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Get Fatter This Fat Tuesday with Chef Carlos at The Spread

12 Feb

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Fat Tuesday is about eating all the awesome food that you possibly can handle with lots of drinks mixed in, right? Like so much that you need to roll yourself out of the restaurant, right? Oh, maybe there’s more than eating to Fat Tuesday, but you have to admire a day that people celebrate each year that has Fat in it and usually happens during people’s vacations. Whatever this blessed holiday means to you, it’s gonna be one helluva party at The Spread on 2/17 (that’s Fat Tuesday, BTW). 

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NOLA Night @ The Palace ft. Food, Drinks, Big Brass + Massive Do-Goodedness

30 Oct
Nola Night Showcase 61 Palace Stamford
Bonjou! Our friends at YES Stamford (Young Energetic Solutions) have put together a NOLA Night Food Drive & Cocktail Hour to help benefit some great local charities. The night of music, food, and Hurricanes goes down right in the Founders Room @ The Palace from 6:30-8 pm. Here’s the great news: entry is free along with nomworthy samples of pulled pork sliders from SoNo’s Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge! Okay, so let’s dig a bit deeper into the details:

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Chef Kardos brings New England + New Orleans together with NOLA in SoNo

9 Sep

NOLA.  While this word might conjure up images of New Orleans, Chef Dan Kardos and the owners from Southport Brewing Company had more than just New Orleans in mind when they put together the concept for NOLA Oyster Bar.  Think East Coast shoreline cuisine, and all you love about New England, mixed up with inspiration from the creole stylings of good ‘ole New Orleans. Based on this eclectic mix, it should be no surprise the menu is heavily focused on seafood, which is great because Chef Kardos happens to be straight from Fairfield County’s own seafood mecca, The Whelk.

We live on seafood in the summer, so you best believe we were excited to hit up this new restaurant with some of our favorite friends, Mike and Kelley (with two e’s, get it right). Being majorly early, like early bird special, eat with the blue-hairs early, we sat down at the bar for some pregaming.  Although they had a nice beer selection, we decided to start with some cocktails.  Kristien, Mike, and Kelley all started with Leenie’s Lemonade, a cocktail with Hangar 1 Maine blueberry vodka, fresh muddled mint, lemon, and simple sugar.  The lemon flavor hit first, but then you got nice notes of blueberry and mint.  Awesome and refreshing, not overly tart or sweet.  Dan had to be different and tried the French Quarter, made with rye whiskey, cardamaro, and old-fashioned bitters.  This has a classic kind of flavor and is a great choice if you love rye.  Because we were the first people at the bar for the day, the manager treated us to his soon-to-be-famous (by the time we write this it should already be famous) oyster shooters.  You’ll find this on the happy hour menu, but it just might show up on the regular cocktail menu soon too.  This shot is similar in flavor to a Bloody Mary with some kick and an oyster waiting for you on the bottom.  Very refreshing and a nice way to usher in our meal.

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