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N. Stamford Exchange Club Wine + Food Tasting Fundraiser this Friday

5 Nov


Drink wine, eat food, repeat.

Hey, that’s something that we can get used to! And, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing this Friday from 7-10 at The North Stamford Exchange Club’s 5th Annual Wine Tasting. The event, held at The Italian Center of Stamford, is a vital fundraiser for the Exchange Club who uses the money to donate to the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center, ARI, Stamford Youth Foundation, local fire departments, the Shelter for the Homeless, and the Stamford Historical Society. Tickets are $50 per person, $190 for a Bottle Pack of 4, or $270 for a Magnum Pack of 6 people. You can get tickets here, by calling up Amy Wilmot at 203-667-1202, by visiting Giovana’s Wines & Spirits at 1492 High Ridge Road, or even at the door.

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Chow Down: Wine and Food Tasting to Support Local Stamford Community

29 Oct

wine tasting poster

The North Stamford Exchange Club is a made up of a group of community members, coming together through community service, providing activities for children, helping to prevent child abuse, and strengthening Stamford.  All of this work that they do for local Stamford families and youth isn’t cheap, so they’ve brought back their Wine Tasting event on 11/1 from 7-10 pm at The Italian Center of Stamford.  Tickets are $50 each and that gets you wine samplings from across the world as well as some tasty treats from local restaurants.  Tickets can be purchased via PayPal at http://www.northstamfordexchangeclub.org, with a credit card at http://www.localwineevents.com/, in person at Giovana’s Wine & Spirits (the awesome sponsor), 1492 High Ridge Rd., 203-252-2518, or at the door.

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Step Out for Stepping Stones with Wine, Brews, and Bites

14 May

Update:  unfortunately, Step Out has been postponed.  We’ll give you more info when we get a new date.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk is a fun place to be, especially if you’re a kid…or a kid at heart.  They have an amazing amount of exhibits for children all the way from birth to 7 and up, they provide educational classes, they are always up to something new like Dinosaur Revolution, they have tons of events, and they are a favorite stop for schools.  Fun like this isn’t easy to provide, so that’s why Stepping Stones is holding their 8th Annual Step Out Wine & Food Tasting fundraiser.  This vital (and tasty) event is being held in partnership with our friends over at the Young Professionals Network of the Business Council of Fairfield County.  Here are all the details for you:

Dishcrawl Greenwich June Event Highlights Old Greenwich

22 Apr

It’s no surprise that we’re very excited about Dishcrawl’s debut in Greenwich.  Maybe we’re too excited.  One of our Twitter friends, Velda, asked if we worked for Dishcrawl.  No, we don’t work for them, but we like what they stand for.  After we ran a contest together and gave away a $100 Ginger Man Greenwich gift certificate, we talked with the Dishcrawl Greenwich organizer for a bit.  Jesse was so very amazed with the overwhelming demand for Dishcrawl.  The first event sold out very quickly, then the second event sold out just a while after it was announced.  But, still, people wanted to be put on a waiting list to get their chance at having their own Dishcrawl experience.

Viva la blood orange margarita

We’re happy to share that Dishcrawl Greenwich has already announced their third event, set for June 11 at 7 pm.  Just buy your tix at $45 each by going to the Dishcrawl Greenwich June 11 event page.  After you buy your tix, you’ll get an e-mail 48 hours before the event.  They’ll tell you where you’re meeting to start your Dishcrawl of four local Greenwich restaurants.  This is perhaps one of the greatest parts of the culinary tours:  the element of surprise.  You won’t know where you’re eating, what you’re eating, or even who you’re meeting until you actually sit down at your next stop.

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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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Take a Bite Outta the 20th Annual Taste of Stamford (2013)

13 Feb

Has it been 20 years already?  Awww, Taste of Stamford is almost old enough to drink…well, legally at least.  But, even if Taste of Stamford isn’t quite of age yet, they’ll still be serving up some great drinks (alcoholic and non) to go with all the awesome food that will be provided.  You’ll want to get to the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa on 2/28 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm to be part of the action.  If you register now you’ll only pay $50 or if you buy your tix at the door you’ll pay $60.  Your entry gets you tastes and pours of all this:

  • Angela Mia (Great pastries in Norwalk)
  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (Darien)
  • Bar Q (Stamford)
  • Cafe Oo La La (Stamford)
  • The Capital Grille (Stamford)
  • Coffee Distributing Corp.
  • Cotto Wine Bar (Stamford)
  • Crab Shell (Stamford)
  • David’s Soundview Catering (Stamford)
  • Dichello Distributors
  • DiMare Pastry Shop (Stamford and Greenwich)
  • Dinosaur Bar-b-que (Stamford)
  • Fairway Market (Stamford)
  • Fiesta Atlantic Restaurant (Stamford)
  • Gofer Ice Cream (You can always go for Gofer) (Stamford and beyond)
  • Italian Center of Stamford
  • Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa
  • Mitchell’s Fish Market (Stamford)
  • Hudson Grille (Stamford)
  • Acqua Panna
  • S. Pellegrino
  • Myrna’s Kitchen (Stamford)
  • ShopRite Super Grade A
  • Olio (Stamford)
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Rizzuto’s (Stamford and beyond)
  • Robek’s (Stamford and beyond)
  • Spice Affaire (Stamford)
  • The Sushi Village Caterers
  • Stamfordwine.com
  • Tabouli Grill (Stamford and Southport)

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Stew Leonard’s Celebrates Harvest Season with Food, Wine, and Beer to Benefit The Norwalk Exchange Club – Norwalk, CT

22 Sep

Fall is one of our favorite seasons.  Yeah, we know, there’s only four to choose from, but it’s in the top four most definitely.  You’ve got perfect weather, nature’s colors explode, there is always so much to do, and it’s harvest time.  Yes, this is the time when all your favorite pumpkin beers come out, when you drink cider again (hard or regular), and when you crave that slice of pumpkin pie.  Well, we’ve got another great way for you to enjoy fall:  a harvest season party with food, wine, and beer at Stew Leonard’s Wines and Spirits of Norwalk to raise money for The Exchange Club.

There will be over 65 different wines and beers available for tasting that you can try along with some great seasonal food.  Tickets are just $40 and, as mentioned, go to help The Exchange Club that will use the money to benefit local community organizations and Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities.  Just come by on Thursday, 10/18 from 6 pm to 8 pm and celebrate.

For starters, check out some of the food:

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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

Take a Taste of Westport to Benefit CLASP Home

20 Apr


Clasp Homes offers people with autism and related developmental disabilities opportunities for growth, happiness, and success and also provides them with homes.  To help raise money to fund their cause, they have put together the 8th Annual Taste of Westport.  Well, get ready to do some major chomping and drinking on May 3.  The good times will roll from 6-9 pm at Westport Inn.  You’ll also be able to take advantage of silent auctions, so practice writing those numbers!   All of the proceeds from the night will go directly to Clasp Homes, so buy your tickets now for $75 online or $80 at the door.  As an additional incentive, you’ll get to take home an event journal that will contain recipes from the restaurants that will be there.  If you can’t make it, but would still like to contribute, donations are greatly appreciated.


Blue Lemon
Bobby Q’s
Matsu Sushi
River House Tavern
Rowayton Seafood
Tavern on Main
55 Wine Bar & Restaurant

Caterers, Yumminess, and Drinks

dash of salt
Michele’s Pies
Norm Bloom & Son – Oysters & Clams
Red Bee Honey
Westport Inn
Beaver Beer
Black Bear Wines & Spirits
Crystal Rock
CT Distributers
Espolon Tequila
Greens Farms Spirits
Hartley & Parker
Nestle Waters
Westfair Staffing
Tito’s Vodka
San Pellegrino

Thursday May 3, 2012
The Westport Inn
Tickets:  $75 pre-paid/$80 at the door

Lidia Bastianich Coming to Stamford Fairway for WNET Fundraiser with Wine and Food Tastings

24 Oct

Lidia's Italy in America, from wliw.org

My mom’s gonna be so jealous.  Yeah, Lidia Bastianich is coming to Stamford’s Fairway Market on November 5, 2011.  The same Lidia who hosts Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, founder of Bastianich Winery, pasta and sauce maker, and the owner of four restaurants in NYC.  Both Fairway and Lidia have joined foodie forces to help support WNET, providing CT and NY with great programming through THIRTEEN and WLIW21.  The fundraising part will take place at Fairway Wines & Spirits on Friday and Saturday, 11/4-11/5.  Fairway will be donating 10% of their profits from their amazing selection of wine, liquor, and especially beer.  Think we’ll have to pick up some Delirium Tremens, some Rogue Ales, or some Caduceus Vineyards wine while we’re there.

That’s not it, either.  There will be wine tastings going on so you’ll be able to try Lidia’s wine either Friday or Saturday.

Ok, now for the food-crazed fans of Lidia:  she’ll be appearing Saturday to sign her books Lidia’s Italy in America and Nonna Tell Me a Story:  Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen and she’ll be signing her wine bottles, too.

Ok, and now just for the food-crazed people.  There will be tons of free samples of her pasta, her sauces, and some of Fairway’s best food specials for fall.

Make sure you leave early to come to Fairway because we have a feeling this will pack up the store more than it was at its opening.  Ciao,  a presto!

Saturday, November 5, 2011
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Fairway Stamford (699 Canal Street, Stamford, CT 06902)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Book signing: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fairway Wines & Spirits (689 Canal Street, Stamford, CT 06902)

Friday, November 4, 2011
Wine tasting: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Lidia won’t be there on Friday, Omnomivores)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wine tasting and bottle signing: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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