CT Food News, Vol. 34: Tastings, New Menus, Brunches, Free Cones, Jobs, CT Brewery News + More

2 Apr
Painted Chocolate Eggs from Le Rouge in Westport

Come down to Le Rouge in Westport to learn how to paint some beautiful chocolate eggs! Picture from owner, Aarti.

Lots of us have the week off or some much needed downtime over the next few days, so let’s make the most of it, right? And, we’ll definitely help to do our part by giving you some great things to do, check out, and be a part of. Also, please check out this list of places in Fairfield County that will be hosting special Easter brunches and dinners.

4/3 LeRouge in Westport will be hosting a special chocolate egg decorating day! You’ll get to paint 6 mini eggs each and 1 medium egg. Times are 10-11, 5-6, or 6:30-7:30 and the cost is either $25 per person or $80 for a family of 4. Call up Aarti at (203) 293-6106 to set your spot! 

4/4 Mrs. Fleming’s Dairy Inn in Stamford is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary all day long with events and deals. From 11-2 check out their brunch featuring fish & grits, from 4-7, have chicken and waffles for dinner, get some Easter balloons from 4-6, check out a fire dancer at 7, and have some birthday cake with them from 7-9. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings at Dew Drop Inn in Derby CT4/6 Don’t forget that Dew Drop Inn in Derby has 1/2 Priced Wings every Monday. Each week you’ll see different wings that are featured, helping you to try more and more of the 100+ varieties. 

4/8 Introduction to Wine Tasting, Lexicon, and Labels at Saugatuck Grain & Grape. $30 per person, $55 per couple, $150 for a semester, or $275 for couple’s semester with more classes on 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, and 6/10. 

4/9 Lucy Taco will be hosting a special fundraiser for Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang from 5-10. They are located at 829 Main Street in Manchester and will be giving 10% of their profits from the night to the camp!

4/11 The new spring menu launches at The Granola Bar in Westport. Chef Jess Bengston has lots in store for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs, so stop on by. Remember that they are now BYOB, too. 

4/12 There’s going to be a brand new place for brunch in Stamford with Amore Cucina & Bar opening with $15 bottomless Mimosa/Bellinis, a Bloody Mary Bar, a DJ, and of course Chef Jared Falco. Brunch starts at 11!

4/12 Speaking of brunch, The Spread has a great, um, well, spread too! They also have a Bloody Mary Brand they have lots of bacon, too. Seriously, it’s not a brunch without bacon! They also have $18 Bottomless Mimosas. Brunch goes from 11-4 on each Sunday.

4/14 From 12-8 pm you’ll be able to get a free ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s! Hell.to.the.yeah. Here are the local Ben & Jerry’s shops where you can get your scoops.

Food News, Props, and Jobs

Mario’s in Westport has closed and in its place will be Harvest Wine Bar, the same as the one in Greenwich and New Haven. 

Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport recently merged with Fleischer’s and will open up another shop in Greenwich soon.

Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

EOS in Stamford is looking for experienced waitstaff. If you’re interested, send your resume to nikki@eosgreekcuisine.com

Jeff Borofsky at Skinny Pines Mobile Pizza is looking for people to work with him. Think you got what it takes to sling some masterful pies? 

Hunter Zampa, the local Stamfordite who was the youngest Chopped champion, had an appearance on The View yesterday. Watch it here

It’s less than a month before the New Canaan Farmers’ Market starts up again! 

Bar Rosso in Stamford has a brand new 29″ pizza called Pizza a Metro. That’s over 2 feet long, damn! How do you fit all that in? (That’s what she said)

Brew News + Events

4/2 Today is Firkin Thursday at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford. They tap the firkin at 5 pm and this week they’ll be featuring Workers Comp Saison with black hills and galaxy hops. This weekly limited edition brew always goes fast, so definitely stop by.

4/4 Head up to The Wine Emporium in Shelton at 1 pm for an exclusive in store tasting of Long Ireland beer.

4/11 DuVig will be releasing their brand new (yet aged) Bock and they’ll have EZ Streats Food Truck on hand using DuVig beer in their food.

Beer overlooking the fireplace at Cask Republic Stamford4/15 Cask Republic Stamford is gonna need a bigger bar with their Cask Away with Heavy Sees Beer tap takeover that starts at 6! They’ll have a speciality Heavy Seas cask of Loose Cannon dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo Hops and white oak chips. They’ll also have Double Cannon, Small Craft Warning, Powder Monkey, Peg Leg, Cross Bones, Phantom Ship, Siren Noire, and Deep Six Porter.

Stony Creek in Branford has new April Hours: Thursdays + Fridays from 3-8, Saturday from 12-8, and Sunday from 12-6.  

Relic Brewing will have their Antiquity Olde Ale, The Huntsman, Insomnia Black IPA, Tropicale, Fortnight IPA, Prologue Rye Lager, and Queen Anne’s Revenge Porter on tap over the next few days so get there STAT.

Two Roads has expanded their market reach even more and will be hitting bars and shelves of Philly next week!

Back East Brewery is canning their Shad Derby Pale Ale this year for the first time ever. There will be six packs in stores starting April 6 and there will be plenty available in their tasting room starting on April 9. Also, there will be some on draft at local restaurants but especially at the Shad Derby Festival on 5/16. 

Outer Light Brewing has a special preview today from 5-9 for Mug Club Members and those who want to be Mug Club members. This is an intro to their soft opening on Friday at 4 pm. 

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