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Chowdafest V Recap, Results, and Our Picks: Why 2013 Rocked!

3 Feb

Chowdafest V 2013 Crowds

We parked the Prius, walked into Webster Bank Arena, dropped off our food donations, then headed deep into all the action. No, there was no game that day, but there were thousands of gallons of assorted soups, chowders, and bisques. Chefs, owners, and their families waited with baited breath as thousands of chowdaheads came to see if they had what it took to be the next Chowdafest champion.

Corn Bisque from Valencia of Norwalk

Corn Bisque from Valencia of Norwalk

We dove into the action, right away, hitting up Valencia‘s Venezuelan Corn Bisque with a Corn, Fontina, and Bacon arepa ball. The soup was one of our favorites from the night, but what made it truly memorable was the nice finish from the arepa ball that remained crispy. Chef Michael Young didn’t seem flustered at all, even though his servers had no power and had to heat the soup up in a room near the top of the stadium. He’s the man…and it was a pleasure to catch up with him for a bit.

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The Play by Play for Your Big Game Day via Alternative Control

29 Jan

Team OmNom for Alternative Control CT

When Alternative Control asked us on Twitter, if we were on board for a post on their site, we were like, DUH!  We love their free spirit, their voice, and what they stand for:  full out footballs to the wall awesomeness.  Then, we thought about what we could write about, what we could share…what we came up with was “The Play by Play for Your Big Game Day,” a to-do list of things to do on Sunday, February 3.  So, not only do we have your pre-game covered, we have your game-time covered with lots of specials and deals at local bars and restaurants throughout Lower Fairfield County.  Here’s a sneak peek with a link to our post and some of the other posts from some other rockstar bloggers:

Part of the excitement of checking out Sunday’s big game (we are under obligation by the mega-monopolies that rule this world not to say what we’re actually talking about but to hint at what we’re talking about, even though you all know what we’re talking about, though of course we could ask permission, but we’d probably be denied use of the name) is the excitement, the adrenaline rush, and eating and drinking whatever the hell you want.  Yeah, there are no limits at all on the biggest game day of the year.  So, we’ve put together a check list of things to do on February 3, 2013.

☑ Check out Chowdafest V before the game from 11-4 pm at Webster Bank Arena.  We’re talking nearly 30 soups and chowders from 25 different restaurants.  You pick your faves and they could actually win…too bad you can’t pick a game winner that easily, huh?  Think of all the money you could make…

☑ Pre-game Party!  Buy at least a pound of bacon and wrap everything in the fridge with it.  Bacon-wrapped chicken, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, bacon-wrapped pulled pork, bacon-wrapped ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken wings, bacon-wrapped breadsticks, even bacon-wrapped bacon.  If you want to add more flavor to those wings, try Stamford’s own Hoardable Hot Sauce!  Tail-gate in the backyard or parking lot and make sure to make lots of noise.  Leave before the police get called.

Read the rest of the to-do list including places to watch the game here at Alternative Control, Metal…and everything else you need to live!

Raven for Kibbie! from The Headbanging Hostess

This Counts as a Vegetable, Right? from Alicia Ghio, The Natural Princess

Bair’s Swathed Swine from Ryan Bair

Dipped in Beans from Vegetarian Metalhead

Stuffed with Mayonnaise from Jessica May

Chowdafest V Soups and Chowders List (Start Planning Your Attack Plan Now)

25 Jan

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The results are in!

We told you all about how wickedly awesome Chowdafest V is going to be a while ago, remember?  Well, we got an e-mail from Chief Chowdahead, the Sultan of Soup himself…Jim Keenan.  While we were disappointed that some of the restaurants dropped out of the contest, we’re also very excited to hear that a few new ones entered the race.  We’ve been updating our original post to reflect those changes, but that’s already such a huge post and we didn’t want to make it even bigger, so we’re sharing the final entries with your here.  You’ll see the three categories and the soups that each restaurant will be preparing.  If you see “R” under Years, that means they are new to Chowdafest.

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