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2016 Most Innovative Chefs @ Greeenwich Wine + Food Festival Named!

1 Jun

For us, our favorite part of the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is always Friday night where the best chefs from Fairfield and Westchester Counties come together to pump out their signature dishes. Plus, we love it because there is plenty of beer and wine . . .  and The Bacon Brothers! And, at this year’s Master Chef Dinner on 9/23, it’s only going to get better! Just look at the talent here:

  • Mogan Anthony, Village Social, Mount Kisco, NY
  • Carl Carrion, Cask Republic, South Norwalk, CT
  • Albert DeAngelis, Eastend, Greenwich, CT
  • Constantine Kalandranis, 273 Kitchen, Harrison, NY
  • Michael Kaphan, Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish, Salem, NY
  • Geoff Lazlo, Mill Street Bar & Table, Greenwich, CT
  • Brian Lewis, The Cottage, Westport, CT
  • Tony Pham, Mecha Noodle Bar, South Norwalk, CT
  • Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning, Stamford, CT
  • Bobby Will, Saltaire Oyster Bar, Port Chester, NY

You can also look forward to last year’s Most Innovative Chefs (now Ambassador Chefs) pairing up with different chefs on this night. For more about this event and the other events happening at the festival this year, check out recent post!

Win 2 Tix 2 Craft 260 Cask Festival ft. 40+ Casks!

23 May

Over 40 casks . . . and we’ve got your shot at free tickets to attend this year’s event!

Thanks for all the great entries for this contest! We are excited to say that Melissa Dowers was randomly selected as the winner! Thank you all for entering . . . and we hope that you can still stop by!

The 2016 Craft 260 Cask Festival is taking place at the Scandinavian Club in Fairfield from 1-5 on June 12 . . . and there are a whole cask full of reasons to go. Well, actually, more than 40 casks full of options. That’s because 20+ local breweries from CT and the Northeast will be on hand with two casks each. Both casks that each brewery brings will have the same exact base beer, but there will be two different recipes to create two different beers. Also, it wouldn’t be much of a beer fest if there wasn’t food involved . . . and lucky for you that Craft 260 which we gave a 3.75 Nom rating to, will be catering the event! There will also be live music playing all day including Hide & Seek and CT’s own The Alpaca Gnomes. Plus, it’s damn nice to say that they will be offering up a portion of proceeds directly to the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation. Continue reading

4 Food + Drink Packed Days @ 2016 Westchester Wine + Food Festival 

19 May

Westchester  Magazine has a ton of great events planned for you June 8-12 this year with the Westchester Wine & Food Festival! Whether you’re all into desserts, fashion, burgers, beer, wine, or just want to stuff your face with some of Westchester, Hudson, and Fairfield County’s best food, there’s an event going on that you’ll love. Get more info here and your tix here and read on for the meaty details:

Wednesday, 6/8: Fashion Food & Wine

Stop by the Bloomingdale’s in White Plains from 6-8 for a fashion show and a hand-picked food and wine pairing from wine expert Kevin Zraly and Sonora chef Rafael Palomino. Tickets are just $25 and that includes a $25 Bloomingdale’s Gift Card and Gift Bag. Plus, there are some great incentives for people who get some shopping done during the day! Other participating restaurants include The Dessertist, KEE Oyster House, Samosa Shack, The Wooden Spoon, and Wild Ginger.

Thursday, 6/9: Burger & Beer Blast

Stop by Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla from 6-10 and get your burger, food truck, dessert, beer, and drink fill! Tickets are $75 and include unlimited beer/wine/spirits and food items. And, you know it’s gonna be some great food with Schweid & Sons providing the best, top-notch beef! Some of the participants include 5 Napkin Burger, Bareburger, Campagna, Coals Pizza, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Fortina, Little B’s Burger Bar, Madison Kitchen, Peekskill Brewery, Piper’s Kilt, Pow! Burger, Prime 16, Rye House, X20 Xaviars on the Hudson, DoughNation, Souvlaki Truck, Walter’s Hot Dog Truck, Artuso’s Pastry Shop, and Beascake’s Bakery & Breads.

Friday, 6/10: An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers

Get ready for some amazing food from some of the most celebrated chefs in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! This event is happening from 6:30-10 at The Ritz Carlton in White Plains and costs $125 or $175 for VIP which includes a 5:30 early entrance. In addition to each chef’s signature dishes, there will be plenty of excellent wines that have been selected to complement each dish. We’re talking about chefs from Polpettina, Harvest on Hudson, The Cookery, L’inizio, Restaurant North, The Ritz-Carlton, An American Bistro, Purdys Farmer & the Fish, X20 Xaviars on the Hudson, Moderne Barn, RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen, Crabtree’s Kittle House, Tarry Lodge, The Inn at Pound Ridge, Sonora, Fortina, MP Taverna, BLT Steak, Campagna, Saltaire Oyster Bar, and dessert from Blue Tulip Chocolate, Coffee Labs Roasters, Lulu’s Cake Boutique, and Penny Lick Ice Cream Company.

Saturday, 6/11: Grand Tasting Village

From 12-5 you’ll be checking out some of the most amazing samples of food right at Kensico Dam Plaza. Entrance is $75 or $125 if you’d also like access to the Connoisseur Tent that has high-end food and wine. In addition to restaurants providing samples, there will be chef demos that include Michael Psilakis, Donatella Arpaia, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Joy Bauer. Some of the restaurants include Amore Cucina & Bar, Bar Sugo, Blue Moon Mexican, Chutney Masala, Clock Tower Grill, Elia Taverna, Kishuya Ramen, NoMa Social, Rosemary and Vine, Rye House, Serafina, The Taco Project, WUJI, Zuppa, and more.

Saturday and Sunday, 6/11-12

There will also be two cooking classes for kids if you want to instill that love of food with your offspring. The two options include Jr. Chefs Academy and Kids: Use Your Noodle.

Nischan, Richman, Samuelsson, Ziggy Marley + More @ Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2016

5 May

Is it September yet? Oh, man, we just want to fast forward, skip all the heatwaves and skip all the storms until we get to the 2016 Greenwich Wine & Food Festival. This year it’s going down on September 23-24 and we have some details to share with ya like the musical acts, celebrity chefs, and some of the nomworthy features of this awesome annual event. We are also very happy to share that Serendipity is donating profits to Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Wholesome Wave and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation!  Well, here are some of the preliminary details:  Continue reading

Proper Afternoon Tea Party in Fairfield to Benefit Near & Far Aid

3 May
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A recent open house tea held in Greenwich. Picture from Royal Tea Company.

Cheerio, love. Fancy a spot of tea, some crumpets? Okay, that’s about as much British as we know, sorry, so we’ll just go ahead and tell you about an Afternoon Tea Party that’s happening this Friday, 5/6, from 1-3. Tickets are $35 and that includes scones with jam and cream, egg and cress sandwiches, trifle, Royal Tea Loaf,  Magic Wishing Stars, tea, and more! And, those scones are legit. Like the same scone recipe from the Queen’s baker legit. Sit back, sip, and relax or stroll through fragrant gardens.

This event will be catered by The Royal Tea Company at a private home in Fairfield. There is also an option to add in a private Designer House Tour for an additional $65. All proceeds go directly to Near & Far Aid, an organization that works with local agencies to help wipe out poverty in Fairfield County. 

Free Pizza in Greenwich to Benefit Kids in Crisis

3 May
Steven Fox and Pizza Truck

Steven Fox (right), owner of Steven Fox Jewelry, will be hosting the New Haven Pizza Truck in front of his store this Saturday. Photo from Kids in Crisis.

Free pizza? Free pizza! Yes, it’s true! Just stop by Steven Fox Jewelry at 8 Lewis Street from 11-4 on May 7 for free pizza. Oh, but not any pizza: we’re talking about New Haven Pizza Truck. While you take a seat and enjoy some slices courtesy of Steven Fox Jewelry, you can learn about Kids in Crisis, an organization that we care deeply about. If you remember from a previous post from us, they had almost a million dollars cut from their budget. Then, if you’d like to, you can donate money to their organization to help them fill in the funding gap that is left.  Continue reading

Dine Out for Week of Caring for Greenwich United Way – May 1-7

29 Apr
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David Rabin, CEO at Greenwich United Way with Ramsey & Adam Zakka of Z Hospitality Group. Photo courtesy of Z Hospitality Group.

Z Hospitality Group (you know them in Greenwich as Terra, Mediterraneo, and now EASTEND) has been raising money year after year for the Greenwich United Way. In fact, they have been giving a portion of their proceeds to this important charity since 2006! In that time they have raised over $20,000! That money will help GUW to identify, address, and fund critical human service needs in the community. This list that shows what they’ve done since their existence is pretty amazing.  Continue reading

Dining Out For Life: Dine Out, Fight AIDS – April 28

21 Apr

Help fight AIDS by just dining out at any of these great restaurants . . .

Dining Out For Life is a national organization that is hosting a special day of dining in cities and towns throughout the country next week to raise money for AIDS research and assistance. The event takes place on April 28 and all you need to do is eat at any of the 30 restaurants in CT (or in other cities). AIDS Project New Haven, in particular, will see much needed funds in the ballpark of at least 25% of each check going to their cause.

For the full list of cities participating visit here or to see just CT restaurants, click here. 

Here’s a copy of the CT restaurants with phone numbers for reservations/info, when you can eat, and how much of a donation they’ll be sharing:

168 York Street Cafe(203) 789-1915 Donating 100% Dinner, Late Night

Assaggio(203) 483-5426 Donating 60% Dinner

Bella’s Cafe(203) 387-7107 Donating 50% Breakfast, Lunch

116 Crown(203) 777-3116 Donating 25% Dinner

Amici Tavern(203) 691-6761 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

Anaya Sushi(203) 891-6716 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

Asti Ristorante and Bar(203) 208-4041 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

Aunt Chilada’s(203) 230-4640 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

BARRACUDA bistro & bar(203) 691-5696 Donating 25% Dinner

Basta Trattoria(203) 772-1715 Donating 25% Dinner

Cafe Amici CT(203) 848-1682 Donating 25% Dinner

Cafe George by Paula(203) 777-1414 Donating 25% Lunch

Cave a’ Vin Winebar(203) 777-6206 Donating 25% Dinner, Late Night

Claire’s Corner Copia(203) 562-3888 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Consiglio’s Restaurant(203) 865-4489 Donating 25% Dinner

G-Zen Restaurant(203) 208-0443 Donating 25% Dinner

Geronimo Bar and Grill(203) 777-7700 Donating 25% Dinner

Home(203) 483-5896 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

ION Restaurant(860) 346-9210 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

Katalina’s Bakery(203) 891-7998 Donating 25% Breakfast, Dessert

Kitchen ZINC(203) 772-3002 Donating 25% Dinner

Moe’s Southwest Grill(203) 776-6637 Donating 25% Lunch

Nellie Green’s(203) 483-8400 Donating 25% Lunch

Ola Restaurant(203) 891-0522 Donating 25% Dinner

Rainbow Gardens(203) 878-2500 Donating 25% Dinner

ROIA Restaurant(203) 200-7045 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill(203) 787-3466 Donating 25% Dinner

Soul De Cuba Cafe(203) 498-2822 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

Stonebridge Restaurant(203) 874-7947 Donating 25% Dinner

Trattoria ‘A Vucchella (203) 383-2837 Donating 25% Dinner

Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar(203) 859-5342 Donating 25% Dinner 

More about Dining Out For Life from their site:

Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.

In 1991, Dining Out For Life was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out For Life is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada.

More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,150, all money raised in these cities stays locally.

The 2016 Dining Out For Life International Date – April 28, 2016 – is fast approaching, so be sure to save the date! Several participating cities hold their Dining Out For Life events off the International Date, so be sure to see if a city near you has an event coming up soon!

Dining Out For Life International Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. ® = Registered trademark of Dining Out For Life International Association, Inc.

Registration Open for 2016 CT Chefs Challenge w/ MAJOR Prizes at Stake

8 Apr

We had a blast year at the 2015 CT Chefs Challenge and were so proud to be one of the partners for the event. Some of the areas best chefs did battle to see who had the best dish of the night. In the end, we were impressed with how much each chef and sous chefs were able to accomplish in such a short time. In the end, it was Chef Adam Bedini from StrEATery food truck who took home the #1 spot and the coveted trophy. Continue reading

Food for All 2016 ft. Fairfield County’s Newest Restaurants w/ Cocktail Bar

18 Mar

You’ll not only help to fund the food rescue revolution, but you’ll also leave full and probably a bit tipsy.

May the 4th be with you . . . especially if you’re heading to Food for All, the annual fundraiser event for Community Plates. The night begins at 6:30 and goes until 9 at Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock in Stamford. Tickets are $100 or $75 if you buy a group of 6 or more together at once. That money will not only help to fuel the food rescue revolution that Community Plates is helping to bring, but also gets you noms of the newest restaurants to open in Fairfield County as well as a cocktail bar manned by three great Harbor Point restaurants. Continue reading

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