Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Greenwich Restaurant Week Kicks off November 12th - November 19th 2014

Greenwich Restaurant Week Kicks off November 12th 

35 Restaurants to Participate in Inaugural Restaurant Week 
in Greenwich, CT

Plans for the inaugural Greenwich Restaurant Week (GRW) have been announced with events taking place from Nov. 12th through Nov. 19th. Foodies will enjoy a week of delicious food and drinks from the finest restaurants in Greenwich.

Throughout the week, 35 Greenwich restaurants will be offering dining specials. There will be special events taking place at participating restaurants throughout the week including wine tastings, corporate dinners, cocktail parties and menu tastings. The events planned are as follows:

THE OPENING NIGHT KICK-OFF PARTY - On Nov. 12th from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., the kickoff party will be held in the newly renovated Miller Motorcars Ferrari Maserati Showroom at 342 West Putnam Avenue. Tickets can be purchased on the Greenwich Restaurant Week web site for $100 per general admission ticket and $200 per VIP ticket, which includes a private tasting and gift bag. The proceeds will go towards The Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), a private not-for-profit organization specializing in transportation services for elderly disabled individuals and transportation for the disadvantaged of all ages.

CELEBRATE GRW AT CHAR – On Nov. 14th, in partnership with media sponsor Greenwich Magazine and Barbara Zaccagnini, celebrate Greenwich Restaurant Week at CHAR Restaurant, located at 2 South Water Street. The celebration will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is by invitation only.

THE JAMES BEARD HOUSE – Chef Rui Correia will be hosting a dinner at The James Beard House, located at 167 W 12th Street in New York City, on Nov. 17th starting at 7 p.m. Following a reception, guests will get to experience a five-course dinner and wine pairing. For reservations, contact The James Beard House at (212) 627 – 2308. Tickets are $170. Save $40 by using the code “majoram” and mention you are a friend of the chef.

DINE. SHOP. SAVE. – During Greenwich Restaurant Week, diners will have the opportunity to dine, shop and save. After dining, save your receipt and bring it to one of the 21 participating retailers who will be offering 10% off to all customers who bring in their receipt from Greenwich Restaurant Week.

CHECK IN TO WIN & #TAG IT TO SNAG IT - Throughout GRW anyone who Checks in on Facebook at any of the participating restaurants or retail locations, or incorporates #GRW on any social media will be eligible to win A Double Handle Equestrian Bit Serving Board from Soundview Millworks.

“Greenwich Restaurant Week is a great way for all of the restaurants to put their best foot forward during a week where new and old faces will fill their places. We are also very excited to incorporate the retailers who are generously offering a discount to diners to shop at their locations throughout the week. The website and GRW mobile app will be on-going useful tools for people looking for fast information right at their fingertips, with “click-to-call, click-for-directions, menus, reservations, online ordering, a daily calendar of events and much more.  Currently there is no mobile app for Greenwich with consolidated information and we are happy to finally be bring that to the table,” said Event Organizer Jen Danzi.

Participating restaurants include

  • Applausi, 
  • Beach House CafĂ©, 
  • Bella Nonna, 
  • Bistro Latino, 
  • Bistro Versailles & Patisserie, 
  • Blackstones, 
  • Bobby Q's, 
  • Char Restaurant, 
  • Coast Seafood Restaurant, 
  • Crew, 
  • Douro Restaurant, 
  • Eatalian, 
  • Elm Street Oyster House, 
  • Famous Greek Kitchen, 
  • Gabriele's Italian Steakhouse, 
  • Gingerman, 
  • Golden View Firenze, 
  • Harvest, 
  • Le Penguin, 
  • l'escale, 
  • Leafline Salad Co., 
  • Little Luigis Pizza, 
  • Little Pub, 
  • Mark’s Quality Meats & Gourmet Seafood, 
  • Mediterraneo, 
  • Morello Italian Bistro, 
  • Organic Planet, 
  • Polpo Restaurant and Saloon, 
  • Sweet Peas Baking Company, 
  • Tengda, 
  • Terra, 
  • The Cos Cobber, 
  • The Drawing Room, 
  • The Jhouse Restaurant,
  • The Mumbai Times.

A variety of local organizations and businesses are sponsoring GRW. Sponsors include, but are not limited to, Greenwich Magazine, Miller Motorcars, Barbara Zaccagnini, Greenwich Hospital, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Withers Bergman, LLP., Ruby Media Group, The J House Greenwich, Soundview Millworks, Sandboxx and more.

Beverage partners include Whispering Angel Rose, American Harvest Vodka and Spiked Seltzer.

Visit www.greenwichrestaurantweek.com for complete details.

Additional details for the event will be announced as they become available.  For press and media inquiries, contact Erin Murphy at emurphy@rubymediagroup.com. To sponsor or participate in Greenwich Restaurant Week, contact Jen Danzi at jen@greenwichrestaurantweek.com.


Greenwich Restaurant Week brings together the top chefs and wine experts in Greenwich, C.T. with more than 35 top restaurants from November 12-19, 2014.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fashion Week Paris Spring-Summer 2015 - Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Jean Charles de Castelbajac recently launched his Spring Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

The collection offered the world an invitation to discover the vision of JC de Castelbajac: collective, inventive and creative.

Photo Source: Beauty Press

This collection is a spectacle, a rupture that puts today’s woman front and center, dressed in a look that sublimates her beauty and transports us elsewhere. A new cosmic and urban wardrobe is born. A proximity to the audience who interact and discover the pieces they see pass before their eyes.

This season prints disappear, replaced by new imagination and detail crystallized in cut. Graphics are illustrated with tone-on-tone cut-outs of stars, messages and symbolic portraits, bringing new poetry to the clothes. The designer’s essential signature color blocks take pride of place. Screen pockets and omnipresent visors, oversize bags in leather and Plexiglas, and technical Velcro sandals enchant this new sport-chic silhouette, to give this commando of women a protection, a contemporary confidence.

Photo Source: Beauty Press

Materials are light and sporty in completely Castelbajac colors; yellow, blue and red primaries like rays of sunlight, a tonal orange, all underlined by an ultra-pure white.

Cotton twill and viscose, airy and technical, are mixed accidentally with silk organza for shorts, jumpsuits, bustier dresses and sweatshirts. A pop camouflage is incrusted on retro-futuristic trench-coats and dresses while XXL trompe-l’oeil stitching decorates a raw cotton toile. 

Photo Source: Beauty Press

These new nomads wear their jackets slung over their shoulders like backpacks. Knits in camouflage lace or cotton net complete the collection with a transparent sweater and raincoat, a purity filter.

This is the signature of a new femininity: comfortable, functional and creative sportswear for tomorrow’s all-conquering woman, the soldier of peace of  the future.

Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation and Reverse Contouring

EVE PEARL Dual Foundation Press Release 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Garrison Brothers' Bourbon Launch in Connecticut

Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
to be Distributed in Connecticut

Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas’ first legal whiskey distillery, is thrilled to announce that their highly acclaimed straight bourbon whiskey is now being distributed in the great state of Connecticut. The distillery has released 600 bottles of its award-winning straight bourbon whiskey to bars and liquor stores throughout Connecticut, as part of its partnership with Blueprint Brands, the spirits division of Craft Beer Guild of Connecticut. 

The first straight bourbon whiskey ever legally made – from corn to cork – outside Kentucky, Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskeyhas long been a labor of love for proprietor and distiller Dan Garrison, who, with the assistance of a “small staff of bourbon cowboys,” releases a unique vintage of its straight bourbon whiskey each year. All previous vintage releases have sold out in Texas, Colorado, and New York, and demand far exceeds what the small distillery can produce. Indiana will be treated to a limited allocation of the Fall 2014 Vintage when it hits shelves this week.

“We are extremely proud of this bourbon,” says proprietor and distiller Dan Garrison. “We’re so confident of its quality, taste and character that we’ll put it up against any Kentucky bourbon in blind taste tests. There will certainly be skeptics of a Texas-born bourbon, and there should be, but I hope they’ll try a bottle. We just might surprise them.”

The experts apparently agree. In his 2014 Whisky Bible, respected taster and writer Jim Murray gave Cowboy Bourbon from Garrison Brothers – an uncut and unfiltered release -- a rating of 96 and named it the American Micro Whiskey of the Year.

After a successful launch in New York this past spring, Garrison Brothers is confident that its highly acclaimed Texas straight bourbon whiskey will impress Connecticut’s bourbon connoisseurs.

“Connecticut is home to some of the best craft producers of moonshine, Brandy and organic spirits, and the country’s finest wineries, so clearly residents appreciate and recognize a high-quality drink when they taste one,” Dan Garrison says.  “Our devotion to the heritage and craft that is straight bourbon, coupled with Connecticut’s strong regard for authentic, aged craft spirits, makes us a perfect match.”

Garrison Brothers observes sustainable business practices throughout the distilling process, such as using ultra-pure rainwater captured from the distillery’s rooftops and maturing the whiskey in custom-built, new White American Oak barrels harvested from sustainable forests. They also donate the spent distillers’ grains (the cooked corn, wheat and barley) to local ranchers in Texas for nutritious cattle feed.

“We continue to distill, barrel and bottle every batch by hand, the old-fashioned way,” says Garrison, who prides himself on the attention he devotes to the process, and personal touches like hand-numbering and signing each and every bottle the distillery releases. Unlike Kentucky bourbon distilleries, which make bourbon from “sour mash,” Garrison cooks a “sweet mash” utilizing locally grown grain that is ground fresh daily and never reused. The organic white corn is harvested from farms in the Texas Panhandle, and when the weather cooperates, Garrison grows his own organic soft red winter wheat on his ranch in the Texas Hill Country.

Garrison Brothers Distillery, built in 2005, is Texas’ first and oldest legal whiskey distillery. Since then, Garrison and his dedicated crew have been painstakingly cooking and fermenting a sweet mash of organic Texas corn, wheat and barley, which they distill from a small antique copper pot still nicknamed The Copper Cowgirl. In 2011, the distillery acquired two additional 500-gallon Vendome pot stills nicknamed Fat Man and Little Boy, and today, more than 7,000 barrels of bourbon are aging in custom-built barns on Garrison’s ranch in Hye, Texas.

“Making straight bourbon whiskey requires a commitment of time, money and patience that few craft distillers are willing to make,” Garrison said. “Dozens of high-priced consultants told us this could never be done. It has been done now.”

Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is now available across the state of Connecticut.

About Garrison Brothers Distillery

Founded in 2006, Garrison Brothers Distillery is a small distilled spirits plant located in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Garrison Brothers was the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas history.  The family-owned and -operated business painstakingly prepares its straight bourbon from its kitchen, still house and barrel barns on the family’s ranch in Hye, Texas.

Garrison Brothers began offering tours and tastings in 2008, and now hosts more than 25,000 guests every year. Anyone interested in learning more about Garrison Brothers’ bourbon, or taking a tour of the distillery, should visit www.garrisonbros.com.

For purchasing inquiries, please contact Adam O’Brien with Blueprint Brands, the spirits division of Craft Beer Guild of Connecticut, at adam.obrien@greatbrewers.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Balducci's Food Lover's Market - Cheesetopia Event in Greenwich and Westport CT!

Say Cheese and Celebrate at Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market CHEESETOPIA Event

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Balducci’s Food Lover's Market will be hosting its second ever, complimentary CHEESETOPIA event from 2pm to 5pm. Sharing their passion for illustrious cheeses, Balducci’s will bring to life their love of the finest artisanal cheeses.

Join them for a whirlwind of tastings of the finest gourmet cheeses sourced from around the world, educational demos provided by renowned tastemakers, and many more exciting in-store activities

What to expect:
Gourmet Cheese Tastings of Grafton Village Cheddars 2yr, 4yr and 6yr versions (side-by-side), new artisanal cheeses like the Mediterranean Raclette (a garlic, black olive and sundried tomato infused cheese from the cheese makers at Roth Kase), and Raw Milk Cheeses like the Swiss Challerhocker  
Savor Cheese Delicacies prepared by Balducci's Food Lover's Market's Corporate Executive Chef Jason Miller  
Meet Renowned Cheesemongers to advise guests on outstanding pairings or cheese alone plates (*to be announced)   
Visit with John Coleman, Wine & Cheese Buyer at Balducci's Food Lover’s Market

Date:     Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Time:    2:00pm - 5:00pm

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Markets: 
1050 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06878
1385 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
This event is free and open to the public

For more information visit http://www.balduccis.com/news_events

Cask Republic Stamford - 1st Annual Home Brew Competition

You heard that right!  Cask Republic Stamford's location is hosting a Home Brew Competition!

You think your brew is good? Compete against others that share the same passion as you!
Have your beer judged by an all star judging panel consisting of some of the biggest names in the CT beer scene!

Never brewed before?
Check out Maltose Express in Monroe, CT - They will be sure to get you up and running!

When:       Nov 12th 2014, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where:     Cask Republic - Stamford
                  191 Summer St
                  Stamford, CT 06901

Call and reserve your spot now ==> 203.348.2275

Links to recipe form and bottle label below or vist caskrepublic.com/eHome-Brew-Competition/ for details 

Registration is open!  You must fill out the appropriate Recipe Forms and corresponding Bottle Labels.  Those forms can be found at the links below.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Parallel Post's "Hello Kitty" Dessert Combo benefits CT Breast Health Initiative


I'm thinking PINK for the month of October - how about you? 

And so is Parallel Post  at the Trumbull Marriott!

Throughout the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Parallel Post will be serving up the "Hello Kitty" Combo for a dessert and after dinner cocktail.

The decadent combo will feature a steaming spiked cappuccino cocktail, made with Godiva Chocolate Liquor, Compari and Onyx 111 Moonshine in organic Shearwater Coffee. accented with pink foam and pink chocolate shavings. The Coffee Cocktail will be accompanied by a Pink Cupcake filled with pink pudding, topped with pink buttercream frosting and garnished with pink ribbon sprinkles and pink chocolate shavings. 

With every $15 Hello Kitty sold at Parallel Post throughout the month of October, a percentage of sales will be donated to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative http://ctbhi.org located in New Britain.  

Parallel Post is overseen by James Beard nominated Chef Dean James Max, and is a modern-American restaurant based in Trumbull, CT. focused on seasonal and regional cuisine.  

Below are some key facts regarding CT Breast Health Initiative and breast cancer statistics in Connecticut.

The CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. was founded in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research.  Their desire is to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. 

Connecticut is currently ranked 35th in the nation for breast cancer mortality and for a small state, this is a huge challenge. That’s why 100% of the money raised in Connecticut stays in Connecticut. CT BHI has focused all of its considerable energy and resources on education and research, funding forward thinking programs that have yet to qualify for federal grants. And it’s all happening where it matters most – right here at home!  To date, CT BHI has awarded $2.3 million to fund important breast cancer research and education projects in Connecticut. Thus far, they have funded 20 researchers at various Connecticut hospitals and organizations. 

Six have reported on their progress at national meetings and one research project is patent pending.

They strive each year to surpass this milestone with the help of their supporters, sponsors and fundraising events.  And here's where you come in! You CAN make a difference! 

Join your friends for this sweet treat combo - and help support a great cause!

180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull CT 06611
Phone/Reservations  203-380-6380
Located in the Trumbull Marriott - Merritt Parkway

Follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/ParallelPostCT
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