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Friday Froth: Here's Where To Get A Good Beer in CT

"Man, that sounds good. Where can I get some?" I hear this, in some variation, frequently. The answers vary: if you want OEC beer, you have to go to the brewery in Oxford on a Saturday; if you want Avery Maharaja, you have to go to 2008, before some dastardly deal blocked its distribution in the state.This week we're going to step away from specific beer reviews and focus instead on restaurants and bars where you (yes, you, specifically) can find good craft beers - bottles, cans and draft.

So that's the bait, and here's the hook: I'm inviting all of you to contribute to the list.
 I can't know everywhere a firkin is being tapped, and I'm especially light on taprooms outside of Fairfield County, so let's make the comments section a living document, a resource for craft beer exploration. The list below will encompass places where I've actually bent an elbow, not just places I heard of, so fill in any omissions I've made in the comments. 

We're going to start by working our way northeast from:

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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of September 8th

Barolo in New Canaan hosts a Kobrand Winemaker Dinner on Monday September 8.  The 4 course dinner will be paired with delicious Italian wines from the two winemakers.  $95pp, 7:00 pm.  For reservations, call (203) 920-4015.  Here's the menu

Cask Republic New Haven hosts Nebraska Brewing Rare Beer Night Tuesday September 9 from 6-9 pm. 

Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market partners with Luca Ristorante and Martin Scott Wines to host a Piedmont Wine Dinner with Owner/Winemaker Guiseppe Vajra.  It will take place on Tuesday, Sep 9 at 7PM. $98 with tax and tip included.  Call (203) 563-9550  for information and to reserve.

Darien Social’s Wine & Dine Wednesdays continue with ½ price wine and a special steak dinner.  Choose from a Porterhouse, NY Strip or Filet, which comes with a salad and two side dishes, for just $28 a person. 

Like beer? Check out the CT on Tap beer festival, Saturday, September 13th at Ives Concert Park from 3PM-6PM! Sample over 120 craft beers from the best American Craft Breweries. VIP tickets are $55 and GA tickets are $35 when bought in advance. Day of GA tickets are $45.

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Match Restaurant Celebrates 15 Years w/ A Month of Special Events & Offers

Match restaurant is thanking its patrons for 15 great years with a full month of special offers and events during September. Chef Matt Storch says "September will be a month full of gifts as we express our gratitude for your continued support." These gifts include: $30 3 course dinners, "$15 For You" program where Match hands you $15 to use in the month of September, $15 Bar Flights & oh so much more. Check out the full list of dining special below. 

$30 3-Course Dinner 

Sunday 21st  – Friday 26th. The menu (filled with dishes from the last 15 years) will be on the website next week. We highly recommend reservations for this limited event!

$15 For You 

Join us this week Wednesday –Saturday and we will hand you $15 to use throughout the month of September.

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WFM & Westport Cinema Initiative Team Up for FED UP October 2nd

On Thursday, October 2, @ 7.00 p.m, Westport Farmers' Market & The Westport Cinema Initiative will screen the groundbreaking movie FED UP at the Christ and Holy Trinity Church.

FED UP is the film that the food industry doesn’t want you to see. The reason: so much that we have accepted for the past 30 years as healthy eating is no more than propaganda from food-producing giants that have millions of dollars invested in temptation, and gain fantastic profits from it.

But we are addicted. We say we are eager for good health – for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. But our behavior betrays us. Consider the obesity epidemic and the alarming rise in diabetes sufferers.  Most of these serious conditions were rare only a few generations ago. So what can we do?

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Recap: CTbites Chef Demo Tent @ Blues Views & BBQ Festival

Blues, Views & BBQ Recap

These past few years at the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival I had the pleasure of covering it as a news guy, doing my usual reporter thing, furiously snapping photos, taking notes, chatting with vendors, you get the idea. But every year I asked my friends at the CTbites demo tent if they needed help. “Toss me an apron,” I’d say. Or “Are you sure you don’t need a hand?”

I wanted to help for two reasons. One: Because I know and like them. And two: I’m sure if I helped they would feed me. Year after year the demo tent featured top Fairfield County chefs showcasing their skills and handing out free samples of all types of BBQ and grilled meats. Now do you see why I wanted in?

Alas! My wish was granted when I was asked to help out at this year’s 7th Annual BLues, Views & BBQ Fest and the idea of “Will Work for Food” became a reality.

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Canning, Preserving & Pickling Workshops at Millstone Farm

What to do with your overly bountiful harvest? Millstone Farm has a few ideas. How about canning, pickling and preserving those gorgeous veggies and fruit? Seems daunting? Not at all. Just sign up for one of the workshops below...

Canning & Preserving Tomatoes
Sat. Sept. 27: 10am – 1pm
Join Annie Farrell and others at Millstone Farm and learn how to preserve your summer tomatoes so they can last you all winter long. Learn the basics of canning, freezing, and methods of storing tomatoes. Come prepared to chop, cook, can, and taste.  We will use water bath method, and discuss pressure canning.  We will tour the farm if time and weather allow. Up to 20 participants. $30 per person.

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"Food Trucks in the Valley" September 18 w/ 15+ Food Trucks!

Parent Child Resource Center hosts "Food Trucks in the Valley" on September 18th, 4 - 8 pm (rain date the 23rd). Food Truck in the Valley is a FREE event with 15+ food trucks, wine and beer, ciders, live music, a car show, and childrens' activities such as face-painting, hula hooping, candy art and more. 

Food Trucks in the Valley will be held at The Shelton Riverwalk and is the first event of its kind in the area. Proceeds support PCRC's programs that serve children and families, most of whom suffer from trauma, abuse and neglect

Food Truck & Vendor Lineup

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Summer's Best Restaurant Openings in Connecticut

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to that glorious season we know as summer. Days filled with warm weather, early happy hours, and treks to the beach are hereby numbered. Thankfully, several new restaurants have opened in Fairfield County and beyond this summer, giving us more than a few things to look forward to as we ease into the seriousness of the back-to-school season.

Here are a few new restaurants that opened this summer we think are worth checking out.

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Hosts Farm to Table Supper w/ Chef Brian Lewis of elm restaurant

Join The Stamford Museum and Chef Brian Lewis of elm restaurant in New Canaan for an exceptional dining experience amidst the permanent collections of the Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries. On Saturday, September 20th, Chef Lewis, a fierce advocate for eating local, will be cooking works his magic for four courses of delicious seasonal foods, paired with a selection of exquisite wines. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets here

The evening will begin with farm-fresh hors d’ouvres and signature cocktails to be enjoyed with a special preview of the Stamford Museum’s new exhibition – The Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked – with added selections from SM&NC’s historic Agricultural Tool Collection that served the farmers of North Stamford c. 1900. 

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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events Sept. 1-6th

Stamford Restaurant Week lasts until September September 1!

On Tuesdays, both locations of Geronimo’s serve up “Tacos, Tequilas, and Tails.” Receive 2 tacos and a house margarita for $12.  There will also be other food specials.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents “The Wine Opener” on Thursday September 4 from 6-10pm.  The Wine Mapp of Greenwich will have delicious wines for you to taste while you enjoy cuisine from popular restaurants in Fairfield County. $100pp.  

“Outstanding in the Field” comes to The Hickories in Ridgefield September 4 & 5.  The event is an open-air feast in celebration of the farmer and the gifts of the land. Guests sit at a long table on a local farm while a chef prepared a beautiful meal.  It starts in California and travels across the country.  Bill Taibe of  LeFarm & The Whelk comes to the Hickories on September 4 while Wirt Cook of the Redding Roadhouse comes on the 5th.

Sugar and Olives in Norwalk reopens on Wednesday September 3 after a brief summer vacation.

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