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Community Plates Looking for Food Runners; One Night Only Fundraiser at The Spread

15 Mar

Community Plates, a non-profit run by volunteers, is looking for more food runners to help them accomplish their food rescue mission. And, with more places than ever that are sharing their food for pickup, it’s more vital than ever to join the able corp of food runners. There are over 300 food runners in Fairfield County alone, but they are hoping to add at least 50 by the end of this month. With your help you can boost these numbers even more: 8 million meals saved, equal to 12 million pounds! New members who are doing their runs can post a pic using #bgooddoesgood and b.good will give you a free meal in return.  Continue reading

Grana Pastificio: Bar Sugo Starts New Line of Fresh Pasta and Products

21 Oct

Pasta: it’s what’s for dinner. All photos from Bar Sugo and Grana Pastificio Facebook pages.

Update: Grana Pastificio now has new owners and a brick and mortar store in Westport next to Winfield Street Italian Deli. For more info, email info@granapastificio.com, or call 203-557-3855

When people ask us about where we love to get Italian food, all the Italian spots here in Fairfield County race through our minds, but it always comes down to just a few restaurants that we feel can do it all. Good, quality pies, fresh, rustic flavor, and killer, hand and housemade pasta. And, it should be no surprise to any of our readers that we have a love affair with the saucy and savory Bar Sugo. Continue reading

Get Schooled: Bar Sugo Presents Wine and Interactive Pasta Classes for October

28 Sep

Bar Sugo Cooking Classes October 2015

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know how much we love our Bar Sugo! Whether you’re looking for the best meatballs in the state, spins on classic Italian dishes, pizza with pizzaz, or fresh-out-of-the-bowl pasta, you need go nowhere else. So, we’re not sure why Chef Pat Pascarella would reveal his secrets for making his killer pasta (well, he’s nice, that’s why!), but he’s doing it anyway with a series of interactive pasta classes. You’ll get a hands-on experience with Chef, will make at least two different pasta dishes, get recipe cards to take home, and celebrate with a meal featuring your handiwork. The class lasts an hour with lunch afterwards, so you’ll be hanging at Bar Sugo for about two hours. Soft drinks are included, but the hard stuff is extra. Classes are $55 per person (tax and tip extra) or you could get all four weeks for $200 and save yo’self twenty buckaroos. Make your reservation by calling up Chef Pat and crew at (203) 956-7134. Continue reading

Eat Steaks @ Sedona Taphouse, Raise $$$ for Norwalk Seaport Association

24 Aug

Okay, we know that we don’t probably have to go anywhere past the title of this post because, well, steak. There’s steak involved. It’s steak. Actually, to be more precise, it’s Sedona Taphouse‘s Black Angus Flat Iron Steak. They’ll be serving those bad boys up for just $10 during lunch and dinner every single Monday starting today until 9/21. Half of that $10 is going right to the Norwalk Seaport Association who provides countless educational opportunities and helps to preserve the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. This, folks, is what they are calling “Steak Out for Charity” and we hope you can get there.

As if the steak deal wasn’t enticing enough, Sedona Taphouse (recently opened in the Waypointe development in Norwalk) has beer. Lots of freaking beer. Like 50 on tap and 350 by the bottle lot. Also, if you come by for their Happier Hour from 3:30-6:30, you can get all drafts, wine by the glass, cocktails, flatbreads, sliders, and tacos for just $5.

We haven’t been yet, but this is a pretty enticing offer to get us in the doors. Hopefully you can stop by and check out this great event to help a local organization that does so much good.


Sedona Taphouse

515 West Avenue

Norwalk, CT

Phone: (203) 299-1800 for reservations

Hours for Mondays are 11:30-11:30

Whole Foods, Balducci’s, and City Limits Have You Covered 4 Summer BBQs and Picnics

15 Jul

If there is one universal American truth, it’s that summertime is the official time for grilling and BBQ season. And, sure, there are plenty of times when you want to throw some burgers, chicken, or steak on the grill, but let’s be honest with ourselves . . . we’re not always full of energy. Whether it’s a day of working or filling a huge order for a crowd of friends and families, sometimes it’s just nice to let other people take care of you and get your food ready. So, whether you’re putting together a get-together, a picnic, a day at the park, or sunning at the beach, we’ve got three great options for you here in Fairfield County to help you feed your need: Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market and City Limits Diner. Plus, as an added bonus, Whole Foods Market has offered up pairings of great summer time brews available at their stores with some great dishes available at their stores. 

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market (Scarsdale, Greenwich, Westport and more . . . )

A sample of the menu (full one here) . . . 

  • Balducci’s BBQ Pork Spare Ribs are smoky, tender and succulent and get the ultimate in classic BBQ treatment
  • White Mac’n Cheese are a pillar of any barbeque feast
  • Chocolate, Banana or Coconut Cream Pies are made using only the finest, wholesome ingredients and real cream
  • Balducci’s BBQ ½ Chicken is antibiotic-free, rotisserie cooked and slathered in Brother Jimmy’s Barbeque Sauce
  • Summer Delight Salad is made with cucumber, tomatoes, chick peas, edamame, fresh herbs and a refreshing white wine vinaigrette
  • Balducci’s Mousse Cakes combine the finest ingredients and real whipped cream wrapped in a decorative sponge to create these refreshing summer favorites
  • Whole Cut USDA Prime Certified Angus Beef New York Strip that can be freeze-wrapped or marinated in your choice of Chipotle-Lime, Black Pepper Sauce, Provencal or Yakiniku
  • Chipotle Bacon Potato Salad with redskin potatoes, smoky bacon, corn and a chipotle dressing
  • Lemon Meringue Pie with zesty, lemon flavor and creamy meringue topping combined with Balducci’s famous flaky crust

City Limits (Stamford, White Plains)

The menu below is available from July 23 until August 6.

Chef Peter from City Limits,  photo by Paul JohnsonAppetizers

  • BBQ Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp served on top of a white bean salad, $11
  • Grilled Berkshire Bacon iceberg wedge, tomato, corn & ranch dressing, $11
  • Watermelon & Feta Salad watercress & Kalamata olives, sherry vinaigrette, $11

Entrees (all include two sides & cornbread)

  • House Smoked Beef Brisket slow cooked with Applewood, $19
  • St. Louis Ribs dry rubbed, slow smoked & lightly glazed, $19
  • BBQ Half Chicken banana BBQ sauce, $18
  • BBQ Combo Plate St. Louis Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, $20.95

Sides 

  • Cole Slaw, Braised Greens, BBQ Fried Rice, Corn on the Cob, House Made Pickles, Mac & Cheese, Potato Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Stone Fruit Compote, and Brisket Baked Beans (4.50).

Dessert

  • Chef Tracy’s pies, Summer Peach and Blueberry Streusel Crisp.

Whole Foods (Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hartford, Milford, Port Chester, Westport, White Plains, and more . . . )

*Paired with Two Roads Workers Comp Saison ($10.99, pricing may vary between Whole Foods Market stores)

  • The Saucey Sauce Co. Habanero Ketchup ($8.99) with a Burger

*Paired with Captain Lawrence Sun Block ($10.99, pricing may vary between Whole Foods Market stores)

  • Sir Kensington’s Spicy Brown Mustard ($5.99) with Hot Dogs

*Paired with Kelso Nut Brown Ale ($11.99, pricing may vary between Whole Foods Market stores)

  • Empire Mayonnaise Red Chili Mayo ($7.99) with a Tuna Burger

*Paired with Sixpoint Jammer Gose ($12.99, pricing may vary between Whole Foods Market stores)

Win 2 Tix to Beers at the Beach: Kent Falls Edition – Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk

7 Jul

We’ve got some great news OmNomivores: we’ve got two tickets to giveaway for the second installment of Beers at the Beach on July 16! This time around, right on Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Ken Tuccio of Welcome 2 Connecticut Podcast will be hosting a night of beer sampling with Kent Falls Brewing. If you’re lucky enough to snag these tix from us, just arrive at 6:30 with $10 for parking (free for Norwalk residents) and you’ll get to drink plenty of Kent Falls beer and get your choice of hamburger, veggie burger, or 2 hot dogs from Ripka’s Cafe. Plus, if you dig it, they’ll be shelling oysters on the spot too.

Ken Tuccio JacketSo, how do you win these two tix, valued at $60? All you have to do is tag the person you’d like to take with you either in a comment on our event Facebook post or in a tweet to @omnomct mentioning the event. The contest starts now and goes until Friday, 6/10, at 5 pm. From there, we’ll pick one winner to give the two tickets to.

If you’re straight up baller status then you might want to swing a VIP ticket at $42 that includes entrance at 6, one-on-one time with Barry from Kent Falls, a limited edition Beers at the Beach shirt, and drink the first (and maybe only) release of Shower Beer, their lime zest gose. 

For more about Ken, check out his site and our post on him.

For more about Kent Falls Brewing, check out our original interview with Barry and our recent visit and review of their beer.

203 Food News: Openings, Markets, Fireworks, Props, Cheese, Jobs + CT Beer—6/25/15

25 Jun

This week, we’re gonna get right down to biznatch and get your going with an awesome list of events, deals, jobs, and CT brew news. Also check out details on upcoming beer fests or last week’s news. Here we go:

6/26 Tangled Vine will be playing at Little Barn in Westport around 9:30.

The Post Road Grilled Cheese Sandwich at The Granola Bar in Westport, CT6/26 If you’re 35 or under and wanna party before the show, check out Westport Country Playhouse. They have their latest Happy Hours with food from The Granola Bar and Shake Shack as well as some great drinks for just $25. Your ticket also gets you into the show (And a Nightingale Sang) too!

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Kent Falls Brewing to Headline Beers at the Beach on July 16 – Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk

12 Jun

Ken Tuccio of Welcome to Connecticut Podcast held his first Beers at the Beach yesterday right at Calf Pasture Beach. It was a nice turnout and there were just enough people to make it feel busy, but not too many to create crazy long lines for beer and food. Speaking of beer, Aaren and Precious from Beer’d were there and brought some friends: Whisker’d Wit, 5.2%; 8 Days a Week, APA, 6%; House Divided, DIPA, 8.4%; and Get to the Choppa, Imperial Amber Ale, 9.1%. It seems that there was a consensus with everyone we talked with about two things:

1) 8 Days a Week was citrusy, bright, and the best of the night.

2) We just liked to say, GET TO THE CHOPPAAAAA! 

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Mecha Noodle Bar Slurps Up Pasta Nostra Spot in SoNo

9 Jun

Big news for SoNo: South Norwalk Buzz just reported that Mecha Noodle Bar of Fairfield will be opening up a second spot and taking over the Pasta Nostra space at 116 Washington Street. Not only will this be a big game changer in SoNo by adding more variety of food, but it helps to keep the dining scene alive more than ever. With this expansion, this marks the third restaurant from the same owners including Pho Vietnam in Danbury. We don’t have any more information at this time, but when we do, we’ll be sure to share it with you. In the meantime, you’ll just need to practice your slurping and your ramen skills at their other two spots.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what has happened to Pasta Nostra, don’t worry devotees: it’s evolving and will soon reopen down the street at 20 North Main Street as Bruculino. 

W2CT Beers at the Beach series kicks off w/ Beer’d Brewing at Calf Pasture Beach

29 Apr

We’re almost in May, so we know what that means: time to think about the beach and time to think about more beer. Okay, so we’ve been thinking about beer all year long, but cut us some slack as we try to riff on this. And to help your love of open air, warm sand, and sipping on brewskis, Ken Tuccio of Welcome to Connecticut Podcast presents a series of summertime events called Beers at the Beach.

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