CT Food News, Vol. 36: Must Try New Menu Items, Rooftop Parties, News, Events + CT Beer Goodness

16 Apr

Lots and lots of things going on here in Fairfield County and beyond over the next couple of weeks, so we’re gonna get right down to things with events, food news, new menu items to seek out, and what’s new with CT beer. By the way, how many of these 100 foods have you had? We’ve had a respectable 86.

Events and News

4/16 Sean Rainey plays O’Neil’s Sono from 8-11. What’s cool about his performance is that it’s an interactive, all request show. Wanna hear him sing “Bad Romance”? He’ll do it. Wanna hear him sing “Stairway to Heaven”? He’ll do it. Want him to sing “Call Me Maybe”? Well, maybe he’ll do that . . .

4/17 Tigin in Stamford will officially open up their patio tomorrow! Oh yeah, let the hooliganism ensue! ;)

4/18 Check out the Spring Fever Party on the deck at Sign of the Whale in Stamford that’s going down all day and night long. There will be BBQ, Cornhole, Jenga, and even putting contests. In addition, check out specials on Half Full beer and $2 off spring cocktails.

4/18-4/19 The Made in CT Expo hits the Durham Fairgrounds from 11-6. This event will feature over 150 CT Made companies including retail, crafters, food and beverage, artists, and artisans.

4/19 When you hit up Capriccio Cafe in Stamford for brunch, you’ll enjoy 1/2 priced bottles of wine. What what?

4/21 Barcelona SoNo will be hosting a preview of their new spring menu selections. Not only will you get to taste these dishes, but you’ll also learn how to make them. It all begins at 7 pm . . . get your info here.

4/21 Mosey on down to Mama’s boy in SoNo for Low country Boil Night. You’ll get a bucket of crawfish with potatoes and “all the fixins'” for $22. Reserve your table by calling them up at (203) 956-7171.

Farmer Joe, dishing out fresh veggies at the New Canaan Farmers' Market

Farmer Joe, dishing out fresh veggies at the New Canaan Farmers’ Market

4/25 Cook and Grow will be hosting a bake sale at the Black Rock Library from 11-2. Come get you some!

4/25 The New Canaan Farmers’ Market is back, starting at 10 am at the corner of Maple/South/Main Street. Definitely check out one of the best farmers’ markets in the area! :)

4/26 Shake off some of that meal that you had at Mezon Tapas Bar in Danbury with some Salsa Dancing! Come by with your dancing shoes on from 3-5 and pay $10 to get a dance lesson and passed tapas. Spots are filling up fast, so call up (203) 748-0875 to get your spot.

4/28 Chef Lucente of Barcelona Greenwich will take you through some classic Spring Refreshers as he shows you some great warm weather cocktails and gazpacho. Show up at 7 to let the party begin.

Fortina in Stamford is getting closer and closer to opening and you should be even more excited because they’ll have a rooftop bar!

Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk is back in action with some great ice cream and is starting up their weekly food truck parties. As of now, they’ll have Chef Tony Mexican Food Truck on Tuesdays and Melt Mobile on Thursdays.

No surprise here to us, but J. Timothy’s in Plainville made the #2 spot on BuzzFeed’s search for 22 Chicken Wings You Have to Try Before You Die! Read our review here.

The Whelk has changed their lunch hours to Fridays and Saturday from noon all the way until closing time. Kawa Ni and LeFarm is keeping their hours, so don’t freak out.

New Menu Items

Strada 18, Norwalk: there’s a new dish that you’ll want to try that is called Burricotta. That’s mozzarella filled with buttermilk ricotta and we’ve gotta try it STAT!

Paloma, Stamford: there are lots of new dishes on the menu including a new version of their grilled salmon. This one includes a fresh pea guacamole, pickled carrots for crunch, and a Meyer lemon mojo.

Washington PrimeGolden Age Cocktail at Paloma in Stamford, CT, Norwalk: it’s not just food that’s new come spring time, it’s also the drinks! One of the new drinks for warmer weather is The Coco which includes Cilantro Rhum Clement Barrel Select, Clement Mahina Coco, Cream of Coconut, Fresh Lime, and Fresh Coconut.

Amore, Stamford: Chef Jared Falco has been hard at work with a killer Sunday brunch that you can devour from 11-3. Some of the dishes that we can’t wait to try are the “Boh” Sandwich that features chicken park, two fried eggs, sriracha, Eddie’s bread, and shoe string fries; the BEC Sandwich that has braised pork belly, creamy ricotta, two scrambled eggs, house ketchup, Eddie’s bread, and shoe string fries; Steak and Eggs with an 8 oz. NY Strip, poached eggs, Calabrian chili-truffle Hollandaise, and duck fat potatoes. The menu is just plain ridiculous and should be on your brunch radar!

CT Beer News and Events

4/22 Tigin in Stamford is getting in on the beer action more than ever with Extreme Beer Month. Yesterday they featured some awesome big and bold brews from Europe. On the 22nd, they’ll be featuring cask conditioned and specialty brews at the awesome price of 4 for $20!

Ride the Lightning! (Please don't sue us Lars)

4/26 Oh hell yes! Take the Branford Beers & Cheers Brewery Tour of DuVig, Southport Brewing Company, Stony Creek, and Thimble Island. For $40, you’ll get a bus to take you to each brewery where you’ll spend 45 minutes at each drinking and checking out each spot in depth. You’ll even get lunch at SBC! You’ll meet at 10:45 right at Stony Creek for your first tour and tasting.

Kent Falls Brewing Co. has doubled production of their Field Beer Saison, so check your local packy and get your hands on those bad boys! Fairfield County peeps: it’ll be at Warehouse Wines & Liquors in Danbury, so check it out and here for other locations.

There’s plenty going on at Coalhouse over the next few weeks with Night of the Quads on 4/16 starting at 5, Best of the Belgians with 4 brews and a cheese plate on 4/21 at 5, and One-off Night on 4/23 at 5.

Back East Brewery has released their Summer Ale made with Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy hops. Find it on draft and in six packs at your local packy.

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