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Sunday
Nov102013

Craft Butchery's Porktoberfest 2013: Thanks for The Memories...

Sunday
Nov102013

Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines holds "Turning Wine Into Water" Fundraiser

Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines, Darien. CT will host the 8th Annual Harvest Wine Tasting to benefit Turning Wine Into Water and Catholic Relief Services on Saturday, November 16th. This year's event will be held at The Avenue Gallery, 173 Main Street, Norwalk, CT

Turning Wine Into Water has committed to funding a major CRS water and sanitation project in remote regions of Ethiopia.  The project, a commitment by TWIW of $150,000, will save the lives of thousands of children who die each year from the lack of clean water. 

The Harvest Wine Tasting this year is a three tasting room event, featuring wine via Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines and food prepared by Chef Rob Troilo.  

Guests can register for any or all of the tasting rooms. 

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Saturday
Nov092013

CT Food Bank's "Virtual Food Drive" 

It's that time of year again, and Connecticut Food Bank has launched its 2013 "Thanksgiving for All" campaign, a series of events and food drives which help Connecticut Food Bank make Thanksgiving special for thousands of our neighbors in danger of going without a holiday meal.  

This year, however, if you can't make it to a food drive or event, you can still help by supporting our Virtual Food Drive. Just click here and you can buy a turkey or some of the trimmings to help out another family in need. It doesn't get any easier than this, and it can make a world of difference for a family who may otherwise go without a turkey this year. Donation amounts range from $14 for a Thanksgiving turkey, to $22 for 24 cans of cranberry sauce to a $100 multi-family bag of groceries. There is a price point to suit almost everyone.  A $30 donation can serve 130 meals!

IF YOU CAN...PLEASE GIVE.

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Friday
Nov082013

Cassoulet and Carburetors: A Fall French Country Picnic

What do 18 vintage cars and a hundred miles of Connecticut and New York roads have to do with creating the perfect french country picnic? The short answer–everything. The long answer?

Each spring and fall, Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd., a vintage automobile broker from Norwalk, hosts a series of fall tours for his clients and friends inspired by a shared passion for driving and the art of the automobile. “My passion for selling vintage sports cars comes from an even deeper passion for driving them. That sentiment is what gave birth to the rallies we organize... an opportunity to get these fantastic cars out of the garage and on to the open road where they belong.” said deGarmo. The rally welcomes cars no later than 1974 and often limits his rallies to about 15 cars per tour.

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Friday
Nov082013

PORKTOBERFEST Winners Are......

The winners of the PORKTOBERFEST Giveaway have been selected by the team over at Craft Butchery. The entries for this contest were epic in their creativity and passion.

Here are the winning entries. Winners will be contacted today.   

Winner #1: Voltaire said that the pig is the most encyclopedic of animals -- meaning you could make use of his snout, tail, and everything in between. It is necessary that this assertion be tested for accuracy, and I am willing, with your help, to confirm M. Voltaire's observation.

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Thursday
Nov072013

10 Questions with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Scott Vaccaro

Barcelona Wine Bar in SoNo recently hosted a beer dinner with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company founder and brewmaster Scott Vaccaro. The four course dinner paired a spanish inspired menu designed by Chef Freddy Chimborazo, with four of the brewery's beers (and at $45 per person, this felt like a dine and dash). The meal went from light to heavy, beginning with a first course paired a grilled shrimp with lemon aoili paired with Liquid Gold, a Belgian Style ale, to a fourth course pairing smoked short ribs with a smoked porter. In addition to the four well-matched courses, the highlight of the evening was getting to know Vacarro, Captain Lawrence's amiable founder and brewmaster himself. 

1. How did you go from drinking Schaefer to brewing your own beer at the age of 17?

I stumbled upon home brewing at a friends house my junior year in high school. I was amazed that you could actually brew beer at home. I was given the green light by my parents and with the help of my friends father I brewed my first batch in November of 1995.

2. You studied brewing at UC Davis, and worked at a few breweries including Sierra Nevada. Are you inspired by a particular style or brewery when brewing your beers?

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Thursday
Nov072013

Brian Lewis Hosting Next "Little Foodie" Day Nov. 9

Chef Brian Lewis and his wife Dana will be hosting a very special farmer’s market inspired workshop and luncheon at elm restaurant in New Canaan, for children ages 8 – 16. The workshop is intended to inspire children to develop a true excitement and appreciation for amazing seasonal and local food, while they create a signature “Little Foodies Menu” with chef Brian and Dana for the upcoming month, designed around their favorite things found in season at the local farmers market that day.

Includes a farmer’s market tour, workshop and three course lunch

11:00AM - 1:00PM

Cost – absolutely free!

Call elm Restaurant's Events Department at 203-920-4994 (ext. 802) or email events@elmrestaurant.com to reserve you Little Foodies' spot.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Community Plates Hosts Free Screening of "A Place at the Table" Nov. 12th

Community Plates is Co-hosting a free screening of A Place at the Table on November 12th to raise awareness and inspire volunteers to help eradicate hunger.                                            

On Tuesday, November 12thCommunity Plates will invite the public to a complimentary viewing of the documentary A Place at the Table. Community Plates has partnered with emergency assistance agency Person-to-Person to educate the audience about the widespread hunger crisis facing America and to encourage attendees to get involved in solving the problem through volunteerism.  Doors open at 6:30 and the film begins at 7:00 pm.

A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three Americans who face hunger on a daily basis, maintaining their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. The film has received much acclaim and shed light on a crisis that impacts 50 million Americans, including nearly 100,000 in Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the nation.

“Community Plates’ mission is to end food insecurity in America, but to achieve this we need everyone to understand the breadth of the problem,” said Kevin Mullins, executive director and co-founder of Community Plates. “A Place at the Table offers an informative and compelling look that will hopefully inspire people to get involved to end hunger in America.” 

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Wednesday
Nov062013

Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, Coming to Greenwich via Serendipity Magazine

A Slice of Cake Boss via Serendipity Magazine

Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s Cake Boss and owner of the famous Carlo’s  bakery, is opening shop in Greenwich, CT, this fall. He talks to Serendipity about  the sweet life and what to expect at the new site: delicious pastries, over-the-top cakes, and maybe even tv cameras!

Why did you choose Greenwich for your first Carlo’s Bakery out of New Jersey?
I love it here, it’s a great town. I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend here. There’s so much to do on Greenwich Avenue, and so many families in the area. I knew it would be a great fit for the first Carlo’s Bakery outside of New Jersey. I have friends who live in the Westchester area, so I’ve been able to get to know the area better when I visit them.

Everyone wants to know — will you be working at the new bakery?
Of course, I’m going to be there as often as I can. I’m a hands-on person, and it’s very important for me to make sure that our Greenwich location will meet the same standards I’ve built for Carlo’s Bakery. So, I’ll be here to make sure we’re running smoothly.

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Wednesday
Nov062013

Easy Football Party Recipes via Marcia Selden

At this time of year the internet is teeming with turkey recipes- brined birds, fried birds, bacon wrapped birds.  November also signals an equally important time, football season!  We wanted to share our favorite game day, “hangin’ with friends” snack foods.   You know the “what you eat on the couch all day long, watching the game in your sweatpants” meal.  

The trick to a successful game day with friends is to use make-ahead recipes, so all you have to do is invite your friends, grab the remote, and a seat on the couch.

We’ve taken the classics and added our Marcia Selden Catering touch.  Keep it simple, use paper plates, have lots of napkins on hand, and use fun serving pieces.  This will keep the feel casual, and most importantly, make clean up a breeze. Enjoy 3 great recipes: Mexican 7 Layer Dip, "Da Bomb" Chili Potato Skins, Michael's Maple Chicken Wings & Sausage Bread. Oh yeah!!

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