What a beautiful week, huh? Soak it all up and get out there, kick some ass, take some names . . you know, how you do it all the time. We’ve got plenty for you to do this week and next week including seasonal openings, cooking lessons, special dinners and events, props for CT’s best cupcakes, plenty of dates to save, and lots of beer-related goodness. If you didn’t have a chance to see last week’s Food News, click here.
5/7 Every Thursday is Jazz Night at Stanziato’s in Danbury. The bebop starts at 7 and goes until that guy playing the sax passes out. If you haven’t been to Stanz, GO!
5/8 Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport opens for the season on 11 am. If you come by from 4-7, get some great Happy Hour deals and rock out to Shameless starting at 9 during the Opening Day Party!
5/10 and on: El Charrito at 7 Apache Place in Riverside will start its spring and summer hours from 9 am – 4 pm. Tacos and other Mexican goodies for breakfast and lunch? Um, hell yeah!
5/12 Vespa in Westport is hosting a Vintage Marchesi Fumanelli Wine Dinner start with a reception at 6:30 and dinner starting at 7. Featured wines go from 2007 up to 2012. Tickets are $125 and don’t include tax and tip.
5/13 Gallo Ridgefield is hosting a wild game dinner that starts at 6:30 and costs $55. Meats that will be featured are venison, various sausages, rabbit, duck, quail, wild boat, pheasant, and different pates. They’ll also have fish, fruits, salads, and veggie options available if game ain’t yo thang. For reservations, call them up at (203) 431-7726.
5/16 “Rock the Dock” during Commissioning Day from 4-8 at Norwalk Seaport Dock and jam out to Old School Band and The Extras Band and chow down on some burgers and dogs. Register for this FREE EVENT here. If you’d like an adult beverage, though, that will be extra.
5/16-17 It’s Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center! Meet the farm animals, check out demonstrations, check out family activities, and devour some great food truck food. On Saturday, nom on Lobstercraft, Local Meatball, Melt Mobile, Poutine King, and Taco Loco; on Sunday check out Cowabunga, Pierogies on Wheels, Skinny Pines, and Spuds Your Way. The festival runs from 11-3 on both days with tickets costing $5 for members or $10 for non-members.
5/21 Basso Cafe is hosting a five course Northern Italy wine-paired dinner that starts at 7 pm. Chef Donzelli has a gem of a restaurant in a hidden part of Norwalk that most don’t go to, so we definitely would check it out! The first course is Tuna Tartar, then comes Maine Diver Sea Scallops, followed by Mediterranean Bass, then followed by Grilled Lamb Chops, and finished off with zeppole and coffee. Tix are $75 with tax and tip extra. Please set up your reservation by calling them at (203) 354-6566 and let them know we sent ya!
Get some private cooking lessons and eat it all up with Chop Shop Cooking Class in Westport. It’s a low key night with up to 6 people at the table. On 5/15, you’ll be Stickin’ with Chicken for $70, on 5/20 it’s all about Fritters, Cakes & Koftes for $80, and finally on 5/22 learn to make Far East Treats for $80. To learn more, see even more dates and classes, and reserve your spot, check here.
The Daily Meal created a list of the Top 100 Cupcakes in America and three on the list come right from CT, including a favorite of ours! Hardcore Sweets (we ❤️ them) came in at #47, JCakes came in at #37, and NoRA Cupcake Company finished at #36. Way to kick ass CT!
Save the Date
5/30-31 The New Haven Food Truck Festival will be coming to town with plenty of food and plenty of live music. Entry is $5 and the list of trux will soon be available, so check back often.
5/31 The first of four Fork It Over Dinners to raise vital funds for Westport Farmers’ Market goes down! The event features some of Fairfield County’s best chefs with plenty of great local food that comes right from the Market! Tickets go on sale ($150) starting at 8 am on 5/13 and will definitely sell out fast.
6/20 Ski Sundown Summer Brewfest is back and will feature some great CT craft beer, live music, and nice food pairing combos. We went last year and it was killer good.
6/20-21 Soupstock Music & Arts Festival returns to Shelton!
6/27 Two Roads Road Jam will feature the badass brass of The Soul Rebels. Tix on sale shortly.
9/24-26 The 5th Annual Greenwich Wine & Food Festival is back and it’s going to be even more awesome than last year. This is definitely one of our favorite events! Stay tuned for more.
5/7 Firkin Thursday starts at 5 right at Two Roads in Stratford. This week they’ll be tapping into a Mosaic Dry-hopped No Limits Hefeweizen. The firkins always go pretty fast, so make sure you’re there ASAP.
5/9 The Rising Pint Brewfest hits up East Hartford hard on Saturday. Got your tix?
5/11 Ginger Man SoNo is hosting a New England Brewing Company takeover starting at 6 pm. They’ll have Sea Hag, 668, Hoppy Pilsner, Gandhi-Bot, Supernaut, Galaxy Pale Ale, Locust Reign, Imperial Stout Trooper, Fat-Ten-Ers #18, #20, and #21, as well as two specialty casks. That’s one sick lineup. Supernaut and Locust Reigns are must haves, if you ask us, but we dig ’em all.
5/14 Starting at 7, there will be Long Ireland tap takeover at Steakz Roadhouse Tavern in Waterbury. Check out what Strong Island has to offer. ;)
5/20 Half Full Brewery is having their latest Rare Beer Night from 7-9 and it’s gonna be one to put down in the record books. Not only will it be a night of Hop Bombs including El Dorado IPA, Hull Melon IPA, Polaris IPA, and a surprise brew, but Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ will be on hand slingin’ some awesome BBQ for an extra cost. Tix to RBN are $20 and can be bought here.
5/20 Ginger Man SoNo will be hosting a special release party for Sierra Nevada Nibs of Steel starting at 6 pm.
Stop, collaborate and listen: Steady Habit Brewing and Lasting Brass brewed a special batch of an American Wild Ale that is being aged in a wine barrel. Oh hell yeah.
There’s plenty brewing at Relic with a 15 month aged Cherry in the Rye. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to drink up and take away Neuf Bruin, Flanders Brown, Citra Clockwork, and Field Hand Rye Saison.
If you don’t mind traveling a bit, you could head to DeCicco’s in Brewster or Armonk next week and get some Crowler fills. The Crowler is just perfect because it lasts for weeks unlike growlers that last only about 2-3 days. Then, while you’re in Armonk, head to nearby Fortina for some killer pies and Italian.