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Valencia turns into a speakeasy for their Bootlegger’s Party ft. Real McCoy Rum – Norwalk, CT

8 Jan
Real McCoy Rums aged 3, 5, and 12 years (from http://realmccoyspirits.com)

Real McCoy Rums aged 3, 5, and 12 years (from http://realmccoyspirits.com)

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.

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Hot Spot Hotshots of Lower Fairfield County « Our 2nd Post for CBS Connecticut

27 Aug

Giovanni at his new hot spot, Volta

Hot Spot Hotshots of Lower Fairfield County « CBS Connecticut

So exciting! Our second post for CBS Connecticut. This time, we explored some hot spot hotshots by us. We look at Valencia and Bodega; Capriccio and Volta; and Scena Wine Bar, 55 Degrees, and Cava. We’ll tell you why the restauranteurs behind these hot spots rock and what to order.  Again, when you click through our post, please click on the FB Recommend tab to boost us up.  Thanks, you all rock.

“Our music library is full of one hit wonders that hit it big, but then sank into obscurity.  There are a handful of people, though, who have remained popular for decades, album after album.  Well, in our food-obsessed culture, restaurateurs and chefs have become the new rock stars of our generation.  The cream-of-the-crop own hot spots that people rave about and put out high quality menus fit for foodies. They use their culinary skills, knowledge, and creativity and translate their success into new restaurant endeavors.  Here’s a glimpse at just a few hotshot restaurateurs who own hot spots in Lower Fairfield County.  Let’s dig in…”

Hot Spot Hotshots of Lower Fairfield County « CBS Connecticut

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