Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa Village

An Annual Greenwich Holiday Tradition
11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
November 29 – December 24, 2019
Santa and his reindeer, Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, return for the 11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village located at “the North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, from November 29 to December 24, 2019. The cherished town tradition takes place at this stunning holiday décor destination which is transformed into Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Greenwich Catholic School, where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, and Santa’s Village, where families have the opportunity to visit the reindeer, enjoy train and carousel rides and select food trucks on the weekend, all just minutes from downtown Greenwich.
 “The Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival is such a wonderful event in our town during the holidays and I am looking forward to celebrating the 11th season this year, “says Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, “I encourage residents to see what makes this such an anticipated holiday experience every year.”
The community is invited to Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses to visit Santa’s Workshop and for photos with Santa. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive, guests can enjoy refreshments from Planet Pizza, face painting, balloon art, and dance performances by Allegra Dance of Greenwich.
Children, adults, corporate groups, and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Greenwich Catholic School. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a special Shop & Dine Greenwich Gift Bag filled with Greenwich merchant information and hundreds of dollars in savings redeemable at participating stores and restaurants in Greenwich. Digital photos are provided on a USB drive. Enter the Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich Raffle, to win a Mercedes-Benz Children's Bicycle with every photo with Santa (one raffle per family). Raffle drawing by Santa takes place Tuesday, December 24 at 3:00 PM.
Photos with Santa: Monday - Friday, 12-6 PM and Saturday, 9 AM – 6 PM. The reindeer will depart on December 22, but Santa will remain for photos Christmas Eve, December 24, Tuesday, 9 AM – 3 PM. Carousel and Train Rides: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12–6 PM and Saturday, 9 AM – 6 PM. Parking is FREE. 
Throughout the four weeks, the reindeer will make Sam Bridge their home, thanks to Reindeer Stable Sponsor, Pepsi.  Children can enter the "PEPSI NAME THE REINDEER CONTEST" and submit their favorite reindeer names in a ballot box at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses. Santa will draw the winning names on December 20th where they will be displayed at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses. Three winners and three winning reindeer names will be chosen.
"Greenwich has many cherished traditions, and the annual Reindeer Festival is certainly one of them, says First Selectman-electFred Camillo, “We look forward to celebrating the 11th season as much as the first ten!"
This season of giving and coming together as a community is beautifully illustrated by the tremendous support received from our Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Holiday Stroll sponsors; Reindeer Festival Hosted by Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses; Reindeer Stable Sponsor, Pepsi; Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Greenwich Catholic School;  Santa’s Raffle Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich; Live Music Entertainment Tent Sponsor, Yale New Haven Health/Greenwich Hospital;  Free Parking Sponsors, Barbara Zaccagnini Real Estate and Greenwich Magazine; Kids Zone, School Zone, and Tent Sponsors, Balducci’s, Bruni & Campisi, Dibico, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Pennington Grey, The Long Ridge School, Sunzi Silks and Venture Photography.  Community Sponsors, M.H. Heaven Real Estate, Magical Memories Entertainment, and Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors; Media Sponsors, Greenwich Magazine, Greenwich Times, News 12 CT, GreenwichMoms.com, Macaroni Kid, Westchester Parent, WEBE 108, and Jen Danzi.
 The Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village is produced by TMK Event Marketing, LLC and GreenwichMoms.com, both Greenwich-based businesses. The 11th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend follows on December 7 and 8.
 For more details on this magical holiday tradition, visit: 
Be social @greenwichreindeerfestival

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vedas Indian Cuisine in Norwalk and Wesport CT

Indian Cuisine in Westport and Norwalk


Eat in or Take out!


Restaurateurs/husband and wife team of Dipika Behera and Jaiprakash Agarwal (JP), bring a combined 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry to their latest venture, Vedas Indian Cuisine. Recognizing the gain in popularity of Indian cuisine and the upwards trend of take-out and delivery, the talented duo opened Vedas in Norwalk in 2015 and recently opened their second location in Westport, small eateries and kitchens that focus on take-out and delivery service for this bold, flavorful, and healthy cuisine.


Dipika and JP hail from Mumbai, India, and both received their bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality Management. Fans of the local Indian food scene may recall the duo’s first local Indian restaurant ventures, Tawa and Chili Chicken in Stamford, and the Kebab Factory in Norwalk.

“We are excited to be expanding our take-out and delivery service, reaching neighborhoods throughout Norwalk, Westport, and Fairfield, “says JP, “And while we are not a full-scale restaurant, both of our spaces offer some seating and guests are welcome to eat-in and BYOB.” 

Vedas is thrilled to be working with renowned Chef Peter Beck who has been brought in to consult on the menu. Chef Beck was born in New Delhi, India and has excited palates around the globe, with stops in the U.K., Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand before settling in the United States. Chef Beck has been responsible for elevating Indian cuisine in New York City, where he was recognized as one of the James Beard Foundation’s “Top Chefs of 2002”. Chef Beck is a culinary innovator whose restaurants in New York have garnered numerous accolades, including New York Times raves and Michelin Stars, while at Tamarind and Benares, solidifying his reputation as one of the foremost Indian chefs in the city. He is known for his ability to showcase an immense array of the subcontinent’s diverse regional cuisine on a single menu, and for his ingenuity with vegetables and seafood.


The Vedas menu is a culinary tour throughout India, with added Indo-Chinese influences and a robust selection of vegetarian dishes. Appetizers include such favorites as vegetable and lamb samosas wrapped in light and crispy pastry dough, coconut shrimp with smoky black pepper and chutney mayo, and kalmi kebab chicken wings cooked in a Tandoor with house-blended spices. There’s, of course, chicken tikka masala on the menu, in addition to more traditional chicken preparations, including slow-cooked chicken korma in a cashew cream and saffron sauce, tandoori grilled butter chicken with cashew paste and tomato cream reduction,
and an Indo-Chinese Hakka chili chicken cooked in soy sauce. Heating things up are the goat vindaloo, a fiery hot and sour Goan stew with red chilies, and lamb Chettinad, a South Indian spicy dish made of peppercorn and coconut.



Chef Beck has expanded upon the seafood and vegetarian menu to include; shrimp balti made with a moderately spiced curry of red pepper, onion, and coriander; butter shrimp simmered in cashew paste and a tomato cream reduction, and fish madras prepared in tomato coconut gravy tempered with curry leaves and red chili. Vegetarian dishes are plentiful (over 20!) and satisfying and include; bhindi karari of crispy fried okra with onion, tomatoes, and dry mango powder; saag paneer, traditional creamed spinach with Indian cottage cheese and aromatic spices;lasuni gobi crispy cauliflower florets tossed in tangy tomato garlic sauce; dal makhani of creamy black lentils with fresh ginger and garlic; baingan bharta, charcoal roasted eggplant minced with onion, tomatoes and spices; and aloo gobhi mattar with potatoes, cauliflower, English peas, cumin and garlic.

Fresh, made to order naan, paratha, and roti bread, as well as classic biryani rice dishes, and tandoori chops and kebabs round out the extensive menu.  Enjoy $9-$11 Lunch Bowl Specials available everyday between 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

1757 Post Road East
Westport, CT, 06880
(203) 292-8333
Lunch and Dinner (Closed Mondays)

388 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 846-6634
Lunch and Dinner 7 Days

UBEREATS/DOORDASH/GRUBHUB

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

the 2019 Greenwich Wine + Food Fest Recap

Social Media Promotion: Portions Sponsored

The 2019 #GWFF Recap

September has been such a busy month! 

As much as we loved all the traveling we did, we couldn't wait to get back to Connecticut at the end of the month to head on up to Greenwich Connecticut for the 9th Annual Greenwich Wine and Food Festival


The Cowboy and me!

That's right! Approximately 9-1/2 years ago Suni Unger, publisher of Serendipity Magazine, decided that Greenwich CT would be the ideal location for a premier wine and food festival. Boy, did she have it right. Now, nine 'Wine and Food Fests' later, it just keeps getting better and better! 


Matt Storch interviews Valerie Bertinelli


Case in point, this year celebrity chefs like Valerie Bertinelli, Martha Stewart, Marc Murphy, David Burtkus and Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian were on hand. 


Photo Courtesy: Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

Local celebrity chefs like Robin Selden, Matt Storch, Lindsay Perkins, Bill Taibe and Mary Giuliani were in attendance.

Wait! 

It only gets better! Some of our "Next Food Network Star's" fan favorite competitors like Jessica Tom, David Rose, and Christian Petroni also made appearances. 


Jessica Tom and David Rose


And top notch entertainment - like Michael Franti  & Spearhead, and Grammy award winning Little Big Town.

Little Big Town Takes the Stage
Photo Courtesy Greenwich Wine+Food Fest

The eighth annual Burger Battle was hosted by David Burtka and featured a panel of judges including Marc Murphy, Jessica Tom, David Rose, Christian Petroni, Matt Storch, Robin Selden and Bill Taibe.

2019 GWFF Burger Battle Winners


Photo Courtesy Greenwich Wine+Food Fest


  • People’s Choice:  Greenwich Fire Department
  • Judge’s Choice:  Greenwich Police Department

The sixth annual Bartender’s Showdown presented by Ketel One, hosted by Gary Dell’Abate, featured a panel of six judges including Ted Koppy, Matt Scott, Suzie Hunter, Erik Ofgang, Tina Redwine and Taylor Kinzler. 


Photo Courtesy Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

2019 GWFF Bartender Showdown Winners


  • People’s Choice AND Judge’s Choice:  Cask Republic



Some of my favorite moments from this year's festival were from watching the cooking demonstrations and learning little tips from the pros! 


David Burtka prepares an breakfast baked apple


Marc Murphy's silky carbonara

But, hands down, the Grand Tasting Tent (aka the Culinary Village) was one of the best I've ever experienced in all the years I've attended! 

Here are some of the tasty treats we sampled!
Mix Root Vegetable Chili





Chocolates by LeRouge by Aarti

Fjord Fish Market Poke Salmon Bowl
A crowd favorite!

Little Beet Table
(now open in Greenwich CT!)


Stella Artois always delivers!

Definitely the prettiest table theme and display
Wine Spectator Magazine

Sweet Sip Sampling from PureLeaf Tea


Let there be wine!
And more wine!

Z Hospitality Group


As the sun set over the festival we wound down our night listening to the sweet sounds of Michael Franti  & Spearhead, and stayed to end the night by watching an amazing performance by Little Big Town.

Greenwich Wine + Food Fest, you've done it again! Another great year supporting a wonderful cause like Food Rescue and the local parks commission, and bringing the best of the best to Greenwich Connecticut! 

Stay tuned for news of what's coming to you as this wonderful food and wine festival turns 10 and heads into their TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY for #GWFF 2020!


ABOUT GREENWICH WINE + FOOD
Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the GWF Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, and the GWF Fun Run presented by Aquafina. 2019 beneficiaries include Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.  Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

ABOUT THE GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Previous participants include chefs Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Mary Giuliani, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Adam Richman, Marcus Samuelson and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as musical artists Tim McGraw, Train and Ziggy Marley. This year’s festival will benefit Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation; previous beneficiaries include Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include Pepsico, Bubly, Pure Leaf®, bubly™, LIFEWTR®, The Jeep® Brand Experience, FCA National Sweepstakes, Compass, Westy Self Storage, Greenwich Hospital, Monogram Appliances, NuKitchens, Rudy's Executive Transportation, Barbara Zaccagnini, Whistle Pig Whiskey, 90+ Cellars, Delamar, Blancpain, Manfredi Jewels, Rhone, Stamford Marriott, Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Tanqueray Gin, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, Rums of Puerto Rico, Stella Artois, Frito-Lay, The Calling, Floyd of Leadville, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Mionetto, United Airlines, Valerie Wilson Travel, Hess, Wine Spectator, Sysco, Pernot Ricard, Douglas Elliman, Ashforth, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Val's Putnam Wines & Liquors, Crowne Plaza, Two Oh Three, MYX Creative Kitchen, The Capitol Theatre, Maze, Hotel Zero Degrees, Schoefferhofer, NY Post, Pepperidge Farm, SoNo Collection, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Beyond Meat, Glyph, Soul Point, Lyon Rum.*  The Festival was created by Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity magazine. For more information, visitwww.greenwichwineandfood.com, or the event’s social media channels:  Facebook (@Greenwichwineandfoodfestival) and Instagram (@greenwichwineandfood).





Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Final Schedule Announced for the 2019 Greenwich Wine and Food Fest



THE 2019 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL 

EVENT SCHEDULE



I'm so excited to give you even more information on the "Culinary Village" Participants, Cooking Demos, and all the Competitive Participants!. And, just as a heads up, there are only limited tickets available!

This year the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is benefitting Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation. 

Here's a list of the events leading up to Saturday's main event. 


  • Thursday Night: Mike’s Organic Market is hosting an official pre-event on Thursday, September 19, welcoming hometown legend Pete Francis (founder of Dispatch) to perform a special concert at the company’s warehouse in Stamford, including his brand new song “Belong to the Band,” whose music video was shot in New Orleans.  Chef Geoff Lazlo will prepare signature New Orleans cuisine for the event, accompanied by craft beers and rosé from Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquor.
  • Friday Night: The Opening Night Gala presents “The Big Easy” honoring Martha Stewart, held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Friday, September 20, will honor Martha Stewart for her contributions to the culinary, entertaining and lifestyle worlds, as well as her philanthropic work.  The 2019 Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs will also be honored (Pasquale Abbatiello, Southern Table, Pleasantville, NY; Matt Aita, Little Beet, Greenwich, CT and New York, NY; Aaron Bautista, F.I.S.H Restaurant, Stamford, CT; Evans Corrales, Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Rowayton, CT; David Guimaraes, Milestone Restaurant, Redding, CT; Emily Mingrone, Tavern on State, New Haven, CT; Brian Sernatinger, Único, Hartsdale, NY; and Jeff Taibe, Taproot, Bethel, CT).  The evening, hosted by Gary Dell’Abate (Executive Producer of The Howard Stern Show, “Baba Booey”) and Rob Burnett (five-time Emmy Award-Winning Writer-Director), will showcase the culinary and music scene of New Orleans, featuring the cuisine of this year’s talented chefs, as well as a number of Festival Ambassador Chefs (William DeLuca, Bailey’s Backyard, Ridgefield, CT; Rui Correia, Douro, Greenwich, CT; Lisa & Steve Maronian, Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes, Cos Cob, CT; Nick Martschenko, South End and SE Uncorked, New Canaan, CT; Debra Ponzek, Aux Delices, Darien, Greenwich and Riverside, CT; Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering, Stamford, CT; Matt Storch, Match, Norwalk, CT and Match Burger Lobster, Westport, CT; Bill Taibe, Jesup Hall, Kawa-Ni and The Whelk, Westport, CT), accompanied with cocktails and carefully curated wine and beer selections.  A special silent auction will feature items including trips, local sports and entertainment experiences and restaurant gift certificates, directly benefitting Food Rescue US. The evening will include performances from GRAMMY award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers.
  • Weekend Celebrity Talent: Confirmed weekend celebrity talent includes Emmy Award-winner Valerie Bertinelli (Food Network’s Valerie’s Home Cooking), Geoffrey Zakarian (Chef/Partner The Lambs Club at The Chatwal and Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Co-Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Judge on Chopped), Margaret Zakarian (President of Zakarian Hospitality), Marc Murphy (Food Network’s Chopped), David Burtka (Life is a Party cookbook), Jessica Tom (Food Network Star season 14 winner), David Rose (Food Network Star season 13 finalist) and caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani (Mary Giuliani Catering & Events). Familiar faces will sit on the judging panels for both the 8th Annual Burger Battle and 6th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, presented by Ketel One.  Michael Franti & Spearhead and Little Big Town will close out the 2019 event with live musical performances on the Pepsi stage.

The schedule for Saturday’s events is as follows (* schedule and participants are, of course, always subject to change. Visit the schedule tab atwww.greenwichwineandfood.com for the most current information):

Culinary Village Participants (*as of 9/3/19):



  • 90+ Cellars
  • Along Came Carol Catering & The Nook
  • American Cut
  • Aqui Es Santa Fe
  • Argana Restaurant and Bar
  • Bartaco
  • Benjamin Steakhouse Group
  • Beyond Meat
  • Bodega
  • Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer
  • Bouvery Chocolate Vodka
  • Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery
  • bubly Sparkling Water
  • Caballero's Oaxaka Whiskey
  • Cabot Creamery
  • Caffé Bon
  • Calabro Cheese Corporation
  • Cap, Cork & Cellars
  • Cask Republic
  • Citarella
  • Colby Davis of Boston
  • Crowne Plaza
  • D'AG Wine
  • Darien Butcher Shop
  • Delamar
  • Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  • Don Julio
  • Douglas Elliman
  • Drink Toma
  • Drunken Fruit
  • EastEnd
  • Embody Wine & Food
  • Evaritos
  • Evelyn's Vida de la Granja
  • Falafel Taco
  • Fin & Brew
  • Fjord Fisheries
  • Floyd of Leadville
  • Fourth Creek Foods
  • Frito Lay
  • Gallo Wine 
  • Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato
  • Geronimo Bar & Grill
  • Green & Tonic
  • Half Full Brewery
  • Henny Penny Farm
  • Hess
  • HipV Modern Vintage Jewelry
  • Hoodoo Brown
  • Hotel Zero Degrees
  • Incazteca Mediterranean
  • Indie Owl Collective
  • Jacob's Pickles
  • Jeep
  • Julia Thomas Sweaters
  • Ketel One
  • Kow Steaks
  • Le Rouge Chocolates by Aarti
  • Lifewtr
  • Little Pub
  • Lock City Brewing
  • Lodge at Woodloch
  • Mike's Organic Delivery
  • Mionetto
  • Mom's Magic Masala Seasoning
  • Monogram
  • MYX Creative Kitchen
  • MYX Creative Kitchen
  • Nit Noi Provisions LLC
  • Nod Hill Brewery
  • NY Post
  • Oleoestepa
  • Palmetto Sauce Company
  • Panka Peruvian Bistro
  • Park City Honey Co.
  • Pasta Vera
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Pernot Ricard
  • Pinot's Palette
  • Pressed Juice
  • Pure Leaf
  • Quentin Row
  • Renaissance Westchester Hotel
  • Rhone
  • Rose Piscine
  • Rudy's Executive Transportation
  • Rums of Puerto Rico
  • Rye Roadhouse
  • Salt Brewing CO.
  • Salt to Trail Wines
  • Schoefferhofer
  • Some Things Fishy Catering, Ltd.
  • SoNo Collection
  • Soundview Millworks
  • South Bay
  • Stella Artois
  • Tanquerary
  • The Calling
  • The Capitol Theatre
  • The Two Oh Three
  • Tomatillo Taco Joint
  • Tuck Gin
  • United Airlines
  • Valerie Wilson
  • Vals
  • Walter's Hot Dogs
  • WB Mason
  • WhistlePig Whiskey
  • Wine Spectator
  • Wooster Street Meats


Saturday Schedule


  • 12:30-7:30pm – Lawn Games presented by Tanqueray will include favorite backyard games to challenge your friends and other event guests.

  • 12:30-5:45pm – The Celebrity Green Room will host celebrities and culinary experts in a luxury lounge while being interviewed by Serendipity contributing editors Chef Matt Storch and Chef Robin Selden, as well as the Meet the Masters discussions.
David Burtka (12:30pm-12:50pm)
Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian (1:00pm-1:20pm)
Valerie Bertinelli (1:30pm – 1:50pm)
Jessica Tom and David Rose (2:00pm-2:20pm)
Lindsay Perkins and Christian Petroni (2:30pm-2:50pm)
Marc Murphy and Mary Giuliani (3:00pm-3:20pm)
Meet the Masters One: Marc Murphy, David Burtka, David Rose, Jessica Tom, Christian Petroni (4:00pm-4:45pm)
Meet the Masters Two: Valerie Bertinelli, Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian, Michel Nischan (5:00pm-5:45pm)

  • 1:00-6:00pm – Two stages will feature cooking demonstrations from celebrated local experts and favorite television culinary stars.
Kitchen Stage One
David Rose – Oxtail Fried Rice (1:30pm-2:00pm)
Marc Murphy – Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (2:30pm-3:00pm)
Christian Petroni – Straciatella Soup (3:30pm-4:00pm)
Lindsay Perkins – Sugar Cookies with Bakery Buttercream (4:30pm-5:00pm)
Mary Giuliani – Cocktails & Tiny Hot Dogs: New Ways to Serve Everyone’s Favorite Party Food and Drink (5:30pm-6:00pm)

Kitchen Stage Two
Jessica Tom – Apple Cider Pork (1:00pm-1:30pm)
David Burtka – Pecan Streusel (2:00pm-2:30pm)
Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian – Cast Iron Mac & Cheese, Yankee Pot Roast and the Northeastern Cocktail (3:00pm-3:30pm)
Valerie Bertinelli – Rosemary Gin Fizz and Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon Bites (4:00pm-4:30pm)
Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman – Kimberly’s Chicken and Dumplings (5:00-5:30pm)

  • 12:45-6:15pm – The Tastings 101 stage will host tasting seminars with mixologists, brew masters and sommeliers, as well as host our Top Bartender Showdown.
Rums of Puerto Rico (12:45pm-1:15pm)
Ketel One (1:45pm-2:15pm)
Don Julio (2:45pm-3:15pm)
The 6th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, presented by Ketel One (3:45pm-4:45pm)
Frederick Wildman & Sons (5:15pm-5:45pm)

  • 12:30-10:00pm – LIFEWTR VIP Tent, offering private bars, secluded seating areas, private restrooms, private concert viewing area and a special VIP Ambassador Chef Dinner at 6:30pm, featuring cuisine from Ambassador Chefs including Susanne Berne, Bianco Rosso, Trumbull and Wilton, CT; Jes Bengtson, Terrain, Westport, CT; Arturo Franco-Camacho, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill, New Haven, CT; Julio Genao, Prime, Stamford, CT; Gabriele’s, Greenwich, CT; Stavros Karipides, Famous Greek Kitchen, Greenwich, CT; Geoff Lazlo, Geoff Lazlo Food, CT; Stephen Lewandowski, Harlan Publick, Norwalk, CT and Haus, Bridgeport, CT; Brian Lewis, OKO, Westport, CT and Rye, NY, The Cottage, Westport, CT; Christian Petroni, Fortina, Stamford, CT, Rye, NY, Yonkers, NY and Armonk, NY; Nadia Ramsey, Meli-Melo Catering, Greenwich, CT; Brian Reilly, Mecha Noodle Bar, Norwalk, CT, Stamford, CT, Fairfield, CT; Armando Sanchez, Washington Prime, Norwalk, CT; Brad Stewart, Flinder’s Lane, Stamford, CT; Ian Vest, Back 40 Kitchen, Greenwich, CT; and David White, Bianco Rosso, Trumbull and Wilton, CT (Open to VIP Ticket Holders only).

  • 1:00-5:00pm – Celebrity Book Signing offers attendees the chance to meet the authors behind favorite cookbooks and purchase a copy for book signings.
David Burtka and Marc Murphy (1:00pm-1:30pm)
Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian (1:30pm-2:00pm)
Mary Giuliani and Jessica Tom (2:00pm-2:30pm)
Valerie Bertinelli (2:30pm-3:00pm)
Michel Nischan and Erik Ofgang (3:00pm-3:30pm)

  • 3:45-4:45pm – The 6th Annual Bartender’s Showdown, presented by Ketel One, gives area mixologists the opportunity to win judges and people’s choice awards for the most creative and innovative cocktail. Hosted by Gary Dell’Abate. Located in the Tastings 101 tent.

  • 3:30-8:30pm - Beer & Burgers celebrates area restaurant’s best artisan burgers.
5:00-5:45pm – The 8th annual Burger Battle, hosted by David Burtka, will crown this year’s top burger in the area.  New this year, three local first responder teams, including G.E.M.S., Greenwich Fire Department and Greenwich Police Department, will participate in the competition!  An award will also be given out for People’s Choice, inviting festival guests to cast their votes.

  • 3:30-8:30pm – Ultimate Taco! celebrates the bold flavors of everyone’s favorite food and features festival cocktails from south of the border.

  • 3:30-8:30pm – The Tailgate celebrates one of America’s favorite past times, with area chefs and breweries serving up their unique twist on tailgate favorites.

  • 6:00-10:00pm – Lawn + Stage Table Dinner includes a Cocktail Party from 6:00-6:45 that offers guests the chance to meet and mingle with Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian, Valerie Bertinelli, David Burtka, Marc Murphy, Gary Dell’Abate and Mary Giuliani over cocktails and oysters from Soltaire Restaurant.  A four-course seated dinner prepared by Chef Carlos Baez (The Spread, Norwalk and Greenwich, CT) will follow this cocktail hour, featuring premium spirits, beers and wines with liquor service until 9:30pm and offering the best seats in the house for the evening’s live musical performance on the Pepsi Music Stage (open to Platinum or Gold VIP All Day Passes Only).

  • 6:30-7:30pm – Michael Franti & Spearhead will open the evening’s musical performances on the Pepsi Music Stage.

  • 8:30-10:00pm – GRAMMY award-wining band Little Big Town will close out festivities for the ninth annual event.

Tickets for the event are available via www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363.  Ticket options include a new add-on for Friday’s Opening Night Gala ticket, offering an intimate pre-event Cocktail Party with Martha Stewart at 6:30pm, in addition to the All Weekend Pass ($700), Friday’s Opening Night Gala ($275), Saturday All Day Pass ($200), Saturday VIP Pass ($500) and more. 

The Festival weekend will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or children in strollers, will not be admitted. Pets are also not permitted.

ABOUT GREENWICH WINE + FOOD
Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the GWF Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, and the GWF Fun Run presented by Aquafina. 2019 beneficiaries include Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.  Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

ABOUT THE GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Previous participants include chefs Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Mary Giuliani, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Adam Richman, Marcus Samuelson and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as musical artists Tim McGraw, Train and Ziggy Marley. This year’s festival will benefit Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation; previous beneficiaries include Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include Pepsico, Bubly, Pure Leaf®, bubly™, LIFEWTR®, The Jeep® Brand Experience, FCA National Sweepstakes, Compass, Westy Self Storage, Greenwich Hospital, Monogram Appliances, NuKitchens, Rudy's Executive Transportation, Barbara Zaccagnini, Whistle Pig Whiskey, 90+ Cellars, Delamar, Blancpain, Manfredi Jewels, Rhone, Stamford Marriott, Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Tanqueray Gin, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, Rums of Puerto Rico, Stella Artois, Frito-Lay, The Calling, Floyd of Leadville, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Mionetto, United Airlines, Valerie Wilson Travel, Hess, Wine Spectator, Sysco, Pernot Ricard, Douglas Elliman, Ashforth, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Val's Putnam Wines & Liquors, Crowne Plaza, Two Oh Three, MYX Creative Kitchen, The Capitol Theatre, Maze, Hotel Zero Degrees, Schoefferhofer, NY Post, Pepperidge Farm, SoNo Collection, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Beyond Meat, Glyph, Soul Point, Lyon Rum.*  The Festival was created by Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity magazine. For more information, visitwww.greenwichwineandfood.com, or the event’s social media channels:  Facebook (@Greenwichwineandfoodfestival) and Instagram (@greenwichwineandfood).

(*As of 9/3/19)


Link to Schedule: https://serendipitysocial.com/greenwich-wine-food/schedule-3/
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