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CT Food News: Festivals, Food Trucks, Events, Openings, Tastings + CT Beer – 10/16/15

16 Oct

Here at OmNomCT, we want to make sure that you’re having a helluva good time, so we’ve put together a killer good list of events, dishes that you must try, news on restaurant openings, deals on meals, and plenty of CT beer news. As always, we’ve got the most extensive guide to Fairfield County and CT food news that you’ll find anywhere else. If you have anything you’d like for us to add next week, please let us know . . . we don’t dare charge to support our local restaurants, bars, and event organizers. 

Events

10/16-17 Chief Brody’s Banh Mi truck will be at Yale today at College Street before Wall from 11:30-3 and Saturday at Black Hog from 12-5. Continue reading

Win 2 Tix for Harbor Brew Fest 2015 w/ Over 85 Breweries + 7 Food Trucks

11 Oct
This could be you, here. Stick with us and we'll tell you how to win two tix!

This could be you, here. Stick with us and we’ll tell you how to win two tix!

Harbor Brew Fest 2015 is this Saturday, October 17, at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard and to say we’re excited would be a crazy understatement. It’s one of our favorite beer fests in the state and always surprises us how it seems to get better each year.  

Well, what makes it so great? 

1) The Brewer’s Special experience actually makes you feel like a VIP. You get in an hour early (12-5) and even get access to the Brewer’s Beer Garden, plus your own VIP Tasting Glass. Those tix are $60 each and very worth it.

Some of CT's best breweries will be on hand!

Some of CT’s best breweries will be on hand!

2) Whether you get the Brewer’s Special or General Admissions, you get unlimited samplings of beer, no brainer. These tix are $40 and get you in from 1-5. Check out the list at the end of this post. There’s also a DD ticket for $20 if you wanna be nice. 

3) Food trucks. Yeah, plenty of ’em this year: The Meat Truck, Poutine Gourmet, Chompers, Munchies, Melt Mobile, Lobstercraft, and Taco Pacifico.

In depth look at that oozy gooey goodness of the sandwich. Divine.

In depth look at that oozy gooey goodness of the sandwich. Divine.

4) Live music from Tom Crowley & The Speakers, The Alpaca Gnomes, and Relative Souls.

5) This festival, brought to you by Harry’s of Fairfield, benefits the Harbor Light Foundation, a non-profit that provides “safe and beneficial programming for children with autism.”

6) You can win a pair of tickets from us! Continue reading

CT Restaurants Needed to Join Food for Thought Restaurant Week

9 Oct

Food for Thought Restaurant Week

Most of us know The Salvation Army as the ones who ring the bells outside of stores at Christmas time or as the ones who take donations to sell in their stores, but they do a whole lot more than that. In fact, they serve over 60 million meals a year across the country with 400,000 of those going to CT residents along with 200,000 grocery orders for those in need. You can imagine that supporting these efforts can be tough, but there are people who step up and give back. But, imagine if it was even easier to help give back and to raise money for this organization?

Okay, don’t imagine anymore. That’s because from November 1-5, CT will have the first ever Food for Thought Restaurant Week. Just dine at any participating restaurant, and they will give 10% of your order to The Salvation Army.

We’ll have more details soon about the restaurants that will be participating, but today we wanted to reach out to our restaurant buddies. Yeah, we’re about to tag up a storm on FB and Twitter, so get ready. We’d love for you to get involved, you in? There are no fees to participate, no menu requirements, and no prix-fixe requirements, either. To sign up, just go here! If you’d like to find out more, please e-mail Jim Keenan. In addition, you’ll be helping out a great cause AND it’s a great way to introduce your restaurant to a new audience. 

Chief Brody’s Banh Mi Truck + Jason Sobocinski Sock it to Homelessness

9 Oct

As a continuation of his Guest Chef Series, Chef Greg Martell from Chief Brody’s Banh Mi food truck will be teaming up with Chef Jason Sobocinski from Caseus in New Haven and Black Hog. They’ll be manning the food truck together on October 15 from 11-3 at the corner of York and Chapel. At that time they will not only be serving up their regular awesome menu, but will also have a special Banh Mi from the food-genius mind of Jason Sobocinski. But, this isn’t the first time these two chefs have worked together, oh no. Martell actually used to work the Caseus food truck!

Oh, and there’s an extra incentive to order that special sandwich: Chief Brody’s will donate $2 from every purchase to Columbus House Inc. who serves the homeless and those in risk of being homeless. In addition, they will be a Sock Drive going down. Just bring a pair of new socks in and you’ll be entered to win some great swag from Caseus, Ordinary, Black Hog, and Chief Brody’s.

CT Food News: Over 10 dishes to try, food trux, Oktoberfests, going pink + CT beer – 10/8/15

8 Oct

Normally we have a top-heavy list of events, followed by food to try and news, then plenty of CT beer news and releases, but this week it’s a bit different. There are a TON of dishes and drinks that we think you need to get out there and try. So, um, get out there and try! And, please don’t forget to tell people that you found out about them from OmNomCT.

10/8 Meat us at The Meat Truck at Premier Subaru in Branford from 11:30-1:30 and then Two Roads from 3:30-8.

10/10 Guten grog, Part Deux at Cottrell Oktoberfest from 3-6 right at Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck. $5 gets you in the door and, from there, you buy the beer and you buy the brats.

10/11 Chowdafest hits Westport. You ready, you in?  Continue reading

Nancy Fuller, Sarabeth Levine + Nicole A. Taylor Join Cookbook Author Panel at Ferguson Library

7 Oct

The Ferguson Library in Stamford is hosting a cookbook author panel with three very special guests: Nancy Fuller, Sarabeth Levine, and Nicole A. Taylor. The doors open at 6:30 where guests will be treated to a wine reception with a nice selection of appetizers from Cosi, Fuji, and John the Baker. The panel part of the night begins at 7 and will be followed by book signings. Oh, and there will be copies of their books for purchase, too. Tickets for this event are only $15, but are in limited quantities, so make sure that you register right away. Now, a few details about each panelist: Continue reading

What Creative Chowders and Soups/Bisques Are Cooking at Chowdafest 2015?

1 Oct

Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

Chowdafest is right around the corner, and you’ll want to check out this one. It’s gonna be bigger and bad-assier than ever, helped out by the new location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. From 11-3 on 10/11 you taste killer chowders and soups from New England and even, in one case, Seattle . . . then you vote for your favorites. The winners will go down in fame and will have definite bragging rights.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12 (you can also buy them online), and parking is absolutely free. So, as promised, here’s a delicious preview of the Creative Chowders and Soups/Bisque that you’ll be nomming on:   Continue reading

Behold the awesomeness that was the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2015

29 Sep

 

 

We have to admit, we had a major case of the Sunday blahs this week. See, we had so much fun at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival celebrating the best in food and drink from Fairfield County, to Westchester and even a bit of NYC, that we didn’t want it to end. In fact, while we’ve always had a great time, we felt like this year’s events were the best yet! Let us thrown down a recap so you can start looking forward to Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2016. 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

Fairfield County Signature Chefs Auction and Tasting to Benefit March of Dimes

23 Sep

Some nummy nummy restaurants and bakeries across Fairfield County are coming together for a night full of food, drinks, music, and all around-goodness for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. The event is taking place at the newly opened Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company, starts at 6:30, and costs $75 per person. Oh, and you’ll get plenty for that, too: Continue reading

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