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Win 2 More Tix to Chocolate, Wine + Food Lovers Evening 2015

2 Feb

We have two more tickets to the Chocolate, Wine & Food Lovers Evening on 2/5 up for grabs. It’s all going down right the The Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford from 6-9 with plenty of food, drinks, sweets, and boutique items that you can stock up on to give to your Valentine. In addition, there will be some silent auction items that you can bid on. All profits from the night go directly to Shelter for the Homeless, helping to provide housing and assistance to the homeless to bring them to self-sufficency.

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Discounted Chowdafest 2014 Tix on Sale at Stop & Shop

5 Jan

The Sixth Annual Chowdafest that goes down on SOUPer Bowl Sunday is just around the corner.  So, whether you just love soup, you’re upset that your team never made it past the regular season, or you just want to pre-game at Webster Bank Arena, ChowdaFest will be the place to be from 11 to 3 on 2/2.  There will be 28 restaurants competing to win your votes for best chowda in three different categories, yes…but there will be so much more that we can’t wait to share with you as one of the sponsors for this year’s event that helps to benefit The Connecticut Food Bank.

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4th Annual Hops & Grapes Toasts & Tastes Event to Raise Funds for LLS

12 Mar

Last year we checked out Hops & Grapes Toasts & Tastes and had such a great time.  There was great food galore from restaurants across Fairfield County with plenty of beer and wine to try.  This year on 4/12 from 7:30-10:30 we can expect the fourth annual Hops & Grapes Toasts & Tastes to be even better as it moves into its new location:  the Stamford Innovation Center in the heart of downtown.  There will be plenty of room to mingle at this classic landmark building…and plenty of room to get your tastebuds tingling, too.  In addition to the Scallops with sunchoke puree and caper-raisin-pinenut vinaigrette at Bar Sugo Norwalkrestaurants, caterers, cheesemongers, and bakeries, there will also be drinks and representation from breweries.  When you’re in between drinks and courses, be sure to check out the great silent auctions that will be available (follow them on FB for early previews of what will be up for auction).  Finally, if you stick around towards the end, you can take part in the live auction with amazing trips, gifts, and packages.  We are also very proud and excited to be one of the media sponsors for this amazing event that raises vital money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that fights leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Tickets are $75 each or are $125 for a pair.  Also, you may order VIP tickets for $100 each or $175 for a pair which includes a VIP gift bag, a raffle ticket, and a LLS wristband.  You can also donate if you can’t make it or even purchase an ad to be played during the slideshow.  As of now, these are the hops, grapes, and tastes that you can toast to:

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Stamford Event Aims for You to Take Off Your Clothes and Make a Difference

9 Oct
Why you wearing all those clothes?  Yo…Stamford, Take Off Your Clothes!  As attractive as all our readers are, actually following this advice at UConn Stamford might get you some jail time.  Think of it as a metaphorical shedding of your clothes for Person-to-Person‘s first family event on 10/20 from 11 to 3 pm.  P2P is inviting all Stamford citizens and families to take part in the fun.
Now, because we’re writing about this, you know there has to be some food involved.  Yeah, we’re so predictable, huh? First off, check out some gourmet grilled cheese from everybody’s favorite, Melt Mobile, or your own little Italian cafe in the form of the Caffe Bon food truck.  Next, you’ll have the 2012 Stamford Museum & Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival Chef’s Challenge winner:  David’s Soundview Catering.  Finally, check out two of Stamford’s best restaurants, shelling out burgers and Italian food for you:  Station Eats and Bar Rosso.

Surf’s Up @ Summer Beach Food + Wine Tasting to Benefit United Way – Calf Pasture Beach, CT

25 May

We know where you’ll be Tuesday, 6/12 from 6-8 pm:  Stew Leonard’s Grill at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.  Drink this up:  over 75 different beers and wines to taste.  Many of the wines to be sampled are Connecticut produced, and lots of the beer is also local and actually microbrew.  Don’t stop there, though.  Stew Leonard’s will have lots of food to munch on:

Crudités basket with two dips, international cheese platter with artisan bread, an assortment of sliders, mini lobster rolls, mini crab cakes, California rolls with ginger sauce, Sicilian bruschetta, and marinated grilled shrimp with wasabi sauce.

So, you’ve got the food, you’ve got the drinks…what else would make this perfect?  Yup, some tunes!  The local legend, P.J. Pacifico, will be performing live…it’s just one more reason to head down.  In addition, you’ll be able to take part in a silent auction and a Chinese raffle.  All proceeds from the 8th Annual Beach Food & Wine Tasting will go towards United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.  Danny particularly loves this charity because they help to make sure that at risk children do well in school and are prepared for a successful life.

Stew Leonard Jr. says that this is one of the most popular events that they hold each year and that it sells out quickly.  So, Omnomivores and changemakers, get your tickets today.  They are $40 a person and can be purchased at Stew Leonard’s Wines of Norwalk, by clicking here, or by contacting Mary Magner of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County at (203) 339-6308.

Summer Beach Food & Wine Tasting

Stew Leonard’s Grill

Calf Pasture Beach

Norwalk, CT

6/12 from 6-8 pm

$40 per person

About United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (from press release)
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s mission is: “Together, we mobilize our communities to improve people’s lives.” Our vision is to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Working with many partners, United Way is focused on the building blocks that we need for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. United Way of Coastal Fairfield County serves the towns of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Westport, Trumbull, Easton, Monroe, Weston, Norwalk, Wilton, Darien and New Canaan. Find out more at our website, www.unitedwaycfc.org.

Fun-raiser: Wild Wine, Beer + Food Safari 2012 @ The Beardsley Zoo – Bridgeport, CT

19 May


Update:  2014 tix are now on sale!

Isn’t that just the cutest picture you’ve ever seen?  Is he holding up the wine to observe the color before he swishes it around?  Is he raising it as a toast to all animals at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport?  Or, is he ready to down some of the good red stuff?  Well, I guess he could be doing all three.  Maybe he’s just raising a glass to you for coming along to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo‘s Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari on June 2 from 6-9 pm.  He doesn’t have any pockets, but he’ll be asking for $55 online (buy here), $50 for groups of 4 or more, or $60 at the event…if he hasn’t sold all of his tickets.

This will be one wild tasting event to be a part of.  Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will have fun stations where you can get your grub on such as drinks from Wine Emporium of Shelton, as well as local restaurants and caterers.  Because there is alcohol there, you must be 21+ to enter.  Oh, there is more, though, for our fur loving friends.  There will be live entertainment and you’ll have a chance to prance and stomp around Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to check out all the animals.  Also, put your bid down on some silent auctions like a trip to The Cape, signed sports goodies, theater tickets, beauty packages, and more.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will help the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo‘s operation, its growth, its educational programs, and its conservation initiatives.

List of Restaurants and Caterers (more to come)

Liquid Lunch

Cucina di Carla

The Soup Girl

Joe’s American Bar and Grill

Luigi’s Italian Pastries

Gelato Giuliani

David M Grant Catering

Smoke & Bones

The Barnum Publick House

Fortuna’s Deli


Stockbridge Cheesecake

Carl Anthony’s Trattoria

Chili’s Bar and Grill

Vazzy’s Brick Oven

Rainforest Cafe

Trader Joe’s

Event details: Saturday June 2, 2012 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $55 in advance; $50 for groups of four or more

and $60 day of the event (if available)

Ages 21+ only

Eat up @ Fairfield County Eats! 2012 Charity Fundraiser at The Stamford Marriott

9 Apr

Fairfield County Eats! 2012 is on the way.  This year it’s taking place on 4/26, at The Stamford Marriott from 6-9 pm.  Tickets are $45 in advance (so buy them now) or $50 at the door.

So, you ask, what is this event?  Well, we went last year and were blown away by the scope of the food and drinks available to sample.  We were able to fill up pretty quickly on all the awesomeness and tried to stop at every spot.  There was so much to try that we actually had to limit ourselves…can you believe that?  Even we have limits.

We tried Bobby Q’s for the first time, met Amy Kundrat from CTbites for the first time, omnomnomed and just had a great time.  What made it better and what makes this year great, too, is that all proceeds go directly to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County to help end hunger in our community.  Last year there were raffles and there were also crafts being sold, so we’re looking forward to this year’s offerings.  So, do yourself a favor.  Mark your calendar or tell Siri, “Put Fairfield County Eats! on my calendar on April 26 at 6 pm.”  Of course she’ll respond, “Ok, it is on your calendar…Food God.”  You know that “Rock God” is so overrated and overdone, anyway.

A Delicious Affair
Agora Spa
Andrew’s Cooking
BUtterfield 8 Restaurant & Lounge
Bad Louie’s Fudge
Blue Lemon
Bobby Q’s Barbeque and Grill
Bull’s Head Market
Café D’Azur
Catering from the Hart
Cathy’s Biscotti
Chinese Mirch
Crazy Grapes
Dazzle Designs
DiMare Pastry Shop & Café
Dough Girl Baking Co.
Drinx Unlimited
Ducky Life Tea
Elegant Pots & Petals
Estrella Damm
Fairway Market
Fiesta Peruvian Restaurants
Galaxy Cookies
Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Cupcakes
Kona Grill
La Piazza
Lisa Taubes Designs
Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream
Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters
Murphy’s Irish Stout
Nestlé Waters North America
Northeast Wine Brokers
Pellicci’s Ristorante
Plum Gems
Premier Designs Jewelry
Pure Dark
Restaurant Jean-Louis
Shoprite Grade A
Something Special, Flowers by Lisa
Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
Stella & Dot
Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes
Tabouli Grill
Tastefully Simple
Tavern on Main
Tawa Indian Cuisine
Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar-Bistro
The Capital Grille
The Ginger Man
The Melting Pot Darien
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Tiger Beer
Watson’s Catering of Greenwich
Westfair Staffing LLC
ZYR Vodka

Thursday, April 26, 2012


The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
243 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, CT 06901

Time:  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost:  $45.00 In advance

$50.00 At the door

Raising Money, One Pancake at a Time at Local Stamford School

30 Mar

Rachel Scott, whose memory inspired "Rachel's Challenge"

Two years ago the school I teach at had a very powerful assembly.  We learned about Rachel’s Challenge.  Young Rachel Scott was the first student killed during the attacks at Columbine in 1999.  Her philosophy of life and the slogan of Rachel’s Challenge is: “Start a chain reaction.”  Although she did pass on that tragic day that is still in our hearts, her message and hope lives on.  Check out her essay about her code of ethics and be blown away.

One such chain reaction happened when the Turn of River Middle School’s Rachel’s Challenge club decided to raise money for Alex Berman.  According to The National Foundation of Transplants, Alex has had several surgeries for his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  One such surgery cost over $800,000 in bills and, as a result, he needed to move to Seattle  in order to recover.  Travel and living expenses on top of surgery expenses were just too much for him to handle.

The school club learned about Alex because of Turn of River MS 8th grade teacher Dave Edelson who is close friends with Alex.  Their idea?  Raise money with a pancake breakfast!

Here are the details:

Turn of River Middle School

117 Vine Road

Stamford, CT


March 31, 2012


Homemade breakfast:  pancakes, sausage, muffins, fruit, and coffee/tea/hot chocolate or juice.

Live out Rachel Scott’s dream by starting a chain reaction of kindness, love, and compassion.  Your $10 might not seem like much, but combined with the hundreds of people that come and we are talking thousands of dollars.  Start your own chain reaction, stop by, and also think about making additional donations.  Read below for the info.  Thank you to Frank Carpenteri Jr. from Garden Catering for letting us know about this amazing event.

From the National Foundation of Transplants site:

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Berman, please send a contribution to the NFT New Jersey Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Alexander Berman” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should select “Find or Become an NFT Patient” to locate Berman.

About NFT

NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $60 million to assist patients.

One Big Night, One Big Cause: Feasting Italian Style for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

23 Feb

Rizzuto's is one of four restaurants helping to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Connecticut is gearing up for Big Night, where four awesome Italian spots in Stamford have special dinners to help benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This Grande Notte is going down Tuesday, 3/6/2012 at Columbus Park, Bar Rosso, Rizzuto’s, and Sunny & Frankie’s.  While each meal and cost might be different, all of them will focus on the theme of an Italian feast.  This special event was brought together by New England Culinary Group’s Gene D’Agostino who also comes from Stamford.  He is also a nominee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the year.  Here are the details from a press release:

Columbus Park Trattoria – (OmNomy 2011 co-winner for Best Italian)

Chef Michael Marchetti will feature an exciting evening of fine food and wines. Broadway star of “Company,” Kristin Huffman, will provide her musical stylings and there will be an appearance by Miss Connecticut 2011 Morgan Amarone.

$100.00 pp, all inclusive – 50% donated to LLS

7 PM.  Reservations – 203-967-9191

Bar Rosso 

Join Sommelier Eileen Kardos and Chef Sergio Reyes for a wine dinner based on the Veneto and Piedmont regions.  Learn about the region’s wine making techniques and climate and how they influence the wine style.

$65 pp, all inclusive, 20% donated to LLS.

7 PM. Reservations – 203-388-8640


Stamford’s newest destination for great Italian food and fun will present 4-course wine dinner featuring Rizzuto’s rustic Italian fare paired with wines that are some of Bill Rizzuto’s favorites.

$50 pp, plus tax/tip – 20% donated to LLS.

7 PM. Reservations – 203-324-5900

Sunny & Frankie’s

This neighborhood café will feature classic Italian dishes and offer and open bar.

$45.00 pp, all inclusive – 20% donated to LLS.

7 PM. Reservations – 203-252-2169.

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