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Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy w/ Mug Club Membership at No Worries Brewing

10 Sep

No Worries Brewing Company

Now just a few weeks away from opening, No Worries Brewing in Hamden is helping you get in on the ground level. For $85, you can be a mug club member for their first year in business and get crazy good perks. Dig it: Continue reading

Get Stoked: The New Stony Creek Brewery and Brew Magic Series

14 Nov

Numbers don’t lie (more on that below), but that’s not what Stony Creek Brewery of Branford, CT now believes. They started by producing their 203, 860, and 401 brews right at Thomas Hooker, so they never did have a place of their own. But, that’s soon to change as they get ready for a February/March opening of their brand new brewery in Branford. What will it be like, what changes have they made, and what kind of brews do they have planned? We found out all of those things when we had a nice talk with Sales Director Jamal Robinson who used to work at Blue Point . . . and we’re ready to share everything that we learned: Continue reading

CT Food News, Vol. 23: Cheese Month, OktoberYES, Garlic Ice Cream, Beer, Trux + More

2 Oct

Aside from the recent rain, we’ve had a beautiful start to fall here in Fairfield County. So, it’s only right to take advantage of fairs, festivals, and events that are taking place outside. The weather is just right…not too hot, not too cold…just right. Maybe keep those Uggs in your closet. Actually, on second thought, throw out your Uggs.  Yeah. And after you throw them out, check out all the great things going on in the 203 and beyond! 

Events and Dinners

10/4 Java Westport will be donating 15% of all sales on World Animal Day to International Animal Rescue. They help to rescue and rehabilitate suffering animals. Drink up, eat up, and put up…

10/5 The Beer Garden SoNo’s Oktoberfest has been moved from 10/4 to 10/5 due to the crazy rain that we will be doused with. To make it up to ya, they’ll have a HUGE screen where you can watch football, drink brews, and chow down on some food. 

10/5 Going to Sunday School was never this awesome…LUXE Modern Wine & Cocktails in Westport will be teaching you all about the perfect wines as fall hits us. Stop in or call up (203) 349-5039 to reserve your spot. Tix are $40 per person.

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CT Food + Beer News, Vol. 13: Openings, Closings, Parties, and Drinks

17 Jul

We hate to say this, but the summer is fluttering fast by us with August soon on the way.  So, let’s slow things down a bit and soak up all the awesome things ogling on this week and next week.  Trust us, there’s a ton to do like a bunch of food events and parties, liquor tastings and classes, openings and closings, and of course…beer news.

Food Events and Parties

7/19  Before (or after) you head over to Fairway Stamford for the Firefighters Cook-off, stop by Stop & Shop Ridgeway from 10-1 for a food drive run by Backyard Humanitarian.  They need cereal and other non-perishable goods.

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CT Food + Beer News, Vol. 12: Summer Fun, Food Truck Festivals, Openings, CT Beer, and More…

10 Jul

 

We hope your summer is off to a great start and that it’s action-packed.  Personally, we’re booked solid all the way up until September with events, restaurant reservations, beer nights, and other great things going on in CT.  so, let’s help you book up some time for this week and next week.  In Volume 12 read about food truck festivals, events, what’s new with CT beer, and the nitty gritty on restaurants news.  

Restaurant News

Chef Aaron Sanchez who is ready to open Paloma in the Harbor Point area of Stamford sat down with Ken Tuccio of the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast yesterday.  You can hear the podcast next Thursday.  While you’re there, check out the episodes with Black Hog Brewery, Stew Leonard, and Jordan from Half Full.  Listen through his website or by subscribing on iTunes…your choice.

Chef Merlin Verrier, formerly of Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, has hopped on board the Fortina train as they expand from Armonk into Stamford and Rye Brook, NY.  He’ll be joining Chef Christian Petroni and crew as the Culinary Director.

SKAL Restaurant Group, led by Christian Burns, has taken over the operations side of Post 154 in Westport.  According to a recent press release, Christian said that he’ll help Post 154 to “carve out its food and beverage identity.”  Some new things to look forward to are more craft cocktails, a “seasonal and creative menu,” house-infused spirits, and a beautiful craft beer menu.  OmNomCT readers know SKAL Restaurant Group as the owner of both Cask Republics and Ginger Man SoNo and New Haven.   Considering our first experience at Post 154, we think this will be a great change to shake up things in Westport even more!

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Refining the Craft of American Comfort Food @ Craft 260 in Fairfield, CT

9 Jun
The whole restaurant speaks to the word CRAFT, even the decor

The whole restaurant speaks to the word CRAFT, even the decor

Craft 260 has been on our to-eat list since it opened on February 13 of this year, but sometimes we’re bad bloggers and get too lazy to haul our asses up to Fairfield. It’s not that we don’t love Fairfield…we do.  In fact, it use to be our old stomping grounds. It’s just that we get sidetracked by all the nomworthy places in between here and there…like food blogger A.D.D. But, our good friends Kevin and Aly recently moved up that way, so we knew it was about time…

We weren’t sure where exactly Craft 260 was, but quickly figured out it was in that little shopping center/strip mall with Michael Gennaro’s Steakhouse, Giove’s Pizza Kitchen (No Name Pizza all day!), and a vodka bar that’s coming soon. An odd location for sure, but we weren’t going to let that deter us.

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Fairfield County Restaurateurs Expand into New Haven with Harvest Restaurant

17 Jan

From Ecuador to Connecticut, the Siguenza brothers have certainly made a splash in Fairfield County with their popular restaurants.  Whether you’re talking about Cava in New Canaan, Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant in Darien, 55 Wine Bar & Restaurant in Fairfield, or the newly opened Harvest in Greenwich, Vicente and Kleber have a wide portion of Fairfield County covered.  And, they’re about to break ground in New Haven, too.

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LobsterCraft Cafe claws its way into SoNo Marketplace

30 Oct

Dateline OmNomCT.

June 5, 2012.  A local food blog, OmNomCT, broke the news that a food truck was soon to open that would be serving up fresh lobster rolls.  Later that month, that same food blog tracked down the newly opened food truck, LobsterCraft, at the Rowayton’s Farmers’ Market.  They sampled not one, not two, but three different lobster rolls that Captain Mike Harden and co. had created.  Interesting, they thought, that Captain Mike catches many of the lobsters that he serves off of his own boat.

Little did OmNomCT know (or the rest of Connecticut for that matter) that this was the start of a force that would sweep not only Fairfield County, but the entire Nutmeg state.  Soon, LobsterCraft was showing up at fairs, festivals, breweries, parking lots, and even at people’s houses for parties.  Praise after praise, award after award, Captain Mike and crew grew exponentially week after week

And now LobsterCraft is anchoring itself down (but the truck will still be around, don’t worry) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the SoNo Marketplace with the opening of the LobsterCraft Cafe.  You can expect the same lobster rolls that they are known for such as the LBLT and the Heatwave, their handcrafted coleslaw, the heart-warming lobster bisque that they have also become known for, and more.

The first day that they’ll be open is this Friday, 11/1/13.  Captain Mike Harden reports that the band The Short Bus will be on hand Saturday night to celebrate this addition to SoNo Marketplace.  He was quoted as saying that he was excited about the opening and was happy to see some of the changes that are in store for the SoNo Marketplace such as an expanded bar area and new restaurants.  

This has been Dateline OmNomCT reporting.  

SoNo Marketplace

314 Wilson Avenue

Norwalk, CT

Hours:  Friday-Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm

               Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

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Blackstones Steakhouse Opening Third Location in Greenwich on W. Putnam Ave.

19 Sep

Ugg.  Man, woman need steak.  Man, woman need red meat.  Man, woman need celebrate ‘cuz Blackstones Steakhouse is setting up shop in Greenwich.

Picture from Blackstones websiteYes meat lovers, the same Blackstones in Norwalk that has garnered a reputation as one of the best steakhouses in Connecticut.  Blackstones Greenwich will be located at 28 West Putnam Avenue, just two doors over from Barcelona.  The Greenwich location will be a bit smaller than their Norwalk location and will open near the middle of October, just about a month away.  This marks Blackstones’ third location with their Mt. Kisco location opening up this past March.

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Harvest Wine Bar + Restaurant Brings Modern American Farm-to-Table to Greenwich

24 Jan

Update:  Harvest is open and here’s our review!

The rows of plants seem to stretch on endlessly on harvest day.  Within a few hours, months worth of hard work and devotion will come to fruition as all the veggies and fruits are gathered.  Hundreds of fresh tomatoes, corn, apples, and more will soon hit up the farmers’ markets, the stores, that cute little stand set up in front of the farm, local restaurants, and will eventually end up right on your plate.

This is the kind of imagery that owner Vicente Siguenza and Chef Eben Leonard of Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant want to convey.  If you’ve been following our blog, you might remember those names.  Yes, Vicente is one of the owners of the classic go-to spots that we know as Cava in New Canaan, Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant in Darien, and 55 Wine Bar & Restaurant in Fairfield (we wrote an article for CBS about all of them, too).  As for Eben, you might remember his work as chef at Scena.  While we have love for their takes on Italian dishes (two years of OmNomy wins) and can’t get enough of their gnocchi, we’re really interested in what Harvest has to offer.

The new spot at 372 Greenwich Ave. (former home of La Brasserie and Le Figaro Bistro de Paris) in Greenwich will focus on Modern American food, put together with love and attention, and will be held together with deep roots to the earth with a farm to table experience.  In fact, they refer to the experience of eating at their restaurant as “farm to fork” dining.  According to Eric Gendron’s article for Greenwich Daily Voice, they will have an extensive wine menu of over 300 bottles, a beautiful wood-fired grill, will have small and large plates, and will also offer charcuterie options.  Sounds like our kind of place.

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