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Saturday
Jan162016

Harlan Publick in South Norwalk Hosts Honig Wine Dinner January 26th

Harlan Publick is hosting a “NAPA COMES TO SOUTH NORWALK” dinner on Tuesday January 26th. Join Michael Honig of Honig Wine for a one-of-a-kind dinner and learn about the nuances of the wines of the Napa Valley and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine during the "Meet & Greet" reception followed by a 4-course wine-paired dinner prepared by Chefs Stephen Lewandowski & Kamal Rose. View complete menu below.

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Friday
Jan152016

Friday Froth: Brewer Variants from Victory Brewing, Two Roads & Rodenbach

One of the principle joys of live music is hearing familiar songs played in unfamiliar ways. An extended improvisation, a song's slow dissolve as band members explore different chords and reconnect through the voices of their instruments, the pure truth of an imperfect voice, the energy of a band and crowd playing off one another until every molecule in a room hums with energy... living, breathing creation. This is why we go, and why most artists aren't content to play the same songs over and over again the same way. Brewers are also creators and, once they have a formula down, start looking for a new way to express it. A new song is a new song, but what happens when you play with what you already have? What might evolve from here?

At this point, many of you reading this are already familiar with variants of existing beers like Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, even NEBCO Zapata-Bot (Gandhi-Bot aged in tequila barrels). This week we're going to take a look at a very few of the ways brewers are riffing on their beers, and what the results can be. 

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Thursday
Jan142016

South End Uncorked / Mura Ramen Pop Up Dinner January 31st


Two of our favorite local chefs, Chef Nick Martschenko of the South End Restaurant Group and Chef Mogan Anthony of Mura Ramen Gastropub & (Locali) are joining forces to host a pop-up dinner at SEUncorked on Sun, 1/31. There will be two seatings:  6pm and 8pm and *reservations are required.* Guests can make reservations by calling SEUncorked at 203-920-1212.  VIEW COMPLETE MENU BELOW.
Michelle Mauro of the South End Restaurant group will create beverage pairings as well as having their full bar open.
 
- $36/person (CASH ONLY) plus gratuity
- Beverage pairing is additional $24/person.
- Beverages charged upon consumption

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Thursday
Jan142016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings January 18-31

Craft 260 hosts their anticipated home brewer’s competition on Monday January 18.  Contestants will bring their homemade concoctions to be judged by guests from Sierra Nevada, Two Roads Brewery, and more.  Come by to see who wins!  

If one of your resolutions involves honing your culinary skills, you might consider joining the Cookbook Club in New Milford.  This week, they’ll focus on one pot wonders from Martha Stewart Living.  Meet at the Candlewood Valley Country Club on January 18 from 7-8:30pm.  There is no cost involved.

Fleisher’s Westport presents “Pork Butchery 101” on Tuesday January 19.  Learn about where pork comes from, different cuts, and cooking techniques with expert butchers.  Tickets are $100 per person. 

On Wednesday January 20, The Stamford Innovation Center will be the venue for “Making Products People Want: The Nothin’ But Granola Story.”  Jerri Graham started the business in her home, and turned it into a national brand.  Learn about how they did that and try some samples!  It begins at 6:30pm and tickets start at about $17.  

Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport hosts a special edition of their Brewgrass and Whole Pig Roast on Thursday January 21. 

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Wednesday
Jan132016

Tap-a-Tree Maple Syrup Program @ Ambler Farm

It's that time of year again. Sign up for Ambler Farms immensely popular, Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree program. Sign up quickly...these classes fill up fast. 

Learn the science and history of maple syruping by being a hands-on part of the process at Ambler Farm in Wilton. 

Training Sessions: Saturday, February 6th at 10am or 1pm Learn the science and history of maple syruping by being a hands-on part of the process. There will be two training sessions offered (February 6th at 10am or 1pm); only ONE session is required for training. On that day, participants will choose a tree and hang their bucket that will collect sap. Ambler Farm will send regular updates on the running of the sap so families can come to the Farm to collect sap from their trees. Sap will be boiled down in the Farm’s sugar shack and each family will go home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm maple syrup.

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Tuesday
Jan122016

[OINK] Pop-Up Dinner Inspired by Italy @ The Whelk in Westport

"[oink] pop-ups travel down to Westport to transform the beloved American Seafood restaurant The Whelk into a tasting of Italy called il Arbitrario - translation: the Arbitrary. An arbitrary word that states we cook Italian food.

Be there January 31st for the 7 course, $85 tasting which includes 3 wine pairings. Ticket sales only! Buy them here today! They will go fast...

[oink] is the first step of truly sustainable food in CT. [goal]: to educate our community, via small dinner parties and restaurant pop ups, all about "local."

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Tuesday
Jan122016

GIVEAWAY! WIN TIX to 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening

WIN 2 FREE TIX to the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening–a Stamford Valentine tradition. 

Just Tell us Why You Feel YOU should win. Post your comment below.  

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Sunday
Jan102016

Sayulita: Standout Mexican in South Glastonbury

Step through the door at Sayulita in South Glastonbury, and, right away, you’ll see: this is no ordinary Mexican restaurant. Clean and simple, with lots of wood and natural light, Sayulita features what’s fresh and local from the farms of South Glastonbury to the shores of Stonington. A poster of a surfing contest with a sugar skull, a thick turquoise glass bottle for the water that’s brought to your table. On my last visit, ’50s music played in the background. It’s casual. It’s comfortable. It’s a departure from most Mexican you’ve ever had before. Named after the seaside surfing town north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is the most recent restaurant endeavor of Adam and Bill Driggs, owners of 2Hopewell and Birch Hill Tavern. With Chef Van Hurd, of Hell’s Kitchen fame, at the helm, you’re in for a uniquely tasty adventure here.

Sometimes the most excellent feasts can be found at the beginning and end of the menu—appetizers and desserts. Add quality cocktails and out-of-the-ordinary tacos to round it out and what you’ve got is my favorite way to enjoy a meal at Sayulita.

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Saturday
Jan092016

Two Roads Hosts Igor’s Dream Dessert & Beer Pairing Jan 25th w/ Nora Cupcake, Donut Crazy +

Two Roads Brewing is hosting  their first-ever Igor's Dream dessert pairing event. 7pm-9pm on January 25th there will be a very unique collaboration of delectable desserts and a sneak preview of the 2016 Igor's Dream beer lineup. They've paired four of our limited and brewery only beers with four local CT desserts to create a tasty combination of mouth-watering goodness. Dessert pairings include Tipsy Cones, Donut Crazy, NORA Cupcake and Cannoli's on the Run

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Friday
Jan082016

Bobby Q's Bodacious BBQ To Close Doors in Westport: Celebrations & What's Next? 

While we were very sad to hear the following news regarding the close of Bobby Q's Bodacious BBQ in Westport, we know there will be another chapter for Bob Le Rose after the March 31st close. Read on for closing celebration events through the end of March. 

Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill in Westport is celebrating its successful 11 year run in town before closing its doors on March 31.  Opened by Bob LeRose in the fall of 2004, the restaurant has become known as a local watering hole for families, couples and friends, all seeking award-winning BBQ, creative house drinks and the best live music in Fairfield County.

“We’ve had an amazing run as a member of the Westport community for the past eleven years, establishing friendships and seeing kids grow up over the years,” commented owner Bob LeRose.  “We are looking forward to celebrating with our friends and family over the next three months, remembering all of the good times that were had – birthday parties, family dinners, celebrations and more - and those that are still TO BE had at Bobby Q’s, before we fire up our smoker in Westport one last time at the end of March.  While I’m sad that this chapter of my restaurant career is coming to an end, I’ll have some exciting news coming soon on my next chapter.”

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