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Tastes of the Coast Drink and Food Experience to Support Easter Seals

2 Mar

“Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals” (Easter Seals Site).

Wouldn’t it be great if you could help Easter Seals with their mission of helping people lead great lives?  Of course…and it’s really easy, actually.  All you need to do is buy tickets for Tastes of the Coast!  Seven great restaurants from around Fairfield County will be on hand and will be cooking up some of their best dishes.  Plus, there will be alcoholic drinks, music, and prizes, too.  All of this is happening on March 7 from 6-9 pm at Aitoro’s in Norwalk.  Tickets cost $60 and go towards Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County.

The killer cavatelli at Bar Sugo in Norwalk...

The killer cavatelli at Bar Sugo in Norwalk…

Here are the restaurants that will be providing food in actual live kitchens throughout the store:

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Fundraisers for Sandy Hook Elementary @ Bridge Street Wienery, Bar Q, and Black Bear in Stamford

18 Dec

In addition to the champagne fundraiser at Saugatuck Grain & Grape that we let you know about yesterday, we’ve just found out about two new fundraisers to help people affected by the tragedy that befell Newtown.  Here’s how you can get involved and help out by just eating and/or drinking up:

1) Check out Bridge Street Wienery in Stamford, where Benny’s Fast Break used to be.  They’ve got great hot dogs with countless combos and more.  Specifically visit them on 12/28 and you’ll see 26% of all sales go towards the Newtown Memorial Fund.  26% represents the 26 innocent lives that were taken away within a short span of time on 12/14/12.

2) Come by Bar Q BBQ or Black Bear Saloon in Downtown Stamford from 5-10 PM on 12/20.  When you donate $10, you’ll get a wristband, and in return you’ll receive $3 well drinks.  In addition, the staff has come together and will be donating ALL of their tips during the fundraiser.  Both places will also have free buffets set up.  All the proceeds from Thursday night will be donated to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund care of Newtown Savings Bank.

Do you know of any other special fundraisers going on in Stamford or anywhere else in Connecticut?  Please share here by leaving a comment and spread the good word.  We’ll add them below here.

Never underestimate how big of an effect that you can have on helping others.  Never.

A Message from Rebecca Sullivan and the Newtown PTA/PTSA:

My name is Rebecca and I grew up down the street from Sandy Hook School. My parents still live there and i along with my 3 siblings all attended the school.

I have a former classmate who has put together a Healing Center providing different therapies for those affected by the horrible shooting (all at no cost, obviously). During that time, a friend and i are providing food and drinks for all those who come in to use the services. We are thinking of tea and other spirit-lifting and healing food and drinks. If anyone wants to either donate tea or food, or to take a shift serving this over the weekend in Newtown, please contact me- rebecca_sullivan@conair.com.

In addition to that project, there are many other ways to give (as organized by the PTAs in Newtown):

1. Let’s Give Sandy Hook School a Winter Wonderland”

Snowflake Drive – Like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. We invite you to create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook School’s new home. Be creative! All colors and designs are welcome. We know that children will enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school. CT PTSA has been contacted from schools across the state and this is a project we can all share. “Snowflake” drop boxes will be available at all schools or can be mailed to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514

2. Sandy Hook School Fund — Many people are looking to help by making a donation. Please be cautious before contributing money and make sure the fund is legitimate. With the help of CT PTSA, we have created the “Sandy Hook School Fund” and donations will be accepted through CTPTA.ORG . You can pay online or send a check to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514 (if online contributing is made available, we will let you know). No fees are charged and all monies raised will go directly to help Sandy Hook School and Newtown. The beauty of this fund is that we can designate its use farther down the road, when we can determine where it will do the most good for the families of SHS and our town.

Newtown PTA/PTSAs thank both the CT PTSA and National PTA for their support at this time. Soon the media attention will fade and we will continue to support each other in private. We love Newtown and our wonderful families. Don’t hesitate to contact your local PTA/PTSA officers with any of your concerns; we are here for you and each other.

Newtown PTA/PTSAs

Operation:  Friendship

Operation:  Friendship is collecting green and white friendship bracelets for the children at Newtown to know they are thought of and loved.  All info is here.

Ruff summer? Cool down at Bliss Ice Cream and help raise money for PAWS – Cos Cob, CT

16 Jul

Don’t you dare think about not stopping by Bliss to help PAWS. There will be a massive licking if you don’t comply! -Maynard Del Ferraro

Can’t stand the heat, can ya?  Well, we’ve got a way for you and even your doggy to cool off and help the animals of PAWS. Just stop by Bliss Ice Cream at 551 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich from today until this Sunday, 7/23, order some goodies, and they’ll donate 20% of their sales to PAWS.  This is all you have to do:  go to the PAWS homepage, print it out, then take it with you.  Order your ice cream, doggy ice cream, gelato, sorbet, froyo, sundaes, shakes, or even Dippin’ Dots, present the coupon and you’ve done your good deed for the week.

When PAWS told us about this, we knew that we’d have to find out more info, especially about the offerings at Bliss.  Lucky for us, we were able to talk with the owner, Ed Fonseca.  He opened Bliss back in September of 2011 and has been doing quite well.  Here’s why:  fresh gelato, sorbet, and froyo that’s made by them just for you.  They also have ice cream that’s made for them in small batches by a local farm in Connecticut.  Keeping it real, keeping it local.  Love that.

First off, have your dog try one of the special ice cream flavors put together by Ed himself that are just 3 for $1.  They are in the shape of little doggy bones for easy noming.

• Biscuits and cream

• Peanut butter and banana smoothie

They are also offering 5 different ice cream flavors on a rotating daily basis with anywhere from 15-16 other flavors in the take home freezer.  One of their most popular flavors is…

• Black raspberry truffle (with nice big chocolate chunks, om nom nom nom)

Like their ice cream, their gelato is also given on a rotating basis.  Some of the flavors that you can expect to love:

• Nutella

• Amaretto

• Banana cream

• Hazelnut

They also have a great selection of sorbets to chill down to.  Just two of the flavors

• Blood orange raspberry

• Lemon

And, for those of you who are watching your petite waists, they’ve got some great nonfat frozen yogurt selections, too:

• Peanut butter swirl

• Peach

Bliss Ice Cream

551 East Putnam Avenue

Cos Cob, CT

(203) 990-0360

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Tap Into a Cure @ Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. to Benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

7 Jul

What The Fairfield/Westchester chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has planned for July 26 at Captain Lawrence Brewery just might be the best fundraiser ever to bless Earth.  Let’s look at the awesomeness:

• THREE hours of unlimited Captain Lawrence brews

• Live entertainment from The Del Bocas (starting at 8:30)

• Get your own Captain Lawrence pint glass

• Refreshments (you need to hydrate, remember?) will be given by Gail Patrick’s Cafe.

• Prizes and games from WPLJ Party Patrol from 7:30 – 9:30

• Sign-up for the first annual beer pong tournament ($40 entry fee)

• Unlimited bocce ball (oh hell yes) on their outdoor patio

• Raffles for things ($20) including:  Lenz Winery,  Chelsea Piers,  Static HairPlush Salon, Amazon KindleLake  Compounce, Skinny Buddha, and more…

Thursday, July 26, 2012
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford NY


Buy tix here or just click on the ticket:

Tickets are either $50, $100, $250, or $500, all depending on how much you want to give.  A majority of the ticket fee is tax deductible, too.

You must be over 21 to attend.

Please contact Lisa Harding at (914) 328-2874 Ext. 5 or lharding@ccfa.org with any questions or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is the only national nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis collectively known as IBD.  Our mission is to cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

What are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis?
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two separate and distinct diseases.  They share many of the same symptoms, which range in severity and are often debilitating for patients, greatly altering their quality of life and often resulting in surgery.  More than 1.4 million Americans, including 150,000 under the age of 18 suffer from these diseases.

What to Do Father’s Day: Free Burgers, Some BBQ + Brews, and Some Horsing Around!

14 Jun

Quoted from the Merriam Webster Dictionary:

Dad:  (noun) The person who gave put you into this world; the person who can take you out of this world; the person who sold his kidney to put you through college; the person who lives off a steady diet of hamburgers and bbq.

Well, let’s honor dad a bit this Sunday, huh?

Station Eats:  Stamford and New Canaan

Bring Pops to Station Eats and he’ll receive a FREE Station Burger.  Show him some love and treat him to a shake and some fries with that, too.  Remember that there’s a huge beer garden at the Stamford location if you want to treat dad to al fresco dining.  :)  Don’t forget that there’s easy parking.  Just pull into the garage at 70 Atlantic Street and they’ll validate your parking ticket (weekdays after 5 pm, btw).

Horsing Around for Charity:  BBQ, Music, Wines, Microbrews, and Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy With

Quit Your Horsing Around! Oh, I’ll Pull This Car Over! What? Wanna Test Me?

Tickets to Horsing Around for Charity are $40 ($45 at the door cash/check), but kids 12 and under are free.  There will be lots of food, people to teach dad more about the art of BBQ, music from The Short Bus, wines, microbrews, and lots of things for kids to do.  So, give dad a break again.  You go off, get your face painted, go shopping, and let him eat some BBQ and drink some brews.  Being a dad ain’t easy, ya know?  It’s simply exhausting being the father of two cats and an insanely fetch-driven dog.  Being a dad of humans just might be a bit harder, I guess.

Father’s Day

1 pm – 5:30 pm

Greenwich Polo Club

Conyers Farm

Greenwich, CT

Drink Beer at SBC, Help Kids with Muscular Dystrophy. Win-Win!

3 May

We love charity events, but we especially love charity events that make it easy for people of all walks to show their support! Just like this super simple, super awesome event at Southport Brewing Company (SBC) that our Facebook friend, James Lacerenza, informed us of.  Yes, the same James who has an official day named after him in Stamford for the awesome work that he does.

What makes it so simple and so awesome? All you have to do is mosey on down to any of SBC’s 5 locations, ask Mr. or Ms. Bartender for a pint of “Sweet Emotion” from their “Help Line” tap (appropriately shaped like a phone) during the months of May, June and July and $0.50 will be donated to The Jett Foundation’s Camp Promise East in Hamden, Connecticut.

So what does that 50 cents get you? You get to help send kids with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp and you get to enjoy a tasty Vienna lager. It’s a win-win, so get on it!  While you’re there, take advantage of their beer variety by asking for a flight of beer.

Insert beer advertising “please drink responsibly” message of choice here.

Drink good beer, eat good food, rescue good doggies at Bull N’ Brew on May 19 in Wilton, CT!

15 Apr

Presenting the 2nd Annual Bull N’ Brew, poster by Eric Fritch

If you’re a doggie lover like us, the stories of Karuna Bully Rescue will have you all teary eyed. But, the good news is, you can do something to help by getting tickets to the awesome Bull N’ Brew event on May 19 in Wilton, CT.

Bugsy Malone, up for adoption. Click through to find out about him and to see more pics.

Why it’s important to help out: 

Annie spent most of her life in a family’s backyard, heavy chain around her neck, weighing her down.  Through rain, through snow, through sleet she stayed there.  Even through Hurricane Irene, she stayed there, chained up with no hope of ever seeing anything except the tiny backyard.  She was left there, to die, when the family moved…well, until Karuna Bully Rescue of New Haven, CT stepped in.  They took her in, got her all fixed up, and was able to adopt cute Annie out to a loving family.  See her rescue story here and check out her growth as a free loving doggy. Stories like these come to Karuna Bully Rescue  every day, and as you can see, being able to take in, foster, care for, and support rescues is no easy feat.

Jake, the Pit-uation, is up for adoption too! Click through to find out about him.

How you can help out:

Lucky for you, helping out is much easier than the job these wonderful people do every day. It’s as simple as stopping by on Saturday, May 19th at 6 pm at Ambler Farm in Wilton.  Tickets are $50 via PayPal to fosterfund@karunabully.org or $60 at the door.  And, all proceeds go towards Karuna Bully Rescue, too, so there’s no middle-man.  Just needy doggies getting what they need to be healthy, happy and 100% adoptable.And, it’s a win-win situation! You can look forward to live music from Tim Palmieri & Friends and Like Violet, wine, food from SUPER DUPER WEENIE, a silent auction, and a raffle.  And, beer.  What kind of event would Bull N’ Brew be without beer?  They will have local craft beer from Thomas Hooker (CT) and Blue Point Brewery (Long Island), as well as a keg of home brewed goodness.  They’ll be tapping “Pit Bull Slobber,” so you best be there to help empty that keg.

Please direct questions to info@karunabully.org and help these wonderful people and doggies out!

Third Annual Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes to Raise Money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Norwalk, CT

1 Apr

This is THE event that you don't want to miss!

A few weeks ago we shared the news that local Stamford restaurants were banding together to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with their Big Night event.  On the heels of that great fundraiser comes the Third Annual Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes event.  Let the drinks pour, the food be eaten, and the money pile up for this great cause.  Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes will take place on April 14, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT.  Tickets to the event are $75 or two for $125.  If you go out to a nice restaurant, then that covers the cost.  You’ll be eating and drinking well, but you’ll also be helping out a charity that desperately needs your help.  Also, you can purchase VIP tickets at $100 each or two for $175 that include a souvenir wine glass, LLS Relentless wristband, raffle ticket, and deluxe gift bag.   A silent auction and raffle will also take place, with prizes donated by Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Capital Grille, Brewer’s Hardware, and The Rugg Family.

As of Friday, these are the restaurants, shops, vineyards, and liquor/beer distributors that will be providing samples:

American Harvest Vodka, Back East Brewing Company, Barcelona Restaurant, Bartaco,

BJ Ryan’s BANC House, Butterfield8, Cabot Cheese, Café D’Azur,

Cake Suite, Chocolations, Cupcakes & Milkshakes, Dichello Distributors,

Dina! A Restaurant & Bar, Ducky Life Tea, Karen Harvey Catering, Little Pub,

New England Wine & Spirits, Nolet’s Gin, O’Neills Irish Pub & Restaurant, Opici Wine Company of CT,

Pink Cupcake Shack, Pizzeria Rosso, Regatta Ginger Beer, S. Pellegrino & Aqua Panna,

Savor, Star Distributors, Starbucks, Sweets By Stella,

Wave Hill Breads Bakery & Cafe

Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes

4/14/2012 from 7:30-10:30 pm

Stepping Stones Museum

303 West Avenue  Norwalk, CT 06850

Event tickets $75 or two for $125

Call 203-665-1400 for information or reservations or visit www.lls.org/ct/toastsandtastes

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (From Press Release)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 58 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS’ mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $750 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

For more information about blood cancer, visit http://www.LLS.org or call LLS’ Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master’s level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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