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What’s on Tap: Octoberfest at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

9 Oct

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Guten morgen…or tag, depending on when you’re reading this.

A few weeks back we told you about Octoberfest on the Meadow at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, one of our favorite spots in Fairfield County.  Well, we’re happy to report that we’ve got some more details about the food and beer that will be available on 10/19 from 6:30-9:30.  Yes, you’ll have the oompah oompah of The Bavarian Boys, but you’ll also have:

Beer

  • Paulaner (Germany)
  • Spaten (Germany)
  • Erdinger (Germany)
  • Sam Adams Oktoberfest (USA)

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Octoberfest on the Meadow kicks off Harvest Festival Weekend 2012

17 Sep

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Octoberfest.  Oktoberfest.  Spell it however you’d like, it still revolves around a few key things:

Well, guess what?  There will be plenty of Octoberfestivities going on at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Friday night, 10/19 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  So, bring your buds, take your date, leave the kids at home (21+), and put on those lederhosen.  When you are there, all decked out with those really cool feathery hats, you’ll be able to take down some amazing Octoberfest food.  Yup, SM&NC has the best of the wurst and even more.  Bottomline:  you’ll be fed and fed oh so well, German style.  But, you can’t munch on some BBQ or a brat (the sausage, not a bad child) and have nothing to drink.  That would be a serious travesty!  The good folks at the Nature Center have you covered with excellent seasonal Oktoberfest brews, don’t worry.  Now, when you’ve got some food in the left hand and a stein in the right hand, move that beer back and forth while you jam away and sing along to The Bavarian Boys.

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Friday Farm Markets Return to Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 2012

3 Jun

Last year (was that a year ago?) we told you about Friday Farm Markets at SM&NC.  Things have changed a bit this year, but for the better!

Here’s the info:

Fridays, 6/8-10/26/2012

10 am – 2 pm

Located at their Meadow this year

Here’s what you can expect:

Wave Hill Breads:  breads, pastries, cookies

Dream Desserts:  gluten-free and all natural-desserts.  Dream Desserts is redonkulous, btw.

Moorefield Herb Farm: herbs, duh :P

Smith Acres:  fruit and vegetables

Truelove Farms:  pork and beef

Pickle Licious:  pickles :)

Victoria’s Wood Fired Pizza:  pizza yumminess

SM&NC:  their own farm fresh, cage-free eggs

In addition, check out some music from Steve E. while you shop.  If you want to relax a bit, grab some pizza, veggies, desserts, and/or pastries and head down to one of the benches by the pond.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Address:  39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903

For info:  203.322.1646 

2012 Maple Sugar Fest Weekend and Chef’s Challenge a Huge Success

4 Mar

 

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the place to be, month after month.  Exhibits run all year long, and visits to the otters, goats, and other farm animals are just an entrance away.  There are wine tastings, special dinners, tons of events for the family, and even a killer car show.

Then, of course, there is the holiest of all events at SM&NC:  Maple Sugar Fest Weekend, including The Chef’s Challenge.  This is our third year of attending the event and we loved the new format of having it all go down during the same weekend.

First, we walked on over to the Bendel Mansion to feed our appetite for maple syrup infused goodness that is The Chef’s Challenge.  The 2012 competition included A Dash of Salt, Susan Kane Catering, EOS Greek Cuisine, and long time competitor David’s Soundview Catering.

Here’s a breakdown of the syrupy goodness:

A Dash of Salt

• Frittella arancia e lo sciroppo d’acero, aka fritters with orange zest and maple syrup.  These were crispy on the outside, while moist on the inside.  It was amazing how they were able to fluff up the fritters with air and make these treats so light and fluffy.

Susan Kane Catering

• Scallops wrapped in bacon.  The scallops were soaking up in the maple syrup and were cooked perfectly which isn’t easy to do, especially in the tiny oven they brought along.  The bacon was crispy and added great flavor.

• Grilled mini tacos with sweet potato, cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese.  Seemingly odd, but incredibly delicious with great flavor combinations.

• Mini sandwiches with braised pork on a tiny brioche bun.  The pork was delicate, a result of being slowly simmered for over 6 hours with apples, onions and more.

EOS Greek Cuisine (OmNomy 2011 winner for Best Mediterranean

• Baklava with maple syrup.  Baklava tends to be overly chewy and hurts your teeth, but this baklava is just right.  Also, there was just the right amount of sweetness, brought from the maple syrup.

• Fig and maple syrup bread pudding.  The pudding was moist and full of flavor.  Really awesome.  Even more awesome?  This is on their menu at the restaurant, btw.

• Myzithropita.  Ricotta, eggs, sugar, phyllo, fresh mint, butter, and maple syrup.  These little cheese pies had the perfect taste combo with just a hint of mint that made this little treat light and refreshing.

David’s Soundview Catering

• Red velvet whoopie pie.  Holy good God.  Delicate and moist red velvet cake kept together by a wonderfully mapley maple cream center.  Not overly sweet, just right.

• Grilled sandwich with smoked cheddar, maple glazed bacon, and pulled chicken.  When grilled up, they drizzled SM&NC maple syrup on top.  So ama-wait for it-zing.  This was the most talked about dish of the event.

The Winner

Kristien and I had a super difficult time voting for our favorites.  We did love all of the food there and didn’t have one single thing that we didn’t like.  When it came down to it, we felt that EOS Greek Cuisine or David’s Soundview Catering would win the prize because the maple flavors really shined through the most.  So, congratulations to David’s Soundview Catering!  They put together a great sandwich that people couldn’t get enough of…yeah, we might have had two each, but who’s counting?  Some people had 3…but they were just halves, chill.  Also, congratulations to EOS Greek Cuisine, A Dash of Salt, and Susan Kane Catering for putting together awesome dishes.

Other Fun Stuff

We renewed our memberships and bought three nice bottles of SM&NC Grade A bottles of maple syrup to wash our breakfasts down with.  With the way Kristien puts syrup on her waffles, that might only last a month.  Then, of course, we had to visit the otters, goats, pigs, donkeys, sheep, and alpacas.  For days like this, volunteers take the animals around for walks so that you can pet and meet the furry cute ones.  They also showed you how they make their maple syrup through the evaporation process.  There was a tree tapping demo and a maple sugaring demo, too.  All in all, a great time.  We look forward to coming back to SM&NC over the course of the year and for the next Maple Sugar Fest Weekend!  We’ll keep you posted on more of their food-related events.

If you’re a nature lover, hiker, animal lover, have a family, or enjoy museums then SM&NC is the perfect place to have a membership.  Join by clicking here.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road

Stamford, CT 06903

#FF Gets New Meaning: Friday Farm Market @ Stamford Museum and Nature Center–Stamford, CT

13 May

Update:  things are a bit different for this year’s (2012) Friday Farm Market.  Check it out here.  

Two things of awesomeness:

1)  Stamford Museum & Nature Center will be hosting a “Friday Farm Market” from June 10 until October 28.  The Friday Farm Market will take place at SM&NC‘s upper parking lot off of Scofieldtown Road.  What will be for sale?  On their FB page, they say: ” The SM&NC Friday Farm Market will feature Connecticut farmers and vendors with agricultural, horticultural, and food items that they have grown, produced, or processed.”  Here’s some info on New Canaan’s Farmer’s Market!

10 am – 2 pm

Wave Hill Bread–>  Breads, pastries, cookies

Newgate Farms–>  Fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, and baked goods

Dream Desserts–>  Desserts, duh

Walking Wood Farm–>  Eggs

Moorefield Herb Farm–>  Herbs

Smith Acres–>  Fruits and vegetables

Farming 101–>  Heirloom tomatoes

Truelove Farms–>  Eggs, pork, and beef

Sounds good to us!  Go local, go green, get shopping!

Momma protecting her baby last weekend at the car show

2) Spring on the Farm:  a special kick off and preview of Friday Farm Market this Sunday, May 15, from 11-4.  The sheep will get sheared and you can see how that wool gets turned into yarn.  Also on their FB page: “There will be activities for all ages including storytelling, face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, and more! We’ll have refreshments for sale, hayride tickets for purchase, and our galleries will be open.”

Sorry, we cannot condone any sheep or farm animal jokes in this post.  

Members: $5 | Non-members: $10
Family PLUS Members & above FREE , Children 3 & under FREE
Admission for UBS employess and up to 3 guests is $5 each
 
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Address:  39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
For info:  203.322.1646 ext. 6521

Maple Sugar Sunday Is Sweet Fun Day! Stamford Museum & Nature Center–Stamford, CT

3 Mar

Our decadent and adventurous Saturday Sample Bowl sadly had to come to an end, but that’s nothing compared to First County Bank’s Maple Sugar Sunday at Stamford Museum & Nature Center!  Taking you back a bit to First County Bank’s Chef’s Challenge, Marcia Selden Catering and David’s Soundview Catering dropped the maple bomb on SoNo Baking Company and Cafe.  Now, this Sunday, March 6, 2011, we have the showdown, rain or shine!  Marcia Selden Catering won last year, so we think everybody is wondering if she’ll continue her streak or if we’ll have a new Maple Sugar god crowned atop a sugary and slippery Mt. Olympus.

So, here are the deets:

Sunday, March 6
11 am -3 pm, 12-1:30 for Chef’s Challenge
Members:  $5—-Non-members:  $10—-Family PLUS & Above Members:  Free—-Children 3 & Under:  Free
 
 
 
Expect to see and experience everything you ever wished for as if you died and went to maple heaven:

1)  Chef cook-off!  This is where it’s at for us.  We’ll enjoy the fruits of the these talented chefs’ labor and vote for our favorite maple-inspired dishes.

2) Samples of maple syrup.  We seriously cannot have that fake watery “breakfast” syrup anymore.  Maple is just too good and just too rich and smooth.

3) A “maple syrup at home demonstration with Tap My Trees, LLC.”  We’re interested to see what that’s all about.  Will we learn how to make our own syrup? :)

4) A pancake brunch.  Okay.  Two amazing words together, united, for our pleasure.  Pancake?  Check!  Brunch?  Check!  It’s from 11-2 with an additional fee.

5)  Maple syrup snow cones, sweet treats, and pints (YES!) of their own maple syrup!  We’re feeling fat now just thinking about all the food that we’re going to digest on Sunday, but you know what?  It’s for the good of mankind.  Somebody must be your ambassadors of taste and goodness, or else who would spread the word?

6)  There’s also many fun family stuff too, but we’ll be pigging out.

So, who will win?  We’re rooting for the chef that gives us the most food!  If you see us there, Kristien and I are the couple passed out by the goat pen in a sugar coma.  If you take our money, at least have the decency to wake us up before you run away.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Address:  39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
For info:  203.322.1646 ext. 6521
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