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26 Food Trucks, Music, Craft Beer + More @ Food Trucks in the Valley 2016

5 Sep

The 3rd annual Food Trucks in the Valley is now just 10 days away, so you better start getting ready. Scope out the 26 food trucks (full list later in this post) that will be there and figure out a good eating strategy. Wash it all down with some craft beer, specifically New Belgium who is one of the sponsors. Then, while you’re there, check out live music, a car show, artisan products, food samples from local restaurants, and lots more. Continue reading

Celebrate Bacon Day w/ The Fat Elvis from Donut Crazy!

30 Dec
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Okay, so it appears that there are TWO International Bacon Days. Because, well, bacon. Can you really have one day for bacon? Pssssh. For the true, hardcore and devoted even two days is not enough . . . try 365.

But, we digress. Let’s talk about The Fat Elvis from Donut Crazy with locations in Shelton, Stratford, and hopefully soon in New Canaan. When we last visited Donut Crazy we, sadly, did not order a Fat Elvis donut. We nearly broke down in tears, whence we realized our folly.  Continue reading

Win two tix to Hoptoberfest Craft Beer + Wing Festival 2015

28 Sep

SO many entrants, thank you all for entering and sharing your passion for wings. Unfortunately, there can be only one winner and that is Diane Soli. Congrats Diane. If you’d still like to go, there are still a bunch of tickets left. Buy them before the ticket prices go up.

Oh yeah, October 10 is just around the corner . . . time for hot wings and beer! And, this is exactly what you’ll get at the 3rd Annual Hoptoberfest at the Rotary Pavilion at the Shelton River Walk. The party starts at 1 and goes until 5. While you’re there, you’ll get taste wings from killer Valley restaurants like The Drew Drop Inn, Tavern 1757, 66 Church, Pies and Pints, Porky’s, Bricks and Barley, House of Bones, Draft House, and Barnone . . . and drink as much as you can with over 80 beers being poured. Continue reading

Win Two Tix to Friday’s Connecticut Chefs Challenge 2015!

14 Sep

Connecticut Chefs Challenge Winners Belt!

Update: Thanks to all that entered, what an awesome contest! Sorry to say, there can be only one winner, but we’re happy to announce that Michele, you’re the winner. We’ll be contacting you via e-mail soon. Tix are still on sale if you didn’t get to win. :)

We’ve been counting down the days, hours, and minutes until 7 pm this Friday, 9/18 at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. That’s when 8 super-talented chefs from Connecticut will do battle to see who takes home the culinary belt and gets to brag about the win all year long. But, it’s not just about watching these incredibly talented chefs do battle and rib each other. Nope. You can check out the buffet, taste some apps, drink some free wine and beer (Host Chef Plum’s arranged for some great beer, btw), and dessert! Also, there will be some judges that we love there, too: Chef Derrick Prince of Stanton Social, Judy and Joy, and Ken Tuccio.  Continue reading

Going Cray Cray for Donut Crazy in Shelton (Review)

19 Aug

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After a long day of brewery hopping with Dan’s brother and new sister-in-law Chad & Lindsey, we were in the mood to play an intense game of mini golf at The Sports Center of Connecticut before hitting Dew Drop Inn in Derby, with our minds on wings as we pulled in, we were quickly distracted by the bright shining Donut Crazy sign right across the road. It’s like we have Food A.D.D., so of course we had to work it into our plans.

Donut Crazy in SheltonAfter Dan won mini golf (by only one point for the record, hehe), we hit up Donut Crazy to get us some dessert for late night. Upon entering, the sweet and doughy smells overcome you and then you feast your eyes upon them. Donuts, a crazy amount of donuts, everywhere. Over 36 flavors to be more specific. Yeah, you can’t help but get that kid in a candy store kind of feeling. Continue reading

2015 CT Chefs Challenge Competitors and Judges Announced

3 Aug

CT Chef Challenge 2015 Info

We already told you to save the date, so it’s about that time to get your tickets for the 2015 CT Chefs Challenge! The competition goes down on Friday, September 18, starting at 7 pm at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. This year you have two options for tix, too: GA for $50 which includes free beer/wine, apps, food buffet, coffee, and dessert or the Tasting Ticket for $100 which also includes a reserved seat at a shared table, and a tasting dish from the chefs for the table to share. Also included is the cocktail hour where you’ll have the chance to drink, try some apps, meet some new friends, and learn about The Optimus Foundation who are the benefactors of this incredible event.

Now, here are some of the great things to look forward to:

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Connecticut Chefs Challenge 2015: Save the Date + Callout to Chef Competitors

23 Jun

CT Chef Challenge 2015 Info

We already have September 18 at 7 pm blocked off on our calendar because that’s when the 5th Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge goes down! Fairfield County’s best chefs will be competing at Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton to take him the much-coveted “Best in Show” title. What’s great is that when you attend, you get to taste everything and vote along side a guest judge panel. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you’ll soon be able to find them here and a portion of the sales will go directly to The Optimus Foundation that helps to construct and maintain medical facilities throughout the 203 for communities that need the support.

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C’mon Get Hoppy: American Craft Beer Week 2015 Events in Fairfield County

11 May

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American Craft Beer Week is exciting, especially now with the enormous growth of the CT Beer scene. And, while we don’t need any week in particular as an excuse to go out and drink good brews, we love the focus and attention that this week brings. It’s a time to think about your beer, where it comes from, who makes it, and why you love it so damn much. For this year, American Craft Beer Week goes from May 11 until May 17 and we decided to gather up some great events in Fairfield County so that you can make the best of these days*.

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In Love & Chocolate ft. champagne, food, chocolates and more to benefit local charities

29 Jan

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Whether you’re going with that hot new date of yours, someone you’ve been seeing for a year, someone you’ve been together with for 20 years, or if you’re going in on it with some friends, you’ll want to hit up In Love & Chocolate. This event at the Shelton Courtyard Marriott takes places on 2/8 from 1-4 pm and features live music, chocolate and food samples, a glass of bubbly, and your shot at some prizes. Enjoy it all for $40 per couple or $25 per person . . . not too shabby. There’s one more thing that you will enjoy: money raised here goes directly to The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (providing music and arts education to the community) and Spooner House (providing food, shelter, and support for people in need). 

As of today, here are the restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and cakeries that will be on hand:

  • Bricks & Barley Tavern
  • Common Bond Market
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • 500 Degrees
  • Focaccia’s Cafe & Eatery
  • Liquid Lunch
  • Nikki’s Candy Boutique
  • The Pink Cupcake Shack
  • Rotk’n Chocolates
  • Royal Bakery
  • Seasonal Sweets & Catering
  • Starbucks
  • Stone Gardens Farm
  • Taste & See Gourmet Cupcakes
  • Tea with Tracy
  • Tidmarsh Home Bake Shop
  • Wildflour Confections

In Love & Chocolate
2/8 from 1-4 pm
$40 per couple/$25 per person
Courtyard Marriott Shelton
780 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 

Gift-mas-ukah Day 4: Beardsley Cider Mill Jams, Jellies, Cider + Pies #ctmade

4 Dec

Day 4 of Gift-mas-ukah in Fairfield County takes us to another Shelton hotspot: Beardsley Cider Mill. Whenever you go, there’s always a line, and there’s a reason for that: people know where to get the good stuff. And, when you’re there, it’s hard to ever get just one thing! 

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