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Slice of Saugatuck 2015 Returns w/ 25 Restaurants Participating, Live Music + a Ton of Fun!

1 Sep

Slice of Naugatuck 2015

Hey, people, Slice of Saugatuck is back and you need to get yo’self there. All you need to do is bring $10 ($5 for kids) for a ticket on 9/12 from 12-3 in the Saugatuck part of Westport. When you arrive at any of the ticket stations or the main area in Bridge Square (where Kawa Ni is). After you purchase your entry, you’ll get a map of Saugatuck (deliciously shaped like a piece-a pizza) so you can find all the spots to discover. You’ll also get a Golden Passport that lists all the places where you can nom away on free bites of food. When you visit 10 or more spots (and why wouldn’t you?) you become eligible for various $25 gift certificates. Continue reading

The Cream of the Crop @ Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair

25 Aug
The best of the season's harvests will be showcased at Wilton's Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

The best of the season’s harvests will be showcased at Wilton’s Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

Coming up this Sunday, August 30, is one of the most anticipated end-of-summer events: the Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair! Just come by from 10-4 (rain or shine) to Grange Hall @ 25 Cannon Road in Wilton and bring along either $2 for admission or $1 with a canned food item that goes to Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry. 

When you get there, there’ll be so much to check out! There will be contests to see who makes and produces the biggest and/or best things like baked goods, preserves, veggies, fruits, flowers, homemade spirits, and more. In addition, you’ll be able to stock up on lots of baked goods and take part in some lunch/brunch options with their concession stand. In addition, there will be live music all day, a watermelon eating contest at 3:30, demos and lessons throughout the day, and an auction of fruit, veggies, flowers, and baked goods that starts at 4:15 in Grange Hall.

Cute Animal and Food Truck Alert: SM+NC Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend 2014

8 May

Llamas, goats, and piglets, oh my…

Whether you want to take your kid to Stamford Museum & Nature Center or you just want to check out all the cute animals, we’ve got a great weekend event to share with you:  Spring on the Farm Festival

Please mommy, can we see the otters and go to Family Farm Friday?

You otter get to SM&NC!

Weekend!  This two day farm and food party goes from 11-3 pm on both May 17 and May 18 and costs $5 for members or $10 for non-members.  Check out all the cute baby animals and your favorite farm friends, too.  You’ll also be able to see the SM&NC sheep get sheared, then see how that wool becomes felt and yarn.  And, there are a whole lot of other things going on too including “llama trekking” (we don’t know what this is, but we SO need to do this), face painting, crafts, live music, and even a plant and herb sale.  Oh, and…what?  Where’s the food?  Pssshhh, you know we won’t leave ya hanging…

Seconds before this entire sandwich is devoured in a major omnomnom fest.

Seconds before this entire sandwich is devoured in a major omnomnom fest.

On Saturday, check out these food trucks:

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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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Mama’s Boy: Spreading Holiday Joy with Cookie Classes, Discounts, and a Holiday Soiree

26 Nov

Mama's Boy Holiday Promo

Don’t worry all you good boys and girls out there, Greer Frederick of Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge hasn’t forgotten about you this holiday season.  She’s been watching you (she still can’t believe that you did that, though) and has deemed you worthy of some great holidays gifts.

Present One

Unwrap a cookie decorating class on December 7 from 2:30-4 pm with Pastry Chef Natalie Duplessy.  While this is geared more towards kids, we don’t see any reason why big kids couldn’t go. :)  Kids will be making sugar cookie Christmas characters and will decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, and all other kinds of goodies.  The cost per child is $10 and that includes cookies to take home and a soft drink or juice to sip on during the cookie class.

Present Two

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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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Pork in the Park BBQ and Food Festival Piggifies the New Mill River Park in Stamford

17 Jun

Bob LeRose can’t seem to sit still or remain inactive.  He first brought Bobby Q’s to Westport and quickly stacked up awards, smoking out the competition at contest after contest.  From there, he organized and built up one of the best events in the state:  Blues, Views & BBQ.  Then, Bobby took BBQ in Fairfield County in a whole new direction with the creation of Bar Q, tapas style BBQ in Downtown Stamford.  And, just recently, he opened up Bobby Q’s Pit Stop in Old Greenwich with his cousin Joey Boucher, serving up BBQ, burgers, chili, and dogs.

For the average, ordinary person that might be too much to handle in just a few years, but we’re not talking about anyone average.  We’re talking about Bob LeRose, whose veins run rampant with BBQ sauce.  He’s taken it to an all new level now with the creation of the first ever Pork in the Park, happening July 13 (11-8 pm) + 14 (11-6 pm) in the brand new Mill River Park in Stamford.  You can think of Pork in the Park as a similar kind of experience to Blues, Views & BBQ, but Bob shared with us that this festival will have a stronger focus on food.  And, a portion of money made from the event is going directly to help the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and the Mill River Collaborative.  Here are the details that Bob shared with us:

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Maple Reigns Supreme @ Maple Sugar Weekend at Stamford Museum + Nature Center

3 Mar

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Giovanni Gentile waited intently by Chef Massimo Stecchi at the Bar Rosso table.   While you have probably seen owner Giovanni at Bar Rosso, Volta, and Capriccio, you might not have seen Massimo in action.  They were there as first time competitors at the First County Bank Chef’s Challenge where local restaurants must craftily use Stamford Museum & Nature Center Maple Syrup.  Joining them as newbies was Nicole Straight from Festivities Catering.  While they have always been very popular, their food has gained a bigger audience since opening a spot at the SoNo Marketplace.  Joining them were two veterans:  first we had EOS of Stamford who always puts together some nice Greek food, and we had defending champions David’s Soundview Catering.  David’s has always “broughten it” and was definitely a force to be reckoned with this year.

So what mapely goodness did this team of all-stars serve up?

Orange panna cotta from Bar Rosso

Orange panna cotta from Bar Rosso

Bar Rosso created an Orange Panna Cotta prepared with candied oranges and maple syrup.  The orange flavor was great with this panna cotta and we enjoyed how a little pool of syrup was at the top.  We took a little bite of panna cotta and made sure we had some of that luscious syrup, too.  The flavor was right on, but the texture was just a bit too watery.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try their Eggplant Relish Crostini with whipped ricotta and maple syrup because they went very quickly!

Chef Erik plates maple glazed shrimp and grits

Chef Erik plates maple glazed shrimp and grits

Next up was David’s Soundview Catering who first offered us a Butternut and Apple Bisque with maple baked chopped pecans.  So many great contrasts going on here between the rich, sweet, tart, and nutty and with textures.  An excellent bisque that we really enjoyed.  We talked with Chef Erik Anderson who was eagerly confident about retaining the crown this year, but was still a bit unsure because the other competitors had put out some great food.  And, of course, we talked with Melissa DeSousa and David Cingari himself.  From the pic you can tell how much fun they have doing their jobs!  Then we tried their Maple Glazed Jumbo Shrimp with white cheddar grits (and bacon, yay).  This was a killer dish and was one of our favorites of the day.  The shrimp was cooked nicely and had a slightly sweet taste from the maple glaze, bits of bacon added saltiness, and the grits were cheesy and silky.  Again, great contrasts in flavor and texture. Our favorite of the day!

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Feast on Ridgefield’s Best Food at Taste of Ridgefield to Benefit Ridgefield Rotary

6 Jan
While we focus mainly on Lower Fairfield County, one of our resolutions this year was to get out there, expand, and show more of the great things going on and restaurants throughout Fairfield County.  Well, let’s start things off right with telling you about Taste of Ridgefield, more awsomerest than last year or any of the 13 previous years.  What exactly is Taste of Ridgefield?  28 different awesome restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, and caterers from the area giving out yummy bites, treats, and drinks until you explode or lose the will to eat anymore.  Tickets are $40 (benefits Ridgefield Rotary Club) if you buy in advance (or $45 at the door) and kids 12 and under cost only $20.  There will be two tasting sessions:  one from 12:30-2:30 and the other  from 4-6 pm.  What’s even better?  It’s on Sunday, 1/27, so you have no excuse not to show up and take part in this awesome culinary event.  If you buy your tickets online, all you’ll have to do is show up at the Ridgefield Community Center on 316 Main Street…no need to print out your ticket.  
Here’s the list of all the places that will be providing food:
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