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Full Details on Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Sprouting Up for Their Second Year

17 Jun

Black Rock Farmers' Market 2015

This Saturday, June 20, marks the second year that The Black Rock Farmer’s Market hits that sweet spot between Fairfield and Bridgeport. Just a primer: BRFM is held every Saturday from 9-1 at the field adjacent to St. Ann Church on 481 Brewster Street all the way up until October 17. And, it’s definitely more than your typical market with special artisan markets on the last Saturday of every month, talks, cooking demos, activities, and more.

Here’s some more info to get you there, week after week:

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Live Local this Summer at Westport Farmers’ Market

7 May
Live local this summer season

Live local this summer season

The Westport Farmers’ Market (we love how they use the apostrophe in the correct place, btw) is back for some more action with the kickoff of their 2014 summer season.  This is their 9th summer season and with everything they have planned for the coming months, this will probably be their best season ever.  WFM takes place at 50 Imperial Avenue from 10-2 pm every Thursday, starting on 5/22 and going all the way until 11/6.

Some highlights for this season include:

• Produce, products, and meats from a huge list of vendors (full list below)

Lobstercraft is in da house!

• Local chefs will have weekly demos, highlighting local food from 10:15-11 (list coming soon)

• Demos on healthy living, food prep, butchering demos from Craft Butchery, and more

• WFM has a local non-profit host each week, raising vital funds for nearly 30 organizations.

• Artist Alley will feature some of the area’s best artists the first Thursday of each month.

Vendors at Westport Farmers’ Market Summer Season, 2014

The Local Catch – Charlestown, RI
Two Guys From Woodbridge- Hamden, CT
Sanskow’s Beaver Brook Farm – Lyme, CT
Skinny Pines, LLC – Easton, CT
Riverbank Farm – Roxbury, CT
Sono Baking Company – South Norwalk, CT
Fort Hill Farm – New Milford, CT
Beltane Farm – Lebanon, CT
Arogya – Westport, CT
Woodland Farm – South Glastonbury, CT
The Stand – Fairfield, CT
Boxcar Cantina – Greenwich, CT
Sport Hill Farm – Easton, CT
Oxhollow Farm – Roxbury, CT
Huckleberry Artisan Pastries – Bridgeport, CT 
Rose’s Berry Farm – Glastonbury, CT 
Raus Coffee Company – Stamford, CT
Mystic Cheese Company – Mystic, CT
Aradia Farm – Southbury, CT
Sugar & Olives – Norwalk, CT
Wave Hill Bread – Norwalk, CT
Muddy Feet Flower Farm – Ashford, CT
Backy 40 Kitchen – Greenwich, Ct
Simply Delicious – Norwalk, CT
OM Champage Tea – Bedford, NY
Silvermine Apairy – Norwalk, CT
Rotating 
Doc’s Maple Syrup – Woodhill, NY
Flour City Pasta – Fairport, NY
Pastabilities – Redding, CT
Food in Jars – Redding, CT
Molly & Murphy – Trumbull, CT
Greenwich Food Company – Greenwich, CT
CT Hoardable Hot Sauce – Springdale, CT
Garden Fresh Baby – Fairfield, CT
Festivities – Norwalk, CT
Izzi B Desserts – Westport, CT
With Love From The Cupboard – Westport, CT 
Olive Oil of the World – Westport, CT
Lobstercraft – Norwalk, CT
Carrot Top Kitchens – Redding, CT
Drink More Good – Beacon, NY
And an ice cream/icee vendor to be announced…

 

Food Trucks, Demos, Living Green + More @ Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014

11 Apr


Earth Day happens every April 22, but the core and heart of this day is something that we hope lives on for the other 364 days a year.  “Living Green” isn’t about just recycling…there’s so much more that we can do to help out our Mama.  What exactly can you do, you ask?  We’ve got some ideas in our heads, but there’s also a huge celebration planned to answer just that question:  Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014!

This Earth Day celebration is free, open to the public, and is being held on 4/26/14 from 10-4 pm at Fairfield Warde High School.  Here’s a mere schmatering of what’s in store for attendees:

4/26/14!

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Chef Demo Lineup at Chowdafest 2014 Announced

24 Jan

Chowdafest 2014 Contestants

Okay, so it’s finally time!  You’ll never know how tough it was for us to not spill the pinto beans on this one:  the chefs who will be taking part in the first ever cooking demos at Chowdafest brought to you by both of us here at OmNomCT and CTbites and sponsored by Clarke of Norwalk.

Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

First up is Hunter Zampa, winner of Food Network’s Chopped:  Teen Talent competition.  You also might remember seeing him duke it out all the way until the end on Rachael vs. Guy:  Kids Cook-off.  Well, here’s your chance to see him cook live as he works the Clarke Cooking Stage starting at 11:30.  For his demo, he’ll be creating a Spinach Potato Leek Dip using ingredients and products from Frontier Soups and Westminster Crackers.

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Full 3 Day Recap of the 2013 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival (We’re Still Full)

7 Oct

Greenwich Wine & Food Festival Collage 2013

Because of prior commitments, we were only able to attend the Grand Tasting at last year’s Greenwich Wine & Food Festival.  So, after having a great time at that last year, we vowed to hit up every event this year…and we did!

Thursday’s kick-off party was held at Miller Motors in Greenwich and featured wine, cocktails, finger food, and lot of goodies up for auction to help benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang.  We learned a great deal about the charity that Paul Newman founded to give children with disabilities a chance to attend a great summer camp and met some great people.

And, then there was Friday’s Grand Tasting (see our complete album with descriptions here).  This year’s event was in a bigger tent, so there was lots of room to stroll around and go from table to table.  This event was amazing and featured some of the best chefs from NY and CT including Michael William Batt from Food Design Catering, Rui Correia from Douro, Clifford Crooks from BLT Steak, Eric Gabrynowicz of Restaurant North, Bryan Gilmore of 121 Restaurant, Frederic Kieffer of l’escale, Michelle Klem of CakeSuite, Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie, Eric Korn of Good Life Gourmet, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Debra Ponzek of Aux Delices Foods, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk.  There was a nice variety of wine, plenty of great top shelf liquor, and even lots of sweets and coffee to wind the night down with.  We finally had the chance to meet Chris Barrett and Brianna Pennel from Steam, so that made us very happy.  And, we got to meet and talk with Raphael Palomino, owner and culinary brain behind the amazing Sonora and the newcomer to Greenwich, Bistro Latino.  We also finally had the chance to meet Graham Elliot who became part of the auction by offering up not one but two exclusive experiences at his new restaurant in Greenwich, Primary Drink & Food.

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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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Blues, Views + BBQ 2013 returns hotter than ever! – Westport, CT

26 Aug

One of our favorite Connecticut festivals is happening 8/31 and 9/1:  Blues, Views & BBQ.  And, it’s pretty easy to see why it’s one of our favorites:  there’s BBQ, there’s a whole lotta food, there are some killer tunes, there’s lots o’ beer, and there’s lots to check out.  This year you’re able to buy your tickets online (go to their Homepage then click on the link) to make entrance super easy.  A one day pass for an adult is $25 or you can get a two day pass for $45, Seniors 65 or older pay $15/$25, students from 13-20 pay $15/$25, and children 12 and under are free.  Here are all the juicy and smokey cool deets:

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Chef and Grillmaster Demos at Pork in the Park Announced!

8 Jul

Pork in the Park is just around the corner, July 13 (11-8) and 14 (11-6).  Can you smell the BBQ in the air? But, remember were not talking about just BBQ. Were talking food trucks, local restaurants, music, entertainment, family fun, an official KCBS cook off, and some amazing talent at the OmNomCT Chef Demos. Yes, organizer Bob LeRose asked us to put together a cast of some of our favorite chefs, pitmasters, and grillmasters for both days. You’ll definitely want to stop by and check out these great chefs as they grill up some of their favorite food. You’ll have a chance to talk with them, ask about their recipes, and try the food they are making. Here’s the most updated schedule:

Saturday, 7/13

12:15-1         Nick Type and Seth Leifer (co-owners) of Station Eats in Stamford
1-1:45           Gary Brown of Bistro 7 in Wilton
1:45-2:30   Nikki Glekas with mother-in-law Dina Glekas Loukrezis of EOS in Stamford
2:30-3:15   Kris Yeager, hardcore BBQ competitor.  His team, I.Q. BBQ won first place in ribs and desserts last year at Blues, Views, & BBQ and were named Grand Champion, coming in first overall.  This year they are competing at the KCBS event under a new name:  That’s Our Que.

Sunday, 7/14 (We’ll be around, so say hi)

11:30-12:15 Carlo Fuda, Final 10 Competitor from American Baking Competition on CBS, Official 100% paisano, Chef, Baker, Blogger.
12:15-1          Jason Maur Power Foodie, Competitor from Master Chef on FOX, Chef, Blogger
1-3:15            Break
3:15-4           Ryan Cuber of Savory Smoke Catering
4-4:45          Steve Costanzo of Olio in Stamford 

For more info on the Pork in the Park event, check our original post or the official Pork in the Park site.

Pork in the Park

7/13 (11-8 pm) + 7/14 (11-6 pm)

Cost:  $15 for adults, $5 for kids

Mill River Park

Stamford, CT

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