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CT’s Chowdafest 2014 Winners Announced and Event Recap

2 Feb

Um…wow.  This year’s Chowdafest was really more like Chowdabest.  Over 7,500 people (when we get the actual numbers, we’ll share) came through the doors to slurp down killer soups, chowders, and bisque.  Chowda Chairman, Jim Keenan, told us this week that the presales at Stop & Shop had already topped the attendance record from last year.  And, that doesn’t include the massive amounts of people waiting to get inside of Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, either.  Christian Burns, owner of Ginger Man Norwalk and Greenwich and Cask Republic in New Haven and Stamford told us that the line to enter stretched outside for a bit.  What an amazing turnout and what a great show of force to support not only the restaurants and sponsors participating, but to also raise some vital funds and donations for The Connecticut Food Bank.  

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Chef Plum Rescues You from Thanksgiving Disasters

26 Nov


As we mentioned yesterday when we announced the Ultimate Holiday Cookie Contest, Chef Plum of Newtown is back on TV.  This time you can see him on the weekly Allrecipes segment on “The Better Show,” aired on the Hallmark Channel.  “The Better Show” airs at noon during weekdays and Chef Plum is featured on Tuesdays with the Allrecipes crew.

His first segment was a shoot in NYC where he asked people what the heck pieces of kitchen equipment were and what they were used for.  Very entertaining.

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CT Wins Big on Food Network w/ Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes + Chef Plum

28 Oct

Spoiler Alert!

What an exciting weekend for Connecticut!  On Saturday, Waterbury based Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes was set to compete on Cupcake Wars on Food Network.  Then, a day later, Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods was poised to make his appearance on the second episode of Guy’s Grocery Games.

Words could not express how tense things were for us and all their fans.  We knew both Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes and Chef Plum had what it takes to win both contests, but you never know.  There are so many twists and turns for competition shows on Food Network, so we waited very impatiently to find out if they’d rise to the top.

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Chef Plum of Newtown Competes on Fieri’s New Show, Guy’s Grocery Games

15 Oct

Capture from Guy’s Grocery Games, from Food Network

Chef Plum is no stranger to TV.  Whether it’s his numerous appearances on local TV, competing on the inaugural show of The Taste, a mini Chopped competition on Food Network, or even eHow cooking webisodes over the internet, Chef Plum’s got it covered.  Plus, we haven’t even mentioned the great things he does through his friendship and work with Pro Players Insiders.  Plus, lots of people in CT know Chef Plum through Plum Luv Foods and his pop up dinners.

Chef Plum Talks Between Courses at the May Dinner Underground Event

Chef Plum will be taking on three other chefs in the second episode of Guy’s Grocery Games! Go Plum!

Well, our beloved Plum who is larger than life, will be on TV again soon.  This time around you’ll find him on Guy Fieri’s new show, Guy’s Grocery Games, on Food Network.  The new series premieres on 10/20 at 8 pm on Food Network and on 10/27 you’ll see Chef Plum compete.

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Chef Demos, Beer Tastings, Food Galore, Music and More @ Taste of Danbury

12 Sep

The chef lineup at Taste of Danbury, photo from Local Food Rocks

 Taste of Danbury on CityCenter Green is a huge event that gets Danburians (?) and other Fairfield Countiers super excited…but it’s going to be even more redonkulous this year.  Why, you ask?  Well, our friends Chef Plum (Plum Luv Foods) and Alicia Ghio (Natural Princess and Local Food Rocks) will be doing chef demos on the Ives Street stage along with Sarah Caron from Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Jeanette Chen from Jeanette’s Healthy Living.  If you’re looking at the picture above, Chef Plum is the cool dude contemplating bananas and a whisk, Sarah is in the bottom left, Jeanette is in the middle, and the ever so fabulous Alicia is on the right.

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Chef Plum Creates a Summery Dinner Underground ft. Shiregate Family Farm

27 Jun
Chef Plum Talks Between Courses at the May Dinner Underground Event

Chef Plum Dishes on Dishes Between Courses

Chef Plum has another Dinner Underground up his chef sleeves.  This time around, Plum will focus on grassfed beef from Shire Gate Farms and will use other local ingredients that highlight our love of summer foods.  The Shire Gate Farm dinner is July 14 from 6-9 at Butcher’s Best in Newtown, CT.  Tickets are $80 (buy them here) and are limited to just 30 so you have to imagine they are going to sell out pretty quickly.  We were fortunate enough to be invited to attend his list dinner which was his own take on BBQ paired with beer from Saranac Brewing and we had a blast.

Sous Chef Justin Kern Prepares the Chicken

Justin Kern plates the chicken at the last Dinner Underground

You’ll find that Chef Plum and Sous Chef Justin Kern space out each course perfectly.  You’ll have plenty of time to try out each course, chat with your table mates, and just plain chill.  After you course is cleared away, Chef Plum (you’ve seen him on The Taste, Food Network, ehow.com, and OmNomCT) will talk about what you’re about to eat.  We’re talking the inspiration behind the dish, how it was made, what’s unique about it, and possibly his ideas on the big bang theory.

We hope you can make it!

MENU

1st course

Shire gate farms Beef carpaccio with local bean salad, shaved Parmesan

2nd course

Grilled oyster with red chili, beefeater gin and cilantro

3rd course

Brisket spring roll with grilled peach sauce

 4th course

pork belly mac and cheese (He can’t seem to get enough pork belly, the pork belly tacos at the last dinner were reDONK)

 5th course

Roast Ri striper with smoked avocado salsa

6th course

Strawberry Shortcake “sushi” (Excited to see what that’s like…)

Shiregate Farms Dinner Underground @ Butcher’s Best

7/14, 6-9 pm, $80

125 South Main Street

Newtown, CT 06470

(203) 364-0013

Chef Plum Takes Dinner Underground Again with a Saranac Beer + BBQ Dinner – Newtown, CT

16 May

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Now that we finally have that warmer weather that we dream of during the colder months in Connecticut, we can look forward to BBQ season.  For some, BBQ season never ends, though.  The tailgate warriors, the backyard chefs who won’t allow a little annoying snow to ruin their plans of cooking up some burgers on the barbie.  But, whether you’re a BBQ expert, a novice, or just a BBQ eater, you’ve probably never had a BBQ meal like the one that Chef Plum of Newtown, CT has planned out for Sunday, May 26 from 7 to 10.  He’s repurposed Butcher’s Best in Newtown as a pop up restaurant in his dining series called Dinner Underground.  Tickets are limited to just 30 people and cost $85.39 (that’s with the service fee) and you can buy them here.  So, you know how we work…this is where we explain why you need to get yourself to this event:

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