Thursday, March 10, 2022

4th Annual Connecticut Craft Beer Fest at Oakdale Theatre

The CT Brewers Guild Hosts the 4th Annual CT Craft Beer Fest!

4th Annual CT Craft Beer Fest

Join the Connecticut Brewers Guild on Saturday, March 26th at Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT for their fourth annual CT Craft Beer Fest presented by the CT Brewers Guild! 

On site will be 60+ of CT's best breweries - pouring the freshest beer out there! As this event continues to grow, they are excited to share that they are adding an additional 20+ vendors from across the state, including artists, clothing lines, boutique stores, and more! 

Once again the best of CT's brewers will be representing throughout the entire Oakdale Theatre, as well as Oakdale's beautiful outdoor space (weather permitting). 

There will be VIP and General Admission Sessions available and there will only be a limited amount of tickets available per session. 

This was a SOLD OUT event last year, so BUY EARLY to celebrate the booming craft beer scene by sampling beer from 60+ of our very own CT breweries. 

Buy Tickets Here: CT-CRAFT-BEER-FEST

All VIP & GA guests will receive a commemorative tasting glass with a sample of a collaboration beer brewed by the Board of Directors of the CT Brewers Guild upon entrance! VIP tickets will get you early entrance one hour before GA into the festival where you’ll be able to sample exclusive vintage, barrel aged and special brews not available during general admission.

VIP tickets grants access to the event either from 12pm - 4pm or 5:30pm – 9:30pm. With only 500 VIP tickets available for each session, attendees take advantage of this extra hour to chat in a small setting with the brew masters themselves, their fellow beer enthusiasts, and are the first to purchase CT Brewers Guild merchandise.
Designated Driver tickets are available for all sessions. 

Session #1 - March 26th at Oakdale

VIP Session #1: 12pm – 4pm 
GA Session #1: 1pm – 4pm 

Season #2 - March 16th at Oakdale

VIP Session #2: 5:30pm – 9:30pm 
GA Session #2: 6:30pm – 9:30pm 

*DD tickets are available for all sessions* 

Buy Tickets Here: CT-CRAFT-BEER-FEST

All proceeds generated from the festival go to the CT Brewers Guild, an organization by brewers and for brewers, to help further the goals of the Craft Beer movement in CT. Learn more about the association. 

Getting there safely 

They've partnered with Lyft to provide responsible transportation to our Fest. The ride code with you via email the week of the event. Maximum discount is 50% off of one ride up to $10. Subject to Lyft terms. 

Live music and FREE on site parking!

Food Trucks & Vendors will be on-site, plus concessions with Warm Pretzels, Beverages, and more will be available for purchase! 

Food trucks include:The Drunk Alpaca Bake Shop @thedrunkalpacaJon'z N BBQ @jonznbbqLittle Italy Pizza Truck @littleitalypizzatruckLobster Craft @lobstercraftctCaseus Cheese Truck @caseuscrispymeltyHot Taco Street Kitchen @hottacostreetkitchenJe T'aime Cupcakes @jtmcupcakes

Oakdale Theatre

95 S Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492

Buy Tickets Here: CT-CRAFT-BEER-FEST

About the Connecticut Brewers Guild

CT Brewers Guild

The Connecticut Brewers Guild was founded in June 2012 to promote the interests of the fledgling craft beer scene in Connecticut. As of November 2021, the Connecticut beer scene boasts more than 123 operational breweries, with many more in planning. The goal of this Guild is to further promote our local breweries, move forward on Guild Member initiatives that foster profitability, and increase public awareness of all in-state breweries and legislative actions.


Executive Director: Phil Pappas ( 
President: Aaren Simoncini, 
Beer'd Brewing Company ( 
Vice President: Mike Larson, 
Alvarium Beer Company ( 
Treasurer: Jobina Miller, Epicure Brewing Company ( 
Secretary: Heather Wilson, Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co. ( 
Board Member: Tony Karlowicz, Back East Brewing Company ( 
Board Member: Peter Cowles, Aspetuck Brew Lab ( 
Board Member: Dana Bourque, Firefly Hollow Brewing ( 
Board Member: Mike Teed, Black Pond Brews ( 
Board Member: David Wollner, Willimantic Brewing Company (

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Feeling Lucky? Visit Foxwoods for a St. Patrick's Day Experience

St. Patrick's Day at Foxwoods 

Here's some festive offerings from Foxwoods Resort Casino that will have you feeling lucky this holiday!Irish-inspired meals at the resort’s most iconic restaurants like Cedars Steaks and Oysters and DraftKings Sportsbook (also a great spot for March Madness!), Foxwoods Resort Casino is the one stop shop for all your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.


Pot of Gold Foxwoods 

Beginning March 17th at 9am, come find your pot of gold at Foxwoods with the $25,000 Pot of Gold Kiosk Game! Visit any Promotions Kiosk with your Foxwoods Rewards Card and play the Pot of Gold Kiosk Game. Choose the right pot of gold and you could win your share of $25,000 in Bonus Slot Play, Foxwoods Rewards Points, a Designer Gold Necklace or up to $5,000 Cash! Must be a Foxwoods  Must be a rewards member to play.


 Cedars Steakhouse at Foxwoods for St. Patrick's Day

Reserve a table at Cedars Steaks & Oysters for a Corned Beef Brisket Special. Including Corned Beef, Carrots, Cabbage, Red Bliss Potatoes and Grain Mustard, this classic Irish dish is just $23.00

Draft Kings at Foxwoods

 Check out the delectable Loaded Reuben Fries at DraftKings Sportsbook. For $15, indulge in Hand Cut Fries, Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Melted Swiss Cheese and Thousand Island drizzle for the ultimate St. Paddy’s treat. Stop by DraftKings Sportsbook all month long for March Madness to make your picks and place your bets. Must be 21 or older to play.

Veranda at Foxwoods

Enjoy an Irish breakfast or dinner at Veranda CafĂ©. Order a Bailey’s French Toast Casserole with an Irish Cream Whiskey Drizzle for $16, or a New England Boiled Dinner with Corned Beef, Carrots, Cabbage, Red Bliss Potatoes and Grain Mustard for $23.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338

About Foxwoods® Resort Casino 

Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier resort destinations in the Northeast.  As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event.  Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit

Monday, March 7, 2022

2022 Connecticut St. Patrick's Day Parades

 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Connecticut are BACK!

There's a return of St. Patrick Day Parades in Connecticut! Here's a list of towns participating!

Did I miss one? Let me know!

Essex Go Bragh Parade

Greenwich St. Patrick's Day Parade

Hartford 50th annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade

Milford St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mystic 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

New Haven Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade

New London St. Patrick's Day Parade

Norwalk St. Patrick's Day Parades

Norwich St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Brian Lewis' The Cottage in Greenwich - Coming March 22

Save the DAte!
 March 22
Brian Lewis' THE COTTAGE 


Mark your calendars to join celebrated Chef Brian Lewis at his newest location in Greenwich -  The Cottage, on March 22nd!

The Cottage - Greenwich

The Cottage in Greenwich will feature Chef Lewis' signature style of American cooking, celebrating seasonal ingredients. Chef Lewis' second location is at 49 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut.


“I am ecstatic to be just a few short weeks away from opening the fourth restaurant location for our company, Full House Hospitality Group, on the bustling and vibrant Greenwich Avenue,” said Lewis, who recently received his second nomination as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Northeast“We are so grateful for the continued support of the community as we’ve worked hard to have this opening happen as quickly as possible.  I can’t thank my entire team enough at all of our locations for their support and hard work to help us reach March 22!” 

Chef Brian Lewis
Chef Brian Lewis
Photo Courtesy The Cottage

The seasonal menu at The Cottage Greenwich will incorporate ingredients from local purveyors and farms in the Connecticut and New York area.  It will feature several classic dishes from The Cottage Westport, including Wagyu Beef Brisket Steam Buns, Duck Fried Rice and The Cottage Burger, but will also feature new small plates for sharing, house made pasta, signature items such as Miso Black Cod Crepe, Foie Gras & Duck Sausage and Santa Barbara Uni Toast, vegetable-centric dishes and gluten free options.  

Wagu Brisket Steam Buns - The Cottage Greenwich
Wagu Brisket Steam Buns
Photo Courtesy The Cottage

The dessert menu will also celebrate the seasons, with the addition of a new sundae menu offering creative and unique after dinner choices.


The beverage program will also celebrate the flavors of the season.  The wine list will feature an array of choices from classic regions by the glass and bottle.  Classically inspired, technique-driven cocktails, including several with no- or low- alcohol options, will incorporate classics from The Cottage Westport, but also offer unique recipes developed for the Greenwich location.  A seasonal Martini menu will extend rotating drinks for guests, and Japanese flavors, techniques and ingredients will be incorporated into some options on the menu in homage to the group’s OKO brand.  Several beers will also be available on draft and by the bottle/can, with a particular emphasis placed on sourcing local beers from the New England and Connecticut area.

The Brooklyn Cocktail - The Cottage Greenwich
The Brooklyn Cocktail
Photo Courtesy The Cottage


“Executive Chef Christian Wilki and Director of Hospitality Ralph Leon, who are now part of their third opening with our group, will help oversee the launch and opening in Greenwich,” added Lewis.  “Our group of dedicated and creative talent continues to grow with the addition of Gianfranco Olivier as Sous Chef, and James Lucchesi as Bar Manager.  It is truly my team that is the heartbeat of the restaurants, putting not only their expertise but also heart into every dish and drink that is served to a guest.” 


Architect Rick Hoag from Frederick William Hoag Architect and Interior Designer Megan Zwick from MZ Interiors again collaborated with Lewis and his team on a modern interpretation of the original intimate location in Westport. The more expansive space on Greenwich Avenue allowed for an "exterior" within the interior. The kitchen space was imagined as a separate structure within the structure and is wrapped with irregular board and batten "exterior" paneling in a soothing and dramatic smoky blue hue.  The dining areas are clad in the same familiar shiplap as the first location with white oak columns and beams and divided into three distinct dining areas lined with cozy channel-tufted velvet banquettes in an inviting and complementary soft teal color.  

The Cottage Greenwich
Photo Courtesy The Cottage

The front dining room features a cocoon-like round banquette and views of Greenwich Avenue, while the center dining area has more curved banquettes and a welcoming bar with thick Carrara marble countertops and warm oak and mirror shelves. Lacquered bistro chairs, rustic tables with wrought iron bases and sleek brass chandeliers complete the warm dining environment.  The Cottage’s signature Chef’s Counter offers four seats at the second marble top bar counter inviting birds eye views directly into the open kitchen area.  Paintings, black and white photography and live greenery and floral arrangements providing accents to the space.


The Cottage Greenwich Interior
Photo Courtesy The Cottage

The Cottage will be open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner service, expanding to offer lunch, Sunday brunch and Sunday Dinner, as well as full menu offerings for takeout, later this Spring. On- and off-site private event options will also be available.


The restaurant will begin accepting reservations beginning Tuesday, March 15 for its opening date and beyond via, or by contacting the restaurant at 203-769-1220.


About Chef Brian Lewis:

Brian Lewis is one of the most celebrated chefs in the Northeast, lauded for his commitment to quality and seasonally driven American cuisine featured at his restaurant, The Cottage, as well as his love for Japanese cuisine at his other restaurant concept the popular, OKO, with locations in both Westport CT. and Rye, New York, both under his flagship Full House Hospitality Group brand.  The Cottage, with locations in Westport and Greenwich, Connecticut, was recognized with an “Excellent” review in the New York Times, after only being open for four months, commending Lewis’ sophisticated menu in a cozy setting.  With Forbes proclaiming that OKO’s Westport location is “competitive with the best in Manhattan,” the restaurant opened a second location in 2019 in Rye, New York.  This location was named to MICHELIN Guide’s list of New Plate Establishments in New York in 2021.


Lewis was also honored in 2018 and again in 2022 as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Northeast.


He first received national recognition as the Founding Executive Chef of actor Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property that featured two destination restaurants, The Barn and The Farmhouse. There, he acquired national acclaim including Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list in 2009, and an “Excellent” review in the New York Times for his thoughtful and consciously sourced cuisine. He launched his first solo venture in March 2012 with elm, where he was once again named to Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list, this time in 2012, before leaving to focus on launching The Cottage in Connecticut’s Westport neighborhood.  Lewis has had the honor of being invited to cook five dinners at the historic James Beard House in New York City, most recently in January 2017 on behalf of The Cottage.  He has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, TODAY Show, Fox & Friends and was a Winner on Beat Bobby Flay.


Raised in Westchester, New York, Lewis discovered his love for cooking at a very early age. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with honors and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business Management from Johnson and Wales University. Early experiences working under the guidance of legendary chefs like Jean Louis Palladin and Marco Pierre White strongly shaped Lewis’ culinary style to what it is today.


About The Cottage

The Cottage is the vision of chef Brian Lewis and represents his commitment to produce Connecticut’s premier neighborhood destination for the finest locally sourced cuisine. With locations in the heart of Westport and Greenwich, Connecticut, The Cottage elevates the standard for seasonal American cooking delivered with casual simplicity and coastal charm. Lewis’ award-winning dishes are hand crafted with exceptional ingredients procured from local purveyors and farmers responsible for growing, raising, harvesting, and producing within the region. Menus change weekly to reflect the season’s best bounty.  For more information, visit


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Mohegan Sun Hosts Sun Whiskey Union

Sun Whiskey Union 
Returns to Mohegan Sun 
on Saturday, April 16th


Sun Whiskey Union is back! Starting at 8:00pm in the Earth Ballroom, guests can enjoy live music and taste top-of-the-line whiskey, scotch, bourbon and rye – as well as a variety of craft cocktails for those who prefer other types of liquor. 

Mohegan Sun Whiskey Union
Photo Source: Mohegan Sun

Whiskey enthusiasts are able to chat with some of the distilleries’ representatives and experts on their style of whiskeys and other libations! Indulge in some mouthwatering barbeque by Backyard Smokers and delectable treats by NoRA Cupcake Company.

Ticket sales begin Friday, February 18, 2022 at 10:00am, with ticket prices at $70. Tickets are available for purchase through and the Mohegan Sun Box Office. 


  • 5th Annual Sun Whiskey Union at Mohegan Sun


  • Saturday, April 16th 
  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Earth Ballroom

More Info:

Mohegan Sun 

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
General Information: 1.888.226.7711

Prices are subject to increase the day of the event. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to support the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Guests must be 21 years of age of older to attend Sun Whiskey Union. Valid ID and ticket are required upon entry.


Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to two unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, two world-class spas, a golf course, over 70 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram@mohegansun, view us on YouTube and find us on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

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