CT Food News, Vol. 31: Wickedness, Cupcake Eating Contest, Whiskey + Corned Beef, Props, Jobs + CT Beer News

12 Mar

Holy crap, there’s a lot of stuff going on, tons of news to share, ways to help your community, and keg-loads of beer related goodness! Well, let’s just get down to it, right?

Events

3/10-3/17 Parallel Post in Trumbull is kicking things Irish style with a Corned Beef Sandwich that features sliced house cured corned beef, stone ground mustard, Gruyère, all served on peasant rye bread for $9. They will also have an Ox Hollow Shepherd’s Pie with sautéed ground beef, seasonal veggies, and truffle mashed potatoes for $17. And, yes, you can drink too with the Irish Breathalyzer Test that features Godiva, Creme de Menthe, and Vodka for $8.

3/14 Stop by the Westport Farmers’ Market at Gilbertie’s for the final market of the winter season. They’ll be back for more starting on May 21 at their usual stomping grounds, so get ready.  

3/13 The Ferguson Library in Stamford is hosting a special night with Gregory Macguire, author of Wicked that starts at 6:30. Tickets are $20 and that includes a wine and appetizer reception along with your shot to win two tickets to Wicked! Apps will be provided by Bank Street Events, Bar BQ, and Layla’s Falafel. Register here.

3/15 + 3/17 One of our favorite places in the world, Dew Drop Inn in Derby, will feature drink specials all day and will have a limited supply of their famous corned beef. But, hey, you still need to order the wings.

3/17 Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Dinosaur Bar-b-que with lots of smoked corned beef specials. Woop woop.

3/19 Join James Beard Nominated Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s in Simsbury for an Irish Whisky Tasting that comes with small plates and snacks. Tickets are $65 per person (tax and tip extra) and can be purchased by calling up (860) 651-5500.

Nicole, Rob Zombie, and Jeremy on the set up Cupcake Wars.  Photo from HSC's Facebook Page.

Nicole, Rob Zombie, and Jeremy on the set up Cupcake Wars. Photo from HSC’s Facebook Page.

3/21 Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes is working with The Whey Station, Chompers, and the Poutine Gourmet for a fun filled day that includes a cupcake eating contest. The nomming goes from 7-9 at 20 Main Street in Oakville with admission costing only $5 and contest entry costing $20. Chow away knowing that you’ve helped to raise money for the CT Rollergirls!

3/22 Come down to the Ginger Man in Greenwich to celebrate the 38th Annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade. GM doors open at 11:45 and the parade starts at 2, so that’s plenty of time to get your drank on before the action starts. 

3/23 Washington Prime is hosting 5 course dinner featuring Flowers Vineyard & Winery with Greg Miller. Tickets are $75 per person (tax and tip extra) with a reception starting at 6:30. Call up WP at (203) 857-1314 to make reservations and check out the menu on their FB page.

Lorca is featuring the soups from Ali Rakowski’s book, Bowls of Love, all month long at their Stamford cafe. Get ’em while they’re hot!


News

3/16 Starting at 9 am, you can register for spring and summer Westport Parks and Recreation programs. Do it.

Mo Major

Chef Mo Major made it to the top!

Congrats to Chef Maurice “Mo” Major of Bartaco in Port Chester for winning Chopped this week! He took down three other chefs on the “T.G.I. Fry-day” episode. He not only took home the $10,000 prize, but he also gets the right to compete in the tournament of Chopped Champions later this year.

More congrats go out to Marcia Selden Catering for their recent win in Vegas for Signature Caterer for Best Wedding, given by the International Caters Association.

We’ve got a future chef in the making! Aaron Gruen won the Teen Chefs Challenge at Stamford Museum & Nature Center last weekend with a Butternut Squash and Maple-filled Ravioli in Brown Butter Sauced served with Maple BBQ Brisket.

Dates and info (tix on sale 3/20) have been released for Outstanding in the Field:

9/8 @ The Hickories with Chef Jennifer Balin of Sugar & Olives

9/9 @ The Hickories with Chefs Holly Michaud and Scott Ostrander of Mama’s Boy 

9/10 @ Waldingfield Farm in Washington with Chef Jason Sobocinski

Plenty of artisan meats available at Greenwich Cheese CompanyWalrus + Carpenter gives you another reason to stop by with their Georgia Red Hots, topped with house made pimento, relish, and pork rinds. Dayyyuummm son.

No. 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield is quickly recovering from a car that crashed into their storefront recently.  

Drew Scott of Property Brothers recently made an appearance at Bartaco Westport. 

Greenwich Cheese Company needs a Part Time person to work at their new Greenwich shop. More info here.

Also, if you love beer, contact Thimble Island Brewing in Branford because they are looking for experienced bartenders and staff to man their new location. 


Helping Out

Now-3/31 Sorrento Pizza in Stamford will be taking food donations for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Thanks to What’s on the Menu for the info.

Dan showing his I Heart Nuggets shirt off! 3/15 O’Neill’s Sono is helping to raise money for St. Baldrick’s via the shaving of heads! Help them out by donating here or checking out their event, maybe even getting your own donations and getting your head shaved. 

3/17 Garden Catering in Downtown Stamford, Fairfield, Old Greenwich, and Norwalk will be donating 10% of their profits to ALS TDI and Camp Promise East. 

Nancy Krupienski will be running the Boston Marathon and will be raising money for one of our favorite charities, the Hole in the Wall Gang. Donate here or stop by 99 Restaurant in Vernon starting at 5 pm on March 16 . They’ll be donating 15% of all bills to Nancy’s cause.


Beer

3/12 The Beer’d Brewing Fairfield County Release Party at Coalhouse starts today at 5. Not only do people get a chance to drink up, but they’ll also get a chance to win some sweet swag. Take a pic at Coalhouse, tag @BeerdBrewing, and share it on Instagram or Twitter with #ShowUsYourBeerd for two shots at some great prizes. Oh, and it’s confirmed people: Hobbit Juice!

It doesn't get better than this, folks. All photos from Kent Falls Brewing Company Facebook page.

It doesn’t get better than this, folks. All photos from Kent Falls Brewing Company Facebook page.

Be on the lookout for another awesome beer dinner at Ginger Man SoNo. This time around it’s Allagash and will feature the CT premiere of Monmouth Red.

 
Two Roads has just released a 12 can sampler pack that comes in the form of a bus. It features their pils, white IPA, session IPA, and a seasonal beer. This time around you can drink the hell out of their wicked good Rye 95 triple which will be switched out with a Road Jam as we get closer to summer.

Otter Creek, now in CT, has two new brews that you can try this April. And, hell, why not meet Otter Creek’s own Mike Gerhart at Craft 260 in Fairfield on 4/23 at 12:30 for a tap takeover? Here are the descriptions:

1) Backseat Berner IPA is a juicy exploration of American hops that’s loaded with citrus, pine and grapefruit notes. At 7.0% ABV and 68 IBU, Backseat Berner is the first year-round IPA from the Middlebury brewers.

2) Over Easy, is a so called “chronically crushable” ale that is filled with citrus and floral hop flavors. According to Gerhart, Over Easy clocks in at 40 IBU and “turns over easy without exhausting the palate.”

Both Kent Falls Brewing and Stony Creek started distributing this week! Congratulations and many continued wishes of success from us and the CT Beer community.

Black Hog Brewing in Oxford has a new version of their Easy Rye’da: their Ghost Rye’da which is a white rye IPA made with orange peel, coriander, and aus hops. 

Uinta Brewing is available in CT. What what? 

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