CT Food News: Over 10 dishes to try, food trux, Oktoberfests, going pink + CT beer – 10/8/15

8 Oct

Normally we have a top-heavy list of events, followed by food to try and news, then plenty of CT beer news and releases, but this week it’s a bit different. There are a TON of dishes and drinks that we think you need to get out there and try. So, um, get out there and try! And, please don’t forget to tell people that you found out about them from OmNomCT.

10/8 Meat us at The Meat Truck at Premier Subaru in Branford from 11:30-1:30 and then Two Roads from 3:30-8.

10/10 Guten grog, Part Deux at Cottrell Oktoberfest from 3-6 right at Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck. $5 gets you in the door and, from there, you buy the beer and you buy the brats.

10/11 Chowdafest hits Westport. You ready, you in? 

10/14 Harry’s Wine Classes are now in session and start off with Italy-Top of the Boot. The class costs $35 and you can find more info on their website.

10/15 Greenwich Land Trust is hosting their Fungal Foray from 3-5 for just $10 per person. At that time, Steve Conaway will take you into the world of mushrooms with a hike around Sargent Gildersleeve Stone Preserve (across from 17 Sterling Road in Greenwich.) Reserve your spot by calling (203) 629-2151 extension 102 or e-mailing Michelle here.

10/15 The 19th Annual Signature Chefs Auction is taking place at The Riverview in Simsbury to benefit March of Dimes. There will be drinks, I’ve auctions, and plenty of great food including Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Cake Gypsy, Grans Restaurant, Mercado Foods, Millwright’s, NIXS, NoRA Cupcakes, Salute, Hartford Distributors, and more. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here

10/16 Visit the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield for the Fall in Love with Ridgefield Tasting Dinner at 6. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard . . . and you know that makes it an automatic go-to meal. There will be craft beer and wine paired with dishes such as Wild Smoked Trout, Salmon Ricotta Gnocchi with Black Truffle, Salt and Pepper Boneless SHort Ribs, and more. Tickets are $125 per person, including tax and tip. Proceeds will go directly to Lounsbury House, so make your reservations by calling them up at (203) 438-6962 or e-mailing them here.

Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield is up to it again, this time they’ve created a brisket/mac&cheese empanada. Shut up and take our money. Seriously. Damn.

Auxxxxxx my! Aux Delices Foods have all kinds of awesome eclairs for you to try like their pumpkin, apple crumb, and gingerbread. Get down there STAT before we take them all.

Nikki Glekas and her baklava, bread pudding, and myzithropita from EOS Greek Cuisine

Nikki Glekas and her baklava, bread pudding, and myzithropita from EOS Greek Cuisine

EOS in Stamford is featuring 1/2 price bottles of wine $40 or over on Sundays and Mondays, starting October 11. Boom.

Chief Brody’s Banh Mi Food Truck is out and about this week, people. Check them at Yale today (College Street before Wall) from 11:30-2:30, 10/9 at the same spot from 11:30-3, and 10/11 at Broadway Farmers’ Market from 12-5.

New hours at Kawa Ni in Westport, people: Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, just dinner on Sunday, and Happy Hour from 4-6 Tuesday-Friday.

The Chelsea in Fairfield is bringing breast cancer awareness in a new direction with creating pink sauces for their dishes. So, don’t be surprised when everything looks pink.

Have a Ball and HAPA Food Truck The Beer Garden @ Shippan LandingDo yourselves a flavor and check out HAPA Food Truck and try their newest creation. What is it? Chicken Karaage Rice Bowl that features Asian slaw, roasted peppers, fresh chopped lettuce, Japanese fried chicken toppped with a fried egg, served over jasmine rice.

Our favorite dish on the menu at ZaZa Gastrobar in Stamford is the Butternut Squash Gnocchi . . . and be super psyched because they added it to their Happy Hour menu! Boom.

Feel like an entire meal in the form of a donut? Head down to Donut Crazy in Shelton for “Today’s Best Mix” that features apple filling and is topped with dulce de leche caramel, candied walnuts, and a fancy dollop of whipped cream.

Gnocchi in creamy butternut squash sauce at Zaza Italian Gastrobar in Stamford CTSmashburger in Milford is now open. We had mixed results at one of their Long Island locations, but some people really dig this spot. What do you think?

Wave Hill Breads is now owned by their master baker, Tim Topi and his wife. Congratulations to both of them in putting out a fine quality product and now being the owners, too.

Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk is one of our favorite spots in CT and they are using the hell out of pumpkins now that they are in season. They have pumpkin muffins, flan, empanadas, and even batitdos!

Bistro V in Greenwich will be selling pink pasties (not what you think, you sick, sick people) all month in support of Breast Cancer Alliance CT.

Bar Sugo’s wine classes were dropped from $55 per person to $35 . . . and more were added, too! On 10/13 from 6:30-7:30 you’ll learn about and sip Tuscans, Piedmont on 10/20, and Southern Italy on 10/27. More info here


10/8 Cinderella’s Coach, Relic’s take on a pumpkin beer will be available on draft starting at 4 pm today. Relic says the beer is “dark, with strong chocolate notes and hints of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice.” Yes plz.

On Tap at New England Brewing Company-Liquid Gold!!!

10/10 It’s Tapppineningggg at Local SoNo starting at 4 pm! They’ll have Maine Beer co’s Another One, Captain’s Daughter, Sip of Sunshine, and one of the last kegs of Gandhi-Bot.

10/10 Sign of the Whale in Stamford celebrates in style with $6 Harpoons, beer tastings, and stein hoisting contests.

10/24 If you follow Two Roads Brewing on Facebook, you might have seen Headbrewer Phil taking a little trip across the world recently. Well, the end results of that trip will be released on this day: the Geyser Gose. It’s a special collabo between Phil of Two Roads and Jeppe from Evil Twin Brewing.

two roads logoHUMP DAYYYYYYYYY isn’t as annoying now if you head over to Two Roads. Just stop by any Wednesday in October (while supplies last) and you’ll get to drink 8 oz. pours or samples of “Roadsmary’s Other Baby, weighing in at 9.7%!

Here are some release dates for some DuVig brews:

10/17 Barrel-Aged Berliner 22 oz bottles in tasting room

10/24 IPA

10/31 Oatmeal Stout

M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) Russian Imperial Stout is back this year and will be available in 4 packers. You need to wait until December, though . . . :(

Steady Habit Brewing and Lasting Brass just kegged up a collabo beer that will soon be available. Details to come . . . stay thirsty for this one, people.

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