Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week Of August 28 to Sept 4

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Stamford Summer Restaurant week returns!  Through September 4, select restaurants will offer special prix fixe lunches and dinners, starting at $10.16 and $15.16 respectively.  Participants include popular eateries like Cask Republic, EOS, The Fez, and many many more!  For menus, prices, and details, visit: 

PARTY LIKE THE SUMMER’S NOT OVER!!!!  Match Restaurant is switching up its regular menu for one night only and teaming up with Norm & Jimmy Bloom from Copps Island Oysters & Lobsters to bring you seafood fresh seafood from Long Island Sound!  Special drinks alongside a full beer and cocktail menu. Monday August 29. See the menu here.

Fleishers Craft Butchery in Westport will have another installation of Beef Butchery 101 on Tuesday August 30 at 7pm.  The night covers Craft Butchery philosophies on sourcing and sustainability, butchering knife skills, basic animal anatomy, demonstrations by a Craft Butchery master butcher, and tasting of samples. 

Get your tickets now for a screening of “At The Fork” on September 8 at 7:30.  Filmmaker John Papola, and his wife Lisa provide unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption.  Tickets are $11 each, with 5% of the proceeds going to the Westport Farmers' Market.  73 tickets must be reserved by September 1 for the film to be shown.  The screening will take place at Showcase Cinemas at Bullard Square in Fairfield. 

The Weekend Kitchen in Essex invites you to learn All About Bouillabaisse on Tuesday August 30.  Chef Jennifer Magrey will guide you through a Mixed organic Four Root Farm greens with a classic French tarragon vinaigrette, French Bread with Rouille, Bouillabaisse, and Plum Galette.  It costs $75 per person and runs from 6:30-10pm.  Feel free to BYOB.  

The Elm Shakespeare Company Gala and Auction takes place September 1 from 5-7:30pm.  Participating restaurants include Caseus, Café Bravo, Le Petit Gourmet, Kitchen at EleMar, Oak Haven Table & Bar, P&M Orange Street Grill, and Temple Grill.  There are specialty desserts and cocktails as well.  Tickets start at $75 and donations are accepted as well.  

The 9th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival will be held in Westport CT on September 3 and 4 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the grounds of the Westport Library.  The weekend includes bouncy amusements and kids' activities, demos, a food court, an adult beverage showcase, a BBQ marketplace, bull riding, contests, giveaways, and more!  CTbites will host some of the area's top chefs in our Chef Demo Tent as they grill some of their favorite dishes and offer up samples for attendees of the festival. View the line-up here.

Odyssey - A Greek Festival comes to Orange from September 2-5.  It features authentic Greek cuisine, a marketplace, cooking demos, kids’ activities, and more.  Admission is free. 

Join Cask Republic Norwalk for their happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-6pm.  Partake in East Coast Oysters for just $1.50 while tap wine is half price and draught beer is $2 off.  Plus, enjoy a menu of lite bites like Truffled Gorgonzola Fondue and a Beef Empanada with red chimichurri.

Tickets are on sale for the first ever “KITCHEN CRAWL,” a culinary tour to benefit Community Plates.  Guests will purchase a $45 ticket and proceed to 4 different Westport houses, where chefs from The Spread, The Pearl at Longshore, Nom Eez, Rothbard's & Vespa will be cooking!  Wine and beer will be provided by Stew's Wines...all in spectacular designer kitchens.  The event is brought to you by CTbites, Moffly Media’s AtHome Magazine, and realtor Judy Michaelis.  

The New England Food Truck Festival Is Coming To Mohegan Sun!  On Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4, enjoy 40 of New England’s premier food trucks, live music, face painting for children, a fireworks show on Saturday starting at 9:30pm, field games, and more.  Children under 6 are free.  Otherwise, it costs $5 at the gate for single admission and $8 for 2-day admission.  For details and tickets, visit:

Looking ahead…

From September 18- October 31, Redding Roadhouse will be their 31st annual Oktoberfest. There will be authentic German cuisine, 1 liter bier steins, and a live OOmpah band from 4-8pm every Sunday.