Last year’s Block Party, photo from Westport Country Playhouse
This ain’t Pee Wee’s Playhouse (but we do freaking love that show), this is CT’s own Westport Country Playhouse…and they’ve brought back their popular Block Party to kick off the 2014 season. So, come on down 4/12/14 from 4-7 to take part in all the fun events that are planned out. Here are some reasons to check it out:
Outstanding in the Field has been trekking across America since 1999…and they’ve even hit up international destinations in 2011 such as Italy, Spain, Denmark, Great Britain, and Ireland. So, what exactly is Outstanding in the Field? It’s literally a moveable feast, but in the form of a Winnebago that travels from farm to farm, location to location, sets up a ginormous table, pulls in some of the area’s best chefs and local food, then puts on an, well, outstanding meal.
Update: Please be aware that Valencia had to cancel this event.
With all the beer, wine, cocktails and liquor in America today, it’s crazy to think that just 94 years ago Prohibition reared its ugly head. Although we know it didn’t stop the truly devoted who brewed moonshine and other crazy concoctions, nor did it stop the mafia from controlling the illegal trafficking of booze…nor did it stop one rum runner named Captain Bill McCoy. Although didn’t drink liquor himself, he smuggled in illegally popular unwatered-down rum into America from the Bahamas, fueling the speakeasies during Prohibition.
But, thankfully we’re way past that dark moment of our history. So, as George Santayana says, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” You best believe we ain’t letting that crap happen again…
And that’s where Chef Michael Young’s Valencia Luncheria comes in with their Bootlegger’s Party. Chef Young and crew have created a bash to celebrate the awesomeness of liquor and food together as one. The drinking, dancing, eating, and reveling goes down from 7-11 pm on January 21. Tickets for this illicit event are either $55 per person or $100 for a couple. The windows at Valencia will be blacked out and the staff will be in costume from the 20s and 30s (we’d pay to $500 to see Chef Young dressed up). They’d love for you to come dressed up too, though they told us it’s not totally ncecessary…but seriously, don’t be a Bootlegger’s Party pooper.
The stunning side room where we dined…
What major things have you accomplished in 12 days? Maybe you were able to bake up your holiday cookies, redecorate a room to your house, or reorganize your closets. Oorrrr, how about opening and redesigning an entire new restaurant? That’s exactly what Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar, transforming the space that was Lolita into a brand new swanky hotspot. Fabiana, the designer for cb5 Restaurant Group, made use of some of the design elements of Lolita, while adding her own touches as well as the ideas of Jodi Pennette. Everybody pitched in, including General Manager Diego who hand painted the beautifully ornate mirrors in the back room.
The very talented Josh Moulton
Rouge is sexy, lush, and oozes that certain je ne sais quoi of a French brasserie. The bar is quaint and intimate, while off to the side you have an elevated dining area, a large room with comfortable dining areas, and a large, stunning communal table. We were there as guests for a press dinner and you best believe we were ready to eat. With Executive Chef Josh Moulton (of Union Square Cafe, Gabriele’s, Tavern on the Green, Gramercy Tavern, a CIA grad, and a sommelier at age 24), we were excited to see what was in store.
- Artist’s rendering of Little Pub Greenwich, from FB page
Ridgefield got Little Pub in 2009.
Wilton got Little Pub in 2013.
And, damn right, Greenwich is getting Little Pub in 2014.
That’s right. Little Pub is opening up its third location and has set its sights on Greenwich, more specifically Cos Cob. Their new location will be located at 531 East Putnam Avenue, the former location of Fonda la Paloma. We’re gonna miss saying “Fondle my Paloma” every time we pass it now, but that’s okay…Little Pub is coming in.
Earlier this year (see our post for more details) we shared the news of Oak + Almond‘s opening and we were most excited about two things:
1) The chef is Jeff Taibe, (brother of chef Bill Taibe from LeFarm and The Whelk) formerly of Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield. He has received lots of great press, so we definitely wanted to try out his food.
2) We love their beautiful patio and were excited for a restaurant to come in that could fulfill its potential.
So on a beautiful summer night, we decided to see if we were right on both fronts.
The vibe was lively, the fire was roaring in the patio fire pit, the service was attentive, and the drinks were flowing. The space definitely felt revived from its Tuscan Oven days! We started with some drinks, because, well, when don’t we? The wine list was pricey, the cocktails creative, and the beer list a bit disappointing. Nowadays, I think we’ve come to expect some local beer on tap, or at least some awesome craft brews in restaurants that tout themselves as farm-to-table…yet there were none of these things. So, with that, we both started with the Oak + Almond Cocktail which consisted of Four Roses bourbon, luxardo triplum, almond syrup, fresh lemon, Elemakule Tiki Bitters, and a smoked sea salt rim. Wow, this is quite possibly our favorite Bourbon drink ever. Above all, this drink had finesse and balance. At first you get an orange-y kind of taste, but that quickly fades as the great quality bourbon comes to the front. The nice touch is the giant ice cube that keeps the drink cold with less water diluting it. This is a must-order if you love bourbon drinks.
Q. What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
Q. Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
A. No, they eat the fingers separately…
Q. Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
A. Dayscare Centers.
Q.Why did the Vampire get fired from the Blood Bank?
A. He was caught drinking on the job.
Q. Why do ghosts have so much trouble dating?
A. Women can see right through them.
Q. What do you use to repair a Jack O’ Lantern?
A. A pumpkin patch.
While we can’t take credit for these jokes (we got them from here), we can sure dig the awesome play on words and old school jokes that help us remember how much we love Halloween. And, wouldn’t you know it, Half Full Brewery in Stamford is giving us a few more reasons to keep loving Halloween.
Do you feel lucky, punk?
Well, if you do then maybe you’ll think about entering a contest that we’re holding with the lovely ladies at PopShop Market. They are giving away lunch at the food truck or restaurant of your choice AND a cocktail or beer from their Signature Bar Car.
Here’s all you need to do:
Tweet at @omnomct and @PopShopMarket, telling us what restaurant or food truck you’re excited to try. Just remember to mention both of us so we can count you in the running for the goodies.
The contest starts now (9 am, 10/2/13) and goes until 7 pm on 10/2/13. PopShop Market will contact the winner by Twitter, so make sure you’re following them to get that very juicy and yummy Direct Message saying that you won.
To check out the lineup of food trucks, restaurants, and shops at this Saturday’s PopShop check out our post from yesterday and the PopShop site.
Dan and Kristien