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You Eat, You Vote: Food Truck Throwdown Hits Stamford May 19

29 Apr

Being such big supporters of the CT Chefs Challenge from Optimus Health Care and the chefs that compete, we were excited to hear about the CT Food Truck Throwdown. Six of the best food trucks in CT have been gathered in a competition where you not only get to taste the best from each truck, but you also get a vote to crown the People’s Choice champ. It all goes down from 4-8 on 5/19 right at 805 Atlantic Street where there will be free parking. Each ticket costs $25 ($20 early bird until May 6) and that gets you a 4-6 oz. serving from each of the trucks. If you’d like an additional serving from a truck, you can always buy more. Proceeds from the night are going right to Optimus Health Care whose mission is to “Improve the overall health of our communities in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Stratford, particularly the medically underserved, by providing preventive, primary care and supplemental health care services along with health education in a culturally sensitive manner regardless of ones’ ability to pay.” Continue reading

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

Robin Selden: Chef of the Year @ The CATIE Awards

18 Mar
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Congrats, Chef!

We have worked with Marcia Selden Catering on many things over the year such as sharing recipes and coordinating a cookie competition. Throughout those times, we’ve had the chance to work with Executive Chef Robin Selden and it’s been a blast: especially when we ate all of those cookies together. ;)
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Win 2 Tix to Sold Out CT Blind Beer Awards @ Blind Rhino

16 Mar

 

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Well, you can’t buy tickets anymore, but you can win them . . .

Update: The Winner of our contest was randomly picked and is Richard Soares. Thank you all for entering.

Our original plan was to talk about the Connecticut Blind Beer Awards as we got closer to the event taking place at The Blind Rhino on April 23. But, well, the event sold out in a week. Part of that plan was to give away a pair of tix . . . and we’re sticking with that plan! BOOM! We’re giving away two tickets to this sold out event, so you best take advantage because you can’t get these tickets anymore. Continue reading

Win Tix to SoNo Bowl + Gift Certificate @ Blind Rhino w/ Cash, Prizes + Open Bar

4 Jan
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Update: The Blind Rhino is also giving a $50 gift certificate to the winner of the pair of tix!

UPDATE: Brad V. is the winner of the two tix and the $50 gift card! We’ll be contacting him soon with details on how to get his prize. :)

Tickets are now on sale for SoNo Bowl, going down at 4 pm until kickoff on 2/7 at The Blind Rhino in Norwalk. $15 gets you into the party with an open bar until kickoff, plus Ken Tuccio of the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast will be hosting the night. There will be lots of games and chances to not only win prizes, but to also take home some cold hard cash. Continue reading

MacChilifest: A Spicy, Cheesy, Beefy Event for Super Bowl Sunday

9 Dec
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There will be so many super bowls of awesomeness at MacChilifest 2015!

MacChilifest is taking over the Bedford Middle School in Westport on Super Bowl Sunday, 2/7, from 11-3 . . . and you’re invited. Well, we’re going to use a stronger word than that. We’re demanding you come on down to check out this contest because it’s going to be a great way to kick off the start of that classic, much-anticipated game. Or, if you don’t care about football, it’s an excuse to just stuff your face with some killer chili and mac & cheese.

In fact, we’re talking about 20 different tastings of chili and mac & cheese from some of the area’s most well-known restaurants and even local fire departments. It’s good they’ll be there, cuz things are bound to get hot as the competition heats things up! Categories this year include Classic Beef, Creative Chili, and Mac & Cheese . . . and you get to pick the winners by eating and voting.

Last year the winners were Geronimo, Southport Brewing Company, and the Westport Fire Department, but will they be able to stay on the top with so many other restaurants thirsty to take their place? Places like the Blind Rhino, Bobby Q’s, Chef’s Table, Chilibomb, Da Pietro’s, DrewbaQ (food truck), Little Pub, Liquid Lunch, Mac’it, Old Post Tavern, Sam’s American Bistro, Simply Delicious, Tru North Tavern & Table, Wire Mill Saloon & BBQ, and the Weston Fire Department want first place BAD!

Tickets are already on sale and are priced at $15 per person or $5 for kids ages 6-12. 

About Chilifest

Chilifest benefits the Turtle Fund which seeks to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow.

Chilifest is proudly sponsored by Stop & Shop, Volvo of Westport, The Greens of Canondale, Cabot Cheese, Chaboso Bakery, Tabasco and WEBE 108.  For more information about Chilifest please visit www.MacChilifest.org or email Jim Keenan at MacChilifest@gmail.com

 

 

Vote in Your Favorite Chefs + Restaurants for the 2016 James Beard Awards

2 Dec

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The James Beard Foundation has opened up submissions for their highly-coveted annual awards. They will be giving out awards in the following categories: Restaurant and Chef, Book, Broadcast Media, Journalism, and Restaurant Design. The awards that you help to get a say in are the Restaurant and Chef Awards and Restaurant Design. Here are the categories that you can vote in: Continue reading

2015 Salute to Excellence Winners Announced by The CT Restaurant Association

2 Dec
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Having eaten at Fresh Salt we can say that, yes, they deserve all the honors this year! What a great restaurant!

The Connecticut Restaurant Association held its annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner last night at Mohegan Sun and we’re excited to share the winners! And, while it’s amazing to even be considered in each category, winning is even better. :) So, without further ado, here are the winners along with the runner-ups. Congratulations to everyone and props to The CRA for supporting and showing major love to the food and drink programs throughout The Nutmeg State.  Continue reading

Hoppy Holidays: Win 2 Tix to Beer Conn 2015 @ Webster Bank Arena

1 Dec

UPDATE: We had plenty of great entries, but we only have one winner (sorry): gosiajaros on Instagram. Thanks for entering, everyone!

Looking for something awesome to do to kick off the end of the year and the start of the December holiday season? Of course you are! Well, get your arse down to the 2nd Annual Beer Conn on 12/12 for two sessions of ridiculously awesome beer. Like last year, Beer Conn is being held indoors at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport and you can either check out Session 1 from 12:30-4 or Session 2 from 5:30-9. Tickets are just $35 as long as you buy tix in advance, but increase to $45 if you’re disorganized or lazy and buy them the day of. Continue reading

Top This: Win a 4 Pack of Heady Topper + Trip to VT from Westbrook Lobster

23 Nov

 

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How does a 4 pack of this and a trip to VT sound?

 

Update: the contest was so successful that they actually went through all their VT beer, so the contest is now over. They will pick the winner soon.

Westbrook Lobster in Clinton and Wallingford are trying to find out what people like more: CT or VT beer. They’ll be keeping tabs of the votes . . . and of all the voters. That’s cuz, yes you read the title correctly, they are giving away a 4 pack of Heady Topper from The Alchemist as well as a trip to Vermont! Heady is definitely one of the most widely sought after DIPAs around, making the top of many a beer drinker’s list . . . and VT is a great destination for beer and beauty. 

All you need to do is come by to either location, drink some brews, fill out your ballot, then wait until the end of November to find out if you are the winner! That’s pretty easy, right? Right.  

Good luck to everyone! 


Westbrook Lobster – Clinton

346 E. Main St.

Clinton, CT 06413

Tel: 860-664-9464

Westbrook Lobster – Wallingford

300 Church St.

Walingford, CT 06492

Tel: 203-265-5071

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