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Win Tickets to Chocolate, Dessert, and Wine Lover’s Evening in Stamford, 2/6

24 Jan

Chocolate Dessert and Wine Lovers Evening Stamford 2014

UPDATE:  Thank you all for your stories and entries!  We randomly selected 5 winners using Random.org.  The winners are Roberta Anderson, Chris Warren, Matthew, Marla Kerwin, and Nancy N.    

Yesterday we told you about the massively chocolicious Chocolate, Dessert, & Wine Lover’s Evening that’s going down on February 6 from 6-9 at the Stamford Marriott.  Over 70 vendors, restaurants, vineyards, sweets shops, chocolatiers, coffee shops, cheese mongers, distilleries, and cupcakeries will be there for your sampling pleasure!  Plus, you also might just win one of many door prizes.  Yeah, it’s going to be quite the decadent night…and we want to help to get you there!

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Sweet News: Chocolate, Dessert, + Wine Lover’s Night to Benefit Shelter for the Homeless

23 Jan

Chocolate Dessert and Wine Lovers Evening Stamford 2014

You know it’s just about Valentine’s Day when you start to hear about the annual Chocolate, Dessert, & Wine Lover’s Evening that benefits the Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford.

Woah woah woah…you just said three of my favorite words.  All three of those together in one massively awesome event? Wait, tell me more!  

Okay, sure:

First up, it all goes down on 2/6/14 from 6-9 pm at the Stamford Marriott and tickets are $50 in advance (purchase them here) or $60 after February 3.  Good news, too:  100% of the tickets sold go directly to the Shelter for the Homeless.  This annual event is always a major fundraiser and with the crazy temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, those without a home need the help even more.

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Food Trucks, Shopping, Snacks + Holiday Cheer @ Greenwich Holiday Stroll 2013

5 Dec
Greenwich Holiday Stroll 2013

Click through to see a zoomed in version of the map to plan out your Greenwich Holiday Stroll

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…in Greenwich.  More specifically, the most wonderful time of the year is this Saturday from 10-6 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.  During both days you’ll have a chance to get some major deals at local businesses, devour food from some awesome food trucks, sample wine and mulled cider, nom away on some treats, listen to music, take part in activities, and so much more.

Because all we ever think about is food, let’s start there:

Both The Local Meatball and Pizza Luca will be parked near the C. Parker Gallery at 17 East Putnam Avenue.  They’ll be there on Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from noon to 5.

Oh, but that’s not all kiddos!  There will be a food truck village!

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Master Fall Soups + Holiday Treats w/ Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering

7 Nov

Fall Soups Cooking Class with Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering

You are no chef if you can’t properly put together a warm and comforting bowl of soup.  And, no, a can of Campbells or Progresso won’t cut it.  That’s because soup is a complex beast, full of layers of flavor, bases, differing textures, and varied cooking techniques and times.

To help you perfect this art, you’ll need to stop by to see Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning.  She’ll be at the Darien Community Association on 11/12 from 12:30-2 pm, showing how to make perfect fall soups.  Tickets are $90 for members or $100 for non-members.

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Chocopologie + Evil Twin Brewing = Even More Denmark Collaboration

6 Nov

Back in August we let you all know about the devilishly amazing Evil Twins Brewing.  Basically, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is a genius in the beer world.   He started brewing beer in Denmark and then the awards started rolling in.  Ratings of 99 and 100 were given to his brews…and then he moved here to America to bring a little Evil into our world. He finds breweries that he loves, sets up shop, brews some kill beer, packs it, then heads off to the next location.  Case in point:  Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, a saison that was produced right at Two Roads in Stratford, CT.

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Full 3 Day Recap of the 2013 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival (We’re Still Full)

7 Oct

Greenwich Wine & Food Festival Collage 2013

Because of prior commitments, we were only able to attend the Grand Tasting at last year’s Greenwich Wine & Food Festival.  So, after having a great time at that last year, we vowed to hit up every event this year…and we did!

Thursday’s kick-off party was held at Miller Motors in Greenwich and featured wine, cocktails, finger food, and lot of goodies up for auction to help benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang.  We learned a great deal about the charity that Paul Newman founded to give children with disabilities a chance to attend a great summer camp and met some great people.

And, then there was Friday’s Grand Tasting (see our complete album with descriptions here).  This year’s event was in a bigger tent, so there was lots of room to stroll around and go from table to table.  This event was amazing and featured some of the best chefs from NY and CT including Michael William Batt from Food Design Catering, Rui Correia from Douro, Clifford Crooks from BLT Steak, Eric Gabrynowicz of Restaurant North, Bryan Gilmore of 121 Restaurant, Frederic Kieffer of l’escale, Michelle Klem of CakeSuite, Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie, Eric Korn of Good Life Gourmet, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Debra Ponzek of Aux Delices Foods, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk.  There was a nice variety of wine, plenty of great top shelf liquor, and even lots of sweets and coffee to wind the night down with.  We finally had the chance to meet Chris Barrett and Brianna Pennel from Steam, so that made us very happy.  And, we got to meet and talk with Raphael Palomino, owner and culinary brain behind the amazing Sonora and the newcomer to Greenwich, Bistro Latino.  We also finally had the chance to meet Graham Elliot who became part of the auction by offering up not one but two exclusive experiences at his new restaurant in Greenwich, Primary Drink & Food.

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Eating and Schmoozing Our Way Through Best of the Gold Coast, 2013

26 Jul

Killer food (as always) from EOS!

Matt Storch of The Chelsea

Mark it down:  July 25, 2013…the day we hit up our first Best of the Gold Coast party!  It’s Moffly Media’s yearly party that celebrate the best in shopping, services, and (of course) food.  As we made our way upstairs to the Hilton Ballroom you could heard the buzz and chatter of happy and excited people.  And who should greet us as we enter?  Robin Wexler from Stamford Museum and Nature Center!  Dan said hi while Kristien was transfixed by the two celebrity goats:  Kathie Lee and Hoda.  We were thirsty for some drinks and hungry for some food, so we decided we’d hit up the outside of the ballroom after we were full.  :)

When we got into the main area we were amazed at how many restaurants and shops were inside.  There was even a side room where we got some vino from Val’s in Greenwich…that’s our go-to wine/liquor shop in the area.  Then, we let the madness begin!  It’s hard to recount everything we ordered, but Harvest had some awesome food which made us want to go back.  People were going crazy over Colony and so did we.  Ah, how we’ve missed you!  They even put some stingers on the side for you to load up your pizza with.  We talked with Conor at Half Full for a bit, he’s such an awesome guy.  We loved the food from Capital Grille which made us want to go there, dug the ribs at Dinosaur, loved the gazpacho at Ginger Man and finally met their beer dude, Andrew Hoening.  We tried Valbella’s truffle pasta and decided we’d have to go there, too!  Then we felt guilty as we saw Matt Storch from The Chelsea again.  We had promised we’d come visit him since we saw him at Blues, Views, & BBQ, but we’ve been lax in our promise.  The food that he prepared was freaking awesome.  And our last culinary stop of the night was at Marcia Selden Catering.  They did up their booth to look like it was a paint store…so creative, so wicked good.  Plus, the “Bad Ass” Red Velvet Double Candied Bacon was a trip into ecstasy.

And, there are so many other places that we didn’t even mention, too!  We have them up on our Facebook gallery, though, so check out all our pics.  It’s safe to say we had a blast and we’re really grateful to Moffly Media for inviting us.  ‘Til next year!

HUGE Food Truck Festival, BBQ + Chowder Cook Offs, Demos, and Live Music at Westbrook Tanger Outlets

7 Apr

 

If you’re looking for the Connecticut Food Truck Festival 2014, click here.

New York has its food truck festivals, Boston, has its food truck festivals, and now Connecticut has a major festival, too. Let’s count ’em: 15-25 food trucks from Connecticut and surrounding states will show up at the Westbrook Tanger Outlets on 4/27-4/28/13.  Plus, Westbrook Assistant Manager David DelVecchio says he’ll be updating the list (we’ll update for you, too) every few days as Food Trucks 2 Go brings new trucks in.   There is absolutely no fee for attending, so you can use that saved dough to pig out. Here is the list as of 4/7:

 

The food trucks will be there for om noming from 11 am to 6 pm and there will be lots of live music to provide a soundtrack for your gorging pleasure. We’re talking The Red Hill Rockers, The Sin Sisters, The Shiney Lapel Trio, and others.  There will also be live cooking demos from Clarke, Kitchen Aid, Soda Stream, Williams Sonoma, Chef Kashia, and lots more.

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4th Annual Hops & Grapes Toasts & Tastes Event to Raise Funds for LLS

12 Mar

Last year we checked out Hops & Grapes Toasts & Tastes and had such a great time.  There was great food galore from restaurants across Fairfield County with plenty of beer and wine to try.  This year on 4/12 from 7:30-10:30 we can expect the fourth annual Hops & Grapes Toasts & Tastes to be even better as it moves into its new location:  the Stamford Innovation Center in the heart of downtown.  There will be plenty of room to mingle at this classic landmark building…and plenty of room to get your tastebuds tingling, too.  In addition to the Scallops with sunchoke puree and caper-raisin-pinenut vinaigrette at Bar Sugo Norwalkrestaurants, caterers, cheesemongers, and bakeries, there will also be drinks and representation from breweries.  When you’re in between drinks and courses, be sure to check out the great silent auctions that will be available (follow them on FB for early previews of what will be up for auction).  Finally, if you stick around towards the end, you can take part in the live auction with amazing trips, gifts, and packages.  We are also very proud and excited to be one of the media sponsors for this amazing event that raises vital money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that fights leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Tickets are $75 each or are $125 for a pair.  Also, you may order VIP tickets for $100 each or $175 for a pair which includes a VIP gift bag, a raffle ticket, and a LLS wristband.  You can also donate if you can’t make it or even purchase an ad to be played during the slideshow.  As of now, these are the hops, grapes, and tastes that you can toast to:

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3 Big Restaurant Giveaways from New England Culinary Group

2 Mar

Eating Greenwich and Port Chester 2013

Some contests have crazy rules such as:

  • taking blood from your first-born as the moon is in perigee during an odd month.
  • balancing on one foot while goats attack you as you try to click through and enter.
  • or watching a video about how seahorses give birth (what does that have to do with anything?) then finally getting a chance to win.

Well, this contest that New England Culinary Group (they created Eating Greenwich & Port Chester) is putting on is pretty darn easy.  Just like their FB page and you’ll be automatically entered into a contest to win one of three great restaurant prizes.  The contest ends by March 7, so you’ll need to get on that right now!  Would you like to know what the prizes are?

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