Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of August 18-25th

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Stamford Summer Restaurant Week comes back from August 18 – September 1, 2014. The two week event includes over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants and will feature an array of lunch & dinner prix fixe menus.  This time around, each participating restaurant will create a Signature Summer Cocktail. 

New Canaan Taste Tours take place Tuesday and Wednesdays each week at 6:30 pm.  Enjoy four of the top restaurants in New Canaan for $65 pp. Each Tour is limited to 12 attendees to insure both superior quality in food and service.  Advance purchase required.

The Ginger Man in Norwalk presents a summer happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm. Try oysters and clams for $1, flatbreads for $6, craft beers for $4, and more. 

Tuesday, August 19 Barcelona Greenwich encourages you to cook using “The Tomato Vine.” Chef Michael will teach you how to prepare recipes that hinge on the tomato. 7pm, $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 203.983.6400.

Wednesday August 20, journey to Half Full Brewery in Stamford for “Rare Beer Night, a monthly event.  Try test batches of beer, partake in food pairings, and learn more about the process.  The event is sit down, but casual. Limited to 40 people. 

Enjoy happy hour every day at Morrello’s in Greenwich from 4:30-6:30.  Refresh yourself with their famous Red & White Sangria and the 2nd drink is on them!  http://www.morellobistro.com/news/ 

Boulder Knoll Community Farm presents a family-style dinner on the farm on August 21 at 6pm. The night features cuisine that uses farm-fresh produce, prepared by critically-acclaimed chef Jason Sobocinski, owner of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro and Ordinary in New Haven. $100pp and up.

TK Trumbull Kitchen of Hartford, CT presents a party on the patio every Thursday night in August. From 5-9pm, sip on drinks from the Tiki Bar and partake in a pig roast. $15 gets each guest a plate of pig, potato salad, corn on the cob, and a tiki cocktail. For more information, call TK at 860.493.7412. 

The Hartford Sangerbund Bierfest 2014 goes down Friday August 22-Sunday August 24. Enjoy German music, food, pastries, and beer. http://www.hartfordsaengerbund.org/ 

Love summer produce? Check out the Blackberry Festival at White Silo Farm in Sherman, CT.  The weekend of August 23-24, 2014 try small made from blackberries grown on the farm while taking in live music. 12-5pm. Free admission; charge for wine and food. Call 860-355-0271 for more information. 

Harry's Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield invites you to a free Saturday Wine Tasting from 1-4pm on Saturday August 23. 4 wines will be open for you to sample. Visit to see the wines and more details:

Two Roads hosts its second annual “Shore 2 the Pour Race” on August 24th at 10 a.m.  Participate in the 3 mile beach race and enjoy beer at the end. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Connecticut Audubon Society. $35pp. 

Another installation of Bikes & Beers comes to Thimble Island Brewing in Branford.  Join the tour Sunday August 24 from 12pm to 4:30pm Call (860) 292-0279 for more information or visit http://ctbeertrail.net/events/bikes-beers-thimble-island-brewing-branford.

Looking ahead…

Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine will bring their best brews to Harlan Social on Tuesday, August 26th.  Harlan Social will create a special 5-course menu to be paired with their beers.  $75 plus tax and tip. 6:30 - 9:30pm. Call 203.883.8000 to reserve seats.