Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Annual Sun Tequila Tasting at Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting

Friday, July 28th, Mohegan Sun presents their First Annual Sun Tequila Tasting in the Uncas Ballroom.


Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Uncas Ballroom

It’s not a party without tequila and the festivities get underway on July 28th at Sun Tequila Tasting!

DJ Tom Macari mixes the beats while you hit the mixology and margarita bars, sample an array of tequilas and savor the memories with our fun photo booth.

The fiesta wouldn’t be complete without Mexican-themed favorites like tacos, guacamole and more to complement your cocktails!


Price: $85 - includes samples, food and access to the photo booth

Tickets are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office & Ticketmaster!

Purchase Tickets HERE

A portion of all ticket sales will go towards the Southeastern CT United Way.

Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
General Information: 1.888.226.7711
Hotel Reservations: 1.888.777.7922

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mamma Mia at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Broadway Series at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Mamma Mia

Don't miss this fabulous show at Foxwoods Resort Casino!

Mamma Mia is such a wonderful finale to this incredible Broadway Series at Foxwoods!  I also know that Foxwoods' Fox Theater will undoubtedly have some equally great shows coming up soon!

Mamma Mia is one of the most successful musicals of all time. In fact, it's the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway.

The West End production is now in its eighteenth year.  Yowza! That's incredible!

To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages.

If you're a 70s or 80s fan, the musical is inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,”

You'll see that MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The show runs Friday, July 14th through Monday, July 17th. 

Mamma Mia Showtimes at Foxwoods' Fox Theater

Friday, 7-14-17 at 8:00pm
Saturday, 7-15-17 at 2:00pm
Saturday, 7-15-17 at 8:00pm
Sunday, 7-16-17 at 1:00pm
Sunday, 7-16-17 at 6:30pm
Monday, 7-17-17 at 7:00pm

It simply can't be missed!

Purchase your tickets for the musical HERE

Or include a hotel stay with your ticket - see more HERE 


350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wine Down on The Block in Norwalk CT

Here's a fun event happening at The Block on Waypointe!

Wine Down on The Block at Waypointe

The Block at Waypointe invites you to “Wine Down at the Block” next Thursday, July 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Relax and enjoy some live music, delicious light bites, signature cocktails and special in-store promotions from the local merchants for an exclusive immersion of all that The Block has to offer.

With a purchase of the $25 ticket, you will receive the following food and beverages from The Block at Waypointe's featured restaurants:

  • Sedona Taphouse | Appetizer of choice + glass of wine, mixed drink, or martini
  • Colony Grill | Choice of a cold brew + hot oil pie bites
  • Barcelona | One glass of sangria + one tapa from a special chef's selection

And there's MORE!  Wine Down at The Block ticket holders will enjoy the exclusive in-store promotions / discount specials at the following merchants:

  • Endurance House | Free bike clinic + natural oil samples + muscle ache therapy
  • Pinot’s Palette | Open studio with a special $15 paint + prosecco class
  • Salons by JC | Wine + cheese mixer + express mani’s & blow out specials, plus the first (15) guests receive an exclusive gift

Purchase your ticket HERE or at

Check in with your printed ticket at the registration table located in The Waypointe’s Central Piazza | 515 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 

For more information on the shops and restaurants at The Block at Waypointe and to stay updated on news, events and happenings, please visit

Wine Down at The Block

Where: The Block at Waypointe
Date: 7/20/17
Times 06:30pm-08:30pm
Location: The Block at Waypointe, 515 Merwin Street, Norwalk, CT 06850
Event website:

Contact information: Melissa DiMercurio 
Event Phone Number: Ph. 202-696-1862
Event e-Mail address:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Plan B Burger Bar for Sunday Brunch

Social Media Promotion: Sponsored

Plan b in Fairfield for an Early Brunch

Last weekend I headed out to Plan b Burger Bar in the beautiful town of Fairfield Connecticut after being invited to sample their Sunday Brunch. 

The b restaurants bill this brunch as a Boozy, Bourbon-y, Burger-y Brunch.

Heck, yes. Now we're talking!

And what I love best is that on Sundays, this particular b opens at 10 a.m. to celebrate everyone’s favorite excuse for day drinking --- BRUNCH! Perfect for early get togethers - that allow you plenty of time to fit more fun into the last day of the weekend!

And hey! 
You've got to love a place that bills a portion of their menu as SUNDAY FUNDAY!

Plan b - Sunday Funday
Plan b Brunch Menu
(June 2017)

And every good brunch has some great brunch cocktails!

Of course, we started with their well known version of a Bloody Mary, the “Meat” Our Mary - made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka,  house-made bloody mary mix, lime, olives, tomatoes, half sour pickle and a mini cheese burger.

Yes, people. A cheeseburger slider size comes with the cocktail!

"Meat" our Mary  - Plan b Bloody Mary
"Meat" our Mary - at Plan b Burger Bar

Now that's what I call a garnish!

If Bloodies aren't your thing, there's lots more to sample, like the Hand Squeezed Salty Dog, the Modern Screwdriver, and the The American Cucumber Basil Gimlet. There's coffee specials like the Rejuvenator  (cold brew coffee, Myers’s rum, coconut water, simple syrup & almond milk on the rocks) and the Kentucky Coffee (making coffee very interesting with some bourbon & cream).

And there's always something special being offered, like this delicious Berry Sangria, that was the special of the day when we visited!

Plan b - Berry Sangria
Plan b
Berry Sangria

And then we were off to the brunch samplings!

Plan b Brunch

Who says you can't have an appetizer at Brunch? 

We certainly did! Like this amazing dish of Breakfast Tots!

Plan b Breakfast Tots
Breakfast Tots
Crispy tots, 
cheddar-jack cheese, bacon, 
scallions, gravy & a fried egg

How about this delicious duo of Hot Fried Chicken and Biscuits?

Plan b Hot Fried Chicken and Biscuits
Hot Fried Chicken & Biscuits “Nashville style,” 
country pickle & home fries

Or do it up right with this Breakfast Burger!

Plan b - Breakfast Burger
Bacon, cheddar cheese, 
fried egg, spiced maple aioli 
on a croissant bun

Is sweet more your thing? 

How about this Bourbon Soaked French Toast?

Plan b - Bourbon Soaked French Toast
Bourbon Soaked French Toast 
V Thick cut brioche & bacon maple syrup, 
with seasonal fruit

Looking for something more traditional?

How about the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict:

Plan b - Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Poached eggs, toasted English muffin,
Boursin cheese, chive hollandaise & home fries

Feeling like a little something more 'south of the border'?

Try this Breakfast Burrito on for size!

Plan b - Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
House-made sausage burrito,
crispy potatoes, cheddar cheese & pico de gallo

I mean, really. 

Just look at that fluffy light goodness backed in one crazy good burrito!

Plan b - Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
House-made sausage burrito,
crispy potatoes, cheddar cheese & pico de gallo

Be sure you visit participating Plan b Burger Bars for brunch soon!

These offerings are from Plan b Fairfield. Other participating b restaurants for brunch are located in Glastonbury and Milford CT.

Plan b Fairfield

1262 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone: 203-955-1208

Mon-Thu: 11:30am – 12:30am
Fri-Sat: 11:30am – 1:30am
Sun: 10:00am – 12:30am

Disclaimer: We were invited to this sampling by members of Plan b Burger Bar's marketing and management team, however all opinions expressed are our own.

© Home Place 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer 2017 at Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Introduces Their New Summer Menu

Now that summer is FINALLY here in Connecticut we get to enjoy some of our shoreline favorites! Lobster Rolls, thick juicy steaks, and fresh seafood! And what's better than enjoying our favorite meals at a beautiful waterfront destination?

Just in time to schedule a trip to our favorite shoreline town of Old Saybrook, Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point announces their new summer menu that features some great new seasonal dishes inspired by the bountiful harvests of local farmers and fisheries. 

There's a reason why Fresh Salt was recently named Best Upscale Dining in Connecticut by the state’s restaurant industry association. You see, Fresh Salt works closely with its local farmers and day boats to ensure the highest quality of locally grown ingredients from land and sea go into its creative delights. 

I love that local partnerships include Medlyn’s Farm (from my hometown of Branford), Belltown Hill Orchard of South Glastonbury, Fair Weather Acres of Rocky Hill, Baggott Family Farms of East Windsor, and Rose’s Berry Farm of South Glastonbury. 

Fresh Salt has a commitment to its cool native waters and features oysters within a 99-mile radius. A catch-of-the-day from local day boats provides clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp, tuna, cod, swordfish, and salmon for the Fresh Salt menu. 

Herbs including basil, thyme, mint and tarragon are planted and picked by the Fresh Salt culinary staff in Saybrook Point’s custom herb garden. 

You can't get much fresher than that!

At Fresh Salt, you can savor fresh, seasonal and local cuisine served in Old Saybrook’s most spectacular setting – the spot where the fresh waters of the Connecticut River meet the salt of Long Island Sound. It's a treasured and historic place, rich in life, and the restaurant reflects that lively diversity. 

The new summer menu features the bounty of the season through unique pasta and vegan dishes such as Rotelle Pasta, which includes pine nuts, fava beans, radicchio, roasted cauliflower and Pecorino cheese served in a white wine sauce; and Cauliflower Steak, which is pan-roasted cauliflower served in a ratatouille sauce with sautéed escarole. 

In addition, Fresh Salt’s fresh seafood and day boats include Pan-seared Black Pearl Scottish Salmon served with Roasted Cherry Tomato-and Sweet Pea ($29.95), Bacon-wrapped Monkfish served with Sugar Pea Risotto and Red Cabbage Coulis ($29,95), and Grilled Swordfish Loin served with Quinoa, Barley, and Spinach in a Passion Fruit-Ginger Sauce ($29,95).

From the grill and oven, I can't wait to try some delicious new specials like Fresh Salt’s Free-range Natural Stuffed Chicken Breast with a Sundried Tomato-Spinach Risotto Filling, Pancetta Whole Grain Mustard-Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce ($28.95), as well as the 12 Oz. USDA Choice N.Y. Sirloin served with Sautéed Mushrooms, Pomme Frites in a Garnish Port Wine Demi-glaze ($39.95).

Other shoreline favorites include the Seaside Tempura Platter with Golden Brown Scallops, Oysters, Calamari Zucchini, Peppers, Fresh Salt Kettle Chips ($21.95), Custom-blend Hamburger on a Potato Roll, made with a half-pound outstanding combination of Short Rib Chuck and Brisket, topped with Lettuce, Tomato and Cole Slaw ($13.95) and Connecticut Lobster Roll made with warm buttered lobster on a grilled New England style roll and served with and Fresh Salt Kettle Chips ($29.95).  

Mmmmm! A warm lobster roll with some home style chips sounds delicious right now, doesn't it?

Fresh Salt is more than just a restaurant; it is a place to enjoy another’s company and experience the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound – quietly intertwined with the Connecticut River. The venue’s fresh ingredients and vibrant tastes are available daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And if you're searching for a fun night out on the town, Fresh Salt offers light bites and handcrafted cocktails made to perfectly enhance an evening away. 

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling 860. 388.1111. 

About Saybrook Point

Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nutmeg Summer Series by CT Repertory Theatre

Summer Series at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre

There's still time to see some great theater brought to you by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre!

Photo courtesy Connecticut Repertory Theatre

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) continues its 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series Lineup in Storrs CT with the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) Artistic Director Terrence Mann and Executive Producer Matthew J. Pugliese version of "Newsies"!

Previous productions for the 2017 Summer Series included  “1776” (June 1 - June 10, 2017),  “Noises Off” (June 15 - June 25, 2017) and now the season will conclude with “Disney’s Newsies” running July 6 - July 16, 2017.

Tickets are available at or call (860) 486 2113.

The theatrical adaptation of Disney’s musical film, “Disney’s Newsies” directed by Tony Award-nominee Christopher d’Amboise. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, “Disney’s Newsies” tells the story of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899”. This fictionalized story explores themes of social injustice and exploitive labor, as the newsboys learn to harness their voice in this high octane, dance spectacular. CRT will “seize the day” and bring this fresh, new musical hot from Broadway and the National Tour circuit to Storrs.

Mann added, “Youth! Survival! Love! Politics!—all combine to make “Newsies” a tour de force musical story about the indomitability of the human spirit. It’s powerful, it’s passionate and full of heart!”

In his first year as Artistic Director, Mann says, “Six years ago Vince Cardinal brought me to Storrs for my first summer to do ‘My Fair Lady’ and ever since I’ve been trying to get back as often as I can. There is no greater joy than to be in a company of actors, young and old alike, whose sole purpose is to share the gift of great storytelling with folks who make it apart of their lives to support and nurture live theatre.”

You can see Newsies in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the campus of the University of Connecticut

Join us at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre as we view the "Newsies" and “seize the day” to watch this fresh new, musical — hot from Broadway to you at CRT!

General Performance and Ticket Information

  • Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • Subscription package options range from $81-108. 
  • Student subscriptions are only $33. 
  • Single ticket prices range from $45 to $55, with discounted tickets available for students and seniors

Performance Times

  • Thursday July 6, 7:30 pm - Preview
  • Friday July 7, 8:00 pm - Opening Night 
  • Saturday July 8, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8, 8:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9, 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12, 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 14, 8:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15 2017, 8:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16 2017, 2:00 pm

For more information visit

Purchase Tickets HERE for NewsiesHarriet S. Jorgensen Theatre
2132 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
(860) 486 2113

Sunday, June 11, 2017

3rd Annual Serendipity Golf Classic

3rd Annual Serendipity Golf Classic
Presented by Barbara Zaccagnini
To Benefit B*Cured

 The tournament you've been waiting for is back! 

The GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, NY, will host the 3rd Annual Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Barbara Zaccagnini on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017.

Philanthropic golfers will play in support of the B*Cured charity, enjoying not only the beautiful course and playing experience GlenArbor is known for, but also eating lunch on the club’s scenic terrace, sampling the course’s signature wood-fired pizzas and having a chance to win the hole-in-one prize. After their eighteen holes, foursomes will come together for a cocktail reception with a buffet dinner, awards & pitching contest, auction, cigar bar, luxury gift suite and more.

 For more information or to buy a foursome, go to 

About B*Cured

B*Cured is a non-profit organization working to end brain cancer by funding innovative research. The organization has awarded $1.5 million in the form of twenty-one grants for research being done across the country at top universities and hospitals.

Father's Day at Saybrook Point

Enjoy Father's Day Brunch at Saybrook Point

If there's one thing Saybrook Point knows how to do - it's CELEBRATE! Whether it's a romantic dinner, a girl's lunch, a destination wedding, a family brunch, or  weekend getaway, Saybrook Point is the place to be!

This year, Saybrook Point is celebrating Father’s Day with a delicious and hearty brunch on Sunday, June 18th..

Held at the award-winning casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, the spectacular arrangement features an authentic taco station, slider station and carving station, along with a variety of farm fresh salads, pasta, seafood and an over-the-top ice cream sundae bar.

Dads will enjoy a bountiful selection that includes entrees such as Braised Short Rib with Whiskey-Peppercorn Sauce and Creamy White Polenta, Blackened Swordfish with Tomato & Peach Salsa, Smokey Maple Chipotle BBQ Chicken, and Orecchiette Pasta with Shrimp, Scallops, and Italian Sausage.

The Authentic Taco Station will feature Carnita Pork, Marinated Flank Steak, and Grilled Chicken served with traditional accompaniments, and the Slider Station will offer Hot Dogs, Beef Slider, Salmon Slider, Corn and Baked Beans. In addition, the Carving Station will feature Prime Rib and Glazed Baked Ham.

The Dessert Lovers will all fall in love with the pastry chef’s Grand Desserts Display featuring more than 25 items from Saybrook Point’s bakeshop, and an Over- the Top -Ice Cream Sundae Bar, which will feature some of dad’s favorite flavors and toppings.

Seating for the Father’s Day Brunch at Saybrook Point begins at 10:30am and ends at 2:00pm.

Reservations are advised, as this is a perennial favorite for New Englanders, and may be made by calling line at 860.339-1318.

The cost is $47.95 for adults, $25.95 children ages 5 – 12, and complimentary for kids under 4-years-of-age. More information is available at

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

19 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut


About Saybrook Point
Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sunday Brunch at COTTO Wine Bar in Stamford CT

Social Media Promotion: Sponsored

On Weekends We Brunch - At COTTO Wine Bar

A few weekends back we found ourselves heading up to Stamford CT on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning for an invite to COTTO Wine Bar on Bank Street in Stamford CT. This amazing place is quickly becoming a local favorite for more than lunch and dinner! Their Sunday Brunch is fantastic too!

COTTO Wine Bar
51 Bank Street,  Stamford CT

Owners Claudio and Silvy Ridolfi opened Stamford's COTTO Wine Bar in 2012 with the simple idea of offering an interesting wine list full of regional Italian varieties, and a rustic trattoria menu including pizza, house made mozzarella and pasta, and a large selection of antipasti.

COTTO - Antipasti  Charcuterie
COTTO - Antipasti

COTTO Wine Bar remains dedicated to providing customers with a meaningful dining experience, and added even more talent to this intimate restaurant and wine bar, with accredited sommelier, Ian Toogood, our host for the day. who came to COTTO via Marc Restaurant Group’s A Voce in Manhattan and Le Fat Poodle in Greenwich, CT, revamping COTTO’s wine list and further elevating its service.

COTTO is reminiscent of a charming little café in a sleepy Italian village. Designed as a tapas style wine bar with communal dining tables, the focal point of the urban eatery is the exposed brick wall adorned with vintage photos and magazine covers of Silvy’s absolutely beautiful mother, Simonetta Simeoni, a prominent Italian actress and model throughout the 1960s-70s.

Complete with the requisite red and white checked tablecloths on the outside patio tables, you will feel like you have been whisked away to the streets of Italy when you dine at COTTO!

COTTO Wine Bar Artichokes
COTTO  Artichokes

Let's move on to some of the items we sampled at Brunch.

Besides diving in to the beautiful antipasti dish and the artichokes pictured above, we started with the delicious Bloody Maria and some tart and frosty Bellinis!

COTTO - Bellinis!
COTTO - Bellinis!

COTTO - Bloody Mary
COTTO - Bloody Maria

What's a brunch without some delicious egg dishes!! 

COTTO serves PORCHETTA E UOVO (Homemade Porchetta with Fresh Mozzarella and Sunny Side Egg), CHEF'S SCRAMBLED EGGS (Italian Omelette w/ potato, Onions, Eggplants, Zucchini, served with Mixed Greens, and the delicious SMOKED SALMON EGGS BENEDICT (Scottish Smoked Salmon Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce)

Scottish Smoked Salmon Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce

Any Pasta Lovers out there? 

You'll think you're in heaven when you try COTTO's SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA (Pancetta, Egg, Black Pepper, Pecorino Romano),  TONNARELLI CACIO & PEPE (Fresh Homemade Pasta, Pecorino, Parmigiano, Black Pepper, EVOO), RIGATONI ALLE SPUNTATURE (Pork Ribs, Fresh San Marzano Tomato Sauce), PASTA AL FILETTO DI POMODORO (Choice of Penne, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, With Fresh San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Basil), PENNE GREY GOOSE (Pancetta, Prosciutto San Daniele,Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce)



And of course there's pizza! 

How about some MARGHERITA PIZZA (San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Basil) SCARPARIELLO PIZZA (Grilled Chicken, Hot Cherry Peppers, Mozzarella, Italian Sausage),  AMATRICIANA PIZZA (San Marzano D.O.P. Tomato Sauce w/ Pecorino, Pancetta and Mozzarella Fiordilatte "Grande") ... and so many more!

COTTO - Pizza

Next we moved around the brunch menu and sampled some of their delicious Paninis!


COTTO PANINI CAPRESE Fresh mozzarella,Tomato, Basil
Fresh mozzarella,Tomato, Basil

There are just so many items available - there's truly something for everyone!

Mixed Green / Modena Aged Balsamic


Avocado / Sardinian Flat Bread

And we finished our brunch with a refreshing lemon gelato!


We loved COTTO Wine Bar and I know you will too! It's the perfect place for brunch with friends and family -- a delicious and flavorful lunch, or a romantic dinner date with a special someone!

Join them for Happy Hour, Monday thru Friday, 4-7 PM, where they feature $5 Wine, $7 Cocktails, and 3 Tapas $15.

COTTO's offers Live Music on Thursdays at 7 PM

And of course, Sunday Brunch!

Visit them soon and you'll see why COTTO is where people gather over great food and wine!   

COTTO Wine Bar

51 Bank Street
Stamford, CT

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend a complimentary brunch by members of COTTO's management and marketing team, however all views expressed are my own.

The post "Sunday Brunch at COTTO Wine Bar in Stamford CT" 
first appeared on Home Place on May 25, 2017. 

© Home Place 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

The First Annual West Hartford Wine and Food Festival - 2017

The First Annual 

West Hartford Wine and Food Fest!

Save the date - and get your tickets NOW 
to the first annual

If you follow my website you know I love a good wine and food festival - especially when they are held in my native Connecticut! Fairfield County has it going on every year with the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, and Mystic County has Mohegan Sun's Wine and Food Fest.

And now Hartford County has answered the call 

That right! The VERY First Annual West Hartford Wine & Food Festival is coming Saturday, June 17th from 1-6pm at Kingswood Oxford School

I attended a preview event for the festival few weeks back at Maximum Beverage that showcased just a few of the foods and wines that will be featured from some of Hartford County's favorite places! There will be OVER thirty local restaurants, farms and bakeries. (AND ALL are included in your ticket price!)

Here's what I sampled at the preview event!

From the Rockin' Chicken:

Tigre de Leche from the The Rockin' Chicken
Tigre de Leche
The Rockin' Chicken

Fish Escabeche from The Rockin' Chicken
Fish Escabeche
The Rockin' Chicken

From Park and Oak Restaurant

Pimento Cheese  from Park and Oak Restaurant
Pimento Cheese
Park and Oak Restaurant

From India Restaurant

India Restaurant

From Cafe Louise

From Cafe Louise
From Cafe Louise

From Cafe Louise
From Cafe Louise

Let's move on to the WINES!

Believe me, this won't be your typical wine festival, the wines available for tasting at this wine fest are those that run around $20/bottle and go up to $100!

We sampled a few that will be available at the festival. My favorite was a wine I'm familiar with a nice Sauvignon Blanc from Justine Wineries!

Sauvignon Blanc from Justine Wineries!
Sauvignon Blanc
from Justine Wineries!

And there's EVEN MORE!

Local craft beer, wine and spirits tents, and non alcoholic options will be available as well!

Also on hand at the wine fest will be some talented local musicians, and contests with one of the world's first Master Sommeliers, Joseph Spellman!

Here's a list of Participating Restaurants

  • Millwright's
  • Grants
  • Firebox
  • ON20
  • Blind Pig
  • Park & Oak Restaurant
  • Student Prince
  • Carbone’s Kitchen
  • Local’s 8
  • Rooster Company
  • The North house
  • Cavey’s
  • @The Barn
  • Table 570 Asian Fusion
  • The Rockin Chicken
  • Butchers & Bakers
  • 4 Eat & Drink
  • Noble & Co.
  • Ideal Tavern
  • Café Louise
  • Seoul BBQ
  • Chango Rosa
  • Zohara
  • Popover Bistro & Bakery
  • OINK Pop Ups
  • Sub Edge Farm
  • Killam & Bassete Farmstead
  • Hartford Baking Company

VIP Grand Cru Tasting

  • Flemming's
  • NORA Cupcake

Be sure you get your tickets and we'll see you at the WeHa Wine and Food Fest!

  • General Admission $149.00 (or get the four-pack for $500.00)
  • VIP (includes General Admission and Grand Cru Tasting $249.00
  • Designated Driver Ticket $75.00 (no alcohol included)

Please allow 1 week before pick up at Maximum Beverage. 
All tickets must be picked up BEFORE June 17th.

Only a limited number of tickets are available and a sell out is expected!

Event Location:

Kingswood Oxford School
170 Kingswood Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

The event will benefit multiple independent schools in West Hartford with need based financial aid and scholarships including our hosts, Kingswood Oxford, as well as The American School for the Deaf, the Intensive Education Academy, Renbrook School, The Watkinson School, Northwest Catholic, Solomon Schechter Day School, and St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School

© Home Place 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mohegan Sun's Private Pool Cabanas

Mohegan Sun Introduces Private Pool Cabanas
And Al Fresco Dining
For The Summer Season

It's time for some hot summer fun in the sun at Mohegan Sun at their renovated Sun Terrace Pool!

That's right - Mohegan Sun is proud to present the resort’s first outdoor food and drink experience at the Bean and Vine Terrace.

Resort guests and visitors are invited to embrace summertime at one of the East Coast’s premiere destinations with the Sun Terrace Pool’s enhanced amenities and contemporary updates, including brand new cabanas and pool furniture. Capturing the essence of summer, Mohegan Sun unveiled the new Bean and Vine Terrace, its first al fresco casual dining spot, featuring all day menu options ranging from hand-crafted coffee and breakfast specialties to sommelier-selected wines and seasonal small bites for sharing.

The new cabanas are available starting Saturday, May 27, and the Bean and Vine Terrace opens to the public on Thursday, May 25.

“The guest experience is our priority at Mohegan Sun and we take special care and pride in continuously adding new amenities for our guests to enjoy,” said Ray Pineault, President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun. “Whether hungry for the finest in dining, catching major headliners and live concerts or wanting to discover the best in gaming, we at Mohegan Sun are proud to offer guests premier entertainment, gambling, shopping and relaxing experiences this summer!”

About the Sun Terrace Pool Cabanas at Mohegan Sun

Guests can experience the ultimate in comfort and relaxation in the new cabanas at the Sun Terrace Pool, which offers the ideal warm-weather escape amidst Mohegan Sun’s beautiful resort setting, located on the third floor of the Sky Tower. The new pool cabanas feature a cool outdoor space for hot summer days amidst plush pillows and soothing colors – perfect to relax with a summer book or create an outdoor entertainment lounge for friends and family.

Each cabana comfortably seats ten people, comes with a television, mini-refrigerator and towels, and features sturdy shutters around the perimeter providing both sun protection and privacy for guests. Beginning this summer, daily cabana reservations are available for $400 Monday through Friday, $600 on Saturday and $500 on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and guests receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit when they book. In the evenings, cabanas can be reserved between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. for a lower rate of $250 Monday through Thursday, $350 Friday and Saturday, and $250 on Sunday, with a $50 food and beverage credit.

Guests are encouraged to place their cabana reservation through Mohegan Sun’s concierge (Ext. 2-1230) for both future and day of bookings, with a 24-hour cancellation policy.

The outside Sun Terrace Pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.

About the Bean and Vine Terrace at Mohegan Sun

The Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar, located in Mohegan Sun’s recently opened Earth Tower, will launch outdoor food and drink service on the new Bean and Vine Terrace, beginning Thursday, May 25. The first al fresco casual grill spot at the resort will seat up to 120 guests on a contemporary designed patio matching the indoor restaurant’s modern style, where guests are invited to enjoy small bites at the Bean and Vine Terrace Thursdays through Saturdays. The Bean and Vine Terrace menu features shared plates such as chips and guacamole with salsa, a Mediterranean hummus platter, hot poke bowls with guests’ choice of beef tenderloin, chicken or shrimp, and grilled chicken, beef or shrimp skewers served with a summer salad and naan triangles. The restaurant will also offer $7 cocktails and Moet champagne by the glass, as well as outdoor entertainment on Thursday nights as part of Mohegan Sun’s annual Hot Summer Fun celebration, which kicks off in June.

These new features are part of Mohegan Sun’s multi-million dollar revamp initiated last year. The project includes several stages of renovations for the property’s original 1,200-room Sky Tower, and opening of the brand new Earth Tower last fall. The Earth Tower brought 400 hotel rooms to Mohegan Sun’s riverfront property, featuring the full-service Mandara Spa along with a fitness center, pool, a fire pit lounge outside on the Earth Tower Terrace and now the newly introduced Bean and Vine Terrace.

To learn more about the all-encompassing resort property in Uncasville, Connecticut and experience the Sun Terrace Pool and Earth Tower Terrace this summer, visit Mohegan Sun!

Mohegan Sun 

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

About Mohegan Sun

Owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, 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 three unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 80 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 them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view them on YouTube and find them on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

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