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SoNo Restaurant Week 2014: Classics and New Digs Like Local, Johnny Utah’s, Quartino, and Mama’s Boy

23 May
June 8-13, 2014

June 8-13, 2014

SoNo Restaurant Week is back from June 8-13 and this year, there’s some fresh meat (literally and metaphorically speaking) as well as some of your favorite spots to check out.  First, let’s go through the new spots like Quartino Trattoria Vineria which has taken over where Bacchus used to be, Johnny Utah’s which has taken over Black Bear and is putting a lil’ bit a country into SoNo, Sweet Lucy Lynn’s which was John Dough’s and Archie Moore’s, and Local Kitchen & Beer Bar (30 brews on tap) which is a reboot of NOLA and a sister restaurant to the Fairfield location.

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Secret Ingredient Released for Battle of the Chefs with Chefs Pasternack, Storch, and Taibe

16 May
Grace Weber, executive director of Founders Hall, presents a fresh Pekin duck to Chefs Matt Storch, Forrest Pasternack and Jeff Taibe, who will be competing in Battle of the Chefs to benefit Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 -7pm, at Founders Hall.

Grace Weber, executive director of Founders Hall, presents a fresh Pekin duck to Chefs Matt Storch, Forrest Pasternack and Jeff Taibe, who will be competing in Battle of the Chefs to benefit Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 -7 pm, at Founders Hall.  Photo by Karen Rayda.

Oh, duck yeah!  The first ingredient for the appetizer round of the Battle of the Chefs at Founders Hall has been revealed.  On June 8, Chefs Pasternack (Bailey’s Backyard), Taibe (leFarm/The Whelk), and Storch (Match, The Chelsea), will need to use Peking duck in their appetizers.  For these three talented chefs, we don’t think they’ll have too much trouble…but the real challenge is putting out the best duck dish.  Duck can definitely be challenging, too.  It’s pretty easy to overcook and should be served rare to medium rare.  Plus, it does take lots of work to perfect that perfectly crispy duck skin.

All three chefs will be cooking up 200 servings for guests who will then vote for their favorites on June 1 from 4 to 7.  While all three chefs do have the advantage of planning out their attack with the Peking duck, they won’t be so lucky when it comes to the entrée round.  That’s because they’ll open a basket filled with secret ingredients and will have only 40 minutes to put a killer dish together.  A panel of judges will then discuss each dish and pick the winner of that round.  If you want a taste of the entrees, you can buy a special chef’s table ticket.  And, even if you don’t buy that, all tickets will get you enough hors d’oeuvre to fill up that belly, an open bar (oh yeah), and plenty of amazing desserts.

Tickets are now on sale at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, online, or by calling up (203) 431-7000.  Tasting Table Tickets are $500, Floor Seats are $200, and Stadium Seats are $125.  To read more about The Battle of the Chefs, please check out our introduction post and to learn more about the great work of Founders Hall, check out their site.

Rebirth of the Cool: Adam Patrick Takes Over + Reinvents Drink Program @ Match in SoNo

13 Mar

Adam Patrick Walrus Carpenter

On a recent trip to Colorado we hit up a speakeasy called Williams & Graham on the advice of our buddy, Charles Guerrero.  The drinks were awesome and the bartenders were amazing, mixing, shaking, cutting, peeling, straining, and pouring like pros.  Fast forward to a few weeks later when we finally made our way to Walrus + Carpenter in Black Rock and got to see Adam Patrick “behind the stick.”  Not only were his drinks impressively delicious, but he had those same skills that the bartenders who amazed us in Denver had.  One of the moves that got us hyped up was shaking the cocktail in one hand then stirring a drink with the other hand.  We both argued if we could actually do that, trying to pat our heads and rub our stomachs…we couldn’t even do that, but he made it seem easy as breathing.  

Match SoNo LogoWe talk about him with you today because Adam Patrick was chosen by Chef Matt Storch of Match to create a brand new drink program as the Bar Manager.  And, it’s pretty easy to see why Chef Storch would choose him to help bring about the new iteration of his landmark Match in the heart of SoNo.  He’s got drive, he’s got heart, he’s got mad skills, he’s got some sass, and he’s got some serious smarts.  Case in point:  his blog *just add alcohol that takes you through how to make cocktails, the origins of drinks, bar philosophy, and more.  

So, let’s dig a little deeper into the world of Adam Patrick, his role as Bar Manager at the soon-to-reopen Match, some hints about the changes to come at Match, and his evolution in the restaurant and service industry…

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Celebrate Match’s 14th Birthday with 6 Courses for $35 – SoNo, CT

4 Oct

Match SoNo Logo

14 years?  Damn.  That’s a long time in the restaurant biz, but with Chef Matt Storch as Executive Chef since 2001 (and now a partner, too,) it’s clear why Match continues to be a major success in SoNo.  Chef Storch’s food is imaginative, playful, bold, beautiful, and always in a process of evolution.  What’s great about the food at Match and what Chef Storch cooks in general (check him out at The Chelsea too) is that he’s not afraid to take chances and bring in influences from other cuisines.

This love of taking chances, being creative, and creating bold flavor profiles can be seen clearly in Match’s 14th Birthday 6 Course Meals.  From October 8-11, you’ll be able to pick the Fish & Veggies or the Meat Lovers meal for just $35 per person.  Here are both menus:

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Some of South Norwalk’s Best: 2012 SoNo Restaurant Week 10/21-10/26

4 Oct

The restaurant week machine never shuts off here in Connecticut!

This is an incredible time for voracious eaters who like to save some dinero and to try new spots.  While it’s hard to pass up a great burger at Chocopologie, some beer and nice gastogrub at The Ginger Man, we’d like to hit up Estia (not Estia’s American in Darien), Atlas, and finally try Match.  What’s your plan of attack for this restaurant week?  Hitting up old faves or trying new ones?  Let us know! 

2 Course Lunch, $9.99

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A Cheat Sheet to SoNo Fall Restaurant Week 2011 – South Norwalk, CT

8 Sep

Kind of a cool way to run SoNo Fall Restaurant week ( September 25-30, 2011) this year.  Have a lighter two course lunch at $9.99 or $14.99 or get a three course dinner at $19.99 or $29.99.  We always want to equip our Omnomivores with the best kind of advice on spots to hit up, so here’s some info for you as well as some links if we’ve reviewed some of these spots.  When we get more info such as menus, we’ll update this post for ya.  Mangia! ;)

Where We’ve Been

BacchusReview– *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )* Make Reservations

• Excellent, quality Italian food.

• Ask to try the meatball!

Barcelona – *Dinner ($29.99)*

• Excellent tapas menu.  Try the fig and chorizo.

• Great drink and wine list.

Coromandel –Review–  *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Great Indian food (Not quite Thali, but still solid)

Chocopologie – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Great eclectic food choices. The burger isn’t on the RW menu, but is a must for burgerholics.

• Also, creative and unique tea and coffee drinks.

• Chocolate to die for.

The Gingerman –Our CBS Post *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

• Great bar food and drinks with an immense beer list.

• If you try their hottest wings, you will beg for mercy.

Match  *Dinner ($29.99 )*  Make Reservations

• Very good Italian food

• Sidewalk dining, baby!

Red Lulu –Review 1Review 2   *Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Inventive and delicious Latino flare and fare.

• Great drinks.

• Hard to get in, so be ready to wait.

The Sono Baking Company & Cafe – Review – *Lunch ($9.99)* 

• Stuffed french toast here is purely amazing.

• Fresh, quality ingredients used in their food.

Sono Brewhouse – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

• Good bar food and drinks

Where we still need to try…

Donovan’s – *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

O’Neill’s – *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

Strada18 – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

Omnomivore’s Guide to SoNo Restaurant Week 2011. South Norwalk, CT

10 Jun

Looking for the 2011 Fall SoNo Restaurant Week info?

Finally, what Darryl Ohrt, Prime Minister of Awesome at Humongo, has been waiting for:  An Omnomivore’s Guide to SoNo Restaurant Week!  Spots involved this year are excellent and should be tried, over and over, Sunday-Friday…for lunch and dinner!  We’ve made a list below with some info and–when applicable–some links to our reviews on those restaurants.  Most Restaurant Week menus aren’t posted or live yet, but when they are, we’ll update for you, fellow Omnomivores.

Where We’ve Been

BacchusReview–(203) 956.0220  Make Reservations

• Excellent, quality Italian food.

• Ask to try the meatball!

• Review coming soon…

Barcelona –(203) 899.0088

• Excellent tapas menu.  Try the fig and chorizo.

• Great drink and wine list.

Black Bear Saloon –203) 299.0711

• Good bar food and drinks.

• Sports bar atmosophere

CoromandelReview– (203) 852.1213

• Great Indian food (Not quite Thali)

ChocopologieRW Lunch Menu & RW Dinner Menu– (203) 854.4754

• Great eclectic food choices. The burger isn’t on the RW menu, but is a must for burgerholics.

• Also, creative and unique tea and coffee drinks.

• Chocolate to die for.

The Gingerman – Lunch & Dinner RW Menus– (203) 354.0163

• Good bar food and drinks.

Match – RW Menu – (203) 852.1088  Make Reservations

• Very good Italian food

• Sidewalk dining, baby!

Red LuluReview 1Review 2 (203) 939.1600

• Inventive and delicious Latino flare and fare.

• Great drinks.

• Hard to get in, so be ready to wait.

Sono Brewhouse – (203) 853.9110

• Good bar food and drinks

Where We Haven’t Been To…

We’ve Gotta Change That! 

Donovan’s – (203) 354.9451

O’Neill’s – (203) 838.0222

Strada18 – (203) 853.4546

The Sono Baking Company & Cafe – (203) 847.7666

Wasabi Chi – RW Menu Coming Soon- (203) 286.0181

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