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Give Where You Live: Fairfield County Giving Day Returns March 5, 2015

27 Feb

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Last year, Fairfield County Giving Day took Connecticut by storm. Non-profits across the county shared with their friends, followers, and fans all about what makes them great and asked for donations to help fund their missions. And, you could say it was a wee-bit successful (being sarcastic) with over 9,200 donors who dug into their pockets and raised more than $750,000! 

This year’s Giving Day will prove to be bigger, better, and raise even more vital funds than last year, too. It starts at midnight on Thursday, March 5 and goes all the way until 11:59 and 59 seconds. The goal this year is to raise at least $1,000,000 and with 400 non-profits participating, that shouldn’t be too tough.

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Local CT Schools, Restaurants + Markets Come Together to Help Camp Promise

25 Feb

Group Shot Camp Promise“Camp Promise is a big treat for me and all the kids and their families. We experience the time of our lives with activities we get to do and a chance to make new friends. The cabins have so much room, the food is good. We have counselors that are almost the same age as us which I like, and they’re very nice. I like that campers and counselors have things in common, like going to college and finding jobs. The fundraising in Stamford is great. We’re so happy that people care about us and keep hope alive for a cure as well” Nicholas, 20, camper at Camp Promise.

If you’ve been with us for a year or two, you might remember that around this time we talk about Camp Promise and all the great things that they do to provide a great camp experience to people with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders. Through fundraising, campers are able to attend for free, sometimes getting the chance to do things that they never dreamed of like go to a dance, swim, or play a sport. It’s a great cause and for people in Fairfield County it’s easy to help raise some dinero for this great cause.

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Oysters Served 14 Ways: Oyster Madness @ The Spread w/ Copps Island Oysters

18 Feb

Fresh Oysters at Rowayton Seafood Fish Market in Rowayton CT

If you can’t get enough of oysters, The Spread in SoNo promises to give you something to live for with their upcoming Oyster Madness blowout event. Come by their 70 N. Main Street location on March 3 from 4:30-10 and you’ll get to enjoy oysters 13 different ways. Well, 14 ways if you include their cash-only shucking bar that’s just a buck a shuck. 

There’s no cost to enter, but they will be collecting an optional $10 donation at the door that will go directly to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Education Program. Oh, and those buck a shuck oysters? All of that money goes right to SILEP, too. Also, The Spread will be offering up a portion of their sales from the night to this local, important program that sheds light on (get it?) “public awareness of our marine resources, environment, and heritage through research, education and preservation.”

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The Best of Stamford @ 22nd Annual Taste of Stamford – 2/26/15

16 Feb

Since we started blogging, we always wanted to check out Taste of Stamford but, you know what? It always seemed to be on a day that we just couldn’t go. But, last year we made it a priority . . . and damn, were we happy that we did! There was so much to do, so much to see, so many people to meet, and so much to drink. Oh, and damn right, so much to eat! We guess that the name of this event kind of gives that away, huh? 

Well, this year will only be better as the 22nd Annual Taste of Stamford prepares to make its splash at the Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa on February 26 from 5:30-8:30. Tickets are $60 if you buy them in advance or $70 at the door. You’ll not only get to taste the best that Stamford has to offer, but you’ll also help support the Chamber of Commerce in all their efforts to help schools and the community. 

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Taste of Black Rock 2015 ft. Local Restaurants, Wine + Beer from Harry’s

2 Feb

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The Burroughs Community Center in Black Rock is celebrating another year of bringing the community together via workshops, experiences, workshops, and gallery showings with the Taste of Black Rock annual party. This year, the party goes on from 7:30-10 pm on 2/7 right the Burroughs Community Center at 2470 Fairfield Avenue. Tickets cost $35 in advance or are $45 at the door. Your ticket will not only help to support the great work of this vital community center, but will also getcha:

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In Love & Chocolate ft. champagne, food, chocolates and more to benefit local charities

29 Jan

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Whether you’re going with that hot new date of yours, someone you’ve been seeing for a year, someone you’ve been together with for 20 years, or if you’re going in on it with some friends, you’ll want to hit up In Love & Chocolate. This event at the Shelton Courtyard Marriott takes places on 2/8 from 1-4 pm and features live music, chocolate and food samples, a glass of bubbly, and your shot at some prizes. Enjoy it all for $40 per couple or $25 per person . . . not too shabby. There’s one more thing that you will enjoy: money raised here goes directly to The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (providing music and arts education to the community) and Spooner House (providing food, shelter, and support for people in need). 

As of today, here are the restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and cakeries that will be on hand:

  • Bricks & Barley Tavern
  • Common Bond Market
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • 500 Degrees
  • Focaccia’s Cafe & Eatery
  • Liquid Lunch
  • Nikki’s Candy Boutique
  • The Pink Cupcake Shack
  • Rotk’n Chocolates
  • Royal Bakery
  • Seasonal Sweets & Catering
  • Starbucks
  • Stone Gardens Farm
  • Taste & See Gourmet Cupcakes
  • Tea with Tracy
  • Tidmarsh Home Bake Shop
  • Wildflour Confections

In Love & Chocolate
2/8 from 1-4 pm
$40 per couple/$25 per person
Courtyard Marriott Shelton
780 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 

Chocolate, Wine & Food Lovers Evening 2015 Sweet Deets + Ticket Giveaway

19 Jan

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and, you know what that means: yup, time for the annual Chocolate, Wine, & Food Lovers Evening! This year it’s going down on 2/5 from 6-9 at The Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford. This event has been held as a way to not only help people find the best drinks, food, and desserts in Fairfield County, but to also give attendees a chance to pick up some great gifts at the Valentine Boutique or via silent auctions. But, the real heart of the event is the cause: 100% of the proceeds go directly to Shelter for the Homeless, a Stamford-based organizaton that serves Lower Fairfield County by “[P]roviding temporary housing to homeless men, striving to obtain permanent supportive housing and services for men and women tailored  to meet their relevant needs, and empowering people to help themselves achieve their greatest level of self-sufficiency.”

Last year was so much fun, we talked with so many great people, ate so much great food and tried out so many new restaurants, drinks, chocolates, and cupcakes that it was well worth it. Tickets are just $60 and can be bought here, by calling (203) 406-0017, or online/at the door for $70 after 2/4.  

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Noms: Taste of Ridgefield Returns for 16th Year, Full Details

13 Jan

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Last year we travelled up to Ridgefield to get a taste of what they were cooking at their yearly Taste of Ridgefield event. One of our favorite restaurants in CT, Bailey’s Backyard, is in Ridgefield, so we figured we’d see what else the town and nearby areas had to offer. Turns out it had a whole lot to offer and we made our way through restaurant after restaurant, drink after drink. Despite the event being crowded (it’s in a bigger venue this year), it was fun, energetic, and was an absolute success.

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LeFarm, The Whelk, and Kawa Ni Staff to Strip Down and Take TI Polar Plunge

16 Dec

Shop, Dine + Be Merry @ Greenwich Town Stroll and Reindeer Festival 2015

2 Dec
Greenwich Town Stroll 2014

Click through to see a zoomable copy of the map with all events listed.

Christmas time comes but once a year . . . and the same is true about the Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Town Stroll. Being Greenwich residents, we’re happy to report that we went last year and we had a blast. Yes, it’s true that one of our major highlights was getting cupcakes off of a food truck, but we’re a bit food-obsessed and crazy-headed.

So, we’re excited to share that the fun is back this year! Just look at some of the major highlights:

Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop

Dates: 11/28-12/24 from 12-6

Location: McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street

Deets: Come by to meet and pet the reindeer, refreshments, face painting, holiday shopping, and more! You can also get photos with Santa (pets allowed) starting at $29.99 from 12-6 M-F, Saturday 9-6, and Sunday 9-5. $5 from each photo package goes to Kids in crisis and McArdle’s will donate $5 per wreath bought on 12/5 and 12/6.

 Food Trucks on East Putnam

Get your nom on from 10-6 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday between 45 and 26 East Putnam Avenue. There you can devour food from Bounty Burger, Hot off the Grill, and NoRA Cupcake Truck.

Food Trucks on Greenwich Avenue

After you’ve been walking around for a bit, chances are you’ve worked up more of an appetite, so stop by and visit even more trux! Check them out on 12/6 from 10-5 and on 12/7 from 12-5. Providing you with awesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be Lobstercraft, Fryborg, The Buzz Truck, Tandoori, and Melt Mobile!

Whole Foods Market Tent

At 299 Greenwich Avenue, warm up with some apple cider provided by Whole Foods.

Greenwich Baptist Church Taste of Christmas Tent

Warm up and get into the holiday mood with plenty of yummy and warm Christmas treats. Stop by Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 12-5.

And there’s even more going on that we can’t even begin to describe like a Live Nativity scene, horse drawn carriage rides, live holiday music, a bouncy castle, ice sculpting, free art exhibitions, and a Candlelight Open House. Check out more details here and this interactive map that you can bring up on your phone when you’re walking around to bring you to the next deal, free samples, special, event, or food truck. Happy Holidays, people! :)

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