Monday, April 30, 2018

Celebrate Mother's Day at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Celebrates Mother's Day in a Big Way

At Foxwoods you can treat Mom to a Day of delicious food, a memorable adventure, or an exciting Broadway performance ... and more!

If you're out of ideas on what to gift your mom this Mother’s Day? Look no further than Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the Northeast’s premier resort destination. Foxwoods is where that special mom in your life can experience the perfect day of pampering she’ll never forget. 

Mom's just love to experience a special day - and you can make it happen for them!

This Mother's Day Foxwoods is offering a variety of incredible deals, from delicious dining specials at ten of the resort’s restaurants, to Tony Award-winning performances of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella to relaxing spa services at G Spa & Salon. 

At Foxwoods, there is something for every mom to enjoy this Mother’s Day!   

Mother's Day Dining at Foxwoods

  • Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar: Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar will feature a mouth-watering Baked Jumbo Sea Scallops appetizer and a Filet and Lobster entrée with sautéed lobster meat, Béarnaise sauce, roasted baby carrots and herb bliss red potatoes.

  • David Burke Prime: Enjoy delicious Mother’s Day brunch specials like Chicken and Waffles, Steak and Eggs, Crab Cake Benedict, Lobster Omelet, Short Rib Hash and Confetti Donuts.

  • Festival Buffet: For an all-you-can-eat extravaganza, treat mom to buffet favorites like peel and eat shrimp, carved turkey, fried calamari, crab clusters, mussels, extravagant desserts and more at our Festival Buffet.

  • Golden Dragon: Braised Chilean Sea Bass fillets with ginger, scallion oyster sauce and broccoli will be featured on the Mother’s Day menu at Golden Dragon.

  • Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar: Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar is celebrating Mother’s Day with a brand-new brunch menu including Guy’s Big Bite Burrito, Chicken Fried Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy, NY Steak and Eggs, Maple Bacon French Toast and the Big Bite Breakfast Plate among delicious brunch cocktails like the Spiced Mimosa, Oversized Bloody Mary and more.

  • High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge: High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge is hosting “Sunday Momday” for Mother’s Day, offering  a package including two games of bowling per person in addition to fruit and cheese platters, tomato mozzarella pizza, chocolate covered strawberries and cake pops.

  • Junior’s: For the perfect mix of land and sea, Junior’s will be offering Mother’s Day specials such as Broiled Lamb Chops, Baked Stuffed Atlantic Cod, King Cut Prime Rib and the “By Land and By Sea” combo.

  • Sugar Factory: For the mom looking to satisfy her sweet tooth, head over to Sugar Factory for a sinfully sweet three-course prix fixe dining expereince including an appetizer, entrée, dessert along with a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa. 

  • Veranda Café: Veranda Café will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a Scallop Risotto featuring pan seared sea scallops and creamy parmesan Arborio rice. 

  • VUE 24: VUE 24’s prix fixe Sky Brunch additions – including a choice of an appetizer, main course and all-you-can-eat dessert buffet – will feature a Grilled Garlic Shrimp Salad appetizer with a champagne citrus marinade, baby heirloom tomatoes, arugula and basil aioli. For the main course, enjoy a Surf and Turf entrée with grilled petit sirloin, butter basted Stonington lobster, roasted pearl onions, sweet pea mix, horseradish cream and lemon butter.


  • Cinderella: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning production of Cinderella will be hosting two special performances at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m on May 13. Perfect for the whole family, this classic love story features a contemporary spin on the beloved fairy tale with costume and set designs that will transport audiences back to the fond memories of childhood. 

  • Olga Tañón: Latin music sensation Olga Tañón will be performing her GRAMMY Award-winning hits like “Así Es El Amor” and “Como Olvidar” for a special performance on Mother’s Day at 8:00 p.m. 


  • G Spa & Salon: No Mother’s Day pampering is complete without a trip to the spa! G Spa & Salon is offering a Replenishing Pure Fiji Manicure and Pedicure with a complimentary mimosa as well as Mother’s Day Mini Getaway specials including a Mini Massage, Mini Facial and Manicure from Monday through Friday.


  • Lake of Isles : There’s no better place for relaxing family time than the golf course and Foxwoods’ Lake of Isles is the perfect Mother’s Day escape. Designed by Reed Jones, the stunning North Course seamlessly blends into the scenic natural surroundings, creating the perfect golf getaway.

Extreme Adventures 

  • HighFlyer Zipline: Perfect for the adrenaline-seeking mom, Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline is a 60-mile-per-hour, 3,750-foot-long thrill ride that glides above the forested wonderland of Mashantucket, Connecticut, connecting the resort casino campus and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

For more information on all of Foxwoods’ Mother’s Day specials, please visit


350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as the premier resort destination 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, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at 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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

ROIA Restaurant in New Haven

Social Media Promotion:  Feature Story:  

ROIA Restaurant Celebrates Five Years in New Haven

If you follow my Connecticut food and travel adventures regularly, you know that my number one criteria for dining out is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience. Eating out is an occasion to be relished and appreciated!

ROÌA Restauran
261 College Street
New Haven, CT

Breaking bread with friends, both old and new, while drinking in the sights and sounds of my surroundings is what every successful dining excursion must include. 

Chef's Sample Small Bite

And while I typically aim my camera at the beautiful sights that decorate the plate in front of me, sometimes the details and the ambiance of the decor at my location demand equal attention from the camera lens. 

Follow along with me at just such as place, as I indulge in the stately elegance found at ROÌA Restaurant - along with some exceptionally notable cuisine.

Magnificent architecture, old world charm, convenient location, delicious food, outstanding service... the ROÌA has all this, and so much more!

ROÌA is located on College Street, adjacent to New Haven's legendary Shubert Theater, in the area formerly occupied by the equally historic Taft Hotel's grand dining room.

Dining at ROIA Restaurant and Cafe

Named for the river ROÌA that begins in the French Alps and winds its way down to the Ligurian Sea to the little Italian town of Ventimigilia the menu blends a bit of both France and Italy's cuisines, highlighting seasonal harvests and fresh catches from the sea.

Executive Chef and Owner, Avi Szapiro, discovered the space while acting in a restaurant consultant capacity for the location's former owners. 

Chef Avi and Meera
Photo Source: Instagram

But Chef Avi fell in love with the space, and instead of a consultancy, acquired ownership, beginning a journey that included over a year of extensive renovations, opening the ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe in March of 2013. 

With his wife Meera at his side, Chef restored the venue to its former glory, uncovering the beautiful plaster molding and columns found within.

And while the space surrounding us as we dined was indeed beautiful, it was in the flavor of the dishes that we ordered where Chef's attention to detail would truly shine.

We started our meal with some signature cocktails, the Orange Blossom pictured below on the left and the Liqueurian to right. 

Next we ordered from the appetizer section, the Carciofi alla Judea, a citrusy artichoke dish, and the Soupe du Jour, a deliciously light butternut squash soup.

Carciofi alla Judea 
with pecorino di fossa, 
meyer lemon, parsley and pickled chilies

Soupe du Jour
Butternut Squash

View from the upper level
(Available for private parties)

Then we moved on to our main dishes, ordering one of the many specials of the evening Tajarin and Clams - with made on premise pasta. And the great thing --- Chef Avi is now including this dish on the new spring menu!

Tajarin and Clams
thin egg-yolk ribbon pasta with littleneck clams,
spring onion, ‘nduja, garlic 

I cannot begin to describe how delicious this dish was,  particularly the savory with 'just a hint of spice' sauce made with nduja sausage, a spicy, spreadable pork salumi from Italy, loosely based on the French andouille.

The cowboy, who isn't really a fan of shellfish, dug right in for a forkful and declared he was ordering this on his next visit!

Tajarin and Clams
thin egg-yolk ribbon pasta with littleneck clams, 
spring onion, ‘nduja, garlic 

For his selection, he chose the ever popular Steak Frites, a lovely grass fed beef, perfectly rested, dressed with an aromatic and flavorful tarragon shallot butter.

Steak Frites 
8 oz. grass-fed beef onglet, 
tarragon-shallot butter
(Served with arugula salad not pictured)

Chandelier at ROIA

The finale, two extraordinary desserts, a Lemon Panna Cotta and a special Pear Dessert offering.

Lemon Panna Cotta 
with poppyseed shortbread crumble

Pear Dessert
with Meringue and Pistachios

The ROÌA Restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a special occasion, or a fun gathering with friends. The restaurant is also available for private parties and functions, both large and small.

With its location next to the Shubert Theater, it's the ideal location for dinner and a show! 

Open for brunch on Sunday - check out their Mother's Day Brunch Menu  HERE

Be sure to stop in soon and enjoy some of Chef Avi's delicious offerings!

ROIA Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch    11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner   5:00 pm to close

Brunch  10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Supper  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ROIA Restaurant

261 College Street
New Haven, CT

(203) 200-7045

About Avi Szapiro

A native of Bogota, Colombia Avi Szapiro was just 13 years old when he discovered his passion for cooking in the family kitchen. In 1998, Avi enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which led to his first experience in a Michelin-starred kitchen as the apprenticeship program took him back to France and to Lyon’s Restaurant Pierre Orsi.  The training he received there fostered the love of French techniques and classics that are elements of his cooking to this day. Chef Avi's intention and main goal is to uplift and nourish his guests with each meal they have at ROIA. 

About ROÌARestaurat and Cafe

ROÌA Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown New Haven next to the Shubert Theater and adjacent to Yale University campus. ROÌA is housed in what was originally the grand restaurant of the historic Taft Hotel built in 1912. The charm and grandeur of this architectural gem have been restored to create a setting where you can enjoy great food and great company. 

Pronounced ROY-ah, ROÌA showcases Avi’s seasonally informed food, inspired by French and Italian cuisines and rooted in local sourcing.  The restaurant features food that delivers maximum flavor with a minimum of ingredients; food that combines culinary restraint with dynamic creativity.   

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cinderella at Foxwoods - Broadway Series

Foxwoods Resort Casino

This May, as part of Foxwoods Broadway Series, the Fox Theater is celebrating everyone's favorite musical, Cinderella!

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award® – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific. This musical has been delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. 

The lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

You have to see it to believe it!

Be transported back to your favorite childhood memories as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

There are still great seats available - and there is a matinee on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!

Take the entire family to see Cinderella at Foxwoods, May 8th - 13th, 2018!



Dates and Times:

     Tuesday, May 8, 7:30pm

     Wednesday, May 9, 7:30pm

     Thursday, May 10, 2:00pm

     Friday, May 11, 8:00pm

     Saturday, May 12, 2:00pm
     Saturday, May 12, 8:00pm

     Sunday, May 13, 1:00pm
     Sunday, May 13, 7:00pm

Press the play arrow below for a preview!

Cinderella from Foxwoods Resort Casino on Vimeo.

Get your tickets now!


350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Tickets: 800.200.2882


Note: The most convenient event parking available is in the Grand Pequot Self Park Garage and Valet, located off Grand Pequot Boulevard.

For more info:

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, April 16, 2018

Wall Street Theater in Norwalk - One Year Anniversary

Wall Street Theater Company

Celebrates Their One-Year Anniversary
Connecticut’s Got Talent 

The Winners Show

This historic 'next generation' theater continues to develop an unbelievable entertainment schedule! Historical Next-Gen Theater Continues to Develop a Robust Entertainment Schedule  

 This past winter, eighty eager and talented performers took to the stage of Norwalk’s newly revitalized Wall Street Theater, embarking on a showbiz journey, called Connecticut’s Got Talent

The riveting month-long production had audience members and judges laughing, foot-stomping, and cheering on contestants as they left it all on that stage. The March 2nd finale not only set the winners on an upwards career trajectory, it solidified the Wall Street Theater’s standing as a premiere and ground-breaking entertainment venue.

On Friday, May 18, the first place winner, singer-songwriter Riki Stevens headlines Connecticut’s Got Talent – The Winners Show, along with runners-up, magician TJ Salta, and songwriter-rapper Khalil Williams.

Artistic Director, Billy Blanks, Jr. says :
“Working with the talent for CGT gave me such a sense of pride. Each contestant was individual with their talents but what they had in common was their excitement to represent their state,” It was so touching to see that moment where it all clicked - Riki the exquisite soul folk singer, TJ Salta the teenage magician with a stage presence to rival today’s biggest stars, and Khalil the diamond in the rough young rapper that stole everyone’s hearts. You won’t want to miss this show. It will be them in their truest form, no audition jitters, just them as winners doing what they love!”

 Also special on the agenda this year, on May 20th the Wall Street Theater has the honor of hosting Dance-A-Thon for Wigs & Wishes®, a three-hour dance-a-thon and flagship event led by dance studio professionals from around the world. 

Wigs & Wishes® is powered by Friends Are By Your Side®, a non-profit organization founded by Martino Cartier, which enlists salons and stylists throughout the world who empower women and children by providing them with complimentary services that allow them for a brief moment to forget about their fight. 

The fundraiser celebrates the life of a local young boy who lost his battle with cancer.

Wall Street Theater

71 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

Follow them on Instagram at @WallStreetTheater

Upcoming Wall Street Theater (WST) productions include:

April 20, 2018The Garcia Project is based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band from 1976 to 1995. Perfect for anyone that never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band or for fans that want to relive a classic show!

April 27, 2018 - Norwalk's own Tim Currie & the Motown Band - A performance fundraiser for Al's Angels, an organization that provides support to children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, natural disasters and  severe financial hardship in our communities.

April 28, 2018 - New York City Gay Men's Chorus, The Big Gay Sing, a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community with a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. 

May 4, 2018Goose, The Heavy Pets, a Norwalk based group deeply rooted in an organic and easy-to-love mix of funk and contemporary folk, with touches of reggae, jazz, blues, and rock.

May 19, 2018 - Milo Z with Special Guests Chapell and American Nomads, “Razzamofunk”, a combination of rock, rap, jazz, blues and funk with indie rock by Alan Chapell and pure Americana with the American Nomads.

June 8, 2018Back by popular demand, Australia's Hottest Import! Thunder from Down Under, the world’s most sought after male revue! The perfect girls' night outback!

June 15, 2018 - Norwalk Band & Brew Night, featuring performances by Hosemen, Atomic Unknown and Fingersleeve!

About the Wall Street Theater

The Wall Street Theater is the first, next-generation performance space in Connecticut showcasing professional music, comedic, dance, and stage performances from nationally recognized names as well as local talent and organizations. The 700-seat theater underwent a $10 million-dollar renovation to restore this national historic landmark to its original glory. Originally known as The Regent when the location opened in 1915 featuring Vaudeville performances, future incarnations included The Norwalk and The Roxy. During its tenure as The Globe in the 90s, the stage featured many up-and-coming performers until it shuttered in the late 90s. 71 Wall Street remained dark until it reopened as The Wall Street Theater in the summer of 2017.

Under the direction of president Suzanne Cahill, artistic director Billy Blanks, Jr., concert director Gene Morell, and an advisory board, the theater offers arts education for families, mentoring programs for youth in the arts, summer camp programming, and private space rentals for parties and events.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Chef Lewis Opens OKO Restaurant April 19th

Social Media Promotion: Feature Article    

OKO Restaurant to Open 

in Westport Connecticut

April 19th

This week we spent Friday evening at Chef Brian Lewis' friends, family, and media preview for his new endeavor, the OKO Restaurant in Westport CT. 

Located on Wilton Road in the former Vigilant Firehouse, the space is cozy, comfortable, with clean lines indicative of the Japanese influences of its cuisine.

OKO Restaurant Menu
OKO Restaurant Menu

Architect Rick Hoag from Frederick William Hoag Architect firm and Interior Designer Megan Zwick from MZ Interiors uncovered the original character of the historic firehouse, built in 1931, to create an enchanting dining space. 

Rick Hoag and Brian Lewis at OKO Westport
(L) Rick Hoag of  the Frederick William Hoag Architect Firm,
(R) Chef Brian Lewis of OKO Restaurant and The Cottage

Locals are already familiar with Chef Brian Lewis' dedication to the local community and flavorful influences of the artisan farmers and growers in our region by his menu at The Cottage, also in Westport. But Lewis' accolades are far reaching, having been honored in March 2018 as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Northeast in the 2018.

OKO Restaurant continues the tradition with a menu that boldly features the Japanese influences that Chef Lewis favors. Here the menu showcases Lewis’ innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi, in a lively and charming atmosphere.  

Chef Lewis notes: 
My team and I are delighted to bring OKO to the community, combining my love for Japanese cooking techniques and culture with fresh, local ingredients from Connecticut, the U.S. and the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.” 

The seasonally driven, Japanese-inspired cuisine is meant to be shared, encouraging the sampling of several styles of Japanese cuisine. In keeping with the communal sharing concept, the open kitchen allows guests to be educated on Japanese cooking methods.

OKO Restaurant -  Westport CT
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT

The food menu at OKO is unique as it features several styles of Japanese-influenced cuisine, including Sushi Nigiri, Sashimi and Temaki (hand rolls), as well as vegetable tempura, seasonally inspired salads and vegetable dishes, okonomiyaki (the restaurant's namesake), homemade tofu, hand-cut soba and ramen specialties and meat dishes from the tepinyaki grill.  

OKO Restaurant -  Westport CT
OKO Restaurant -  Westport CT

A traditional "Omakase" menu will also be available, offering a spontaneous, multi-course menu of the chef’s choosing, as well as a “Chef’s Selection” offering of Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi or Chirashi Sashimi.  

Dessert offerings will include house-made soft serve ice cream, build-your-own sundaes and crepes filled with matcha crème.

Here are some of the items we sampled at the preview event. Please note that menu portion sizes may differ as these were intended to be a tasting menu of small bite samplings and passed hors d'oeuvres.

OKO Restaurant - Deviled Ramen Egg
OKO Restaurant - Deviled Ramen Egg

OKO Restaurant - Kushii Oyster
OKO Restaurant - Kushii Oyster
Yuzu, Ginger Kosho

OKO Westport - Spinach Ohitashi Goma-ae
OKO Westport - Spinach Ohitashi Goma-ae
Hot Chili Oil, Sesasame Dressing
Box Cut Katsuobushi

OKO Restaurant - Westport CT
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT

OKO Restaurant - Westport CT
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT

OKO Restaurant - Westport CT
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT

OKO Restaurant - Westport CT
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT

OKO Restaurant - Westport CT
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT

OKO Restaurant - Edamame
OKO Restaurant - Edamame
Garlic Soy Butter, Gomashimo
Shio Kombu

OKO Restaurant - Shishito Peppers
OKO Restaurant - Shishito Peppers
Chick Pea Miso, Lardo,

OKO Restaurant - Sweet Shrimp
OKO Restaurant - Sweet Shrimp
Brown Butter Nikiri, Togarashi

OKO Restaurant - Maine Uni Shots
OKO Restaurant - Maine Uni Shots
Shiro Dashi, Yuzu
Osetra Caviar

OKO Restaurant - Maine Uni Shots

The beverage program at OKO will also celebrate the Japanese culture with seasonal, local ingredients.  A robust offering of Sake, Japanese Beer, hot and cold iced tea, matcha and wine will be offered.  

OKO Restaurant - Bar Details
OKO Restaurant - Westport CT
Attention to Detail with Everything!

Custom cocktails and Highballs will integrate traditional Japanese ingredients – sake, barley shochu, Japanese craft whiskey and matcha – with spirits including gin, brandy, rye and tequila.

OKO Restaurant Cocktails, One Knight Only & Loosey Goosey
Cocktails at OKO Restaurant

I would be remiss if I didn't pay homage to the unique decor in the post-industrial color scheme of natural ash, concrete grays and black steel. The modern elements are asymmetrically juxtaposed against the symmetry of the building’s brick walls and large windows fronting Wilton Road.  

OKO Restaurant - Interior
OKO Restaurant - Interior
(inside, looking out)

Ash wood furniture is custom-made, with slender wood LED lights strategically placed in an irregular pattern on the ceiling. The design is complemented by an ash wood and fiber cement bar that surrounds and invites a full view of the working kitchen.  

OKO Restaurant - Wrap Around Bar
OKO Restaurant - Wrap Around Bar

A custom-designed steel and translucent resin structure is suspended above the bar, casting a soft play of light and shadow through its intricate design, inspired by the shapes of traditional Japanese scaffolding. (Rumor has it that staff tested the shelving's strength by doing pull ups!)  

OKO Restaurant - Bar Shelves

The atmosphere created for guests is clean, warm and sophisticated. featuring traditional and banquette-style seating for a cozy thirty-four patrons in the main dining area, as well as fourteen bar seats that wrap around the bar into the open kitchen. In addition, there is a single "tucked-away" high-top table that seats four in its own semi-private nook. 

OKO Restaaurant - Westport CT
OKO Restaaurant - Westport CT

OKO is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00pm to close and in the coming months, will be adding Sunday service.  

The restaurant will also be offering take-out in the coming weeks.

 OKO accepts reservations via or by contacting the restaurant at 203-557-8404.

OKO Cocktails One Knight Only & Loosey Goosey
Left: One Knight Only:
Kyoto Gin, Lychee, Yuzu Sake, Lemongrass Sho-chu
Right: Loosey Goosey:
Tequila, Dark Rum, Gooseberry

Be sure to visit them soon in Westport Connecticut!

OKO Restaurant

6 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880

Follow them on social media at ... 

About Chef Brian Lewis:

Brian Lewis is one of Connecticut’s most celebrated chefs, 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 newest venture, OKO.  

Chef Lewis first received national recognition as the opening 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. He launched his first solo venture in March 2012 with elm, before leaving to focus on launching The Cottage in Connecticut’s Westport neighborhood.  Lewis has had the honor of being invited to cook three 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” and “TODAY.”

About OKO:  

OKO is the heartfelt interpretation from Chef Brian Lewis of Japanese ingredients, cooking methods and cuisine, paired with seasonal, local ingredients from Connecticut, the United States and the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.  Located in Downtown Westport, Connecticut in the historic Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse, OKO showcases Lewis’ innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi, encouraging casual, small plate dining meant to be shared, in a lively and charming atmosphere.  Open five days a week for dinner, with brunch service launching in the coming months, the restaurant is located at 6 Wilton Road.  For more information, visit  

Disclaimer: We were invited to the friends, family, & media preview by members of OKO's management and marketing team, however, the opinions expressed are entirely our own.

©  Home Place 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Norwalk Now - The Norwalk City Hunt

Join Norwalk Now 
in a City-Wide Adventure

 -The Norwalk City Hunt -

Saturday, April 28, Meet-up 10:30 AM, 
Norwalk City Hunt 11 AM-1 PM, 
Norwalk Now After Party 1-3 PM

It's time for a community wide celebration of fun! Join the folks at Norwalk Now, the collaborative marketing group comprised of local Norwalk businesses who have come together to promote their city, in their "Norwalk City Hunt", an interactive, “amazing race” throughout the Wall Street and SoNo neighborhoods of Norwalk, Saturday, April 28. Meet-up 10:30 AM, Hunt 11 AM-1 PM, After Party 1-3 PM 

can take part in this
entertaining and interactive afternoon 
of clues, challenges, and a 
with an after party to follow!

Participants (adults only) are put into teams of four and are guided through the hunt on the City Hunt phone app. From there, a series of clues, challenges, and tasks are tackled with the successful completion of these activities being recorded or photographed on the team leader’s phone. 

Meanwhile, at City Hunt home base and the unknown location of the after party, City Hunt officials are monitoring everyone’s progress. Participants will be walking, running, or catching a Norwalk Now Circulator Van, shuffling them between neighborhoods. The vans will continue to run throughout the day/night as part of a special promotion and trial run for future use.

Norwalk Now Director Linda Kavanagh, a huge fan of City Hunts throughout the country, views Norwalk as an ideal location for such an adventure. “I have participated in these crazy mad dashes across cities such as New York, Boston, and Charleston. You really get to know a city and find yourself doing things that only social media should be allowed to capture!”

Destinations are comprised of Norwalk Now businesses, supporters, and public domains. The final destination is found by solving the clue. 

Upon completion of the Hunt, winners will be announced and the after party begins! Prizes include a $500 Norwalk Now gift card package and Free Parking gift bundles. Norwalk Now Circulator Van will continue service throughout the night and discount parking for the day will be offered. Go to the Norwalk Now Facebook to obtain the code.

How can you participate and sign up for Norwalk Now? 

Tickets are $40 per person and include the City Hunt challenge and phone app, NCH swag, and the after party. 

Sign-up solo and form your team at the meet-up or sign-up your foursome at

About Norwalk Now:

*Norwalk Now was launched in October of 2017. Sponsored by the Norwalk Parking Authority, Norwalk Now is a non-profit organization with vested participation from Norwalk businesses. Norwalk Now is managed by MaxEx Public Relations, LLC. 

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