You heard about it here first. Now here’s all you need to know about the inaugural Greenwich Food + Wine Festival, coming up in less than three weeks!
Also, don’t forget about Eating Greenwich & Port Chester, a week-long event Oct. 16 to 21 that will offer prix fixe, a la carte and wine pairing menus, in addition to other deals in the neighboring municipalities.
Serendipity magazine will host the first Greenwich Food + Wine Festival to benefit the Breast Cancer Alliance Oct. 22 and 23 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The weekend event will feature more than 60 food, wine and spirit experts, BBQ Grill Masters, Sunday brunch specialties, celebrity book signings, private-event tents and live performances by Rusted Root, Entrain and Sister Hazel, among others.
Guests will enjoy special presentations by celebrity guests Jacque Pépin, Michel Nischan, Graham Elliot, Stephen Asprinio and Joy Bauer as well as hosting chefs Jon and Laura Brennan of Plum Pure Foods and Rui Correia of Douro, (both in Greenwich). Featured local chefs include Debra Ponzek of Aux Délices (Greenwich), Justin M. Warner and Lynn Saathoff of CB5 Restaurant Group LLC (Greenwich), Rodney Kirton of Empire Terrace (Yonkers, NY), Bryan Gilmour of 121 Restaurant and Bar (North Salem, NY), Scott Quis of Barcelona (Greenwich; Fairfield, CT; South Norwalk, CT; Stamford, CT) and Jeremy McMillan of Bedford Post (Bedford, NY).
There will be a Grand Tasting Gala Oct. 22 with live music and samplings from the region’s finest restaurants, as well as a live performance by Natasha Bedingfield.
Festivities will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. For more information or to buy tickets, visit serendipitysocial.com or call Serendipity at 203-588-1363. For information on sponsorship opportunities, ask for Molly Galterio.
The above photo was taken by the LBC’s own Chris Preovolos, who brought a Canon 7D to an iPhone fight.
SHAKE SHACK: 1849 POST ROAD EAST, WESTPORT
Loath to go a week since the opening without a post, and even more loath to let a post about how New York’s popular Shake Shack is about to open its doors be the most recent on this blog, I’m here to talk about fries, shakes, and burgers.
Last Tuesday, Shake Shack Westport, the chain’s most recent, and solitary in Connecticut, location opened its doors to over 100 guests in advance of the grand opening on Wednesday. Plenty has been written about Shake Shack – both the franchise and this location – by foodies and bloggers more burger-crazy than I (read: Not vegetarians), but that’s not going to stop me from talking about how good it is, especially against some stiff Fairfield County competition.
A lot of burger joints will pick up some frozen patty for a veggie burger, if they carry one at all, but Shake Shack has a truly unique offering in the ‘Shroom Burger. Let me be clear: I find it borderline offensive that some restaurants consider a bland grilled portobello mushroom to be an adequate substitute for a real burger. Apparently so does Shake Shack. They make sure to inject flavor and fun into the equation by stuffing it with cheese and deep frying it. Yes, please.
As for the fries, they are fantastic. I’m not just saying that because my wife has a minor obsession with crinkle-cut fries, either. I generally prefer the more natural-seeming Five Guys-style fries, but Shake Shack definitely gets a lot of solid texture and flavor out of their fries, and just the right amount of salt.
Oh, they sell shakes, too?
Now I just need to figure out how to game the line…
RELATED NEWS: Looks like Shake Shack is also targeting a location in Grand Central Terminal, according to WNYC. As if I need more people clogging my path when I’m trying to catch a train.