The Bearwich, in all its glory (from their Instagram)
Think you could eat that Bearwich from Bear’s Smokehouse in Windsor or Hartford? This shot of their new bbq-infused food challenge makes it seem not that bad, not bad at all. After all, if you finish this bad boy in 45 minutes (by yourself of course), you’ll get $500! Well . . . we’re sorry to say that appearances can be deceiving!
This is what you’ll need to shovel down:
Show some local love…
Every year, Food & Wine Magazine is on the lookout for America’s best new chefs. So, they put together a list of 100 noteworthy, groundbreaking chefs from 10 different areas then have their readers vote on their favorites from each region. This year in the New England region there’s a familiar face: Jeffrey Lizotte, Executive Chef of ON20 in Hartford.
Photo © Daniel Krieger, Courtesy of ON20
He’s representing CT in The People’s Best New Chef contest, so show him some love. Just click here, click on his name, then hit done. Also, if you’re familiar with NY restaurants, why not give them a vote, too? Voting is going on now and lasts until March 31, so quit your procrastinating!
ChowdaQuest, the quest for the fest, was a huge success this year and it placed some amazing restaurants into the 2014 ChowdaFest competition through your votes. Going down on SOUPer Bowl Sunday, 2/2, from 11 am to 3 pm, ChowdaFest VI promises to be even more awesomerest than last year! Tickets will be just $10 and benefits The Connecticut Food Bank! We’ll have more details to share with you shortly, but in addition to everything that makes Chowdafest great like sampling chowders and voting for your favorites, there are tons of new things that you’ll love! And, speaking of liquid goodness, check out the winning competitors for ChowdaFest 2014 to be held at Webster Bank Arena:
New England Clam Chowder:
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.
The Connecticut Restaurant Association is having its yearly Excellence Awards Dinner at Mohegan Sun on December 3. At this dinner they’ll be celebrating the best of the best in terms of dining and drinking in Connecticut. But, that list has not been finalized yet…that’s up to you!
Down below you’ll find the list of the semi-finalists in the following categories: Casual Restaurant, Upscale Restaurant, Caterer, Chef, and Pernod Ricard Mixologist of the Year. Hopefully you’ll also notice that there are lots of restaurants from Fairfield County that are on this list. Show your love and vote in your favorites!
We’ve covered ChowdaFest for the past few years and we’ve been happy to see it grow into one of the most popular events in Connecticut. Really, what’s better? You pay just a small amount of money to go around and taste chowder after chowder, soup after soup, then vote on your favorites. And, at the end of the day, you feel good knowing that you’ve helped Connecticut Food Bank. Now, the next ChowdaFest isn’t until February 2, 2014, but there’s lots going on before then…namely the brand new experience called ChowdaQuest.
Which of these soups from Ginger Man will you like the most?
ChowdaQuest is “The Quest for the Fest” and will put even more power in the hands of hungry chowda-sippers. This all new experience came about due to so many restaurants wanting to be involved, but only having a limited amount of spots in the competition. All you need to do is check out any of the restaurants that we’ve listed below, ask for their soup sampler, then vote for your favorite soup by heading to ChowdaQuest.com. You get one vote per restaurant per valid e-mail address, so make sure you’re voting for your absolute favorite soup from each restaurant. The restaurants with the most votes by Thanksgiving will get spots in ChowdaFest 2014, so make sure that you support your favorite restaurants by voting! While you’re on the voting page, make sure to enter the Sierra Nevada contest. Just explain where your favorite place to drink Sierra Nevada is and you just might win dinner for two at any of the restaurants that are participating in ChowdaQuest 2014.
Here is the massive list of restaurants that are participating in ChowdaQuest 2014. Some of the restaurants are still waiting to confirm with Jim (nothing next to their name), but will be ready to go shortly:
We love filling up our week and weekends with fun events, especially the kind of events that have something to do with food. Brewery tours, brewery tastings, wine tours, wine tastings, spirit tours, spirit tastings, farm tours, farm dinners, beer dinners, wine dinners, spirit dinners, festivals, fairs, bashes, cooking demos, and more keep us going all year long. And, that’s why we decided to create our Nomworthy Events. Although we’ve had this feature on our site for a while (it’s in the top headings under our banner), we’ve been continually filling it up with great events throughout Fairfield County…and sometimes just a bit over the border.
If you’re a restaurant or a festival organizer, let us know about special events and we can get them up on our Nomworthy Events page. Also, if you’re aware of an event that you think we should put up, just let us know! You can reply here, on our events page, our Facebook page, tweet us, or always just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don’t suggest carrier pigeon, as they are unreliable and are filthy rats with wings.
Thanks so much for reading!
Dan and Kristien
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
Awesome IPADay banner from The Drink Nation
August 1. It’s a day each year when we pause to remember the brilliant men who loaded hops into beer to preserve it on a long voyage on ships to India. We salute you, o’ brave and tenacious travelers. And, we thank you! Your invention far surpasses the usefulness of things such as wheels, pulleys, levels, and even filtered water.
Yes, it’s on this day when we profess our love of IPAs! Say it loud, say it proud: I drink India Pale Ales! And, to help you fuel up this day, we’re providing you with a list of IPAs made locally that you should try. Also, please vote below by Thursday (8/8) for your favorite CT IPA. We’ll announce a first, second, third, and OmNomCT choice winner next Friday, 8/9.