rinds, E’ Tu Brute Chicken Caesar Crostini, Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, Thanksgiving Meatballs, and a KILLER Bacon Banana Split. $65 per person, tax and tip extra.

3/18 Half Full is back at it with their Rare Beer Nights, but they’ve changed things up a bit. They are hosting these events now with food and every other month. On the 18th, check out Celtic Ale, Dry Stout, Irish Whiskey Ale, and a Surprise beer that will be paired with food from Harlan Social, just a short drive away. Other dates include 5/20, 7/15, 9/16, and 11/18.

3/22-27 New Haven Restaurant Week is back will soon return. Check out our buds at Connecticut Restaurant Week for all the info that ya need.

Don’t forget that Dolce Cubano in Stamford has weekend brunch that you can get with unlimited mimosas or sangria.


Chef Jennifer Balin of Sugar & Olives in Norwalk has been selected as the local chef who will be cooking up a feast at this year’s Outstanding in the Field. Tickets will go on sale March 20, so start saving now! ;)

Judges and OmNomCT at Marcia Selden Ultimate Holiday Cookie ContestWTF! Wakeman Town Farm has been approved by the Westport Board of Finance with a 6-1 vote to help them renovate their farm and build a beautiful classroom with a kitchen. This will be the focus of workshops and many learning opportunities, highlighting healthy and local food.

Robin Selden of Marcia Selden Catering is nominated for Chef of the Year by The International Caterers Association. You go girl, take home the prize!

Also, Robin must have passed her cooking genes along, because her daughter, Maggie, is competing against two other students in Stamford Hospital’s Plate Up Stamford event. The trio will be preparing healthy dishes that rock the palate and if you show up at the Tully Health Center from 4:30-5:30 on March 9, you can get to sample these kids nomworthy plates. If you plan on going, please e-mail Gavin Pritchard at gpritchard@stamhealth.org.

Chef Michel Nischan was featured in Parade Magazine as a person who is helping to change the world . . . for the better.

Damn Snow, Damn Cold

3/18 The maple tapping that was scheduled at The American Chestnut Sanctuary in Greenwich for 3/3 has been postponed because it’s been too cold to produce enough syrup. The new date is March 18 from 3:30-5:30. That’s 2 days away from spring, so let’s be hopeful.

The American Chestnut event that was scheduled for 3/5 has been postponed. A new date will pop up for the spring. Check back here for more info.


We’re very sad to report that two spots we love have closed: Georgetown Saloon in Redding, and Zeppoleme in Port Chester. We know, though, that Zeppoleme will be reincarnated as Piccolo Gourmet Tapas, Wine & Bar. 

Beer, Wine, + Liquor News, Specials and Events

Harlan Social worked with the brew crew at Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford to create a beer of their own. That beer will show up on the Harlan Social and Harlan Publick menu this spring.

Both of us with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

Both of us with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

Little Pub is hosting a Dogfish beer safari where you’ll have a chance to try all their time-related brews like 60, 61, 90, and 120 Minute. They’ll also have some other top-notch Dogfish brews. The more you drink, the more you get your Dogfish card punched . . . and maybe you’ll even get to take home some major Dogfish swag? But, hurry up, the Safari ends on March 17. 

DuVig Brewing will be releasing their new Moxie Ale this Saturday and Sunday, so get it while the getting’s good.

Fairway Wines and Spirits in Stamford is hosting a series of free tastings:

  • 3/6 from 4-7 with Shiner Beers and Azunia Tequila
  • 3/13 from 5-8 with Verbatim Wines
  • 3/14 from 4-7 with Purity Vodka
  • 3/15 from 1-4 with 90+ Cellars
  • 3/22 from 1-4 with Charter Oak Brewery

2 Responses to “CT Food News Vol. 30: WTF!, Meal Deals, Maple Syrup, Paired Dinners, Major Props for CT Chefs, Closings + More”

  1. Mike T. March 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    The GTown Saloon had only recently re-opened…I had not even made it out to see how the new rendition of it looked. My friend and I were just talking about meeting up there sometime soon. It`s a bummer and certainly unexpected.

    Seemed like they were doing pretty well, saw a photo of Joe Scarborough from MSNBC performing there on their Twitter feed. Which makes hearing of their closing, surprising.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro March 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Mike, we know! We went there months ago when it reopened and had such a GREAT experience. So, when our friend posted about it on Facebook and then Chef Brennan confirmed it, we were shocked. Not sure what happened, but it seems sudden.


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