Nibble: CT Food Events & Happening for Week of May 31-June 5

Please join us for Match Gives: On Sunday, June 5 through Friday, June 10, Match Restaurant will be donating a percentage of sales to support Community Plates, Westport Farmers' Market, Human Services Council & The Triangle Community Center of Norwalk. Choose from its 3-Course Menu for $40 or its regular menu as Chef Matt Storch showcase local ingredients straight from the Westport Farmers' Market as well as local farms and businesses. Reserve your table: 203.852.1088 ext.4.

PopShop Market is back!  It will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 10am-3pm at The Warehouse @ FTC and outside lot, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT. Peruse items from local vendors while enjoying a cocktail from the full bar or delicious bites from one of many food trucks. LobsterCraft Lobster Rolls, Brick + Wood Pizza Truck, and the Bodega Taco Truck will all be there.  Plus, The BuzzTruck + Donut Crazy Bar are debuting their new collaboration!

For the third year in a row, CTbites has partnered with Chef Frederic Kieffer and Artisan at the Delamar Hotel Southport for an outdoor Happy Hour on their gorgeous patio. Mark your calendars for Wednesday June 1st from 5:30-7:30, as we kick off “al fresco” dining with assorted appetizers and cocktails.  Priced at $39, the Happy Hour includes a specialty cocktail and a second cocktail or wine or beer. Buy your tickets here.  

Fleishers Craft Butchery will offer Burger Boxes starting May 28.  They include four 6oz. or 8oz. hand-formed patties. You can choose your own meat: new dry-aged beef, classic pasture-raised grass-fed beef, beef and bacon, or lamb. Fleishers has CT locations in Greenwich and Westport.

Stew Leonard's Wines of Danbury invites you to a Wine and Local Craft Beer Tasting featuring more than 50 wines and 25 beers on Thursday June 2. The selections include famous bottles such as Opus One and Veuve Clicquot. In addition to the drinks, guests can enjoy seasonal dishes by Stew Leonard’s culinary team.  The event spans from 6-8pm.  Tickets are $40 and proceeds go toward the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield.

Beginning Memorial Day, you can do good while enjoying delicious BBQ sauces.  When you purchase a bottle of Dinosaur BBQ’s “Sauce For a Cause Sensuous Slathering BBS Sauce,” they’ll donate all of the proceeds to SoldierStrong.

On Thursday June 2, 2016, Mill Street Bar & Table and the Back 40 Farm Group will launch a luncheon series entitled “Mill Street Speakers.” Each month, a guest speaker will come to the restaurant while guests enjoy a 3-course meal prepared by Chef Geoff Lazlo. The first speaker, Jeff Cordulack, is the Executive Director of CTNOFA (Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association).  The cost is $58 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required as space is limited.  Please call 203.813.3323.

The Blind Rhino invites you to their Memori-All Day Party on Sunday May 29. Enjoy “Brunch N’ Brews” from noon to 4pm. Then from 4-8pm, play some corn hole and enjoy canned beer specials. The main event goes down from 8pm-1am.

On the cusp of Memorial Day, Chris Messina, GM at Stamford’s Harlan Social, has recreated classic cocktails, re-inventing them with culinary flair for Summer 2016. Mint Julep becomes a Tokyo Julep, shaken with Buffalo Trace bourbon, basil mint syrup, yuza, a splash of ginger beer, and a garnish of candied ginger. Death in the Afternoon, a tribute daiquiri to Hemingway, features 5 Year Real McCoy rum, Velvet Falernum, Luxardo, and a Jello square. The “Dirty Pickle,” transforms a dirty martini into a summer sipper, garnished with pickled veggies. Chris infuses vodka with Earl Grey tea, adds lemonade and more tea to salute summer with his Drunken Palmer. For a kick, try the explosive Red Tail powered by a Thai chili, and for a surprise, ask for Messina’s delicious take on a Bloody Mary.

The first ever Brick Walk Promenade Block Party will take place Friday June 3 in the Brick Walk Promenade located at 1215 Post Road, Fairfield. Participating stores include me boutique, Island Outfitters, Vintage Garden and Dash N Drizzle. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. and it will feature food trucks including Shoreline Prime, Lobstercraft and Taco Azteca, live music throughout the evening, wine samplings and a chance to win a raffle basket of gift cards for shopping at the participating retail stores in the Brick Walk.

On Friday June 3, Trumbull Kitchen is hosting a Paella Party on the Patio. Join them from 6-10pm for New Orleans and Creole inspired food, special drinks, and live music. It costs $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity, for food and entertainment. There will be a cash bar.

The 3rd Annual Ninety9Bottles Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday June 4 at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk. New England breweries will pour samples of 75+ beers while proceeds from the day go to benefit The Team Jesse Foundation, which provides education and support to families of fallen soldiers. The festival spans from 2-5pm and tickets start at $20.  

On Saturday June 4, BONDA Restaurant, and Peter DiBonaventura of T. Edward Wines will present a wine dinner featuring wines from France, Spain, Italy and the good ol’ USofA!  Enjoy dishes like Spring Vegetable Terrine and Braised Pork Shoulder.  The price is $125 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited to 40 guests. Please call 203.292.9555 to make a reservation.

It’s an epic Battle of the Chefs on Sunday June 5!  Chefs Beck Bolender (One Twenty One, North Salem), Frank Bonnaudet (Sucré Salé, Ridgefield), and Jehan Noüe (formerly Chez Noüe, Ridgefield, now JSN Catering and Albano Appliance, Pound Ridge) will prepare an entrée in just 60 minutes using a basket of surprise ingredients. A panel of food experts will judge them. Guests will feast on delicious hors d'oeuvres, enjoy an open bar, visit gourmet sampling stations, and try the chefs’ signature desserts. Tickets are $100 for general viewing or $500 for a seat at a tasting table.  Proceeds go to support Founders Hall, a donor-supported education and recreational center for people age 60 and over. For tickets and information on Battle of the Chefs visit or call Founders Hall at 203-431-7000.

Harlan Publick is hosting a pig roast and cornhole tournament on Sunday June 5 to kickoff the summer.  $40 gets you a plate to enjoy the whole roasted pig buffet with all of the fixings and a bucket of mix and match Modelo cans. Doors open at noon, with a bracket-style corn hole tournament starting at 1:30pm.

THC- short for The Hops Company- invites you to compete in the 1st Annual Connecticut Cornhole State Championship on Sunday June 5. The 21+ open doubles tournament includes a 64 team double elimination bracket and cash prizes.  Entry is $80 per team.  Be sure to sign up ahead of time as space is limited! Information and tickets here. 

Coventry Farmers' Market opens June 5th 11-2pm. 

Bar Sugo in Norwalk offers ½ off bottles of wine every Sunday and Monday.

The Prospector Theater has recently formed partnerships with four caterers: AMG Catering and Events, Gallo Ristorante, Marcia Selden Catering, and Watson’s Catering.  All four caterers will work side by side with Prospectors, teaching and training while providing excellent food and customer service. For more information about the theater and how to rent the venue for a special occasion, please check out the website or e-mail with your questions.