Some people sell chocolates, some people grow mustaches, some people run marathons, and there are even some people who go from door to door to raise money for their favorite charities. Well, “some people” have never met Todd Ruggere of Grafton, MA. Last year he traveled to every single town in Massachusetts (351 of them) and had a beer there. His hope was to meet some great people, have some great beer, but most importantly raise some money for children’s cancer research.
But, how could he expect the amazing reaction that he would receive from people who were following his journey? They’d give him suggestions of where to have a drink, would invite him over for a beer, and they’d set up amazing events upon his arrival that would help him to raise about $40,000 by the end of his trip. But, he’s not stopping there.
- Artist’s rendering of Little Pub Greenwich, from FB page
Ridgefield got Little Pub in 2009.
Wilton got Little Pub in 2013.
And, damn right, Greenwich is getting Little Pub in 2014.
That’s right. Little Pub is opening up its third location and has set its sights on Greenwich, more specifically Cos Cob. Their new location will be located at 531 East Putnam Avenue, the former location of Fonda la Paloma. We’re gonna miss saying “Fondle my Paloma” every time we pass it now, but that’s okay…Little Pub is coming in.
Mastercard is standing up to cancer again this year with their Stand Up To Cancer campaign. All you need to do is buy at least a $10 meal at any restaurant with your Mastercard. With every purchase they will donate a penny to Stand Up To Cancer or 2 cents if you make a PayPal transaction at the restaurant, up to $4,000,000. While a penny might not seem like a lot, that money will add up very quickly. Already, since July 12, $1,280,280 has been raised! The Stand Up To Cancer Mastercard campaign goes until September 28, 2013, so get out there and get eating! Normally, we’d create a list of our favorite spots for you to check out, but you see that all the time with our posts and our annual OmNomy Awards. So, we thought we’d ask you all, our fellow OmNomivores:
What’s your favorite spot in Fairfield County? Let us know down below by commenting or by talking with us on Twitter or Facebook. We’ll update the list down below. Let’s all take a stand against cancer!
OmNomivore Favorite Restaurants in Fairfield County
Here’s an easy way to give back to those brave men and women who give their time and put their lives in danger daily…just eat out. Yup, just eat at some great restaurants in Greenwich on April 4 and you’ll be taking part in Patrol Dine Out. Just pick any of the restaurants below and you’ll be helping the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol! Here’s a bit about this great organization from their site:
“The Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol is a volunteer company which operates under the structure of the Greenwich Fire Department in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. The company conducts traffic operations, scene control, salvage, lighting, and other support functions for the fire department at calls for service. The Patrol is under the command of its own Chief.”
There are also some restaurants that aren’t participating, but are sponsors and should be thanked: Beach House Cafe, Meli Melo, Morello Italian Bistro, Pasta Vera, Sundown Saloon, and Villa Nuova.
In addition, there are some awesome event sponsors and they are: Fairway Market, Pepe Auto Group, Greenwich Pharmacy, Rand Insurance, The First Bank of Greenwich, Putnam Shell & Food Mart, Greenwich Bank & Trust, Neal and Karen Neilinger, David and Kerrin Theis, The Joker
Our obsession with Restaurant.com (not Restaurants.com) started years ago when we’d shell out $5 and get a $50 pass to restaurants. The amount of money we saved was awesome and we continue to check this site when we want to save some major dinero. We use it for local restaurants and especially when we’re on vacation and want to find a quick, inexpensive meal.
Chef’s Special Roll, Crispy Melt Goat Cheese Roll, and Crunchy Wasabi Tuna Roll at Bambou in Greenwich
It works pretty easily: enter the city and state where you want a certificate then select the restaurant. The most common option that you’ll see is pay $10 for a $25 certificate, but sometimes there will be bigger incentives like $20 for $50, $30 for $75, or even $40 for $100. Before you purchase your certificate, just make sure that there aren’t any terms of the agreement that won’t work for you such as, “Only includes lunch,” or “No dinner on Saturday.” Also, pay close attention to the fine print because some have an order minimum or some include a tip into the amount of the bill automatically.
One of the first things we do when we’re looking for a restaurant to hit up is check to see if it’s on OpenTable. In just a few clicks you can see lots of restaurants in your area that are taking reservations. From there, you can click on a restaurant, enter in your party size and time, then you’re on your way to booking your table. You could even play restaurant roulette and enter a party size, date, and time and see which restaurants in the area have tables nearby.
Dino Poutine is killer, unique to Dinosaur Stamford
Recently, we used OpenTable to get ourselves some nice seats at Bar Sugo in Norwalk and Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Stamford. Plus, we can’t tell you how easy this site makes vacation planning. And, wouldn’t you know it, Dan’s Prius has OpenTable built into it?
When you show up for the reservation, make sure you give your name and they check you in before you find your seat. At most restaurants you’ll earn 100 points for each time you show up and dine out. There are even some restaurants on the site that will earn you 1,000 points for honoring your reservation. When you reach 2,000 points you’ll be sent a $20 gift certificate usable at any OpenTable restaurant.
Here are just some of the OpenTable restaurants that you could hit up in just Connecticut: