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02

Sep

Dude, it’s almost September 20…and you know what that means:  Harbor Brew Fest at The Ball Park at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport! We’ve got our tix, and hopefully you do too, but just in case you don’t, we’ve got a ticket giveaway contest just for you!  So, to win TWO General Admission tickets to Harbor Brew Fest 2014, all you need to do is check out the list of breweries below and tell us one beer from a brewery that you can’t wait to try. Comment on this post to enter or comment on our Facebook post too.  We will pick one random lucky winner at 5 pm (when the contest ends) on Friday, 9/5/14, and will announce the winner.

In case you need a reminder or this is your first time hearing about HBF from us, here’s a quick review:

🎫 GA tix are $40 in advance, but the Brewer’s Special tix are now sold out (hey, we warned ya)

🎫 The festival runs from 1-5 for GA and 12-5 if you snagged those VIP tix.

🍴 Food truck party with Bodega Taco TruckBounty Food TruckThe Buzz TruckFryborgLobstercraftThe Local MeatballMarty’s Fire Engine PizzaMelt MobileNora’s CupcakesSuper Duper WeenieTaco PacificoVanchettaWhey Station

🎵 Plenty of live music and fun

🍻 And…beer from a crazy amount of breweries such as:

🍺 Back East (CT)

🍺 Beaver Beer (CT)

🍺 Berkshire Brewing Company

🍺 Black Hog Brewing Co. (CT)

🍺 Blue Moon

🍺Blue Point

🍺Breckenridge Brewery

🍺Brewery Ommegang

🍺Brooklyn Brewery

🍺Brouwerij Van Steenberge

🍺Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

🍺Cayman Jack

🍺Charter Oak (CT)

🍺Cisco

🍺Crispin Cider

🍺Downeast Cider Company

🍺East Coast Brewing Co.

🍺Foolproof Brewing Company

🍺Fox Barrel Cider

🍺Full Sail

🍺Goose Island

🍺Green Flash Brewing Co.

🍺Grey Sail

🍺Guvnor’s Brewery (CT)

🍺GW Beer (CT)

🍺Half Full (CT)

🍺Jack’s Abby

🍺Keegan Ales

🍺Kona Brewing

🍺Leinenliugel’s

🍺Long Ireland

🍺McKenzie’s Hard Card

🍺Mike’s Hard Lemonade

🍺Narragansett

🍺North Coast Brewing

🍺Oskar Blues

🍺Overshores (CT)

🍺Palm

🍺Peak Organic

🍺Red Hook

🍺Radeberger

🍺Rodenbach

🍺Sam Adams

🍺Sebago

🍺Shebeen Brewing (CT)

🍺Shiner

🍺Sixpoint Brewery

🍺Smuttynose Brewing Co.

🍺Southport Brewing Company (CT)

🍺Spiked Seltzer (CT)

🍺Stony Creek Brewing (CT)

🍺Thimble Island (CT)

🍺Thomas Hooker (CT)

🍺Two Roads (CT)

🍺Unibroue

🍺Victory Brewing

🍺Widmer Brothers

🍺Willimantic Brewing (CT)

Harbor Brew Fest 2014 Tickets Giveaway Dude, it’s almost September 20…and you know what that means:  Harbor Brew Fest at The Ball Park at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport!

01

Sep

So…remember when we wrote about the Meriden Food Truck Festival going down October 25 +26 just a few hours ago?  Yeah…well, we’ve got another one to share with ya, this happening much sooner (9/18 from 4-8) at the Shelton River Walk:  Food Trucks in the Valley!  This feast by the river is being hosted by The Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center and will help to raise vital funding for them that will go towards programs and services such as helping people who have undergone severe trauma, abuse, or neglect.

Entrance to Food Trucks in the Valley is Totes McGoats free, so save that money for food and maybe for a lil’ donation.  In addition to the 18 confirmed (more on the way, too) food trucks, there will be plenty of other things to do because this is the ultimate Back to School event.  Perfect for families and students who want to relax after the first few weeks of school…and perfect for the teachers who want to pig out and drink some wicked good Black Hog Brew.  And, look, even if beer’s not your thing, they’ll still have some adult ciders and wine, too.  Put that in your sippy cup and drink it!

In addition, there will be live music from Quit Your Day Job and Monster Eats Pilot, a car show with some specially themed cars for kids, different family activities like hula hooping and facepainting, and special appearances like BB of the Bridgeport Bluefish from 4-5 as well as Rocky from the New Britain Rock Cats and Storm of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from 5-6.  You can also check out WPLR who will be there from 5-7 with their own tent, music, and giveaways.

And, here we go with the confirmed food trucks along with descriptions fr0m their site:

Parent Child Resource Center Beverage Table – Beer, Soda, Water

🚌 3 Chicks Grille – Steak and cheese bombs, fried Oreos

🚌 Ben & Jerry’s – hard ice cream

🚌 The Buzz Truck:  coffee, tea, baked goods

🚌 The Caseus Cheese Truck – Grilled cheese varieties

🚌 Dads Food Truck:  pasta dishes and fresh-filled cannoli

🚌 DiSorbo’s Bakery – Fried dough, cannoli, italian ice

🚌 Firedog Food Truck – Hot dogs, pulled pork

🚌 Fryborg – Fries with unique dipping sauces

🚌 Grab Your Meatballs – Meatball varieties

🚌 Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes – cupcake varieties

🚌 House of Bones BBQ – Ribs, BBQ variety

🚌 Lunch Box 23 – Gourmet Sliders

🚌 Magic Cone – soft serve

🚌 New Haven Pizza Truck – Pizza varieties

🚌 Pierogies on Wheels – Pierogies

🚌 Spuds Your Way – Baked potatoes with choice toppings

🚌 Szabo’s Seafood – Lobster rolls and chowder

🚌 Wrap That Food – Wraps and salads


Food Trucks in the Valley

9/18 from 4-8 pm (rain date is 9/23)

Free

Shelton River Walk

Intersection of Cornell Street and Canal Street

80 Canal Street East

Shelton, CT 06484

Food Trucks in the Valley ft. 18+ Trux, Music, Cars, Fun, Black Hog Brews + More So…remember when we wrote about the Meriden Food Truck Festival going down October 25 +26 just a few hours ago?  

29

Aug

Days and night have we prayed. Dear provider of cheese, meats, spreads, and all things nomworthy…come to us. Heap your love and your provisions upon us. Long have we suffered the cruel deceivingly short distance on 95 from Greenwich to Fairfield, but yeah, our prayers have been answered. Amen, our cheese loving brethren…amen.

Amen because the award-winning and amazing Fairfield Cheese Company is expanding into Greenwich! Yup, the same shop that pulled in a top five spot of places to buy cheese in America from Food & Wine and a back-to-back winner of CT Magazine’s Best Cheese Selection. Co-owners Chris Palumbo and Laura Downey’s new shop will be at 154 East Putnam Avenue where the Cos Cob Laundry used to be. It’s also located right next to Fjord Fisheries, so you could get all your seafood, cheese, meat, and goodies shopping done in one trip. And, really, what else could you possibly need?

Like their udderly-successful (yeah, we went there) shop at 2090 Post Road in Fairfield, they’ll have an amazing variety of rare, farmstead, and artisanal cheeses that are cut for you right on the spot along with high-quality, handmade charcuterie. If you’re unsure about which cheeses or meats to pick, don’t worry because the staff knows a helluva lot and will set ya in the right direction. Topping all of this off will be their great variety of sauces, condiments, frozen goods, and more. And, you won’t have to wait too long, either:  November is the goal, perfect for the upcoming holidays!

As if all these talk of cheese wasn’t enough, we’re happy to report that not only will they be offering private tastings, but will also offer cheese classes. Now, these aren’t your typical cheese classes, either…though they do offer Cheese 101. Some of the classes that their Fairfield location have set up are Cheese & Olive Oil, Matching Cheese with Beer, Raclette, Cheese & Wine, and even Cheese and Taza Chocolate.

If you’d like any more information, please feel free to call up Laura at Fairfield Cheese Co. (203) 292-8194, e-mail her at laura@fairfieldcheese.com, or visit the website at www.fairfieldcheese.com. Also, do some prep work for the opening with their upcoming Cheese School classes (click here for full descriptions):

9/9, 7-9 pm:  Cheese 101.  $45

9/18, 7-9 pm:  Cheese & Olive Oil.  $45

10/14, 7-10 pm:  Perfect Pairings:  The Basics of Matching Cheese with Beer.  $45

10/24, 7-10 pm:  Swiss Dinner.  $100

10/27, 7-9 pm:  Neal’s Yard Tasting and a Cheese Journey.  $45

11/6, 7-9 pm:  Raclette.  $45

11/13, 7-9 pm:  Perfect Pairings:  Cheese & Wine.  $45

12/2, 7-9 pm:  Cheese & Chocolate with Taza Chocolate.  $45


Greenwich Cheese Company

Address:  154 East Putnam Avenue

Cos Cob, CT 06807

Phone:  (203) 400-1699

Fairfield Cheese Company Spreads the Love with Greenwich Cheese Company, Opening Soon Days and night have we prayed. Dear provider of cheese, meats, spreads, and all things nomworthy…come to us.

28

Aug

Exterior Morello Bistro Greenwich

From the outside, Morello Bistro in Greenwich appears to be a cute, maybe even unassuming restaurant with a brown and white awning and a few outdoor tables.  But, as you enter, the beautiful domed ceilings, archways, terra-cotta colored columns, and second-level balcony really set the mood for a contrasting old world, yet modern Italian experience. We were excited to have that experience again when General Manager, James Branigan invited us for a special tasting since we haven’t been to Morello Bistro since the first time we tasted their menu back in November ’12 when Chef Pasternack ran the kitchen.

We started the night chatting with Olivier Flosse, Beverage Director for MARC (Mardon Abela Restaurant Corporation).  Not only is Olivier in charge of wine and cocktails at Morello, but also A Voce, Bistro du Midi, and FPB. We loved talking with Oliver because he oozed passion and excitement for his job! We talked about wine, cocktails, and his pairings for the night as he shared insights and observations in the world of adult beverages. He talked about how cocktails seem to be returning to classic liquors, how St. St. Germain has made a huge comeback in cocktails because it is, in the words of Olivier, “pure and elegant.” And, he kinda blew our minds when he told us about a cocktail that he has at A Voce:  Il Tartufo.  It’s made with a 10 year bourbon infused with three different vermouths and black truffles.  Then, they put white truffle honey on one side of the rim…DAMN!

Well, enough foreplay, let’s get down to business:

Apps and Cocktails

Our first course was a seemingly simple dish:  Cauliflower Fritti.  At first we were worried this would be too simple, if not boring, but we were definitely wrong. A thin, crispy tempura batter wrapped the soft cauliflower, while a surprisingly light lemon aioli cut the heaviness. This well-balanced dish was paired with a refreshing cocktail (Morellini) of Bacardi Limon, Prosecco, lemon sorbet, and fresh mint. This is a great alternative to the same ‘ole bellini you see everywhere. The mint brought out a nice aroma, while the bubbles from the prosecco helped to bring out more of that fresh lemon flavor. We also tried the Slow Fashioned made with Slow & Low Bourbon, bitters, honey simple syrup, sweet vermouth, and blood orange juice. There was a great balance here: you still got that great bourbon flavor while the citrusy zing from the blood orange gave a nice finish.

Primi

Tuna Crudo at Morello Bistro in Greenwich CT

Please note that we received tasting portions, so what you order might be bigger…

We’ve had lots of tuna crudos, but the one at Morello is really different from the usual.  The crudo here is made with crunchy toasted almonds, pickled radish, and ‘Nduja dressing made from the oil of a soft and spreadable spicy Italian sausage.  This dish, which is the most popular item on the menu, was a complex mix of delicate, crunchy, tart, savory, and even smoky from the ‘Nduja!  Olivier paired this with an excellent and crisp 2013 Sauvignon Blanc called “La Petite Perriere” from Domaine de la Perriere Guy Saget.

Insalata

Panzanella Salad at Morello Bistro in Greenwich CT

The Panzanella Salad came out fresh with red and yellow tomatoes, basil, asparagus, cucumbers, red onions, and ciabatta croutons.  The croutons were buttery and crunchy enough to hold up against the red wine vinaigrette dressing.  This salad is what a summer harvest is all about:  light, refreshing, and tasting like everything was freshly picked.  This was nicely paired with a 2012 Vermentino called Calasole from Rocca di Montemassi in Tuscany which played well off of the dressing and tomatoes.

Pesce

Branzino at Morello Bistro in Greenwich CT

Up next was the Branzino, served with fregola (more on that soon), orange, fennel, and a hot herb and spice dip called bagna càuda. The fish came out moist, hot, and was nice and Excellent wine choices at Morello Bistro in Greenwich CTcrispy on the outside.  They serve it skin side up so you can dig right in, no need to take it off.  Adding nice contrast to the fish was the fennel, orange slices, and delicious pearls of delicate Sardinian pasta called fregola that looks like Israeli couscous.  Olivier paired this with a 2011 Chianti Classico from Castello di Volpaia also from the Tuscany region.  He noted that this all woman-made wine goes nicely with fish because it’s a lighter red.  He added that people often shy away from reds and fish, but if you’re thoughtful with the pairing, it can be excellent.

Pasta

Braised Beef Ravioli at Morello Bistro in Greenwich CT

One of the things that we remember the most about Morello is how good their freshly made pasta was.  This time we tried their Beef Braised Ravioli, served with arugula, mushrooms, a brown butter sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano sprinkled all over it.  The ravioli were earthy, rich, yet somehow still remained light with the help of the thin pasta shell.  The delicate beef melted away, bite after bite, and gained more intense flavor after each taste of mushroom.  This was appropriately paired with a deep and rich 2013 Nero D’Avola from Cusumano in Sicily.

Dolci

A trio of desserts at Morello Bistro in Greenwich CT

Pastry Chef Amanda Atkinson makes all the desserts at Morello right in the kitchen.  Though we were at 98% full, we plowed into a trio of desserts like troopers.  First we tried the Cherry Crostata that had a buttery and crispy tart crust, while bursting with juicy flavor from the cherries.  This was served with a vanilla yogurt ice cream that was creamy and added a nice tart (no pun intended) twist to the dish. We also tried the Torta al Chocolate (flourless) which was rich and full of chocolate-y goodness.  You wouldn’t guess it was flourless, but, for those who don’t love chocolate it might be too much. The banana gelato that is served on the side is excellent and a refreshing contrast to the heaviness of the Torta. And, finally, we ended with the Panna Cotta. The yogurt based Panna Cotta was creamy, savory, and had just a slight sweetness so it wasn’t overwhelming on the palate at all. We especially like how the basil came through, adding another dimension to this dessert. These desserts were paired nicely, again, with a 2010 Moscato d’Asti from Pasqua in the Piedmont region that wasn’t too sweet and played nicely off of the fruity and chocolatey flavors.

Amanda came by to see how everything was and brought us a final treat of (damn, and you thought we were done, huh?) grapefruit and tangerine granitas with blackberry gelee.  While the granitas were tart (grapefruit) and tangy (tangerine), the gelee was sour, playing off the iced treats oh so well.

Final Thoughts

It’s always interesting to see how restaurants evolve over the years and through different chef tenures.  And, while Morello is still searching for a permanent Executive Chef, Sous Chef Mandy and various MARC chefs are still putting out great and dependable dishes.  We’re also happy with the wine list, with many bottles going from $32 to $55 and glasses from $10 to $16.  And, for those days when you need a great cocktail, Helen De Luna will hook you up.

So, if you’re looking for some solid, dependable Italian in Greenwich that’s a good step up from the standard fare, Morello is definitely your spot.

Morello Bistro

Noms: 3.75

Cost: $$$

Address: 253 Greenwich Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06830

Phone: (203) 661-3443

Morello Bistro: Old World Italian Charm with a Modern Twist - Greenwich, CT From the outside, Morello Bistro in Greenwich appears to be a cute, maybe even unassuming restaurant with a brown and white awning and a few outdoor tables.  

27

Aug

Do you know what’s sad about it almost being Labor Day?  Yeah, we know…you can’t wear white again.  But, then again, who are we to follow silly rules?  Guess what?  On Tuesday Dan will wear his white linen suit with white shoes just to show what he thinks about these rules.  Yeah, don’t spend your life following all the rules and doing what society tells you!  Instead, come along with us as we tell ya all about some great events that are coming up as well as hit ya with some beer news from across the state.

Events and Deals

Craft 260 in Fairfield is pretty serious about football.  So serious, in fact that they’ll be offering up happy hour food and drink specials during Monday night games all the way up until last call.  Great food and beer, football, and a good deal?  C’mon now!

Stamford Restaurant Weeks is still going strong…all the way until September 1.  Check out all the deals!

8/27 Starting at 8 pm, check out Trivia Night at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford!  They have .50 wings, $5 drafts, and $12 pitchers, too.  This is a recurring event, so even if you can’t make Trivia Night tonight, you can always check out next week.

8/28 Love ribs?  Good, Vinny’s in Fairfield has ya covered with a crazy good deal:  buy 1 rack of ribs, get the second for half the price.  Share them?  What, you crazy?

8/30-8/31 Now a Labor Day weekend tradition, the 7th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival in Westport has plenty to satisfy you whether you’re into BBQ, food trucks, beer, cooking demos, or live music like Popa Chubby, Rick Derringer, and the Spin Doctors.  Be aware that ticketing is different this year with general admission coming in at $10 (12 and under are free), while an all access pass to the music stage costs $50 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $70 for both days.  For more info, check out the BV&B site.

8/31 You gots ta check out the 3rd Annual Caribbean Cultural Jerkfest at the City Center in Danbury. Taste your way through some great Caribbean food and find out why Jerk seasoning is one of our favorite spices! The fun goes down from 12-10.

9/4 Annalisa Ewald, playing Spanish guitar, will be rocking Basso Cafe from 6-9. Basso is an awesome spot that we fell in love with, so definitely get there and set up a reservation. Also, BYOB, baby!

9/4 Dip into Salsa on the Farm at Common Ground School at 358 Springtide Ave. in New Haven from 6-8:30!  There will be live music, food trucks, stuff for the kiddies to do, and you can even get a tour of the farm. Entrance to Salsa on the Farm is by donation at $5 per person or $10 per family.  It all starts at 6 when the music starts and Ay Arepa, The Meat Truck, and Fruit Whirled start providing you with food. Then, at 7 take a tour of the farm…then have more food!

9/5-7 Yup, the Norwalk Oyster Fest is back! Food, beer, shopping, and music…yup yup.  Tickets are $5 for kids 5-12, $10 for adults on Friday, or $12 adults on Saturday or Sunday. Practice your Jesus pose with Scott Stapp of Creed on Friday at 9, get down to some killer rock & roll with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on Saturday at 9, and check out the US Army Band at 1 and the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra at 4 pm on Sunday.

9/6-7 You definitely want to check out the Westpour Block Party held right on National Hall Green in Westport from 6-10. There will be plenty of food from local chefs, plenty of brews, craft cocktails, and plenty of live music too!  Tickets for food and drinks are just $5 each or you can buy a pack of $10 for $45. Beer and a tasting plate cost 1 ticket, wine and cocktails cost 2, and if you want a full sample plate that will be just 3 tickets. Westpour is brought to you by Experience Hospitality, the same people behind the VERY soon to open NEAT and Vespa which should open fall-ish.  Future dates include 9/13, 9/14, 9/21, 9/27, and 9/28. 

9/6 Check out the Down by the River Festival from 11-7 pm at the Riverwalk and Veterans’ Memorial Park on Canal Street in Shelton.  You can Bike for HOPE and/or check out live music, shop around for goodies, or even get some food from DJ’s Food Truck, Rita’s Italian Ice, Lighthouse Rum Cakes, Vazzy’s Cucina w/ a pig roast, Ben & Jerry’s, and Christophe’s Crepes.

9/6 Celebrate Baldwin’s Birthday (from Alternative Control) with a crazy amazing selection of live bands at Seaside Tavern in Stamford.  We’re talking about Mantyhose, Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs, She Walks Without Legs, and possibly a few surprise guests.  The music starts at 9 with no fee to get in…that’s good, too:  use that extra money for beer and wings.

9/6-7 Plenty of nomworthy food at A Taste of Greater Danbury this year from 12-10 on Saturday and 12-7 on Sunday right on the City Center in Danbury.  Check out a helluva lot of Danbury and other local restaurants and cooking demos, too.  Oh, and don’t forget to see Bo Bice (from American Idol) as he takes the stage to lead Blood, Sweat & Tears at 8 on Saturday night.

Beer

Tuesdays just became sacred with Ginger Man SoNo opening up their vintage vaults!  Yes, for every Tuesday in September they’ll be tapping a brand new old vintage beer.  And, to start things off, they’ll be pouring a 2011 World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head.  Do yourself a favor and check this beer out…it’s amazing, especially when it’s aged!

Thursday Night Pint Nights start this Thursday at Local Sono!  This week Local will be featuring Thimble Island Brewing from Branford on tap.  Just get there at 6 and you’ll get $1 off any Thimble Island brew (they have a special cask, too) and you’ll even get to keep your glass if you’re one of the first at the bar.

Shebeen Brewing in Wolcott recently added a Mug Club where you get exclusive first tastes of beer, a growler, 10% off all merchandise, a free birthday beer, access to a Mug Club members only page on Facebook, and more. They also just released their own version of the classic pumpkin beer (Mug Clubbers got first tastes):  this one is their highly anticipated Pumpkin Scotch Ale!  And, hey, if you haven’t had a chance to get your dirty paws on Shebeen, it’s now easier because they are available throughout CT!  If you don’t see them at your local shop, just ask…

Black Hog Brewing is a MACHINE!  Not only is their grand opening this Saturday, but they already have new brews in the work like their Disco Pig. PLUS, you can try their brand new year-round Coffee Milk Stout at bars and restaurants throughout CT!  Here’s a description of the brew from Black Hog:

Based on a sweet stout recipe and enriched with cold Toddy extracted Organic Columbian Supremo and Espresso Roasted coffee. Exclusively poured on Nitrogen gas lines for a silky texture with a pillowy white marshmallow head. Toddy extraction enhances the natural coffee notes of the malt for a robust brewed flavor with no bitterness. The result is a rich, creamy stout with a round hearty roasted coffee punch and a quick addictive finish that hits the mark.

Beer’d Brewing in Stonington was named Best Beer 2014 by Connecticut Magazine.  Here’s what they said about their Whisker’d Wit:  “One taste of the Whisker’d Wit will tell you what all the fuss is about—this refreshing witbier is a tasty work of liquid art.”

The contest to see whose design for Firefly Hollow’s Cone Flakes was tough, but they selected a winner.  The winner was Sara Mclaughlin and here’s what it looks like.

CT Food News, Vol 18: Labor Day, Jerks, BBQ, Blues, Beer, Oysters, Deals + More… Do you know what’s sad about it almost being Labor Day?  Yeah, we know…you can’t wear white again.  

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Aug

As bad as you think your life is now with problems left and right, think about this:  what if you lived during the Prohibition Era?  You couldn’t get a beer, couldn’t get a cocktail, couldn’t even drink wine…what kind of life is that?  But, that didn’t stop the truly devoted who took the ban on liquor as a creative opportunity to sell illegal drinks in speakeasies and make a profit.  Oh, and you best believe that people started brewing their own liquid goodness too…stuff that would put hair on your chest, stuff that could polish (and maybe corrode) metal, stuff that was sure to get you all messed up with just a few sips.

Lucky for us, though, that moonshine can now be put into the hands of people who know what they are doing.  And, one of those moonshine producers just happens to be a CT based distillery called Onyx Moonshine.  Over the past couple of years, you’ve undoubtedly heard more and more about them as their production has increased, their market reach has grown, and the variety of products that they produce has expanded.  

So, Parallel Post in Trumbull figured why not team up with Onyx to create an Onyx Moonshine Dinner to show off this CT liquor while highlighting the great food that they have available?  This five course dinner is being held on 9/4 from 5-8 pm and will cost $75 per person, tax and tip extra.  When you get your ticket (RSVP here), you’ll get to try Onyx Moonshine flavors such as their original, Sweet Stash, Onyx 111, Apple Honey Infusion, and the new Cape Cod Cranberry.  These flavors and infusions will be paired with food from Chef de Cuisine Ali Goss and Executive Chef Chris Molyneux including Drunken Scallop Ceviche, Gilbertie’s Fall Harvest Salad with Cape Cod Cranberry Moonshine vinaigrette and Prohibition Canapés.  As if all those samples of moonshine weren’t enough, Bootleg Greg (that’s the bartender) will also be mixing some great cocktails for attendees.  


Onyx Moonshine Dinner

9/4 from 5-8

$75 per person, tax and tip extra

Parallel Post

180 Hawley Lane

Trumbull, CT 

Parallel Post + Onyx Moonshine Team Up for Scandalous Prohibition Dinner As bad as you think your life is now with problems left and right, think about this:  what if you lived during the Prohibition Era?  

25

Aug

The wait is finally almost over…Black Hog Brewing in Oxford will open for tastes, tours, and beer sales this Saturday, 8/30. Just come by their brewery at 115 Hurley Road, Building 9A, from 1-5 and kick off the 2014 Labor Day weekend right.

Oh, and you’ll want to come early, too. That’s because they are roasting a whole Berkshire pig just for ya…for free, too! And, if you want even more food or you’re not quick enough, The Caseus Cheese Truck will be there too, selling their awesome food. But, let’s get back to the beer-

Not only will you be able to take tours of the brewery, but Headbrewer and co-owner Tyler Jones will also be on hand to dish about his excellent brews. After the tour, you can buy sample flights, drink away the day in pint form, and get some of their squealers (32 oz.) to take home. On tap Saturday will be Ginja Ninja, Easy Rye’ Da, S.W.A.G., Granola Brown, Nitro-poured Coffee Milk Stout, their limited edition Chinook Pale Ale, and their seasonal Strawberry Gose.

For some tasting notes, please see our review…and for more about Black Hog, see our interview with co-owner Jason Sobocinski.

And, keep this post bookmarked for the regular tasting room hours, soon to be released. 

Black Hog Brewing Opening Party Labor Day Weekend The wait is finally almost over…Black Hog Brewing in Oxford will open for tastes, tours, and beer sales this Saturday, 8/30.
Win a Pair of Tix to Connecticut on Tap Beer Festival

As we get closer to September, you might notice something:  the Beer Festival to Happiness ratio begins to grow.

Win a Pair of Tix to Connecticut on Tap Beer Festival

As we get closer to September, you might notice something:  the Beer Festival to Happiness ratio begins to grow.

14

Aug

This has been, arguably, one of our busiest summers, ever!  We’ve been so active, going to festivals, attending parties, going to dinners, and having a ton of fun with friends…and we sure hope you’ve been doing the same.  So, we’re changing things up a bit this week.  Normally we share Thursday through next Sunday’s events, but we’re going to add in one more week because we won’t be posting events next week.  Let’s just say we’ll be chowing down on some poutine…

Thanks for reading, as always.  We love that we can share fresh, and original events with you and oftentimes breaking and exclusive news.  See ya soon!


8/14 Sign of the Whale, with a roof top beer garden, opens up tonight in the Harbor Point area of Stamford.  Find them just a little bit down from where Paloma and World of Beer are.  And, if you’ve signed up as a VIP, you’ll get your first drink free tonight from 5-8 OR you could just keep wearing your wristband after the Beach Boys show and get a drink free, too.

8/14-15 The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing has delayed hours today and tomorrow due to a private party, so stop on by starting at 6:30.  You can also check them out this weekend starting at 2 pm to get your drank on early!

8/15 Sign of the Whale starts things off right with their second night in business with a Benefit for Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.  Sign up here and you’ll get your first drink free along with $5 drafts and $6 mixed drinks from 5-8.  Then, from 8-10 help raise some money with a $25 ticket that gets you an open bar and passed apps.

8/16 More fun at Sign of the Whale in Stamford with their High Tide Rooftop Party!  Just show up from 8-10 pm and you’ll get your first drink free.  While you’re there, enter to win a 3 hour booze cruise of Long Island Sound.

8/16 Common Ground High School in New Haven will have a Fall Seedling Sale from 10-2 pm at their 358 Springside Ave. location.  Admission is free and you’ll have your shot at kale, broccoli, collards, cabbage, and a helluva lot more.  There will also be bagged compost and Common Ground Wool for sale.

8/16 come on down to Two Roads in Stratford to see Todd Ruggere of the CT Pour Tour as he makes his final stop in CT right at Two Roads where his trip started.  He’ll be there from noon until 7 with 10% of all proceeds going to Todd’s pediatric cancer charity!  There will be a special firkin of “Todd’s Road 2 Ruin” and lots of raffle items such as oak barrels that were used to age Two Roads brews, Two Roads neon signs, and even group VIP tours.

8/16 Shebeen Brewery in Wolcott is skipping the ice bucket challenge and is going right to the fundraising bit.  Put down $35 for Ales for ALS, get an open tap, food, live music, and a chance at some killer raffles.  Ales for ALS goes down from 6-10 pm at their brewery in Wolcott.

8/21 In the last news post we told you about the Farm to Table dinner brought to you by Jason Sobocinski of Caseus and Black Hog taking place right at Boulder Knoll Community Farm.  Well, we’re here to tell ya that if you use the code “farm” you’ll get $15 off the price.  Thanks to Julie-Ann for the tip.

8/23 If you’re a tennis fan, you’ll definitely want to check out the food court at the Connecticut Open!  We’re talking about Aaron May’s Lobster Shack, Caseus, Valencia Luncheria, Spuds Your Way, La Petite France Crepe Truck, Tony’s Orangeside Donuts, and the sweet flavors of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Truck.  More info on the weekly events here.

8/23 Check out Grit ‘N Wit 5K, CT’s first “Mental and Physical” obstacle course race that goes down at Keney Park in Hartford.  Half Full Brewery is the official beer sponsor of this event, so why not get 50% off the price by entering code HFB?  ;)

8/24  You’ll definitely want to check out the amazing 82nd (82 years!) Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair.  The fair is going on from 10-4 pm at 25 Cannon Road in Wilton.  There will be plenty of local veggies, fruits, flowers, baked goodies, food vendors, and tons of other great things.  Support local!


Food Trucks

There’s even MORE going on at Vet’s Park in Stamford with an updated and expanded schedule of food trucks and live music from 11-2 pm:

Mondays:  Taco Loco, Have a Ball

Tuesdays:  Bounty Food Truck, The Poutine King, Valencia Luncheria

Wednesdays:  Melt Mobile, Firehouse Grill, Lobstercraft

Thursdays:  Taco Loco, Firehouse Grill, Valencia Luncheria

Fridays:  Melt Mobile, Bodega Taco Bar Truck, Maddy’s Food Truck

8/16: Pierogies on Wheels, one of CT’s newest food trucks, will be hanging out at Bar 140 in Shelton from 5-9 pm.  Also check them out 8/19 at Two Roads from 5-8.  Get your nom on!


Props and Deals

Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk was on a recent episode of the brand new Candid Camera hosted by Mayim Bialik (Amy from Big Bang/Blossom) and Peter Bunt.  In the prank, customers walk up to an antibacterial liquid dispenser to clean off their hands, but get a surprise when a ton of foamy liquid continually spews out.  They look around confused and we benefit from their bafflement.

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters has introduced their 32 oz Running Rapids Cold Brew Concentrate.  While you might think these bottles of awesomeness are a nice coffee stout, they’ll help you to make anywhere from 8-12 servings of coffee.  Or, in the case of OmNomCT: 2 servings.  Right now they only please to get this limited edition Cold Brew is their HQ at 100 Corporate Drive, B106 in Trumbull, CT.  For more info on pricing and refills, please call 203-292-0848.

Tabouli Grill has another kinda app going on at their restaurant:  they brand new iPhone and Android app.  Just download it, join their loyalty club, get a free hummus, then start earning rewards each time you visit.  So, with just 10 visits of spending more than $10, you’ll get $10 off your next purchase.  SCORE!  FREE FOOD!

Morello Bistro right on the Ave. in Greenwich has put their awesome Orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage onto their 2 course $24 lunch prix fixe menu.  Suh-weet.


Openings

Muse Paint Bar in SoNo is opening up with their first painting sessions on 8/15 + 8/16.  To celebrate, they are selling $10 and $15 sessions along with 20% off through September with code “MuseSono20Off.”

Little Pub is just a few days away from opening.  Check out our behind-the-scenes post where we take you through a preview of this soon to be packed Greenwich hotspot.


Beer

DuVig Brewery is having a tap takeover at KC’s Restaurant and Pub in Guilford from 7-9 PM on on 8/14.  Duvet will be there along with $3 pints (Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and their new American Wheat) and $5 flights.  There will also be another tap takeover at Eli Cannon’s in Middletown on 8/28 if you can’t get enough.

Even MORE going on at Two Roads!  On Friday, 8/15, from 9-11 pm check out Drink ‘N’ draw with cartoonists Jack Purcell, Mark McKenna, Jerry Ordway, and others to celebrate ComicConn.   Also, did you get your registration in for Two Roads’ 2nd Annual Shore 2 the Pour Race yet?  It goes down on 8/24 at 10 am.  Your registration includes a dry-fit race shirt, the right to race, and beer.

You’ve bought your fair share of Half Full Bright Ales in cans, and coming in September you’ll see their newly branded Pursuit IPA, followed by their popular Toasted Amber Ale in October.  Also, keep your eyes out for their fantastic Pumpkin Ale that is close to release at the brewery and restaurants.

Black Hog Brewing in Oxford will soon be releasing a Nitro beer, Black Hog Coffee Milk Stout.

Broad Brook Brewing releases their Oktoberfest today.  That, along with other brews like Porter’s Porter, 7th Heaven IPA, Hopstillo IPA, and Pink Dragon WIT will be on tap at the brewery.  Just be aware that their hours in August are now Saturdays from 1-7 pm with tours at 3 and 5 pm, costing just $6 which includes a sample flight of beer.

CT Food News, Vol. 17: Events, Free Drinks, Fundraisers, Food Truck News, Openings, CT on TV, and Beer…Lots of Beer This has been, arguably, one of our busiest summers, ever!  We’ve been so active, going to festivals, attending parties, going to dinners, and having a ton of fun with friends…and we sure hope you’ve been doing the same.  

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It’s no coincidence that Community Plates‘ annual fundraiser is called Food for All because that’s exactly their goal:  food for all people.  While we have written about them many times on our blog, we’ve done a few runs, we guest bartended at Bistro 7 in Wilton to help raise some vital funds, and also helped to organize a fundraiser at Coalhouse Pizza with Gerard, the need to help out and eradicate hunger in Fairfield County and beyond still remains.  That’s why they’ve organized the 2014 Food for All event, happening this year on 10/2 at the Darien Community Association.

Helping make things awesome this year at the VIP Reception featuring light bites and a cocktail party from 6-7 ($100 and includes the Main Event) is the always fabulous Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning.  Then, starting at 6:30 and going until 8:30, check out the Main Event ($50) that includes some of Fairfield County’s best and newest restaurants.  Also, new this year, are killer cocktails from restaurants who embrace cocktails and house some amazing mixologists.

Here’s the info:

Craft Cocktails from Local Restaurants

Bailey’s Backyard

Cask Republic/Post 154

Match

Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge


 

Restaurants (as of 8/11/14):

Azuca Bistro Latino – Stamford

Back 40 Kitchen – Greenwich

Bravo – Stamford

Brick + Wood – Fairfield

Craft 260 – Fairfield

Gastro Bar – Stamford

Hana Tokyo – Fairfield

Johnny Utah’s – Norwalk

Little Barn – Westport

Little Pub – Greenwich

Local Kitchen + Beer Bar – Norwalk, Fairfield

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters – Trumbull

Sign of the Whale – Stamford

The Granola Bar – Westport

Walrus & Carpenter – Bridgeport

Washington Prime – Norwalk


We hope you can make this great event that not only helps to make a huge difference in people’s lives, but is also a great time.  When we went last year, we tried so many new restaurants, had a chance to meet up with fellow writters, and had some nice moments with the chefs and owners who were there supporting Community Plates.  The goal this year is to raise at least $75,000…and, with the way people were so generous last year, we don’t think this will be a problem at all.  If you’d like to learn more about Community Plates, please check out our original post, see the “About” section below, and visit them at the Westport Farmers’ Market on 8/28 from 10-2 pm.  Also, feel free to send us any questions via e-mail.


Event Details:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

VIP Reception + Main Event: 6-7 PM, $100

Main Event: 6:30-8:30 PM, $50

Darien Community Association

274 Middlesex Rd, Darien, CT 06820


About Community Plates

Community Plates is committed to ending food insecurity in America.  Recognizing the problem as a matter of logistics, not a lack of food, the organization established a volunteer-driven, technology fueled method for transferring surplus food to those in need.  The simple process includes food donors (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, bakeries and other food-service establishments), food runners (individuals who pick-up and deliver donated food) and receiving agencies (e.g., soup kitchens, pantries, etc.).  Scheduling is made easy with the web and smartphone enabled Community Plates’ GoRescue technology powered by WhenToManage, which received the 2013 Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Award for human services.  Since Community Plates was founded in 2011, more than 700 volunteers have rescued food that equates to 4.9 million meals to date.  Launched and headquartered in Fairfield County, CT, Community Plates also operates in New Haven, CT, Albuquerque, NM and Columbus, OH with plans to expand to four more markets in 2014.  For more information or to get involved visit:  http://communityplates.org.

New Restaurants, Craft Cocktails, VIP Party @ 2nd Annual Food for All Fundraiser for Community Plates It’s no coincidence that Community Plates’ annual fundraiser is called Food for All because that’s exactly their goal:  food for all people.