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The Fez Starts Artist in Residence Program; Becomes Even Awesomerest

28 Apr
The Fez Stamford

Another reason to check out one of Stamford’s best spots . . .

The Fez @ 227 Summer Street in Stamford has been open since the summer after a series of renovations and they have added something new in to the mix. In addition to their amazing Moroccan and Mediterranean-inspired food and their live music, they’ve also added art gallery to their list. Just stop by to eat or get drinks and you’ll be able to check out a different featured artist from the Stamford Art Association depending on the time you stop in. Continue reading

The Fez Grand Reopening Party Drops on August 15 – Stamford, CT

6 Aug

Back on May 21, we broke the sad news that The Fez in Stamford would be closed for a couple of months to further fezzify it and bring in some much-needed updates. Well, wait no more Fezavores . . . they’re just about ready to open their doors again!

And, lucky for you, you’ll only need to wait until August 15! That’s when owner Eric Monte will be hosting the Grand Reopening Party and the reveal of the made-over restaurant. On that night you’ll not only get tastes of Chef Shelby’s updated menu, but there will be live music from The Casablanca Project, The Juicy Grapes, and a few special guests. Plus, it’s also owner Eric Monte’s birthday, so it’s just gonna be a killer good time.

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4 Fairfield County Chefs Featured in FC Beat Magazine

23 Jan

The FC Beat winter2015 cover

If you haven’t seen it already (but seriously, how couldn’t you?), FC Beat Magazine is a bright, fun, modern, and attractive magazine that highlights the “Food, Arts, Culture + Color of Fairfield County.” Paper copies are everywhere and we snag them when we see them, but they also release digital versions so it’s easy to keep up with each issue.

In the current Winter 2015 issue, some of our favorite Fairfield County chefs take over the pages in a delicious spread called “Love & Braises.” It’s fun, it’s playful, and it’s a good read when you see what these chefs are up to and how they interact. Featured are Chef Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo who cooks up a killer Oxtail Crostino (recipe here), Chef Shelby Gopinath of The Fez takes us through his quintessential Moroccan-style Braised Lamb Shank, Chef Jared Falco of Washington Prime gives us a little Weezer inspired dish a la Pork and Beans, and Chef Franco Camacho of Geronimo digs down deep into his Bison Osso Bucco. And, as an added bonus, FC Beat writer Mike Mackey takes you through a braise of his own: braised rabbit.

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The Fez in Stamford Hosts 6 Course Starry Night Winery Dinner

15 Feb

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When people meet us out at events or parties, they tend to shoot right to the important question:  what’s your favorite restaurant?  That’s a really tough one to answer, especially because there are so many different kinds, price ranges, cuisines, and such…but, invariably, The Fez in Stamford is always a part of our conversation.  We’ve never had a bad meal there and people that we’ve sent on over have come back happy, satisfied, and ready for more.

If you’ve never been, we have a perfect opportunity to cozy up with this Moroccan/Mediterranean stalwart on 2/19 at 6:45:  a Starry Night Winery.  For just $69, you’ll get six glasses of wine from Starry Night Winery in California paired with some of The Fez’s favorite treats:

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Eat, Drink, and Vote in Your Favorites: BANDAPALOOZA Decides 3 Alive @ Five Acts! Stamford Downtown, CT

19 May

Update:  Here are the results, live at 5, 5/23.  There will be three more competitions to decide the bands who will play at Alive @ Five.  Check back for the final entrants shortly after June 16.

June 2           The Woulda Coulda Shouldas (eliminated) vs. Black Taxi  (eliminated)
June 9           Stalking Sally vs. The Mike Cusato Band
June 16         The Adam Currie Band vs.The Mad Things featuring The Good Doctor
All three dates are on Bedford Street at 5 pm.

If you live in or near Stamford, you’ve probably been to at least one Alive @ Five event.  This year will be uber-awesome with acts like Third Eye Blind, MC Hammer and The B-52s, but there are other acts yet to be decided.  12 acts will be playing in Downtown Stamford this Friday, May 20, in hopes of being one of the three finalists who will actually play at Alive @ Five!  Yeah, damn cool honor.

So, check out some of the restaurants listed below, all linked up for your easy consumption.  Check out these spots, do some Omnoming, vote for your faves, and rock on!  After this, check out BANDAPALOOZA on Bedford Street on June 2, 9, and 16 to see your favorite band through to the Alive @ Five stage.

The Palms -> Freddy & The Yetis (Full set time: 8:30pm-9:30pm)

Hula Hank’s -> The Adam Currie Band (Full set time: 8:30pm-9:30pm)

Bobby Vs -> Sea Rhapsody (Full set time: 9:30pm-11:00pm)

Rack N’ Roll -> Bend or Break (Full set time: 9:30pm-10:30pm)

-> Black Taxi (Full set time: 11:00pm-11:45pm)

BUtterfield 8 -> The Woulda Coulda Shouldas (Full set time: 9:00pm-10:30pm)

Tigín Irish Pub -> Coax Rhino (Full set time: 10:00pm-11:00pm)

Bradford’s -> The Mad Things featuring The Good Doctor (Full set time: 10:30pm-11:30pm)

Black Bear Saloon -> Stalking Sally (Full set time: 10:00pm-12:00am)

SBC (Food + Beer Review) -> Kristin Errett (Full set time: 10:45pm-11:45pm)

The Fez (1st Review, 2nd Review)  -> Made Again (Full set time: 11:00pm-12:15am)

Brick House -> The Mike Cusato Band (Full set time: 10:30pm-1:30am)

For up-to-date info see  www.stamford-downtown.com.

Experience the divine trinity: Amazing food, wine & music – The Fez, Stamford

21 Nov

We’ve walked by The Fez several times since they opened this past summer uttering the words, “We have to try that place someday.” But it always seemed that when we had the chance, we’d say, “Hmm, not sure I’m in the mood for Moroccan food.” Now we know, that was a BIG mistake.  With their large and eclectic menu of snacks, small plates, and entrees inspired by a variety of flavors across the Mediterranean, there is something absolutely fabulous for whatever mood you’re in.

So no point in writing this huge blog post to work my way up to our final verdict. Let’s just get it out there now. The Fez is officially our favorite restaurant in Stamford to date with 4.5 noms. Yep, it’s that awesome. Here are the many reasons why:

Upon entering we were immediately struck by the amazing smell of  Mediterranean spices. One quick look to the left revealed the specials of the day on a little chalkboard. Walnut and currant glazed lamb chops with mushroom gnocchi caught my eye. Wow, I’d never seen such a unique combination.  A glance over the left revealed a small bar, intimate little tables, colorful Moroccan decor, and a small stage area for their vast array of nightly entertainment. We knew right away we were in for a great experience.

I know I’ve said this before, but we had an incredibly hard time choosing what to order, to the point where we were asking each other if we were hungry enough to eat six different dishes! We expressed our indecision to our first waitress, to which she offered up the owner and resident wine expert, Eric, to help us choose the perfect dishes and the perfect accompanying wine.  Meeting Eric was a very nice experience–pleasant, passionate, and smart. He informed us that the wine list isn’t up-to-date because they can’t keep up with his thirst for discovering and purchasing new wines, especially from Lebanon and South Africa. Love it! We let him take the reins on recommending a bottle based on our taste. He popped open a California blend that I didn’t love. His response? “No problem, I want you to love the wine, and if you don’t we’ll keep trying options until you do.” The next bottle was ‘the one.’ A medium-bodied blend from Lebanon, the 2007 Reserve du Couvent by Chateau Ksara had forward fruit flavors and a slight spiciness. The perfect pairing to what we were about to enjoy.

Danny and I started off by sharing two phenomenal dishes from the “snacks” section of the menu. The caramelized cauliflower with brown butter sauce, golden raisins, and pine nuts was a delicate and flavorful fusion of French and Moroccan flavors.  I typically don’t like cauliflower, but this was perfecto! Then, we thoroughly enjoyed the Pizzet Aroub, where Italy meets the Middle East– a unique combination of soft and perfectly sweet braised onions, sumac, olive oil, and pine nuts. On to the main dishes. I HAD to order the special I mentioned earlier–walnut and currant glazed lamb chops with mushroom gnocchi. Words cannot explain how intensely delicious this dish was. Perfectly cooked lamb (just under medium), slightly sweet and oh-so savory currant sauce, glazed walnuts, and hand-made gnocchi from the Bronx with an earthy mushroom sauce was one of the most fantastic flavor combinations my taste buds have enjoyed in a long time.  Danny ordered the grilled seven spice sirloin with tomato jam and fingerling potatoes. The sirloin was also fantastically seasoned and perfectly cooked at medium-rare, and the flavorful, but not overpowering, tomato jam was the perfect complement.  We then ended with Moroccan coffee, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom and the Briwats for dessert, which is basically an Israeli baklava but not as teeth-hurtingly sweet. It was quite delicious!

After sharing our enjoyment with our very friendly and knowledgable second waiter, Thami (who happens to actually be from Morocco), he informed us that before they even opened they had a French chef from a 4-star hotel in Dubai and a Moroccan chef working together to craft and test this perfect menu… and perfect it was.

And, to finish off this divine trinity was the entertainment. We we were lucky enough to be there on a Friday night, which is belly dancing night (as is Thursday). Around 9:00 the beautiful Moroccan music suddenly became louder, then a roar from the diners as the beautiful and smiling Adina danced her way around the tables. I was impressed by her skill level.  And she didn’t just dance up there on the stage for the world to adore her. She also came out to the tables and had a great time dancing with a few willing diners. In fact, when she saw me dancing in my seat a little (I can’t help myself), she came over and wisked me up on stage to dance with her. Of course, after eating all that food, I thought I was going to die, but it was a blast.

By the time we left we discovered that we’d been there for 2.5 hours! The time just flew by, and despite the line of people hoping to get in, they never once rushed us to leave.

Reservations are not just recommended, they are pretty much required on the weekend if you don’t want a long wait.  And be sure to check them out on the weekdays too since there’s entertainment every night, including jazz bands, turntables, and singer/songwriter night (last week they had one of Paul Simon’s guitarists playing).

So no more “not in the mood for Moroccan” excuses, The Fez is a MUST-DO for everyone!

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$$

 
 
The Fez
Address:  227 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone:  (203) 975-0479
Site:  http://thefez1.com
 
 

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