CT Food News: Food Trucks, Tastings, Fairs, Cowboys, Openings + CT Beer – 8/21/15

21 Aug

This week’s gonna be a humongo news post because we’ll be away next week in Cape Cod and Portland, checking out the food and drinking scene, checking out lighthouses by bike, and just chilling. So, we’ve gone ahead and stuffed all the great stuff going on and news here in the 203 and beyond into this here post. As always, thanks for reading!

8/21 Pimpinella will be tearing down the rooftop beer garden at Bobby Q’s in Westport starting at 9 pm. Come for some bbq and brews and soak up the summer air.

8/22 A five-course “Nose to Tail” farm dinner from Chef William Carbone of Dish Restaurant will take place right at the Killam & Bassette Farmstead. The meal is $100 dollars with all of the proceeds going to the Judy Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund which goes to a Glastonbury senior based on community service and work ethic. 

Ah, that's a beautiful beer garden. Photo from Bobby Q's FB page.

Ah, that’s a beautiful beer garden. Photo from Bobby Q’s FB page.

8/22 Bruculino Restaurant in SoNo (former owner of Pasta Nostra) is hosting their ribbon cutting, starting at 4:30. Mayor Rilling be on hand to cut the ribbon, there will be snacks, and also a cash bar. Bruculino is located at 20 North Main Street. 

8/22 Shore 2 the Pour beach run is this weekend and you can recharge at the finish line (2 Roads) with The Meat Truck, providing all your carnivorous needs.

8/23 If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, head out to Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford for the Mother Shucker event that they are holding with The Cookery Restaurant! The oyster and food madness goes down from 1-4 with tickets costing $65. SO. WORTH. IT. 

8/28 The Darien library is hosting an Adult Day Camp from 7-9 that involves beer, nerf guns, and capture the flag. No cost at all to attend. 

8/29 Have some dinner, see a movie and help fund pediatric cancer research. It’s taking place at Mount Saint John, 135 Kirkland Street, in Deep River. For $20 per car, you’ll get entrance to see Mrs. Doubtfire (a classic) at 7:30 and some popcorn. You can, of course, come earlier, starting at 5:30 to nom away on Lunch Box 23, Baked and Loaded, and Sugar Cupcake food trucks! Hopefully you can make it to this great way to spend a summer night. 

8/29 Come over to Hopkins Vineyard from 6-8 for a wine tasting that benefits New Milford Animal Welfare. Entrance is just $30 for the tastings. 

9/1-5 The St. Leo Fair is back in Stamford, peoples. For more info check it here.

9/4-7 Check out Stew Leonard’s as Kent Rollins makes a visit with his 1876 Studebaker chuck wagon. In addition, he’ll be grilling up tasty bites of sirloin steak and will also be signing copies of his new cookbook, A Taste of Cowboy. He’ll be at the Norwalk store on 9/4 from 11-6, at Newington on 9/5 from 11-5, at Danbury on 9/6 from 11-5, and Yonkers on 9/7 from 10-4. Cowboy hats optional. 

Don’t forget that if it’s your birthday, you need to stop by Forever Sweet Bakery to claim your free cupcake. No strings attached! 

Bridge Street Wienery has a special this week that you need to devour: the Porkwich. It’s BBQ pulled pork with their homemade coleslaw, cheddar, and honey mustard. Oh baby. 

Carnitas gordita

Carnitas gordita from Casa Villa in Stamford

MSN says that the Mexican Food Capital of Connecticut is Norwalk with 1.5 Mexican restaurants for ever 10,000 people. As a prime example of Mexican food, they recommend Los Molcajetes (which we do too). Then, a little bit down 95 in Port Chester you could check out Port Chester, NY’s Mexican food capital. While you’re there, check out one of our faves there: Salsa Picante, also recommended by MSN. 

According to MyRecordJournal.com, Southington is getting their own distillery. The new owner will focus on “high end” whiskey and bourbon. Oh yeah. 

The Fez has reopened. Now get your ass down there.

Greer has left Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge in SoNo. But, don’t worry: she’ll share what she’s working on and also don’t worry because Mama’s Boy has new owners and will still be there for ya, sweetie. We wish Greer all our best on her new endeavors. 


8/21 Half Full‘s Open House goes from 6-9 and features all you can drink brews for just $15. In addition to their usual suspects, you can also try their IPA that has been aged on oak and Citra dry hopped and a Coffee Porter. There’s no food truck this week, so be sure to bring your own food or have it delivered. 

Half Full Brewery Stamford Logo8/21 Steve’s Top Dog will be at Firefly Hollow in Bristol so you can make a full night of beer and bites. 

8/22 DuVig in Branford is releasing their IPA! If you get there early, you can buy one of 50 special edition IPA glasses, too! 

MarketWatch put out a list of 10 Cities that Love Craft Beer the Most and, wouldn’t you know it, the Hartford/New Haven area made the list at #10. The article says that 25.5% of all beer sold is actually craft beer. We think we can make that higher, don’t you? The big dog to beat is Portland, Oregon with 43.5% of all beer sold being craft.

Outer Light Brewing and Mystery Brewing have a collabo beer in the works! Boom! 

Relic Brewing has bottled up their Huntress DIPA and is selling it at their brewery. In a few weeks, be on the lookout at your local packie. 

Top Shelf Brewery is releasing two new beers on Friday: 1) Ambiguous DIPA and 2) Around the Clock 5.2 Session IPA (reworked). 64 oz limit on the Ambiguous if you get growlers.

Two Roads Brewery continues its expansion and will soon be available in New Jersey. This is great news because it helps to spread the good gospel of CT beer even further. 

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