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Ultimate Guide to CT Fall Beer Fests, Oktoberfests + Events — 2015

15 Sep

Fall begins September 23, so while there’s still some great time left for summer, we’re doing all we can to make sure that you have the best fall EVER! And, part of making that happen is highlighting beer festivals, Oktoberfests, and beer-related events going on throughout this fine state of Connecticut. Oh . . . and when we say ultimate, we mean ultimate: as you don’t need to go anywhere else because this is the most complete guide to fall events that you’ll find anywhere else! Because there are so many events, we’ll be shifting events that pass to the bottom.

Prost! Continue reading

b.good Fairfield Hosts Grand Opening Party + Partners with Community Plates

14 Sep
Co-founder and chef, Tony Rosenfeld of b. good

Chef Tony Rosenfeld (also co-founder) of b.good putting together a Farmstand Tomato-Basil Kale & Grain Bowl at The Westport Farmers’ Market

We took a trip Portland, Maine a couple of weeks ago and devoured so much food (surprising, right?) One of our favorite spots that we checked out was The Holy Donut, which uses potato and sweet potato in their donuts. Holy crap, people: amazing. And, just a few doors down is b.good, a restaurant that we learned about a month ago when we were walking through Greenwich and saw that it was opening up on the avenue.  Continue reading

Win Two Tix to Friday’s Connecticut Chefs Challenge 2015!

14 Sep

Connecticut Chefs Challenge Winners Belt!

Update: Thanks to all that entered, what an awesome contest! Sorry to say, there can be only one winner, but we’re happy to announce that Michele, you’re the winner. We’ll be contacting you via e-mail soon. Tix are still on sale if you didn’t get to win. :)

We’ve been counting down the days, hours, and minutes until 7 pm this Friday, 9/18 at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. That’s when 8 super-talented chefs from Connecticut will do battle to see who takes home the culinary belt and gets to brag about the win all year long. But, it’s not just about watching these incredibly talented chefs do battle and rib each other. Nope. You can check out the buffet, taste some apps, drink some free wine and beer (Host Chef Plum’s arranged for some great beer, btw), and dessert! Also, there will be some judges that we love there, too: Chef Derrick Prince of Stanton Social, Judy and Joy, and Ken Tuccio.  Continue reading

5 Easy Ways to Give Back During Hunger Action Month . . . and Beyond

3 Sep

Although September is National Hunger Action Month, the needs of the under-served and food insecure last all year long. But, this is an important month because it brings into focus the hunger crisis that faces America. According to FeedingAmerica, 1 out of every six people here in America struggles with hunger and having enough food to get by on a daily basis.

Those statistics are frightening, but there are plenty of ways for your to help out in September to bring more awareness and to help raise money for charitable organizations that give back by making simple purchases and eating out. Continue reading

Funk Fest ft. Rare + Funky Brews w/ Charcuterie Pairings to Benefit Hole in the Wall Gang

2 Sep

Jeff Roberts, the man behind the burgeoning Facebook group (over 300 members) Craft Beer Enthusiast Union, has organized a beer event to satisfy all the beer geeks out there: Funk Fest 2015. Jeff joked around, saying that you don’t want to be the person who is looking at Untappd checkins and feel all left out. So, instead, go treat yo’self and get down to The Outer Space in Hamden on 11/22 at 3 PM for a benefit to go down in the history books for The Hole in the Wall Gang. Tickets are $85, can be purchased now, and are selling out with only 20 left. Continue reading

Stamford Chili Cookoff 2015 Looking for Entrants; Save the Date!

2 Sep

Stamford Chili Cookoff

The Stamford Chili Cookoff is looking for cooks and chefs who have mastered the art of chili. If you think you’ve got that killer recipe that will help you take home first prize, then contact Joe Gonzalez and let him know you’re in it to win it!

For the rest of you who just want to taste their chili and vote on your favorite, let this be a save the date! The event goes down on November 1 from 11-3 at the beautiful Stamford Museum and Nature Center. More details on the way . . . but we can say that this is a great event that not only warms your body, but also your heart as you’re helping to raise money for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Slice of Saugatuck 2015 Returns w/ 25 Restaurants Participating, Live Music + a Ton of Fun!

1 Sep

Slice of Naugatuck 2015

Hey, people, Slice of Saugatuck is back and you need to get yo’self there. All you need to do is bring $10 ($5 for kids) for a ticket on 9/12 from 12-3 in the Saugatuck part of Westport. When you arrive at any of the ticket stations or the main area in Bridge Square (where Kawa Ni is). After you purchase your entry, you’ll get a map of Saugatuck (deliciously shaped like a piece-a pizza) so you can find all the spots to discover. You’ll also get a Golden Passport that lists all the places where you can nom away on free bites of food. When you visit 10 or more spots (and why wouldn’t you?) you become eligible for various $25 gift certificates. Continue reading

The Cream of the Crop @ Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair

25 Aug
The best of the season's harvests will be showcased at Wilton's Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

The best of the season’s harvests will be showcased at Wilton’s Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

Coming up this Sunday, August 30, is one of the most anticipated end-of-summer events: the Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair! Just come by from 10-4 (rain or shine) to Grange Hall @ 25 Cannon Road in Wilton and bring along either $2 for admission or $1 with a canned food item that goes to Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry. 

When you get there, there’ll be so much to check out! There will be contests to see who makes and produces the biggest and/or best things like baked goods, preserves, veggies, fruits, flowers, homemade spirits, and more. In addition, you’ll be able to stock up on lots of baked goods and take part in some lunch/brunch options with their concession stand. In addition, there will be live music all day, a watermelon eating contest at 3:30, demos and lessons throughout the day, and an auction of fruit, veggies, flowers, and baked goods that starts at 4:15 in Grange Hall.

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

WTF Harvest Fest Party + Dinner Features 9 Stellar Restaurants + Vendors

24 Aug

A night with food, drinks, and good company all under the summer sky. Photo courtesy of Wakemen Town Farm

Wakeman Town Farm in Westport is hosting their 4th Annual Harvest Fest at 6 pm on 9/12. . . and, oh, you’ll want to get a piece of it. Well, lots of pieces, actually. That’s because there will be a smorgasbord of hors d’oeuvre and drinks in the form of cocktails, wines, and craft beer during the cocktail party. Then, things will soon shift focus to a dinner. Just look at this lineup of restaurants and vendors who will be making this night awesome:  The Spread, Artisan, Blue Lemon, Fairfield Cheese Co., Fleisher’s Craft Butchery, AMG Catering, Olivette, Wave Hill Breads, and Saugatuck Sweets.

In addition to all of that awesomeness above, there will be live music and an auction that features smaller prizes and bigger items like a stay at a private house in Big Sur, a four-course dinner party at Sugar & Olives and Barcelona, a family getaway, and a mysterious surprise vacation. Tickets for this event are $150 each and are on sale starting today. Click here to get ’em while the getting’s good (this event does sell out pretty quickly, btw). 


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