Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events for Week of April 28- May 5

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Stamford’s Beer Garden at Shippan Landing will be open for the season on May 2!

Walrus + Carpenter will hold a Crash Course in Agave on Thursday May 2 at 6pm.  Come learn about the history of agave distillation followed by a performance at 8:30pm from Connecticut's own Symphonic Bodega!  $35 per person includes two flights of tequila and mezcal, custom cocktails, and small plates.  Secure your spot by calling 203-333-2733.

The 2019 Passport To Connecticut Farm Wineries will begin on Friday, May 3, 2019. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the participating wineries, prizes and more in the upcoming weeks.

Join ‘Chopped’ Champion and Co-Founder of The Secret Ingredient Girls, Chef Silvia Baldini at Stamford Nature Center & Museum’s gorgeous new event space, to boost your kitchen skills while building a repertoire of vibrant meals. Learn how to organize, prepare and present superbly-nuanced dishes using nutritionally-dense seasonal ingredients. This 6 weeks series starts April 29. Sign up here.

On Sunday April 28th, El Segundo will be hosting a Remission Celebration with proceeds to assist in the fight against breast cancer! Pink cocktails and drink specials sponsored by our lovely friends at Chopin Vodka to benefit Making Strides in honor of breast cancer survivor Kristy Rencurrel. Stop by for a day of pink cocktails and support a great cause.

Brewport is celebrating teachers.  Join them Tuesday, April 30 from 3:30-6pm for a FREE pizza happy hour.

Flat Bread Co pizza in South Windsor is helping dogs in need!  On Tuesday April 30 proceeds from each pizza purchase will go to a local rescue.  There will be raffles, swag, and an information table.

On Wednesday, May 1 from 6-8 PM, Norwalk Now and the CT Women’s Business Development Council will host a networking and panel discussion event in celebration of National Women-Owned Business Day. The evening will begin with a networking reception followed by a spirited discussion with some of Norwalk’s most dynamic women in business. 

For the month of May, the Fresh Market will have a Meals on a Mission Fund Drive.  Guests will have the chance to round up their total at the register to the nearest dollar, or to donate another dollar amount.  All proceeds from the fund drive will go to Feeding America.

On Thursday May 2, Back 40 Kitchen hosts a Long Meadow Ranch Wine Dinner.  Family owned and operated, Long Meadow Ranch crafts estate-grown wine, olive oil, grass-fed beef, produce, eggs, and honey.  The evening features 5 courses paired with their wines. 

Katzie Guy-Hamilton, author of Clean Enough, is a pastry chef, writer, and Director of food and beverage program at Equinox Fitness.  On Friday May 3, she’s teaming up with th Oyster Club at Stone Acres Farm for “Leave Room for Dessert with Katzie Guy-Hamilton.”  Indulge your sweet tooth at the historic Manor House & garden at Stone Acres Farm for an evening of fresh, farm-focused bites followed by a show stopping dessert. 

Fairfield Cheese Company is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary!  Join them this weekend for their festivities:

  • On Friday, May 3 from 6-9pm, participate in The Loss of Deliciousness: An Evening with Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm.  This class will be followed by a Jasper Hill Farm cheese reception and open bar. All profit from the class will be donated to The Oldways Cheese Coalition.   

  • On Saturday, May 4, from 12-3pm enjoy their Anniversary Cheese Fest.  Meet the producers, enjoy a spectacular cheese tasting and wine from their neighbors at Harry’s.  10% of cheese sales will be donated to The American Cheese Education Foundation

MGM Springfield will kick off a weekend of festivities on Friday, May 3 with the launch of “Food Truck Fridays” and “Derby de Mayo Weekend” on Armory Square.  Every week throughout the spring and summer, “Food Truck Fridays” will bring local eats to downtown Springfield from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The culinary bonanza will include three original concept food trucks from MGM Springfield, serving tacos, gelato and Asian-inspired dishes. A variety of other popular food trucks from across the region, such as Wahlburgers, Hot Oven Cookies and Say Cheese, will be offered on a rotating schedule.

The Roger Sherman Inn will host its second annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 4th at 5:30PM.  Tickets can be purchased for $55 on the phone, in person or online via Facebook or Eventbrite prior to April 30, 2019.  Admission includes a Mint Julep on the lawn at 5:30, a pig roast and grand buffet, live music by Nick Depuy and Daniel Bloch as well as Derby fashion by vineyard vines.  The race will be broadcast on the big screen at 6:50PM.  At the Derby party, the Roger Sherman Inn will introduce spring cocktails featuring Kentucky Derby partners G.h. Mumm champagne and Makers Mark bourbon.

Come celebrate the season at Wakeman Town Farm’s Sweet Spring Open House, on Saturday May 4 from 11am to 2pm.  (Rain date May 5).  There will be exhibitors, kids’ crafts, a scavenger hunt, story time, farm animals, Dough Girls Pizza, sheep shearing, and dancing around the May pole!  You can also register for summer camp and kids’ programs while you’re having fun.  Free entrance. No registration required.

Sign of the Whale in Stamford hosts its 5th Annual Derby Day Party on Saturday May 4.  Join them all day for mint julips, beer and liquor samples, and more.

The Hockanum Brew Fest takes place on Saturday May 4 at the New England Motorcycle Museum in Vernon.  Starting at 1pm, with taste a variety of craft beers and eat from local food trucks. Tickets are $40; designated driver tickets are $20.

On Saturday May 4, visit Heirloom in New Haven to celebrate the annual tradition of "The Run for the Roses.”  Enjoy a classic Mint Julep and variations on this classic.  They'll also offer a limited race day menu, including a southern pimento cheese dip, "hot brown" spiced popcorn, sliced country ham & CT's buttermilk biscuits, plus a special Derby Day poutine - country gravy cheese fries, cheddar, green onions & cheese curds. 

The 10th annual New Canaan Dog Days presented by Pet Pantry Warehouse will be hosted at the New Canaan Nature Center on Saturday, May 4. This year's event is a celebration of dogs and features a marketplace filled with quality food, treats, toys, arts, crafts, and local services. Sponsors include local pet food company, Earth Animal, Passage East Kennels, New Canaan Vet, Sparky's Pet Sitting Services, and New Canaan - Darien Magazine, Moffly Media. 

The Blind Rhino® in Black Rock, Bridgeport, CT is looking to add motivated individuals to their newest location! As a successful, award-winning sports bar, they are looking for a qualified and competent bar staff & servers to join our growing team.  See their facebook page for requirements and instructions. 

Join Chef Prasad on this Magical and Sensational Gourmet Tour of India starting on October 21, 2019. In this 14-day journey sample the foods, learn the cultures and visit the historic sites of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Goa. Chef Prasad will be with you every leg of your journey with his counterparts and the appropriate local guides.