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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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Friday
Jan082016

Friday Froth: The Tale Of The Commodore from Ballast Point

Hello! Welcome back to Friday Froth, 2016 edition: the semi-weekly beer column eagerly awaited by literally tens of people. This week, as in most weeks, I will start off with discussion on a topic which has nothing at all to do with beer. Continue reading at your own peril. 

I have a friend who moved to Germany because of a girl. I think we can all agree emigrating from the country of your birth to one across a large ocean whose language you don't speak while relying on an intimate interpersonal relationship for success and happiness with no fall-back plan usually works out perfectly, and I'm sure you'll all be relieved to learn that has been precisely the case with him. If anything, he has more hair on his head than when he left - a fact about which we can all be magnanimous, and definitely not introduce small amounts of arsenic into the care packages of American peanut butter and bourbon whiskey we send him, because we are not envious monsters. 

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Thursday
Jan072016

Weekly Nibble: Mohegan Winefest, Beekeeping, Brunch, Cocktail & Cooking Classes, Home Brewing & More!

Dinners At The Farm have released tickets for their 2016 season. More info here.

Barcelona Stamford invites you to their “Cocktail Classroom” on Wednesday January 13.  The night is all about tequila!  Learn how to prepare tequila cocktails and enjoy bites that go with the spirit.  It starts at 7pm and costs $35 per person.  

Fleishers Craft Kitchen in Westport is launching a brand new series of biweekly beer dinners with CT's best craft and micro brewers, titled "Butchers Meat Brewers."

Napa and Company in Stamford has announced their winter wine classes!  The series begins on Monday January 11 with “Call Me a Cab,” a blind tasting of 6 Cabernets from different regions.  There will be 3 small plates as well.  Reservations are required and the class costs $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

Rothbard's European gastropub in Westport has launches Brunch every Saturday & Sunday starting at 11:30am. 

The Connecticut Vegetable & Small Fruit Grower’s Conference will take place on Monday January 11 at Maneeley’s Conference Center in South Windsor, CT.  There will be a trade show as well as seminars and guest speakers throughout the day. 

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