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CT Food News, Vol. 29: Brunch, Deals + Steals, Happy Hours + CT Brew News

26 Feb

We’re back with our weekly food and beer events and news listings, so get ready. It’s bigger and better than ever, and we’ve added a nice new feature for ya, too. If you visit our Events page, you can see a calendar that lists all of these events, things that we’ve already posted about and won’t bog you down with, lists and details of our favorite brunch spots, happy hours and meal deals, as well as Connecticut brewery hours. We’ve also included the calendar at the bottom of this post if you’d like to check it out and hit the +GoogleCalendar button on the bottom to subscribe for instant updates. This will be updated more and more as we go by week after week.

Events

2/27 Melt Mobile will be outside of Greenwich Library, so take out some books and fill up that stomach.

2/28 Check out the 10th Annual Black Rock Rocks with plenty of live music and great food. Venues include The Acoustic Cafe, BRYAC, Fire Engine Pizza Co, and Tautog Tavern. More info here.

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CT Food News, Vol. 24: Brews, BBQ, Balls, Chili, Funghi, Farms + More

9 Oct

And…here we go! A ton of things are going on in Fairfield County (and nearby) that you definitely need to be a part of. So, check those calendars, text your friends, and get out there! And, don’t forget about two more things: CT Beer + Restaurant Week is 10/13-19 and Chowdafest takes over Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on 10/12.

Okay, getting drinking and eating…

Events and Dinners

10/11 Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ will be at Black Hog (a pair made in heaven!) in Oxford from 1-5. So, make a day of it: pound down some good brews and nom away on some awesome pulled pork, chicken sandwiches, coleslaw, and their killer smoked mac & cheese. How killer? Enough that we’d order that same dish two years in a row for Kristien’s birthday bash. 

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Chef Robert Irvine Cooks up Dinner: Impossible LIVE at Ridgefield Playhouse

8 Nov


With Chef Robert Irvine of Food Network, nothing’s impossible…certainly not even the craziest dinner scenario that can be dreamt of.  Whether it’s preparing a meal in the freezing cold Ice Hotel in Quebec, a luau for 150 hungry Hawaiians, or even creating a magnificent meal using craft beer in only 7 hours, Chef Irvine can do it.

Chef Robert Irvine, photo by Michel Leroy

Chef Robert Irvine, photo by Michel Leroy

While the filming of his Dinner: Impossible shows might take days and require weeks or even months worth of work to put together into a finished product, he’s changing things up just a bit (note the sarcasm) on Sunday, 11/17 with Dinner Impossible:  LIVE.  Starting at 8 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Chef Irvine will present the live version of his popular Food Network Show.

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Wined Down Fridays: Painting and BYOB at The Giggling Pig

20 Mar

Pic from The Giggling Pig Site

Living Social has a great deal going on now at The Giggling Pig in Shelton.  For just $12 (normally $25), you’ll get to take part in a Paint & Sip BYOB painting class.  These fun events where you bring your own bottle are held every Friday from 7-9 pm.  You don’t need to bring any supplies at all, either!  Artist Gail Bell, a landscape painter, will be hosting the class.  If this is something you really love, there’s the option to sign up for the entire month, too.  If you do that, you’ll get $5 off each class.  Quite a nice deal!

If you’re concerned about being a beginner and not knowing how to paint, don’t worry.  Gail will teach you the tricks of the trade.  Plus, think about it.  Everybody will be drinking wine and beer, so if someone appears to be better to you, blame it on drinking too much liquor.  Or, give those people more liquor so that your skills start to match up!  See, it’s a win-win!

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A Chocoholics Dream: Chocolate World Expo Comes to Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk!

14 Jan
Chocolate World Expo Logo CT
Studies have shown that chocolate can help you lose weight and actually keep your heart healthy.  So, look dastardly dentist dad of Willy Wonka and all of his ilk…sweets won’t kill you.  No, let us bravely move forward, embracing chocolate and sweets in all their beautiful forms.  Yeah, whether we talk about chocolate covered bacon, chocolate covered pickles (!?), rum cakes, chocolate flavored coffee, chocolate dipped waffles, or even jellies, we need to remember that we’re feeding our hearts and souls.  So, come and feed your inner child at the Chocolate World Expo on Sunday, 1/27 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  Tickets are just $15 for adults or $10 for kids (ages 2-12) and that INCLUDES admission to all Maritime Aquarium exhibits.  If you’re a member of the aquarium, you’ll also save $2 per ticket!
What will you get for that sweet (we made a funny, haha) price?  Check out the details from their site:
At Chocolate World Expo Connecticut, approximately 35 local and regional vendors will offer tastings & sales of their delicious and decadent products that include chocolates, baked goods, gelato, specialty foods and food-related gift items.  Vendors will be set up in Newman’s Own Hall (near the seals) and throughout the Aquarium’s galleries, which will be fully open that day – at no extra cost to visitors – making this special event an especially outstanding value for attendees!

Participating vendors include 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, Auntie El’s, Bacon Bites, Barbara’s Butter Crunch, Bella’s Home Baked Goods, Breezie Maples Farm, Chocopologie Café, Fretzels by Jill, Goodway Bakery, JD Gourmet, Kathie’s Kitchen, Knipschildt Chocolatier, Le Rouge – Handmade Chocolates by Aarti, Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters, Peanut Principle, Puckers Gourmet, Rescue Chocolate, Screme Gelato, Xocai Healthy Chocolates, Yona’s Gourmet and more.

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Win Big and Eat Cheap at the 2012 Fairfield Restaurant Week: 10/14 – 10/20

22 Sep

Ah, the anticipation and excitement that this will bring.  From October 14 – 20, you’ll be able to take part in Fairfield Restaurant Week.  This, dear OmNomivores, is a restaurant week different than ones you’ve experienced before.  First off, you have an amazing variety of top class restaurants participating.  Secondly, you’ll have a chance to check out old favorites or even some of the newer restaurants in town like Bodega Taco Bar, Martel, and The Chelsea.  Also, this will be pretty light on the wallet with lunch at $10 or $15 and dinner for just  $20 or $30.  Some places might even throw in some other kind of discount or special, just for you.  How about $10 for a case of stingers from Colony Grill?  Sold!

But, let’s get down to things now.  As if eating out on the cheap isn’t enough, you’ll have a chance to win a pretty amazing prize.  This is all you have to do:

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Stew Leonard’s Celebrates Harvest Season with Food, Wine, and Beer to Benefit The Norwalk Exchange Club – Norwalk, CT

22 Sep

Fall is one of our favorite seasons.  Yeah, we know, there’s only four to choose from, but it’s in the top four most definitely.  You’ve got perfect weather, nature’s colors explode, there is always so much to do, and it’s harvest time.  Yes, this is the time when all your favorite pumpkin beers come out, when you drink cider again (hard or regular), and when you crave that slice of pumpkin pie.  Well, we’ve got another great way for you to enjoy fall:  a harvest season party with food, wine, and beer at Stew Leonard’s Wines and Spirits of Norwalk to raise money for The Exchange Club.

There will be over 65 different wines and beers available for tasting that you can try along with some great seasonal food.  Tickets are just $40 and, as mentioned, go to help The Exchange Club that will use the money to benefit local community organizations and Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities.  Just come by on Thursday, 10/18 from 6 pm to 8 pm and celebrate.

For starters, check out some of the food:

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Can it! Learn how to preserve and can your food. Wakeman Town Farm – Westport, CT

30 Aug

We were at The Christmas Tree Shop (Dan’s nemesis, his holy water, his silver bullet) recently and saw giant cases of mason jars.  That got us to thinking how amazing it would be to can our own veggies or make our own jam and sauces.  Then we got to more thinking and were scared because we didn’t know how to do it properly.  Then we kind of gave up.

You could make something as awesome as this! From Wakeman Town Farms page.

But, we don’t have to give up anymore.  Wakeman Town Farm is actually holding a special workshop on September 8 from 9 am to 12 pm.  You’ll learn how to can, make jams, and even blend together a nice tomato sauce.  The class costs $35 when you register online or is $40 at the door.  There isn’t much space, so make sure that you get your spot online before anything begins.  Oh, you’ll also come home with some nice treats…a few jars of your own goodness that you can store away for fall or the cold days of winter. Continue reading

Nom away at these Connecticut weekend events

8 Aug

Sometimes you are just jonesin’ for something to do in the great state of Connecticut because we are, well, still revolutionary.  Ya know?  Lucky for us this upcoming weekend has tons of fun, food, drinks, and music in store.  So, let’s break it down for ya:

1)  Shoreline Wine Festival 

When:  August 11: 12pm – 7pm and August 12: 12pm – 6pm

Where:  Bishop’s Orchards Winery :  1355 Boston Post Road in Guilford, CT

How Much:  $30 ($25 for advanced ticket) or $10 for a designated driver.  Buy here.

Why go?

Lots of food to nom on and vendors to check out

Lots of wine from CT’s own vineyards:  Bishop’s Orchards, Chamard, Hopkins, Jonathan Edwards, Jones, Sunset Meadows, and DiGrazia.

Lots of music to listen to:

  • 8/11:  Moody Blossom from 12-3 and Shiny Lapel Trio from 3:30-7
  • 8/12:  Dizzy River Band from 12-3 and Rizzo’s Dilemma from 3:30-6

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  • Len Gulino, “Wine 101” 8/11 + 8/12 at 3 pm
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Wakeman Town Farm Hosting Family Fun Day w/ Games, Food Trucks, MYO Sundaes, a Pie Contest, and More!

23 Jun

Need somewhere to take the kiddos on Saturday, July 14?  Or, maybe you’re just a kid at heart and want to enjoy some local food trucks, check out a pie contest, or just want to pet some animals?  Either way, you’ll have to stop by at Wakeman Town Farm at 134 Cross Highway in Westport on 7/14 from 12-4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, and just $5 for kids.  The food trucks are eat as you go, though, so bring some extra dinero.  If you’re planning on going, make sure that you register by writing The Wakeman Town Farm at wakemantownfarm@gmail.com.

Here’s a full list of all the great things going on:

• Local food trucks (Steaz Ice Teaz, J&J Kettle Korn, Christie’s Country Store, and an unidentified ice cream truck!)

• Games

• Farm Olympics

• Make your own sundaes

• Picnic (BYO blanket)

• Kid’s auction (you can win classes, workshops, and hoard-worthy items)

• Face painting

• Garden Tours

• Petting zoo

• Pony rides

• Pie contest (yes please)

• Fire truck (dalmatian not included)

• Not listed:  helping support local farmers!

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