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Spice things up: Hatch Chile Roasting Festival at Grade A in Stamford

8 Aug

If you would like your mind to be blown search up “What’s the difference between chile and chili peppers?”  Digging through the vast amounts of articles and bickering over a single letter is certainly tough academic work.  Some claim there’s no difference, some claim it’s a difference based upon where you live, and some strongly state that chiles are spicy peppers (New Mexicans in particular) while chili is the meaty soup-like food.  We’ll just have to do more research on this (and by saying that we mean we’re done researching it)!

Anywho, you’ll be happy to know (however you spell it) that Grade A ShopRite on West Main Street in Stamford is hosting a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival on August 10 from 10-3 pm.  These prized peppers are the champagne of the chile world, only being grown in Hatch.  If you get a Hatch pepper from anywhere else it’s a fake!  And, what makes them even more valuable is that the harvest season is very short.  So, you’ll have to come by and try some of these big and bad grilled chiles outside of the Grade A.  In addition, you’ll be provided with some killer recipes and will get tips from the experts on how to best prepare your Hatch chiles.

Hint:  when cutting hot peppers it’s never fun to wipe your eyes or use the bathroom.  Just trust us on that one.

Grade A ShopRite

Hatch Chile Festival

August 10, 10-3 pm

1990 W Main St

Stamford, CT 06902

Lidia Bastianich Coming to Stamford Fairway for WNET Fundraiser with Wine and Food Tastings

24 Oct

Lidia's Italy in America, from wliw.org

My mom’s gonna be so jealous.  Yeah, Lidia Bastianich is coming to Stamford’s Fairway Market on November 5, 2011.  The same Lidia who hosts Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, founder of Bastianich Winery, pasta and sauce maker, and the owner of four restaurants in NYC.  Both Fairway and Lidia have joined foodie forces to help support WNET, providing CT and NY with great programming through THIRTEEN and WLIW21.  The fundraising part will take place at Fairway Wines & Spirits on Friday and Saturday, 11/4-11/5.  Fairway will be donating 10% of their profits from their amazing selection of wine, liquor, and especially beer.  Think we’ll have to pick up some Delirium Tremens, some Rogue Ales, or some Caduceus Vineyards wine while we’re there.

That’s not it, either.  There will be wine tastings going on so you’ll be able to try Lidia’s wine either Friday or Saturday.

Ok, now for the food-crazed fans of Lidia:  she’ll be appearing Saturday to sign her books Lidia’s Italy in America and Nonna Tell Me a Story:  Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen and she’ll be signing her wine bottles, too.

Ok, and now just for the food-crazed people.  There will be tons of free samples of her pasta, her sauces, and some of Fairway’s best food specials for fall.

Make sure you leave early to come to Fairway because we have a feeling this will pack up the store more than it was at its opening.  Ciao,  a presto!

Saturday, November 5, 2011
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Fairway Stamford (699 Canal Street, Stamford, CT 06902)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Book signing: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fairway Wines & Spirits (689 Canal Street, Stamford, CT 06902)

Friday, November 4, 2011
Wine tasting: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Lidia won’t be there on Friday, Omnomivores)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wine tasting and bottle signing: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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