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Ya Man Enough, Brah? Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fundraiser at The Field and Walk in May

27 Mar

We’re usually a not-so-serious blog, but there’s a time for everything, right?  One thing, in particular, that we’re serious about is a fundraiser that our friend Nikki Edmonds has helped to organize for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.  We first found out about this great event through, of all people, George Takei.  Yes, he’s normally posting memes that make you laugh or immediately hit the share button on Facebook, but the image of men walking in red heels down a street in Canada stuck with us.  What’s so impressive about this?  It’s part of an international march and series of fundraising events that are put on every year to help raise awareness and put a stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.  And, yes, it’s also impressive because men literally walk a mile in the shoes of women, preferably fashionable pumps, kinky boots, or even stilettos for the daring.

Posted from George Takei’s page

And, Connecticut is getting in on Walk a Mile in Her Shoes with a fundraiser at The Field Restaurant (3001 Fairfield Avenue) in Black Rock, that awesome spot between Bridgeport and Fairfield. All you need to do is show up on 4/17 from 6 to 9 pm and you’ll be a part of the action of team Red Stilettos. The Field will be providing snacks and there will be lots of prizes and even a 50/50 raffle.  While there’s no charge for this happy hour fundraiser, a donation of $10 is greatly appreciated.  

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Drinks, food + fun at A Novel Affair 2014 fundraiser for The Ferguson Library – Stamford, CT

27 Mar

 

Quite the novel idea…

Last year we were invited to attend A Novel Affair, The Ferguson Library‘s annual fundraiser, right in the library.  While it seemed pretty naughty to be eating and drinking in a library (we were even TALKING), we got over that quickly and had a blast.  All in, $160,000 was raised for the library during that event between ticket prices, donations, and auction items.  And, this year around, the needs

Half Full will be pouring out some magic...

Half Full will be pouring out some magic!

of the library have not disappeared.  They still need to fund the awesome events and classes they put on for kids and adults, purchase books and materials, help make initiatives happen, and maintain the library as a beacon light in the Stamford community.   

So, please join us at this year’s event on April 10 from 5:30-8:30, for food, drinks, and tons of fun.  Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here (sponsorship options available, too) or by calling (203) 351-8205.  Like we said, not only will you be helping to fund the library’s offerings and collections, you’ll also be able to take advantage of some of the area’s best food and drinks.

Just look:

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Melt Away Poverty at Two Roads with Whole Foods Market Fairfield

26 Mar
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Update:  make sure you bring cash with you for the cheese melts!

Here’s a collaboration of awesome proportions, coming together to help make a difference and to melt away poverty.  Just come by Two Roads Brewery in Stratford from 12 to 7 pm this Sunday, 3/30, drink some brews and eat some grilled cheese sandwiches.  Yeah, that’s a pretty easy way to help out, huh?

If you’re into the specifics, Two Roads will donate .50 for each pint that you sell and Whole Foods Market of Fairfield will be donating all their profits from the cheese melt sales (cash only) directly to the Whole Planet Foundation.  Here is a description of this worthy charity from their site:  

“Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market. We provide grants to microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East, who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor.”

Also, don’t forget to tweet up @WholeFoodsFAI and let them know how you “melt away poverty.”  Make sure to use #meltawaypoverty in your tweet.  By doing this, you’ll be entered into a contest to win a $50 Whole Foods gift card and some highly coveted Two Roads tour passes…plus, it’s also great to spread the word about helping out.

Two Roads Brewery

Melt Away Poverty

12-7 pm on 3/30/14

Address:  1700 Stratford Avenue

                  Stratford, CT

 

 

Aarón Sánchez to Judge Future Chefs Cook Off Hosted by Hunter Zampa to Benefit Friend with Leukemia

19 Mar
Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

Hunter Zampa is the youngest Chopped Champion and competed in the show Rachael vs. Guy!

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

Friends.  They gladly give of themselves to help you, support you, and get you through the hardest moments of your life.  That’s just what Hunter Zampa of Stamford (13) is doing with a fundraiser that he’s organized.  He wanted to help his schoolmate, Eli Schwartz, who was diagnosed with Leukemia.  So, using his skills in the kitchen and bringing together a team of culinary hopefuls, he created an event called Future Chefs Cook Off, being held at The Italian Center of Stamford.  While it’s still far away (6/8/14 from 12-3), Hunter’s on the lookout for some talented future chefs, high school age or younger.  Entries are due by midnight of April 8 and the Top 10 contestants will be posted on Hunter’s FB page on April 21.

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5th Annual Hops + Grapes, Toasts + Tastes to Benefit Leukemia + Lymphoma Society at Chelsea Piers

18 Mar

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We hope that you can help us to kick off the weekend on Friday, 4/25/14, from 7:30-10:30 at the 5th Annual Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes at Chelsea Piers in Stamford!  This will be our third year going and our second year as one of the proud media sponsors, along with 95.9 Fox and Star 99.9.  A VIP ticket is $100 and that includes a VIP gift bag, a raffle ticket, and a LLS Wristband, you can also buy a pair of VIP tix for $175.  The other option for attendance is a General Admission ticket that gets you a gift bag and costs $75 or get a pair of tix for $125.  

20130412_204503So, look…there’s a reason why we keep coming back:  there’s always great food, a great variety of drinks, lots of chances to win wicked good auction and raffle items, great people, and most importantly you get to make a big difference and raise some major money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  These two branches of blood cancers kill tens of thousands of lives each year, taking a person every 10 minutes.  So you can see how every donation and every dollar helps to fight and gets us closer to extraordinary breakthroughs.  

Now, back to the Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes fundraising event…although the list of restaurants, bakeries, caterers, breweries, and vendors is still growing, here’s the most current list:

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Marcia Selden Catering Heads to Vegas for #CSES2014; Nicole Straight Dances with the Stars

14 Mar

We feel that catering businesses often don’t receive all the great press and recognition that they deserve.  They are part chef, part baker, part server, part host, and…well…it exhausts us to even watch them do their thang.  So, it’s great for us to see that Marcia Selden Catering of Stamford gets some great press quite often.  For six years in a row, they’ve won Best Caterer from Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast awards and were honored recently by being chosen as Caterer of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

And, here’s some more:  Robin and Jeffrey Selden will be a part of the world’s largest catering and events conference, Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow in Vegas (they won East Region Best Caterer last year).  In fact, they’ll be offering three workshops for the thousands of people from across the US and over 30 countries.  Robin will be working with Chefs Karen O’Connor and Elgin Woodman on an event called “3 Women Catering Chefs Whisk Up a Trio of Dinner Party Menus.”  Also, both Robin and Jeff will be presenting “Best Day of our Lives, Creating Unique, Customized Weddings” and “Orchestrating the Perfectly Organized Event.”

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Deals on Meals: 2014 Wilton Restaurant Week Features 19 Spots

5 Mar

Here we go, OmNomivores…it’s just about time for the 2nd Annual Wilton Restaurant Week!  19 restaurants all vying for your attention with deals on prix fixe meals from March 10 through March 16.  Not too shabby of a selection, huh?  From Italian, to Modern American, to Southwestern, to Mexican, to French, and to even the sweeter side of things, Wilton Restaurant Week’s gotcha covered.

Connecticut Gives Back with Fairfield County Giving Day: 24 Hours to Give Where You Live!

27 Feb

We all have a favorite local charity that we support financially or that we volunteer for…and now there’s a whole day set aside for us to help out.  Introducing Fairfield County Giving Day, a brand new event that brings together nonprofits and charities from across Fairfield County.  Their goal?  Raise $1,000,000 for local nonprofits on March 7!

How it works is simple:

1)  Find your favorite local charity or charities on their site March 7 from 12 am – 11:59 pm.

          • Type in the nonprofit’s name OR

          • Type in your town OR

          • Search by cause such as Arts, Education, Environment, Food…

2)  Donate any amount from $10 and up.

That’s it…that easy…that quick!

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Stop by Garden Catering + Other Local Spots to Help Fund Camp Promise + Fight ALS

27 Feb

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Time flies…it’s unbelievable to think that this is the third year that we’ve talked to everybody about the Camp Promise fundraiser, organized by our friend James Lacerenza.  Oh, and do you know what else?  Swineus Fugit!  Pigs Fly!  (You like how we worked that in?)

That’s because Garden Catering in Greenwich ( 177 Hamilton Avenue), Old Greenwich ( 185 1/2 Sound Beach Avenue), and Stamford (235 Main Street) are selling Flying Pigs to help raise money for Camp Promise East.  This very worthy organization allows people of all ages who have muscular dystrophy to attend a safe, fun, and interactive summer camp.  Some of these kids and adults who attend have never had a chance to swim, play sports, or rarely get the chance to interact with others in a fun way, so Camp Promise is amazing for them.

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Start Mardi Gras Early with Local Music, Food, and Drinks at 9th Annual BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras Fundraiser

26 Feb

It can be argued that three of the finest things in life are music, food, and drink.  Well, who are we kidding?  Those definitely are the finest things…

And it’s with this awesomeness that we present to you the 9th Annual BlackRock Rocks fundraiser event!  Check out Acoustic Café, Fire Engine Pizza Company, Tautog Tavern, or B.R.Y.A.C., order some drinks (or focus on the drink specials!), watch some shows, and devour some NOLA inspired dishes at each location.

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