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Music and NOLA Soul Food @ BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras 2013

27 Jan

Update:  because of Winter Storm Nemo, this event has been postponed until April 6.  Check out the Pardi Gras new details here

N’awlins is calling, mon cherie!

N’awlins…in Black Rock, Connecticut, actually.  You know, that bustling place right between Fairfield and Bridgeport.  Black Rock is probably one of the strongest communities that we have ever seen.  They have so many great things going on to bring everybody together such as Black Rock Day (we were food party judges one year) and their fun Christmas time celebrations that bring out Santa on a fire truck.  You’ll also be really glad to know that there’s the 8th Annual BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras party and fundraiser!  We’re talking 23 different bands at three different local spots, lots of drink specials, and NOLA soul food favorites such as gumbo, cornbread, and jambalaya.  Oui, oui.

Mardi Gras starts on 2/9 at noon and goes until last call…you need that much time to listen to all that music, no doubt…wow.  For admission to all venues and performances, adults pay just $25 for a wristband.  If you’d like to only pay $20, stop by Acoustic Café through 2/2.  12-20 year olds are welcome, too, and only cost $5 but after 8:30 you’ll need to drop them off with the baby sitter.  Kids 12 or younger enter for free.  While tickets aren’t really expensive when you consider how many great bands you’ll see, you’ll be very happy to know that your money will help to benefit Kids Empowered by Your Support.   K.E.Y.Sgives music instruction to underserved students who live in Bridgeport, CT.

Here are some other reasons to go:

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Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking Gets Fired up about Man Fire Food, Cooking, and The Place in Guilford, CT

19 Nov


Everyday Exotic.  Everyday Exotic:  The Cookbook.  Heat Seekers.  Man Fire Food.  Soul Food.

While this is the resume of Roger Mooking in short (or pretty long, that’s a lot of serious kitchen cred), this Cooking Channel star has got the stuff.  Starting off, his show Everyday Exotic shows people how to mix in exotic and exciting ingredients into their cooking repertoire. Then, he made it even easier for fans to cook-up his creative concoctions by creating Everyday Exotic: The Cookbook.  Then along came Heat Seekers, filmed with Chopped pal Aarón Sanchez.  They travel across America to find the hottest foods then they eat them…yes, eat things that could burn holes through metal beams.  That’s not even to mention his award-winning Soul Food album that features slick, chill, vib-ing, R&B.  Oh, and then throw in his brand new show, Man Fire Food:  a show devoted to man’s most primal way of cooking…fire, obviously.

So, Roger just happened to have stopped by a Connecticut restaurant recently, filming for Man Fire Food.  The episode that airs on 11/20 at 10 pm on Cooking Channel (sister channel of Food Network) features The Place in Guilford, CT.  It’s pretty clear why Roger decided to visit Connecticut and, specifically, the Place.  Clams, lobster, seafood, and other New England specialties are served outside from a big hunking grill from April to October.  Here’s the Cooking Channel summary of “Seafood Feast”:

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