Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Restaurant Round-up: BBQ, Wine, Omakase, and Coffee


It's time again for some restaurant round-up fun where I share news of comings, goings, and happenings. This time we're talking BBQ, Wine, Japanese Omakase, and Coffee. Let's dive in.

Bobby Q’s Cue + Co.

This pit-smoked BBQ joint joins a diverse lineup of dining options at Norwalk’s newest culinary destination, The Block at Waypointe.


Chef Ole Knudsen joins owners, Bob and Kelley LeRose, to serve up a selection of unique and classic pit-smoked BBQ dishes, handcrafted cocktails, aged bourbons, and desserts. A sampling of unique BBQ-themed menu items includes pork belly banh mini’s, chipotle mashed sweet potato, smoked chicken and corn chowder, bacon laced ice cream sandwiches and peanut butter cup s’mores. Bobby Q’s also serves classic BBQ fare, like smokehouse chili, ‘wood kissed’ wings, bacon cheddar grits, St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, and brisket.

Bobby Q's Cue + Co. is located at 11 Merwin Street in Norwalk, CT.

Wine Down at The Block

On a related note, The Block at Waypointe is having its second exclusive “Wine Down at The Block." This special event gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy live music, delicious bites, signature cocktails and special in-store promotions from local merchants and all that The Block has to offer.


The event goes down Thursday, August 31 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Tickets cost $25. With your ticket you get the following food and beverages from The Block at Waypointe's featured restaurants:
Sedona Taphouse: Choice of one appetizer + one craft draft, house wine, handcrafted cocktail or martini
  • Colony Grill: Choice of a cold brew + hot oil slices
  • Barcelona Wine Bar: One glass of sangria + one tapa from a special chef's selection
  • Bobby Q's Cue + Co.: One cold beer + wood kissed wings
Your ticket also gets you exclusive in-store promotions and discount specials at the following merchants:
  • Endurance House: Free foot analysis for sneaker fitting + special giveaways
  • Pinot’s Palette: A special $15 self-guided paint session + a credit for a future public class
  • Salons by JC: Wine + cheese mixer + first ten (10) guests receive an exclusive gift
To purchase a ticket go click here. Then the night of the event, just bring your printed ticket to the registration table located in The Waypointe’s Central Piazza at 515 West Ave. in Norwalk, CT.

Chef Brian Lewis Opening New Restaurant

Chef Brian Lewis of The Cottage in Westport made a big announcement last week just as The Cottage turns the corner in completing its second year of cooking local American Cuisine. Chef Lewis is opening a modern Japanese Izakaya meets Omakase restaurant in a treasured Westport landmark, The Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse, at 6 Wilton Road.


Slated to open late Fall of 2017, the architect and designer who imagined The Cottage will be developing this new space, bringing out the original character of this historic building while crafting an exciting and lively space where the food will speak for itself, creating its very own original voice in the World of Japanese cooking, through an American Chef’s culinary vision.


From Chef Lewis: “In the early Spring of 2017, I had begun spending much time developing new Japanese inspired dishes and expressing my long-time passion for Japanese cuisine; our GM, Charlie Gilhuly and me decided to see how our Cottage guests would like a weekday Omakase Menu (Chef’s Choice) for $45. It was an instant hit! The wheels of our creativity kept rolling with the introduction of an exciting sake program and some delicious new exotic cocktails by our amazing lead barkeep Ralph. We began seeing a tremendous demand and wonderful reaction from our guests that only further supported my desire to find another intimate and charming location in Westport. It was crucial to Charlie and I that we find a space that had an amazing history and ‘great bones.’ We were fortunate to find all of that and more with this new space! We look forward to opening our doors later this year, and as always, continuing to cook our hearts out for you at The Cottage!”

Shearwater Coffee Bar Plans a Busy Fall

Shearwater Coffee Bar is lovin’ their new digs in the Brick Walk retail neighborhood of Fairfield.


Since opening in July, Founder Ed Freedman and General Manager Jason Varga have set the stage for an active and social coffee bar that embraces community, coffee, and talent!


Upcoming schedule of events:

August 26th and September 2nd, Saturday, 7:30 pm
Jazz vocalist Amanda Belitto performs with an accompanist.
https://amandabellitto.com/about

September 7th, Thursday
Tuckahoe Arts, Artist Opening

September 9th, Saturday, 3 pm to 7 pm
Flavour Wine Festival at FTC Warehouse. Shearwater will conduct coffee tastings at the event.

September 9th, Saturday, 7 pm to 10 pm
Welcoming Party for Fairfield University & Sacred Heart University Students
Free coffee and cold brew coffee, appetizers, and desserts.
Live Music, Door Prizes, Brick-walk Vendor Coupons and more!

September 14th, Thursday Night Latte Art Throwdown
Head to head competition from local baristas to create the most inspiring latte art.

September 16th, Saturday, 8 pm
American singer and songwriter Samantha Preis performs.
http://www.samanthapreismusic.com/about

September 18th - Monday Night Trivia (repeats every other Monday) 8 pm.
We play 5 seconds of a song and attendees write down what they think the song title is. Winners receive local shopping gift cards

September 23rd, Saturday, 8 pm
American singer and songwriter Samantha Preis performs.
http://www.samanthapreismusic.com/about

September 28th, Thursday Night "Coffee and Canvas"
Members of Fairfield University and Sacred Heart art clubs compete for best work on canvas.

OK, so that's it for now. Happy eating!
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