Update: Thanks to all that entered, what an awesome contest! Sorry to say, there can be only one winner, but we’re happy to announce that Michele, you’re the winner. We’ll be contacting you via e-mail soon. Tix are still on sale if you didn’t get to win. :)
We’ve been counting down the days, hours, and minutes until 7 pm this Friday, 9/18 at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. That’s when 8 super-talented chefs from Connecticut will do battle to see who takes home the culinary belt and gets to brag about the win all year long. But, it’s not just about watching these incredibly talented chefs do battle and rib each other. Nope. You can check out the buffet, taste some apps, drink some free wine and beer (Host Chef Plum’s arranged for some great beer, btw), and dessert! Also, there will be some judges that we love there, too: Chef Derrick Prince of Stanton Social, Judy and Joy, and Ken Tuccio. Continue reading
Day 4 of Gift-mas-ukah in Fairfield County takes us to another Shelton hotspot: Beardsley Cider Mill. Whenever you go, there’s always a line, and there’s a reason for that: people know where to get the good stuff. And, when you’re there, it’s hard to ever get just one thing!
Continuing our spotlight on great gifts from local Fairfield County producers, we turn our focus to Jones Winery located in the rolling hills of Shelton. And, when it comes to holiday gifts, is there anything that’s better than wine? You can bring bottles over to your family’s gatherings, give a bottle to a friend, or drink away your sorrows if the in-laws are over. But, seriously, Jones Winery.
Archeologists recently stumbled upon a groundbreaking piece of evidence that could turn the world upside down. While the Bible states that God created light on the first day and water on the second day, recent findings show this was translated improperly. The pieces of parchment that were really excavated from a tomb in Israel show that God created chicken wings on the first day, then followed up with beer to make it all go down nicely.
So, let us celebrate these heavenly creations at Hoptoberfest at the Rotary Pavillion at the Shelton Riverwalk on 10/26 from 1-5 pm. Beer will be pouring and Valley restaurants will compete to see who is “King of the Wing.” While you could go for just the wings (1-3) for just $15, we would seriously hope you wouldn’t get just that. That’s because for just $25 (if you buy online, $35 the day of) you also get lots of beer with those wings. While you glug glug and munch munch you’ll also be able to listen to Howie and the Soul Potatoes (awesome name) then Casey Gorman.
Friday’s already a pretty awesome day, but Jones Family Farms and Winery are making it more awesomerest! Yeah, this is how it’s going down:
Each Friday from 3:30-6:30, starting July 5 and going until the end of August, there will be a Jones Farmers’ Market right outside their Harvest Kitchen Courtyard. If you’ve never been to Jones Winery, that’s actually right across from where they have their wine and do the tastings. There will be all kind of fresh veggies, honey, cheeses, breads, fruits, and other great food from local Connecticut farms available. The farmers from Jones will be at hand, and you’ll also be able to check out Stone Gardens (you can order a chicken for pick up the following week), and These Things Take Thyme Farm (the best name ever, right?). Also, you’ll have some freshly made food right from their Harvest Kitchen or from Liquid Lunch!
To kick all of this off, Jones will be turning the July 5 market Red, White, and Blue. Yes, you know it…the best of their blueberries and their strawberries, ready for you! There will also be a wine tasting that will help raise money for Spooner House. Also on hand for the July 5 market will be Bring the Hoopla and Stockbridges with killer cheesecake.
Make sure you take advantage of Jones Winery being open until 6:30 on these days by doing a tasting or getting a glass to start the weekend. And, even if it’s raining, the market will still go on, but they’ll just move it into their barn. Cheers.
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road
We told you about Soupstock last year…a free music, food, and arts festival that is now in its fourth year. While Soupstock (taking place on June 8 from 10-8 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton) has always been about fun, there’s also a heart to this much anticipated event. Proceeds from the event (there are lots of chances to give and help support) go to The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (read more here) that benefits art, craft, and music education for children and young adults. Let’s show you why you’ll need to keep Saturday, June 8 free for you, yourself, your friends, and your fam:
1) There will be great food options for you:
We’re talking Liquid Lunch of Shelton and Milford, BRYAC from Bridgeport (they’ll have a raw bar), DiSorbo’s Bakery of Hamden, Mamoun’s Falafel of New Haven, and Addeo’s Italian Ice of Shelton. Kristien just might spend the entire festival shooting oysters, though. :P