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Fairfield County Restaurants Raise a Ton of $, one Beer at a Time to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief

27 Nov

–Video about A Buck for a Beer fundraiser from ItsRelevant

Back in early November, we told you about our effort (A Buck for a Beer to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief) to work with Fairfield County restaurants to make a difference.  The idea was simple:  when a certain beer was ordered at a restaurant, a dollar would be donated to American Red Cross.  After we wrote some of our favorite restaurants, we heard back quickly, owners eagerly hopeful to get involved.  While the first night of the fundraising week (11/7) wasn’t the best start because of snow, people were eager to go out, eat some food, drink some brews, and make a difference all week long.

Casey Dohme, manager at The Ginger Man of Norwalk had this to share:

“We got an incredible amount of support from our customers that the word had spread to.  From a woman stopping me on the street when I was changing our menu box to tell me she was coming the following day with a group of friends just to support the cause, to Friday night when another woman came in with a group of people who had really been affected and were stoked about the idea of drinking and helping.  One customer actually put her credit card down, and handed out drink tickets personally to her friends to use only towards beers that fell under NY/NE.  Very cool.  It gave people a release and a temporary distraction.  And while they were enjoying each other’s company, they in turn were helping and that got people excited.”

It’s baaaack: SoNo Restaurant Week 2012, 6/17-22. Get Your Prix Fixe On!

6 Jun

Let the eating begin!  SoNo Restaurant Week is back again and in full force.  You’ll be able to get either a 2 course lunch for $9.99 or $14.99, or you’ll be able to feast on a 3 course dinner at a reasonable $19.99 or $29.99.  We’ve got the info from the Connecticut Restaurant Week site and we’ll update this when they release more info.  So, clear your schedule from June 17-22 and make those reservations!  Our reccos?  Check out Coromandel, The Ginger Man, Bacchus, SoNo Baking Company, Match, and Red Lulu.  But, it’s hard to go wrong with the other spots on this list, too.

 $9.99 Lunch (2 Courses):

Bradford’s  (203) 956-7243

Sono Brewhouse  (203) 853.9110

Bulls Head Market

Coromandel  (203) 852.1213

Donovon’s  (203) 354.9451

The Ginger Man  (203) 354.0163

O’Neill’s  (203) 838.0222

 $14.99 Lunch (2 Courses):

Bacchus (203) 956.6220  Reservations

SoNo Baking Company (203) 847.7666

Strada18  (203) 853.4546

$19.99 Dinner (3 Courses):

Bradford’s  (203) 956-7243

Sono Brewhouse  (203) 853.9110

Donovon’s  (203) 354.9451

The Ginger Man  (203) 354.0163

O’Neill’s  (203) 838.0222

 $29.99 Dinner (3 Courses):

Bacchus (203) 956.6220  Reservations

Barcelona  (203) 899.0088

Coromandel  (203) 852.1213

Match  (203) 852.1088  Reservations

Red Lulu  (203) 939.1600

Strada18  (203) 853.4546

Chowdafest IV 2012, Bigger and Badder than Ever! Westport, CT

6 Feb

Chowdafest IV! Look at those chowdaphiles!

We pulled up to Bedford Middle School then drove 20 miles down the road (my lesson in school today was on hyperbole) and found a nice cozy spot to park.  As we walked into the school, we knew this was huge, more ginormous than last year.  Yeah, this was gonna rock in a major way.  Donations were dropped off and tickets were purchased and we threw ourselves into line.

Rory's takes home some chowda gold this year!

Wow, what a turn out!  Jim Keenan, Chief Chowda Head, said that there were about 2,400 visitors, which is 40% more than last year.  Damn!  Even more mind boggling are the food stats:  600 gallons of chowder and soup; 29 different soups and chowders.  More awesome?  Sure, we’ll top that.  40-50% more money was raised this year for the Connecticut Food Bank.  And…mark your calendars (we just did, too) for February 2, 2013:  Chowdafest V!  Ahh humminah humminah!

29 soups are a helluva lot to write about, so we’ll give you the winners and our combined Nom ratings for our highest scoring soups.  Remember the Nom system, right people?

Classic New England Clam Chowder Winners

1) Mansion Clam House

2) Rory’s

3) O’Neill’s

Soup/Bisque Winners

Pietro Scotti of DaPietro's has some soup on!

1) Crab Shell: NY Giant Lobster Bisque

2) Southport Brewing Company: Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich Soup

3) Liquid Lunch: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Creative Chowder Winners

1) The Ginger Man: Sweet Potato Clam Chowder

2) Crab Shell: New England Patriot Crab Chowder

3) Dunvilles: Louisiana Seafood Chowder

Critic’s Choice Awards (Chefs voted on each other’s soups/chowders)

Robert Troilo dishes out his Oyster & Pork Belly Chowder

1) The Ginger Man: Sweet Potato Clam Chowder

2) Cactus Rose Cantina: Corn & Poblano Chowder

3) Tavern on Main: Classic NE Clam Chowder

OmNomCT’s Top 5 Nom Rating Average

1) Tie between The Ginger Man: Sweet Potato Clam Chowder and Crab Shell: NY Giant Lobster Bisque (4.25 Noms)

2) Crab Shell: New England Patriot Crab Chowder (4 Noms)

3) Blue Lemon: Mexican Chicken Soup (4 Noms)

4) Mansion Clam House NE Clam Chowder (4 Noms)

5) Rory’s NE Clam Chowder (4 Noms)

Special thanks to Jim Keenan for the info before, during, and after Chowdafest.  We love what you do…keep doing it and doing it more awesome each year.  See everybody at Chilifest!

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