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Kids Eat Free!! Family Happy Hour @ 116 Crown in New Haven

The Family Happy Hour continues in the Garden at 116.  Every Saturday from 4 - 6pm bring your family and meet up with friends in The 116 Garden.  Kids Meals are Complimentary (3 Choices - one always pizza & at least one vegetarian).  Supervised Crafts Table stimulates the creativity for the littles and facilitates relaxation for the the bigs.  Crafts excellent for child self esteem.  Socializing excellent for adult sanity.

Space is limited outside so please forward this message carefully.

Full Menu / Shine only 

116 Crown  @ 116 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 777-3116


GIVEAWAY!! Win Tix To Exclusive Greenwich Wine & Food Festival Dinners & Events

Would you like to win FREE TICKETS to the GREENWICH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL? We've got some seriously sought after tickets to the following events that we are jusy dying to give away....

2 Tickets to Gala Tickets ($325 value. Friday evening)

2 Tickets to On Stage Box Seat Dinner with Red Rooster ($475 value. Saturday evening)

2 Tickets to Oysters & Wine ($125 value. Thursday evening)

TO WIN: Like our Facebook page in the next 12 days, or if you're already a part of our Facebook community, just COMMENT on ANY FACEBOOK POST in the next 12 days & mention The Greenwich Wine & Food Festival. 

We will randomly select 3 winners on September 22nd.

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The Harbor Brew Fest is Back @ Harbor Yard w/ A Bounty of Beer & Food Trucks

This in from the folks @ The Harbor Brew Fest...

On a perfect fall day, there is no better place to sip a frosty than at The Harbor Brew Fest. The festival will feature international, domestic and local beers, CT’s most popular food trucks and talented bands. Harbor Brew Fest is taking place on September 20, 2014 at the Bluefish Stadium at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT.

The Harbor Brew Fest will tap off with a Brewers Special from 12pm – 1pm. General Admission will begin at 1pm and we will pour until 5pm. In addition to adding more Brewers (100!) and 13 food trucks (view full list below) for our 2014 brew fest we will have our CT Craft beer tent, which will feature all of the best CT Craft Beers. Ticket sales will be limited and will sell out before the day of the event. A percentage of proceeds will benefit Harbor Light Foundation. Ticket info here.


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Family Friendly 3rd Annual Slice Of Saugatuck is Sept. 14th w/ Wine, Food & 5 Music Stages!

The third annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival is set to go off on Sunday September 14, from 1-4pm (rain date Sept 21).  The family friendly Wine & Food and Retail Experience has once again expanded, both in the number of participating venues and what is being offered to the festival goer, especially kids.

“The festival is back and it’s bigger,” said WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell, “Not only will there be tastings at over two dozen eateries, and great offerings by all the other merchants; there will be a mini maker space, drones, obstacle courses, bouncy houses, magicians, hoola hoops and rock climbing. The kids are going to love it.”

Also added this year, will be a retrospective of historic Saugatuck created by the Town curator Kathie Bennewitz.

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11 Places for Apple Picking in CT

As autumn approaches, farmers journey out to their fields to begin the harvest.  Apples lie at the heart of the season: apple cider, apple pie, or even a simple Gala or Braeburn apple are beautiful bounties on a crisp afternoon.  CT's farms and orchards are inviting you to pick-your-own apples as the leaves start to change their color.  Here are 10 places where you can enjoy a fall afternoon.

If you love apples, be sure to check out these recipes for a Hot Cinnamon Apple Toddy and a Prosecco Apple Fizz from Sugar & Olives.

  1. Bishop's Orchards, Guilford
  2. Rogers Orchards, Southington
  3. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
  4. Rose's Berry Farm, Glastonbury
  5. Silverman's, Easton
  6. Blue Jay Orchards, Bethel
  7. Rose Orchards, Branford
  8. Drazen Orchards, Cheshire
  9. Johnny Appleseed's, Ellington
  10. March Farms, Bethlehem
  11. Scotts Orchard and Nursery, Glastonbury

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NEAT Opens in Westport: The Art of the Beverage from AM to PM

Coffee bar by day, craft cocktail bar by night, NEAT is now open at 6 Wilton Road in Westport from 7 am to midnight, seven days a week.

If you are familiar with NEAT’s location in Darien, the approach will feel instantly familiar, if distilled into a much fuller and complete café experience. NEAT retains its unpretentious devotion to the art of the beverage, extending its reach into the evening as your palate naturally shifts from caffeine to spirits, seamlessly maintaining its full attention to the craft beverage experience.

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Join Us @ Community Plates "Food For All" 2014 Fundraiser: Help End Food Insecurity

If you could deliver a meal to a family who otherwise would have gone hungry, would you do it? What if you could feed 900 people for the $50 admission price to this year's "FOOD FOR ALL" Fundraiser? If the answer is yes, keep reading...

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Community Plates will hold their annual FOOD FOR ALL fundraiser showcasing over 20 of Fairfield County’s newest restaurants and top bartenders presenting signature dishes and Craft Cocktails. Community Plates is the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America.

The celebratory evening begins with a VIP cocktail reception (6-7 PM) featuring Marcia Seldon Catering & The Spread, followed by the main event (6:30-8:30 PM) which will include featured restaurants, libations, music, dancing and more. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets can be purchased for $100.  Tickets are can be purchased here.  View the complete Restaurant Lineup Here. 

Featured Chefs, Restaurants & Mixologists

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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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