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Sunday
Apr192015

Simply Delicious: Healthy To-Go Meals @ A Location Near You!

After the Simply Delicious mother-daughter team created a catering company, opened a restaurant, and made two kiosk locations, they have landed in the Westport Weston YMCA, serving on-the-go food and perfecting the art of the “satellite location” business.  

Lauren Peden, co-owner and chef, explained the goal of Simply Delicious is “to offer people on-the-go healthy meals for those that don't have the time to make meals at home.”

Simply Delicious started catering parties six and a half years ago, right after Lauren finished classes at the French Culinary Institute. In a recent interview with Lauren, she said that “friends and other people wanted me to cater their parties, so I decided to make a business out of it.”

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Friday
Apr172015

Friday Froth: Brewers' Collaboration Beers

Life is better when you're among friends, and people have been gathering together over a beer or a beer-like substance for thousands of years now. Everywhere there are humans, we gather in the sun, the shade of palm fronds, or under a warm tavern roof to enjoy a few drinks and catch up on what's new. We host bottle shares and beer festivals and, increasingly, brewers have been working together across brands to combine their experience, just to see what happens. 

This week, Friday Froth is going to drink a few of the beers resulting from these evanescent partnerships between breweries. The beers themselves are friendship in a glass.

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Thursday
Apr162015

Parallel Post & Half Full Brewery to Host Book Signing

On Monday April 20, from 5-8PM join Parallel Post when they host a happy hour book-signing mixer sponsored by Half Full Brewery to celebrate the launch of "The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler's Guide to State Liquor Law" by Niki Ganong.

Inspired by a relentless pursuit to understand America’s confusing liquor laws, Ganong spent the last three years researching each state’s history with alcohol as well as the current laws. The result is a different guidebook — one that keeps thirsty travelers informed about how to legally buy alcohol on the road. With colorful illustrations and arranged in a state-by-state format, THE FIELD GUIDE TO DRINKING IN AMERICA tells the story of America through alcohol in a narrative filled with interesting people, places, conflicts, and values all connected by the thread of alcohol.

Parallel Post’s acclaimed Greg Genias is one of the book’s featured bartender and will be at the event to sign books and serve up his infamous cocktail concoctions.

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Thursday
Apr162015

Instabites: Barcelona Brunch, #NHV Food Truck, Cafe Du Monde, Miami Peking Duck

A few of our recent snackable moments from Instagram:

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Wednesday
Apr152015

Weekly Nibble: Chili Challenge, 'Green' Wine, Grilled Cheese Class, Tap Takeover @ The Gingerman + More

Stratford Restaurant Week returns April 19 – 25.    Over 20 of Stratford’s best restaurants are offering specially priced menus for restaurant week.  

Fairfield Cheese Company invites you to “Grilled Cheese: Beyond Kraft Singles and White Bread.” Chris show you twists on the classic and teach you how to make the ultimate grilled cheese.  The class costs $45.00 and will be held at the Fairfield Location on Tuesday April 21 from 7-9pm and the Greenwich location Thursday April 23 from 7-9pm.  

Allagash Brewing Company takes over the taps at Gingerman SoNo on Wednesday April 22 starting at 6pm. 

Also on Wednesday, Harry’s in Fairfield hosts a “Green” Wine Class to educate you on organic, biodynamic, sustainable, and other environmentally friendly vino.  It goes from 7:00-9:00pm and costs $35 for one session.  

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Tuesday
Apr142015

Millstone Farm + Schoolhouse "Farm to Fork" Dinners On Sale May 1st

The Schoolhouse At Cannondal & Millstone Farm are hosting their annual Farm To Fork Dinners again this summer and TICKETS GO ON SALE: May 1st at 10 AM! Join Tim LaBant and his team from the Schoolhouse at Cannondale for another summer of transforming farm fresh bounty into al fresco dining!

Purchase tickets at TimLaBantEvents.

Beginning at 6 PM, enjoy cocktails and a tour of beautiful Millstone Farm followed by four courses under the stars (weather permitting).  Dinner is BYOB.  Tickets are $126.35 per person (includes tax and gratuity).  Tickets are first come first serve and are nonrefundable but may be transferred to another guest.

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Tuesday
Apr142015

15 Tequilas @ Taco Loco's Tequila Take Over Event May 2

On Saturday May 2, Taco Loco offers participants the chance to taste over 15 tequilas from prominent brands like Avion, Herradura, and Patron.  Choose from 2 sessions: 1-3pm and 4-6pm.  Every brand will provide taste of tequila as well as a sample of a cocktail created with it.  Guests will then be able to vote for their favorite drink to be featured at the restaurant all summer.  Live music, food specials, and giveaways will keep the party going!

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Sunday
Apr122015

Palmwich Healthy Real Food Drive-Thru in Darien Expands Menu

Last summer Palmwich opened its drive-through window to hungry drivers and passengers in Darien. They wondered posed the question; why can’t fast food be real food? Why can’t real food be fast, delicious and good for you? They then set out to prove that, it can indeed be all that. They started off with a limited yet inspiring menu that featured chopped salads, hand-held sandwiches and house-made beverages, all of which are nutritious, wholesome, natural and freshly made, while taking into mind sodium, sugar and fat content. Additionally their menu feature items that are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan to suit all dietary needs, proving that this good for you, good food can indeed be delicious and served up quickly. Now, they’re expanding their menu.

By shifting their menu and offering more variety, regular customers will have more to choose from. Loyalists will still find their traditional Palmwich wraps. The Whole Grain Flax Wrap debuts on this new menu. Traditional salads once served in tall plastic cups will now be offered in a salad bowl that is easy to eat from, portable and recyclable. 

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Friday
Apr102015

Weekly Nibble: Whole Hog BBQ; Spanish Market; Drink & Paint; Wine Classes + More!

Monday April 13, Napa and Co. of Stamford presents a Burgundy vs. California wine class.  Compare 3 old world wines with 3 California Chardonnays while learning about the stylistic differences between the two.  6:30pm, $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  

Wednesday April 15, join Barcelona SoNo for the second annual “La Vida del Mercat.”  The walk-around tasting features local and Spanish vendors.  The night also features the direct-import Gretchen Selections wines.  $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  

Also on Wednesday, Saugatuck Grain + Grape continues their Wine Education Series with “The World Through Rosé Covered Glasses.” Celebrate the arrival of spring by tasting Roses like Cerasuolo from Italy and Tavel from France’s Rhone Valley. 

Learn all about making vinaigrettes and sauces on Wednesday April 15 with Sugar + Olives in Norwalk.  Try lime hollandaise, a walnut pesto, and a balsamic reduction and more!  The class goes from7-9pm and costs $80 per person.  

On Thursday April 16, Two Roads Brewery invites you to enjoy some delicious brews as you paint!  From 6-9pm, create your own brew-inspired masterpiece.  Tickets are limited to 45 and cost $40 per person.

Also on Thursday, April 16, listen to live music by BrewGrass with a Carolina-Style Whole Hog Barbecue at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport, CT.  

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Thursday
Apr092015

Donovan's in SONO Serving Up a Pretty Good Bar Burger

My ongoing Burger search continued into South Norwalk and Donovan’s Restaurant. Located on the corner of Washington and Water Streets, Donovan’s is an historic landmark, founded in 1889 by Jeremiah Donovan. Donovan was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, served in the Connecticut Senate as well as the United States House of Representatives, before returning to Norwalk as its Mayor. Rumors abound that a number of presidential candidates were seen "taking a break" while making their tours of New England.

When you enter the single dining room, you can understand why. It exudes a relaxed atmosphere with its wood walls, long bar with fifteen stools, a few low tables for a dozen guests, high-top tables for another two dozen and a round table tucked into the front corner. The walls are adorned with several TVs and a collection of vintage prizefighter pictures from former owner "Battling Bat Kunz." The restaurant and bar were restored in 1979 to its original Victorian style when SONO was a far cry from its currently vibrant scene.

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