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New Canaan Taste of the Town Stroll Adds Lobster Roll Battle to Annual Festivities Benefitting Food Pantry

12 Aug

Best picture EVER! Photo from New Canaan Chamber of Commerce FB page.

Mark it and mark it well: August 20 is when New Canaan hosts its annual Taste of the Town Stroll. And, while they are still keeping what has made this event a success year after year, they are adding in an awesome new event: the Lobster Roll Battle! To take part, come on down at 5 pm to New Canaan’s popular Pop Up Park. At that time, local New Canaan spots Baldanza, Cava, Fishtails, Fjord Fish Market, and Silvermine Market will compete to see who makes the best lobster roll in New Canaan. The judges are First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III, Executive Director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Tucker Murphy, and Executive Chef of Elm, Luke Venner. Adding some more fun and excitement to all the action will be our buddy, Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods who will be hosting this culinary battle. Continue reading

Senator Chris Murphy Talks about Creating National Lobster Day

5 Aug

Recently, The Associated Press reported that a group of bipartisan New England senators were supporting the start of an official National Lobster Day. Being loyal crustacivores, we were all over that news and were surprised to learn that there wasn’t an official National Day already, only an unofficial one on June 15.

Well, our curiosity got the best of us and we reached out to Chris Murphy, Connecticut Senator, to find out more about this initiative. He was kind enough to talk to us about their propsal, the importance of lobster in CT, his thoughts on lobster rolls (mmmm), and how we can help out.

OmNomCT: Thank you again, Senator Murphy, for letting us interview you regarding your support of National Lobster Day. We know that there is an unofficial Lobster Day in June, so we were wondering why you and other senators from New England want to have an official one on September 25?

Senator Murphy: “Personally, I like to think of every day as Lobster Day. I think those of us who represent lobster fishing states have a responsibility to help our homegrown industries get the recognition they deserve. So whether it’s official, unofficial, September or June, the more attention Connecticut’s lobster industry gets, the better.”

OmNomCT: Why is lobster so important here in Connecticut?

Senator Murphy: “Today, more that 120 million pounds of lobster are caught each year in the United States. Sadly, lobster fishing has declined in Connecticut because of dramatic declines in lobster stocks. The industry is still a strong cultural presence in Connecticut and the fishing and maritime industry are part of Connecticut’s history. It is my hope that National Lobster Day will draw attention to the environmental conditions that are impacting fish stocks in Long Island Sound and help us act to improve them.”

OmNomCT: What’s your favorite way to take down a lobster, Senator? Right from the shell, salad, lobster roll (hot or cold?), or something else?

Senator Murphy: “That’s a tough one, but let me just make one thing perfectly clear: hot lobster rolls are the only way to go.”

OmNomCT: We know that you worked with a bi-partisan group of New England senators on this resolution. What does that tell you about the importance of getting a National Lobster Day?

Senator Murphy: “A National Lobster Day would give us a day to celebrate the lobster season in the United States, its remarkable role in our nation’s history, and its current culinary preeminence. It will also be a great opportunity to teach our kids fun facts about lobsters, like the fact that many historians believe that lobster joined turkey on the table at the very first Thanksgiving Day feast, that it used to be served as prison food, or that lobster shells were once used to make golf balls!”

OmNomCT: And, finally, is there anything that people can do to help support your mission and make National Lobster Day an official national day?

Senator Murphy: “You can call or write your lawmakers and ask them to support this resolution. But, perhaps even more importantly, you should urge your lawmakers to protect the Long Island Sound and the marine life that call it home. Long Island Sound is a $1 trillion asset and working to protect the Sound is a priority for me as your U.S. Senator.”

More about Senator Murphy from his site:

Senator Christopher S. Murphy is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut. Elected in 2012, Murphy serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Murphy served Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury. During his three terms, Murphy served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services.

Before his service in the U.S. Congress, Murphy served for eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent four years representing Southington and the 81st district in the House, and then spent four years representing the 16th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Waterbury, Wolcott, Cheshire and Southington. While in the Senate, he served as the Chairman of the Public Health Committee.

Senator Murphy grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating with honors and a double major in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, Connecticut. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford.

On August 18, 2007, Murphy married Cathy Holahan, an attorney. They have two sons named Owen and Rider.

Farmstand Fishery @ Whole Foods Fairfield Ft. Lobster Rolls, Oysters + More

22 Jul

Whole Foods Market in Fairfield is hosting a great event for everyone who just can’t get enough seafood in their lives. And, if you’re like us, you’re mollusk-mad no doubt. The event we speak of is an outdoor festival that they’ll be setting up over the weekend called Farmstand Fishery. There will be local fishmongers selling their freshly caught fish, shucking oysters, and showing off their filleting techniques. All you need to do is just stop by Whole Foods on Saturday, July 25. 

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UnWINEd at Priam Vineyards Concert Series w/ Seafood, Food Trucks and . . . Wine — Colchester, CT

29 Jun

Priam Vineyards UnWINEd Concert Series 2015

One of the best things that you can do as a Nutmegger is tour our 25 wineries and vineyards on beautiful summer days. But, to top that off, is spending a chill night under the stars at Priam Vineyard in Colchester. You pick the summer Friday night that you want and come down to Priam for their UnWINEd Concert Series that goes from 6-9. Entry is $14 per person in advance or $16 at the door. You can also order $10 tickets for groups of 10 or more by e-mailing them or calling them at (860)267-8520 extension #3.

Now, which day(s) will you go? That’s the tough part:

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27 Trucks + Counting @ 2nd Annual RBS Food Truck Festival, May 22

18 May

After their inaugural food truck festival last year, the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival is back and bigger than before (15 last year)! All you have to do is come by the Orange Country Fairgrounds from 4-8 on May 22 with some dinero and a massive appetite! That’s because there is a crazy amount of food trucks that will be there!  Just look at this list:

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An On Point Food Lovers Weekend at Saybrook Point Inn

30 Mar

Top Collage Saybrook Point Inn

When we heard that Saybrook Point Inn, nestled by The Sound in Old Saybrook, CT had special packages just for people who think about food 24/7, we immediately knew that it would be the perfect weekend getaway for us. I mean, it’s like it was practically made for us! Our only hesitation was in deciding which Food Lover’s Weekend to go for. Would it be the Italian Winter Holiday, a Taste of New England, or le Tour de France? Well, we figured since we didn’t know much about cooking French food and we want to go to France next summer, it made the most sense to try the Tour de France.  Here’s how the beyond wonderful weekend went down . . .

Cocktail Reception Saybrook Point InnWelcome Reception

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Food Truck Festival + Tag Sale Appetizer for 2015 Daffodil Festival in Meriden

25 Mar

The Daffodil Festival in Meriden has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals all-year long and marks the start of beautiful, warmer weather. This year the 37th festival goes down at Hubbard Park on 4/25 from 10-9 and 4/26 from 10-5. There will be a non-profit food tent for all your nomming needs, arts and crafts, a boutique, children’s rides, plenty of live bands, a parade, and fireworks on Saturday night. We’ve included a full schedule at the end of the post for you. 

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Chef Plum takes over Edmond Town Hall for next installment of Dinner Underground

24 Feb


One of our favorite chefs here in Connecticut is hosting another event in his Dinner Underground series, but this time around it’s in a brand new spot. Yup, Chef Plum and the Plum Luv Foods crew will be taking over Edmond Town Hall (45 Main St.) in Newtown on March 8 from 7 until 11:30.

What can you expect? Well, to be frank: an awesome time. We’ve been to many of Plum’s pop-ups (Butcher’s Best, Williams-Sonoma, and his most recent Sourcopia at Two Roads) so we’re kinda experts. Actually, that kinda makes us groupies, huh? You can expect excellent service, great food and great wine pairings to go with each course. And, when you leave, you’ll actually leave full because portions are always nicely sized.

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Chill Out @ Rizzuto’s Ice Bar + Winter Patio Party ft. New Amsterdam Vodka

24 Feb

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but at the Rizzuto’s Ice Bar it’s so delightful. So, go ahead and grab your bros, it’s so cold, it’s so cold, it’s so cold. 

Okay, enough of that, let’s just get down to the details for the 1st Annual Ice Bar and Winter Patio Party at Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Westport. Just stop by their 540 Riverside Avenue spot starting at 7 on 2/27 and 6 on 2/28 for some super-chilled drink, food specials, and (yes it’s true) an ice luge. And, cuz we love you so much, we’re sharing the menu with ya: 

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Oysters Served 14 Ways: Oyster Madness @ The Spread w/ Copps Island Oysters

18 Feb

Fresh Oysters at Rowayton Seafood Fish Market in Rowayton CT

If you can’t get enough of oysters, The Spread in SoNo promises to give you something to live for with their upcoming Oyster Madness blowout event. Come by their 70 N. Main Street location on March 3 from 4:30-10 and you’ll get to enjoy oysters 13 different ways. Well, 14 ways if you include their cash-only shucking bar that’s just a buck a shuck. 

There’s no cost to enter, but they will be collecting an optional $10 donation at the door that will go directly to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Education Program. Oh, and those buck a shuck oysters? All of that money goes right to SILEP, too. Also, The Spread will be offering up a portion of their sales from the night to this local, important program that sheds light on (get it?) “public awareness of our marine resources, environment, and heritage through research, education and preservation.”

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