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Jul

After that unseasonably cool week, you knew what was bound to happen.  Yes, the inevitable heat, sticky, hazy days of summer are back, but remember the alternatives.  If anything, we should be grateful for the hot weather because it gives us a reason to drink our body weights worth of beer and booze, and it gives us a chance to eat outside under umbrellas or the stars.

So poetic…okay, let’s go:

 

Events

7/24 Everybody’s favorite barista/owner/awesome-person Leyla Dam of Lorca will be talking about coffee on the third floor auditorium of the Ferguson Library from 4-6 today.  She’ll talk about the process of making coffee from bean to cup and she’ll have samples, too!

7/25-7/29 Check out the massive book sale going on at the Pequot Library in Southport AND munch away on some great food truck food while helping the library raise 10% of what you spend.  Here’s the schedule:

Buzz truck (Fri., Sat., Sun. 9am – 11am)
Phil & Tom Ice Cream (Fri., Sat., Sun. 3pm – 5pm)
Bodega (Fri. 11:30am – 2:30pm)
Local Meatball (Sat. 11:30am – 2:30pm)
Christophe’s Crepes (Sun. 11:30am – 2:30pm)

7/29 Tune into The Food Network at 10 pm to see Westporter Hannah Bukzin compete on Chopped:  Teen Tournament.  For a complete interview with Hannah and some more info, check out site.

7/31 Check out Pinot’s Palette in the Harbor Point area of Stamford for a special painting night…a bourbon painting night!  Not only will you get to paint a bourbon bottle, there will also be a bourbon tasting!  You speak our language.

8/6 Juding the Fairway Firefighters Cook-off was a blast.  Westport, Cos Cob, Belltown, and Noroton Heights all competed with a round of burgers, chicken, and ribs.  But, in the end, Belltown got first place, unseating Cos Cob as the winners, and took home a $500 gift card, the trophy, and major bragging rights.  They also will have a charity shopping day for The Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund.  All you have to do is shop between 4-10 after you’ve register and 25% of your purchases will go directly to Belltown’s charity.


Openings

The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing opens TODAY at 5 pm with Vanchetta, Lobstercraft, and Maddy’s on hand to feed ya.  After today, normal hours are 4-close Wednesday-Friday and at 2-close on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you missed our breaking news announcement this weekend, Aaron Sanchez’s Paloma opened on Monday.  See our review for some drink and food recs.

Corbo’s Deli is now open in the Harbor Point area of Stamford.  This makes their 4th location which includes Greenwich, Old Greenwich, and Cos Cob.  It’s a good deli and breakfast/lunch joint and our favorite sandwich is the Roadie which includes meatballs and chicken parm on a roll or hoagie.  Oh yeah!

JOJOTO:  Venezuelan Restaurant + Bar will open Mid-August in Branford at 130 Shore Drive.  Owner Victor Figueroa will be working with the Singing Chef Neil Fuentes.  Expect dishes like arepas, empanada platters, to stones, cachapa, mejillones a la vinaigrette, Cabernet braised short ribs, Venezuelan BBQ, and lots more.  For drinking, you’ll want to down some of their cocktails that are made with some Latin flare including mango, passionfruit, and fresh juices.  They’ll also have craft beers on the ready and a wine list carefully selected from Spain and Argentina.

Brick + Wood is set to open early fall at 1275 Post Road No. 7 in Fairfield.  The focus of Paola and Clara Cavalli’s (husband and wife) new spot will be on wood-fired pizza and Italian street food.  Some of the dishes to expect are a mozzarella bar, imported meats, arancini, fried calarmari, stuffed calzone, toasted panini, salads, and desserts like Nutella pizza.  Also, add in some killer Neopolitan pies that gets cooked in a 900º wood–fired over for a short 60 seconds, and you’ve got a new spot to check out.  Oh, and did we mention they’ll have 26 taps of wine that will be flowing like mad?  Yes, wine on tap…

Chocopologie is moving…but not too far away.  They’ll be taking over the spot where Caffeine was at 133 Washington Street.


Beer

8/5 Ginger Man SoNo is hosting their second home-brew competition.  The judging of the contest begins at 3 and costs nothing to enter.  Contestants get their first pint of beer free? and a shot at the prize.  Even if you don’t enter, come down for the part at 5.  For more info, check here.

Two Roads Brewery is the focus of Ken Tuccio’s latest podcast for Welcome to Connecticut.  Check it out here as well as last week’s episode with Aaron Sanchez of Paloma.

Christopher Hughes from Boston Magazine who had entirely snubbed CT from a top breweries to visit in New England list, spent time visiting CT breweries and came up with a list of some of his favorites.  Whatcha think of the list?


Dinners

7/29 Come down to 850º Wood Fired in Ridgefield at 6 pm for a wine and food supper on their patio.  For $48 per person, all in, you’ll get three courses praised with food and wine and will end the night with some cafe and biscotti.  Call either 850º at (203) 894-5283 or Village Wines at (203) 431-5850 for reservations.

8/10 Parallel Post is taking their restaurant on the road as they host a farm-to-table dinner at Gilbertie’s Farm in Easton.  The event goes from 1-4 and tickets cost $75.  Make sure to RSVP so you can get your sport as Chef James Dean Max, Chris Molyneux, and Ali Goss prepare a killer meal while keeping it local.


Casting Call

Hell’s Kitchen is casting right now and there’s even a live NY casting event, so get on it if you want a piece of the action.  Just e-mail castingHK2014@gmail.com and be sure to include the following info:

Put “YOUR NAME/CURRENT CITY/STATE” in the subject title  
You MUST include :your full name, age, tel #’s, RECENT PHOTOS, where you live currently-city/state,  culinary experience, Why you are the next Winner of Hell’s Kitchen? Why this opportunity would mean so much? Why you would be the perfect contestant for the show & what sets you apart from the rest! 

Maybe you come from a long line of chefs, farmer? hunters? military chef? prison chef? celebrity chef? pastry chef? butcher? Maybe you are an engineer turned chef? maybe you were a fry cook in a fast food restaurant,  maybe you cooked at old age home, summer camp, cooked for a President or somewhere interesting and different?

 Tell us your story!

CT Food + Beer News, Vol. 14: Dinners, Events, Lots of Openings, Booze, and More… After that unseasonably cool week, you knew what was bound to happen.  Yes, the inevitable heat, sticky, hazy days of summer are back, but remember the alternatives.  

23

Jul

There are days when we want to go light, there are days when you might mix a little light with something heavier.  Then again, there are days when you break out into a hardcore, primal, carnivorous rage and take down meaty dish after meaty dish.

So, Jose Perez did like any American, food (and fun)-loving person would do:  he decided to open up a food truck:  The Meat Truck to be exact.  Their first launch was on July 4 weekend and they sold out of all their food on that day. If  that’s any indiction of their future success, then we think they’ll do very nicely.  While we haven’t had a chance to try the food yet, we did snag an interview with Jose to let you know more about what you can look forward to when The Meat Truck hits up Fairfield and New Haven Counties.

What gave you the inspiration to start a food truck?

I’ve always loved to cook. My earliest memories are all centered around food, whether it was a pig roast during a holiday gathering, or creating a Thanksgiving menu with my mother and sister. I fell in love with cooking after watching cooking shows on PBS and CPTV.  I remember sitting in front of the TV as a kid for hours watching Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Martin Yan from “Yan Can Cook,” and Justin Wilson, with his red suspenders and his “I gar-on-tee” catchphrase.  From that point on, I was hooked.
About 6 years ago, while managing the Sherwin Williams store in Bridgeport, I came up with the idea of opening up a food truck, after a co-worker talked about a dream he had of owning a deli.  He spoke with so much passion about what he would make, and how he would run it.  But also with much regret, that he never did.  That day, I made a promise to myself, given the opportunity, I would open launch a food truck of my own.

What cities and towns do you plan to hit up in Fairfield County?

Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, possibly Stamford. But right now, I’m based out of New Haven.

Do you have any places set already where you might keep a regular spot where everybody knows how to find you?

At this moment, I’m planning on setting up shop at the Sunoco gas station on Route 80 in New Haven and the downtown Yale area. Don’t worry, though, I still have plans on establishing weekly spots in Stamford and Bridgeport, and Fairfield.

Can you give us a preview into some of the menu and pricing?

$8 steak sandwiches made from real rib eye steak.  $7 roasted chicken and pulled pork sandwiches with rib and chicken dinner plates ranging from $10-$14.  $3 sides including, German potato salad with bacon, crisp apple slaw with cilantro, yellow rice with pigeon peas (arroz con gandules), hand cut french fries and empanadas. The full menu is available on our website, www.themeattruckco.com.

How would you define the focus of the menu?

Meat is the focus. I’m taking a Latin twist to traditional sandwiches and BBQ.  Also, I strongly believe that a great sandwich starts with great ingredients, so we’ve partnered up with local bakers and suppliers to bring an extra freshness to our product.

What do you think will be your biggest seller?

Probably the Cuban sandwich with double cut bacon and roasted pork shoulder, or the Guava with bourbon glazed pork belly sliders with a spicy jalapeño slaw.  And of course there’s our Southern style smoked spare ribs and rotisserie chicken.  I also can’t forget our “super” sized meaty empanadas.

And, finally, have you noticed anything about the growing food truck scene here in CT that you’d like to share?

I love the diversity.  Food trucks have made us more adventurous and open to new cultures and flavors.  This is the easiest and cheapest way to experience the world.  I think the next trend we’ll see locally is a bit more fusion.  As people’s tastes differ and they experience more, they’ll start to combine techniques and ingredients.


The Meat Truck 

www.themeattruckco.com

203-928-9021

jperez@themeattruckco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themeattruckllc

Twitter:  @themeattruckco

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The Meat Truck Chomps Down on New Haven and Sets Paws on Fairfield County There are days when we want to go light, there are days when you might mix a little light with something heavier.  

21

Jul

From Catering Intern, to Chopped, to Kitchen Pro: an Exclusive Interview with Hannah Bukzin of Westport, 14

If only she'd be lucky enough to get tomato as a basket ingredient.  It'll probably be something like Spam or blood pudding.

If only she’d be lucky enough to get tomato as a basket ingredient. It’ll probably be something like Spam or blood pudding when she competes on Chopped!

Think back to being a teenager and try to remember the things that you accomplished.  Maybe you had a job and maybe you did a few great community service projects, but let’s be honest.  You probably spent 1/4 of your time playing video games and…

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17

Jul

We hate to say this, but the summer is fluttering fast by us with August soon on the way.  So, let’s slow things down a bit and soak up all the awesome things ogling on this week and next week.  Trust us, there’s a ton to do like a bunch of food events and parties, liquor tastings and classes, openings and closings, and of course…beer news.

Food Events and Parties

7/19  Before (or after) you head over to Fairway Stamford for the Firefighters Cook-off, stop by Stop & Shop Ridgeway from 10-1 for a food drive run by Backyard Humanitarian.  They need cereal and other non-perishable goods.

7/24 The Best of the Gold Coast party is back in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford from 7-10 pm.  Tickets are $65 and tha includes unlimited tastings and drinks.  You can also get a VIP pre-party ticket that gets you in at 6 pm.  We went last year and had a blast!

7/24 The Peter Hand Jazz Duo will be playing some slick music at Basso Cafe in Norwalk.  If you’ve never been here before, you’re missing out!  Remember…it’s BYOB and reservations are definitely recommended.

7/26 Ready for a lobster and clambake?  Okay, stupid question!  For just $45 (or $40 for Redding Neighbors), you’ll get your seafood on from 7-10 right on the beach at Topstone Park.  You can pick 1 1/2 lb. lobster, steak, chicken or a veggie meal.  There will be side dishes and soft drinks included, but you’re welcome to BYOB.  Make sure that you get your tickets BEFORE you go.

7/27-8/1  The Chelsea in Fairfield is celebrating two years in business with some great deals to help you get in the mood.  They’ll be offering up a 2 course lunch for $15.99 or a 3 course dinner for $29.99.

7/30 A Foodie Affair in Fairfield kicks off with Dishcrawl Fairfield County.  Tix are $45

Liquor gets ya there quicker…

Happy Hour is a bit happier at Bistro 7 with two happy hours every day from 4-7 and 9-close.  The deal?  Buy one get one free drinks in a party of two of more.

City Limits is making getting outside and enjoying summer super easy with the purchase of picnic baskets.  For $25 you get:  Goat Cheese Crostini with Pico de Gallo, Hummus & Tabbouleh Sampler with Toasted Pita, Turkey Club on Focaccia with Potato Salad, Fruit Salad, 2 large chocolate chip cookies, and 2 bottles of Poland spring water

7/20 Go back to school (the liquor-laden one) with Adam Patrick of Match as he runs a class at 5 and 8 at LUXE Wine and Cocktail Bar in Westport.  The cost is $40 per person.

7/29  Coalhouse Pizza’s Spirit Academy with Gregg Glasser has been postponed because of that nasty storm.  The fun begins at 6:30 with a sampler flight of bourbon costing only $9.75.

Openings and Closings

Chick-fil-A will open their Brookfield location in September and will also have locations in Danbury, Enfield, and Wallingford.

SBC Stamford is closing and will have a final shindig on July 20 to say goodbye to their loyal customers.  They cite “the inability to reach an amicable agreement with the landlord, coupled with the ongoing construction” as the reason for shutting down.

Washington Prime is ready to start serving SoNo!  They have planned a soft opening next week…that’s 7/25 and 7/26!  You can start to make your reservations tomorrow, so get dialing:  (203) 857-1314.

Beer!

7/17  Justin Gargano and  MIke Fawcett of Thimble Island Brewing of Branford will be at Plan B Stamford for a special tasting and meet-and-greet.  They’ll have their Coffee Stout, American Ale, Mindjammer Wheat Ale, American IPA, and the newly released and much anticipated Ghost Island DIPA.  The event starts at 7 with $4 pints and $7 flights from Thimble Island.

7/26 As if checking out DuVig Brewery in Branford wasn’t enough, from 11:30-2:30 you’ll also be able to down some amazingly cheesy food from none other than Caseus food truck!  DuVig is located at 59 School Road.

Stony Creek recently broke ground on a new brewery in Branford and they also recently collaborated with Jeff of Bar in New Haven on a new beer.  The brew is a session IPA that’s made with New Zealand hops.  It’ll be ready to pour in about two weeks at BAR.

Tickets for Beer for Beasts, hosted by Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, are now on sale!  Buy them here.

CT Food + Beer News, Vol. 12: Openings, Closings, Parties, and Drinks We hate to say this, but the summer is fluttering fast by us with August soon on the way.  

16

Jul

In-depth w/ Kory Wollins of BSF: Burgers, Making Mooz, Life, and the Heart of a Perfectionist.

Chances are, this is the man you see every day when you come into BSF Greenwich...

Chances are, this is the man you see every day when you come into BSF Greenwich…

A family of four walked through the door, haggard disappearing into happy, and Kory Wollins was already on them like white on rice.  “Hey, how’s it going?  Is this your first time here?” he asked as they looked a bit overwhelmed as they tried to figure out their orders.  It turns out they were there from Texas and…

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Jul

We hope your summer is off to a great start and that it’s action-packed.  Personally, we’re booked solid all the way up until September with events, restaurant reservations, beer nights, and other great things going on in CT.  so, let’s help you book up some time for this week and next week.  In Volume 12 read about food truck festivals, events, what’s new with CT beer, and the nitty gritty on restaurants news.  

Restaurant News

Chef Aaron Sanchez who is ready to open Paloma in the Harbor Point area of Stamford sat down with Ken Tuccio of the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast yesterday.  You can hear the podcast next Thursday.  While you’re there, check out the episodes with Black Hog Brewery, Stew Leonard, and Jordan from Half Full.  Listen through his website or by subscribing on iTunes…your choice.

Chef Merlin Verrier, formerly of Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, has hopped on board the Fortina train as they expand from Armonk into Stamford and Rye Brook, NY.  He’ll be joining Chef Christian Petroni and crew as the Culinary Director.

SKAL Restaurant Group, led by Christian Burns, has taken over the operations side of Post 154 in Westport.  According to a recent press release, Christian said that he’ll help Post 154 to “carve out its food and beverage identity.”  Some new things to look forward to are more craft cocktails, a “seasonal and creative menu,” house-infused spirits, and a beautiful craft beer menu.  OmNomCT readers know SKAL Restaurant Group as the owner of both Cask Republics and Ginger Man SoNo and New Haven.   Considering our first experience at Post 154, we think this will be a great change to shake up things in Westport even more!

Bar Sugo in Norwalk not only has a newly designed menu, but they’ve also redesigned their logo and their site.  Whatcha think?

Chefs Bill and Jeff Taibe are on the lookout for cooks and servers for their new restaurant that will be opening up soon.  E-mail them at ffoodllc@optonline.net if interested.


Events and Summer Plans

7/12-13  Tanger Outlets in Westbrook is holding another food truck festival from 11-6 pm on both days.  On Saturday check out High Tide Gourmet, Lobster Craft, Food Extrovert, Rough House Food Truck, Caseus Cheese Truck, The Cannoli Truck , Happy Taco, Food Encounters, Sugar Bakery’s Cupcake Truck, Christiano’s Pizza, Rollin Red’s, Like No Udder, Gotta Q BBQ, Mobile Munchies, Latin Spoon, Nora Cupcake and more.  On Sunday, you can taste the wares of Get It Toasted, Cowabunga, High Tide Gourmet, Lobster Craft, Rough House Food Truck, Happy Taco, Food Encounters, Sugar Bakery’s Cupcake Truck, Christiano’s Pizza, Rollin Red’s, Like No Udder, Gotta Q BBQ, Mobile Munchies, Latin Spoon, and more still.  While you’re there, check out the boat show that will be going on at the same time.  There will also be live music from 12-3 on Saturday and 1-3 on Sunday, as well as cooking demos at 11:30 and 3 on Saturday and 12:30 and 3 on Sunday.  And, don’t forget to hit up the outlets while you’re there to get some stuff on the cheap. ;)

7/13  It’s Wakeman Town Farm Family Fun Day in Westport from noon until 4!  There will be plenty of games, chances to meet with the animals of the farm, a pie eating contest, crafts, burgers from Craft, sandwiches and salads from WTF, lemonade, and mini ice cream cones from local Farmer’s Cow.  Entry is $10 per person or $5 per adult.

7/15 Check out Coalhouse Pizza’s first ever Spirits Academy, hosted by Gregg Glasser of Modern Distillery Age and Yankee Brew News.  Instruction is free, as always, but flights of the spirits to taste are extra.  Be there at 6:30 pm and get ready to taste away and learn!

7/16 Harry’s in Fairfield is hosting a special California wine class from 7-9.  Make sure to call them up at (203) 259-4692 to reserve your spot.  Tickets are $35 per person.

7/16 Cheshire Food Truck Frenzy takes over the Cheshire YMCA Parking Lot from 5-8:30 pm.  Some of the trucks that will be on hand are Caseus, Fryborg, Firedog, The Cannoli Truck, Sugar Bakery, Four Flours Baking Company, 3 Chicks Grille, Christiano’s Pizzeria, and more.  A portion of proceeds from each food truck goes to support the Cheshire YMCA and the Sea Dog National Swim Team.

7/19 Take a nice scenic drive over to Winivan in Morris, CT for A Summer Gathering.  There will be keynote speakers, interactive family activities, a demos from Hunter Zampa (Teen Chopped Champion), Chef Joel Viehland, and Chris Eddy, a program on goat cheese (OH YEAH!), a farmers’ market, various vendors, and food trucks including G Monkey, Skinny Pines, Sabrina’s Bread Box, and Chet’s Italian Ice.  A family 4 pack of tickets is just $35, $12 for adults, or $5 for kids aged 6-11.  Keynotes are extra at $50 for members or $60 for CT NOFA members.

7/19 Learn how to forage for wild mushrooms, berries, black cherries, wild greens, and medicinal herbs with “Wildman” Steve Brill.  He’ll take you on a three hour tour (a three hour tour, LOL) starting at 1.  Entry is suggested as a donation of $20 for adults and $10 for kids.  Make sure to call him up and check the site for what you need to bring.


Beer News

Half Full’s 1st Annual Hop, Skip & A Run was a very successful event.  Through registration and beer sales, Half Full raised over $4,700 for Achilles International.  Be on the lookout for the 2nd Annual Hop, Skip & A Run registration starting around January or February of 2015.  For a gallery of photos, check out our FB page and Half Full’s photos.

Beer’d Brewing is taking their beer on the road…sorta.  Known for making collabo beers, Beer’d has a new collaboration with Night Shift Brewing in MA.  For more info, check New England Brew News.

Shebeen Brewing Company in Wolcott has expanded their distribution network.  Now they’ll also be sending out their cans and new bombers to package stores and bars in Hartford, Windham, Tolland, Essex, Old Saybrook, and New London Counties.  Also, look out for more brews like their Grand Cru, Turbo IPA, and an Idaho IPA in addition to their wildly popular Cannoli Beer, Irish Ale, and Concord Grape Saison.  And, if it’s variety you crave, you’ll soon be able to check out a 4 pack of their seasonal brews.

Firefly Hollow Brewing in Bristol is looking for someone to design their brand new cans of Cone Flakes IIPA.  You’ll have until August 4 to submit your design to them at the brewery.  The winner, chosen on August 16, will get $750 and will become a true beer god or goddess by having your art work on a can of beer.  Top entries will be displayed in the tap room, too, so get those entries in.  You have to be 21+ to enter, though!  For more info e-mail them at info@fireflybrewing.com.

Witchdoctor Brewing has started a kickstarter to raise funds for their new brewery in South Windsor.  Check out all the info here.

 

 

 

 

CT Food + Beer News, Vol. 12: Summer Fun, Food Truck Festivals, Openings, CT Beer, and More… We hope your summer is off to a great start and that it’s action-packed.  Personally, we’re booked solid all the way up until September with events, restaurant reservations, beer nights, and other great things going on in CT.  

09

Jul

Somehow we’re almost upon the weekend when Mill River Park in Stamford will transform into a swine-lovers paradise with the launch of the 2nd Annual Pork in the Park festival.  Whether you go on Saturday, Sunday, or even head out both days, there are plenty of things planned to not only whet your whistle, but to also satisfy those BBQ and food cravings.  So, let’s dig a little deeper and see all the great things planned for this event.  But first, here are the deets:  entry is $10, $5 for kids, and free for kids 5 and under.  The hours for 6/12 are 11 am – 9 pm and 6/13 from 12-5.

OmNomCT Cooking Demos on Saturday, 6/12

Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread, Norwalk - 1:45

Chef Baez is Executive Chef of award-winning and boisterous The Spread in Norwalk, CT.  He is known for putting his own touch on classic dishes and putting his own stamp on SoNo and CT dining with adventurous and flavorful dishes.

Chef Juan Gonzalez of Cask Republic, Stamford - 2:30

Executive Chef Gonzalez runs the kitchen at Cask Republic, putting out a menu full of amazing gastropub food.  With Chef Gonzalez at the helm, Cask Republic has quickly become one of the most popular spots in Stamford, if not all of Fairfield County.

Ernst Turnier of Cafe Turnier Catering, Norwalk - 3:15

​Ernst Turnier was the chef and owner of Cafe Turnier in Norwalk, a highly-rated cafe serving up Jamaican and Carribean food mixed with some American classics.  Although he recently closed his restaurant, he continues to cook great food through Cafe Turnier Catering.


Food

BBQ Town:  there will be plenty of vendors for spices, rubs, and more along with speciality BBQ

Vanchetta Food Truck:  all their awesome sandwiches and sides will be pumping out this weekend.  Our faves are the Porchetta sandwich and the Patatas Bravas, but you get what you want.

Lobstercraft Food Truck:  they’ll have their famous lobster rolls and their amazing mac & cheese that ALWAYS sells out.  Our favorites are, well, all of the rolls.

Fryborg Food Truck:  dear God, these are some of the best fries around…it’s amazing to think they are coming out of a food truck.  Pick your toppings, pick your custom ketchup, and pig out.

Bar Q, Stamford:  both Bar Q and Bobby Q’s will be smokin’ up some great BBQ to satisfy that deep down craving.  You’ve got all day, so have some lunch AND dinner!  It’s the weekend, the calories don’t count…

Bobby Q’s, Westport

*Note that the Makin’ Bacon competition set for Sunday will not be happening this year.*  


Drinks

In addition to lemonade and lots of other thirst-quenching drinks, Blue Point and Goose Island breweries will be represented with some brews.  So, make sure to bring your ID.


BBQ Competition

This year, the competition is two days long.  On Saturday, check out the People’s Choice Competition which you can help out with.  Best Wings at 2 and Best Ribs at 4.  On Sunday, the teams battle it out with their smokers and grills to see who’s the best in an official KCBS competition.  Up for grabs are honors with chicken, ribs, pork butt, and brisket with the winners and Grand Champion announced at 4 pm.  Which of these BBQ teams will take home the pork?  

ACK-Que

BBQ Mafia

Chicken Chokers BBQ

Greenwitch Que Co.

Herding Smoke

Hot Hands BBQ

QueGasm

R2BQ

Relaxin’ Jack

Star Spangled BBQ

Stubborn Bull BBQ (Grand Champion last year)

Taino Smokehouse CT

That’s Our Que! (an OmNomCT favorite with Kris doing a demo last year at Pork in the Park!)Q Haven BBQ

Yours In BBQ

ZBQ


 Music

Saturday:

Snooty Garland - 12:00
The Big Takeover - 1:15
Terrapin - 2:35
Gravity - 3:55
Jen Durkin Band - 5:20
Funky Dawgz Brass Band - 7:00

Sunday:

Freeride - 12
Pimpinella - 1:15
Merlin - 2:30
Jump the Gunn - 3:45 

Kid’s Kanyon

Not only will there be pig races, but there will be a mechanical bull station, and lots of other fun games to play.


Pork in the Park

July 12:

July 13:

Cost:  $10

Address:  Mill River Park (across from Trump building in Stamford)

                  Stamford, CT

Parking:  any of the nearby parking garages work, but we’re preferential to Target’s because it tends to be cheaper.

Pork in the Park Chef Demos and Event Schedule Released Somehow we’re almost upon the weekend when Mill River Park in Stamford will transform into a swine-lovers paradise with the launch of the…

07

Jul

Insider’s Look at NEAT of Westport: Part Cafe, Part Cocktail Bar, 100% Awesome

Uppers and downers all in one spot!

Uppers and downers all in one spot!

Espresso NEAT has built a reputation in Fairfield County as being at the top of their game.  Year after year, they’ve been awarded best cafe and best coffee, and after you’ve gone there, you can see why.  Owner Rachel Haughey and her crew pick their coffee beans with care and perform routine coffee cuppings to ensure that only the best quality coffee will be…

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02

Jul

Although the USA might have lost that soccer game, you can’t let that stop you.  So, crawl out of that hole, get out there, and do something great this long weekend.  We’ve got some ideas for ya, of course, so stick with us kiddos…we’ll get ya there.  And, remember that we’ve got a full listing of events up on our Nomworthy Events page.  

Celebrate

What says ‘Murica more than a burger, fries, and a beer?  Yeah, nothing!  So, why not get down to Versailles in Greenwich, and order their Bistro V Burger with hand cut fries and a nice cold brew for lunch OR dinner for just $16.50.  This is going on all month, people.

Now, those burgers are totally American, but how about lobster?  Get your fill and don’t be shellfish by heading out to any Rizzuto’s (Bethel, Westport, Stamford, West Hartford) for a Lobster Feast every Tuesday for the entire summer.   You’ll get a 3 course lobster feast for $29 per person…and if you’re super hungry, throw in a second lobster for just $10 more.

What?  You want MORE lobster and seafood choices?  Sure, no thing.  Match is turning their lunch today and tomorrow into The Lobster Shack.  For a preview, check out this post.

Fairfield Family Fun Fest will be taking place on July 5 from 10-4 pm…rain or shine on Town Hall Green.  There will be lots of live music, plenty of places to shop, and (damn right) food!  In fact, the 375th anniversary of Fairfield’s Founding will be even more special because PopShop Market will be setting up camp with shops, food trucks, and even a beer garden.  There will also be lots of activities going on if you don’t want to just stuff your face and drink…

Check out who’s back in the kitchen in Bar Sugo…Chef Pat Pascarella!  When you come by, make sure to tell him and Megan congrats on their recent wedding, then proceed to order boatloads of food.

Char, also in Greenwich, has just released their summer menu.  This is one of our favorite restaurants that you’ll definitely want to check out!

Drink

Two Roads Brewery in Stratford re-releases Via Cordis, a Belgian-style Single Abbey Ale today.  The beer, made in collaboration with two Sacred Heart University professors, will be on sale tonight on draft and they’ll even have a limited amount of 22 oz. bottles, so get there and get you some!  (Psst, a portion of sales go towards Sacred Heart scholarships.)

World of Beer in Stamford is now open and they’ll have live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 9:30.  Beer…you’ve met your match.

Help figure out who is the best bartender in Stamford by attending Stamford Magazine’s 2nd Annual Best Bartender Contest.  It takes place on July 9 from 6-8 on The Verano Rooftop, located at 750 Summer Street in Stamford.  Competitors include bartaco, Castle, F.I.S.H., and Hudson Grille.  There’s no charge for this event, but make sure to RSVP to Emily by July 7!

Where Your Food At?

Stamford Museum & Nature Center continues its Sunday Farm Markets from 10 – 2 pm all the way up until October 5.  Entrance to the Farm Market is free, but if you want to check out the rest of SM&NC, you’ll need to pay admission or present your card.  There will be eggs fresh from the farm, maple syrup, jam, beef, pork, and herbs from Aradia Farm (first Sunday of each month), baked goods, clams, chowder, produce, fruit, berries, cider, and even wool.  Oh, did we mention that there will be a different food truck there each week? ;)

Load up on great, local food for your 4th of July party by visiting the Westport Farmers’ Market.  And, remember that if you can’t make it, you can always arrange to have Fresh Nation deliver it for you!

 

CT Food News, Vol. 11: Burgers, Lobster, Beer, and Cocktails…Yeah ‘Murica! Although the USA might have lost that soccer game, you can’t let that stop you.  So, crawl out of that hole, get out there, and do something great this long weekend.  

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Yes, that IS Dogfish 90 Minute that you see...along with 49 other selections...

Yes, that IS Dogfish 90 Minute that you see…along with 49 other selections…

After a beautiful day of running (and who are we kidding, walking) the Half Full 5k, we settled down and did what any healthy people would do: eat food from Vanchetta, Melt Mobile, and Lobstercraft, and drink our fair share of Peach Wheat, Toasted Ambers, IPAs and Bright Ales. Yeeeeah, and, what better way to celebrate an arduous 5-hour day of drinking and eating than having more beer at World of Beer, which conveniently happened to open for the first time JUST as the Half Full 5k beer fest ended?!

Now, we’re not normally a fan of chains, but our love of beer wins out on this one. Just like the rest of Fairfield County, we’ve been anticipating the opening since we broke the news in late September.  So when we finally had our chance, we beelined through the door for a seat right by the bar and tap list (smart!), and the TVs so we could enjoy the Greece vs. Costa Rica game. Speaking of games, there are helluva lot of TVs, so this just might turn into your new favorite place to watch a game. And, they will regularly have live music, which we got to enjoy after the game from Mark Zelenz, of Short Bus with his own band, The Easy.

Ok, so back to the beverages. It was tough because there are 50 drafts and over 500 beers in bottles from all over CT, America, and the world.  Ahhh, that’s why they call it World of Beers…we see what they did there!  They also have some cocktails and even wine if you need to chill out sans hops and barley.

We had to take a break from beer for a bit, so we went with some cocktails and got some food. First up Kristien and our friend Christine had the Gin Jam, a drink made with gin, simple syrup, a berry jam, and freshly muddled berries.  It was nicely balanced in terms of sweetness, not too fruity, and the gin wasn’t overwhelming.  Very refreshing.  Dan was interested in the MargarIPA, a margarita with IPA poured over the top.  Surprisingly, it was a great drink with fresh squeezed lime adding some sweetness with a little sourness coming through from the beer.  Again, also refreshing.  There are other cocktails, too, but our server only knew those two and the cocktail menu wasn’t printed yet.

An excellent choice after a long day in the sun

An excellent choice after a long day in the sun

But, since this place is really about beer, let’s talk about your options.  First up, there’s a rotating list of 50 brews on tap that go from local, to other states, to other countries. And, there are a staggering 500 bottles of beer up for grabs.  While sorting through the menu can be overwhelming, check out their iPad menu that’s sortable by style, color, abv, country, and more.  If you’re the super serious beer kinda person, you can also get the WoB app on your phone to search beers, keep track of what you drank, and even check out the menu.  Pretty awesome!  And, if you can’t decide on just one beer, they offer up some flights of 4 for $10 including Spring Seasonal, Drink Local, a tour of Belgium, and an Intro to Hops for $8.   Dan ended the evening with an Oskar Blues Station 3 Hefe that had a nose of banana and funk.  As for taste, it had a strong forward banana taste, with bits of clove coming through.  Definitely a great brew for summer time drinking.

Now onto the food. There is a nice selection of standard beer garden-esque food (apps, sammys, salads and soups), including the token giant pretzel.  We went with the WoB Chicken Wings first, which you can order mild, medium, or hot with blue cheese or ranch.  We ordered hot, but we’re not quite sure if we actually got hot because they weren’t spicy at all, barely a tiny tingle.  We would’ve like to have seen more sauce, though they were pretty buttery and moist.  The skin was a bit chewy, not crispy, which makes us wonder if they were from frozen.  Then we went onto the Tavern Taters that were just like nachos, but on top of crispy tots instead.  The tots were golden brown and crispy with a nice hearty amount of beer cheese, bacon, scallions, and sour cream. They also had jalapeños on them, but not nearly enough for us pepper lovers.  We ordered some more food, but unfortunately we didn’t get to try it because it took so long to come out we had to cancel so we could get home to walk our dog.  Oh well, it was the first day after all.

Final Thoughts

Plenty of room here at WoB to hang out and drink up

Plenty of room here at WoB to hang out and drink up

The Harbor Point area of Stamford is a growing Colossus with the opening of World of Beer and the soon to arrive Paloma.  And, with Fortina and Bareburger on the horizon, this little piazza will be hopping and buzzing like crazy.  Because of this excitement, you’ll need to plan ahead with parking.  There is always street parking, but the more dependable option is the side parking at the corner of ??? and ???.   When you get to WoB, you probably want to sign up for their reward card which costs $15 up front, but also gets you a WoB t-shirt.  From there, you can earn all kind of awesome rewards just by buying beer…1 point per beer.  50 points gets you a “50 Club” shirt, 100 gets you a “100 Club” mug and shirt, 250 gets you on their wall of fame with a personally engraved plaque and a gold shirt, and the ultimate is the 500 reward which earns you a party at WoB with a $250 bar tab built in.

Again, like we said, the service was slow when we went, but it’s important to remember that this was a soft-opening event and they were still working out the kinks.  Even though they had just opened, the place was already packed with people lined up for the opening (yeah, we were one of them).  So, we’ve got to imagine that things will be slow at the start as they figure their way through the restaurant and how things work.  And, in terms of food, it was some good bar grub, but don’t come in expecting to be blown away by the fare.  Instead, set your expectations and realize you’re there for the awesome beer with some decent food to help you keep drinking more and more.

World of Beer

Noms:  TBD after more food

Cost:  $$-$$$

Address: 18 Harbor Point Road

                        Stamford, CT

Phone: (203) 290-4317

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A Peer into of World of Beer - Harbor Point Area of Stamford, CT After a beautiful day of running (and who are we kidding, walking) the Half Full 5k, we settled down and did what any healthy people would do: eat food from…