Go Grape Stomping at Robibero Family Vinyards September 22-23rd

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Looking for a really fun and unique event?  Then go grape stomping at Robibero Family Vineyards at their annual Grape Stomping Festival.  This years festival will take place on Saturday September 22nd and Sunday September 23rd 2018 .  The winery is open from 11 am to 6 pm.

At the event you will be able to take off your shoes and climb into a barrel filled with grapes and stomp away.  It is a great photo opportunity and something you will always remember.  No worries as there will be a station to wash off your feet after your stomping.

Your ticket price in addition to the stomping, a wine tasting of their fabulous wines in the tasting room or you may choose instead of the tasting to have a glass of wine and take home one logo glass.

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Robibero produces premium artisan wines that are handcrafted in small batches.  Some of the wines available are Chardonnay, Reisling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and some delightful hybrid blends.  All the wine is made on site.  Bottles or cases are available for sale at the tasting room.

There will be live music from 2pm to 5 pm both days.   Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the winery, but space is limited.  Kids under 13  can stomp for free!  Non Drinkers can purchase a stomp only ticket for just $10.

There is also live music both days from 1 to 5 pm, food truck, and a bon fire.

Enjoy a beautiful day in the heart of the Hudson Valley and after the winery check out the shops and great restaurants in nearby downtown New Paltz.

See you there!

Robibero Family Winery

714 Albany Post Road  New Paltz New York           tel:  845-255-9463

http://www.robiberofamilyvineyards.com/Home_Page.html

tickets >>>>   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grape-stomping-festival-at-robibero-winery-tickets-42648945143

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Grand Opening of the Bedford Playhouse with films,cocktails, live music, meet legends Paul Shaffer,Clive Davis and more!

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Looking for something to do this weekend?  Then look no further than the newly renovated Bedford Playhouse in Bedford Village.

The Playhouse is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of its eagerly anticipated film, arts and cultural center, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant and welcoming café.

Three days of celebration and exciting programming will kick off a new chapter for the beloved landmark after a $6m+ renovation and community effort to save the Playhouse that began back in 2015.  You must see the amazing transformation of the Playhouse into a theater and arts attraction for the region.

Opening weekend events will include parties, family films, “community choice” flicks, wine tastings, live entertainment and some very special guests. In recognition of the first historic Bedford Playhouse Grand Opening in 1947, entry-level tickets to a majority of the community festivities will be priced at $19.47 and include food, drinks and entertainment.

Friday, September 28th – Opening Night + Red Carpet Fun! The debut of two new theaters, The Clive and The Worby, beer & wine tastings, delicious food, film trivia events and a “community choice” screening of Dirty Dancing (…Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner!)

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Saturday, September 29th – Hors D’oeuvres, Cocktails, Live Music, Dancing & Conversation with Paul Shaffer & Clive Davis

Sunday, September 30th – Family Day! Mimosas, muffins and lots of fun: Screenings of Despicable Me, a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, Storytelling, Sleight-of-Hand, some not-so-ordinary Puppets, Live Music, Special Guests … and Surprises!   See you there !

For Tickets Visit :  https://bedfordplayhouse.org

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Greenwich Wine and Food Festival returns to Greenwich September 21-22nd

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The fantastic Greenwich Wine and Food Festival presented by PepsiCo returns to Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on the harbor in Greenwich Ct., September 21-22, 2018.  The festival is amazing with food, wine, beer, and spirits tastings, celebrity chefs and demonstrations, a casino gaming tent, and capped off by a fantastic outdoor concert.  All this is the beautiful setting of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

Friday night will feature a  special dinner with The Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner, held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Friday, September 21, will honor Alex Guarnaschelli for her innovation and substantial contributions to the culinary world.

Saturday September 22nd is a fun filled day starting at 12:30 pm with the Grand Tasting Tent with 150 different food and beverage vendors!  It is quite the treat.  It is a great way to sample wine, spirits, beverages and check out the culinary delights from great local restaurants.

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Celebrity chefs abound at the festival with The Celebrity Green Room, presented by Ethan Allen, will host celebrities and culinary experts in a luxury lounge while being interviewed by Serendipity contributing editors Chef Matt Storch and Chef Robin Selden.

12:30-12:50pm – Adam Richman  1:00-1:20pm – Scott Conant 1:30-1:50pm – Alex Guarnaschelli  2:00-2:20pm – Samantha Benjamin (The Dessertist), Kevin Des Chenes (restauranteur and author) and Lindsay Perkins (Lindsay Culinary, LLC)    2:30-2:50pm – Christian Petroni (Fortina, Winner of Next Food Network Star), Bill Taibe (Jesup Hall, Kawa Ni, The Whelk) and Serena Wolf (author and Domesticate-Me.com)  and more!

From 1pm to 6pm there will be two kitchen demonstration stages with celebrity chefs presenting great cooking demos.

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From 4:30 pm to 8:30pm there will be more great activities leading up to concert time!  There will be “The South of The Border” presented by Don Julio featuring the flavors of Mexico.   Bud and Burgers will have burger samples from competing restaurants as well as plenty of Budweiser on tap.   There is also a great “Tailgate Party” during this time with great samples from   featuring samples from Blue Point Brewing Company, Cafe’ Bon, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Filippo Berio, Half Full Brewery, Hoodoo Brown BBQ, Izzi B’s Bakery, Jameson, Kettle One, KOW Steaks, Mike’s Organic Delivery, Pepsi Zero, The Blind Rhino, The Dough Girls, True Color Sparkling Wine, Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors, Walter’s Hot Dogs and Woodford Reserve.  There is something for everyone!

The festival will end with an outdoor concert.  At 6:30 pm vocalist and multi instrumentalist Caroline Jones will kick off the concert. She has released her first album this year “Bare Feet” and has spent much of 2018 touring with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.  I have seen her in concert and she is not to be missed!

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At 8:30 pm Tim McGraw will be the main act on stage.  McGraw’s career spans over 20 years and  is considered a top  country music artist. He has numerous Grammy, CMA and AMA awards to his credit.  His crossover into a blend of country and pop music has made him a fan favorite all over the country.

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This event is not to be missed and comes along once a year !  For more information click the link below.

https://serendipitysocial.com/greenwich-wine-food

Greenwich Wine and Food Festival presented by PepsiCo

 

Ridgefield Theater Barn opens its 53rd season with the musical comedy, Urinetown

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The Ridgefield Theater Barn has opened is 53rd season with Urinetown, The Musical.   Urinetown is a satirical musical comedy .  It satirizes the legal system, capitalism social irresponsibility, populism,  bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics  The show also parodies past musicals, and the Broadway musical itself as an art form.

The play opened on Broadway in 2001 and ran for over 900 performances.  It was  the winner of the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score.   The music and lyrics were written  by Mark Hollmann,  and the book and lyrics  were penned by Greg Kotis.

This very funny musical now comes to the Ridgefield Theater Barn Stage with performances through September 28th 2018.    This production is directed by Deb Failla with Musical Direction by Lisa Riggs Hobbs. The show features Michael Valinoti, Elyse Jasensky, Chris Balestriere, Monica Harrington, James Hobayan, Bill Warncke, Joe Caputo,  Meaghan Elliot, Shawn Tyler Allen, Rachel Lotstein, Samantha Holomakoff, Rachel Lewis, Duane Lamham, Lesli Allen, Stephen Emerick, and Harry Brendan Garnett.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn is a wonderful intimate venue to enjoy live theater.  Seating is cabaret style at tables and theater goers are encouraged to bring their own food and wine to enjoy prior to the performance.

Don’t miss this hysterical show  before it sells out!  For tickets and more information:

http://ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org

Tickets are $38 and Seniors (62)/Students/Veterans $30

Ridgefield Theater Barn

37 Halpin Lane  •  Ridgefield, CT

 

 

Sunset Wine Party comes to Ridgefield, September 23rd

ridgefield wineOn September 23rd from from 6 pm to 10 pm, get ready to experience a fabulous evening of wine and food in Ridgefield Ct.  at the iconic Lounsbury House.  Attendees to this event will:

Taste over 80 wines presented by Ancona’s Wines & Liquors

Sample decadent food pairings expertly crafted by Executive Chef Giuseppe Castellano from Gallo Ristorante

Experience special wines at the Townvibe Exclusive Tasting Lounge

Listen to great DJ sessions

Learn wine tips from our wine pros during the 20 min Wine Talks

Watch your favorite wines make it to the top ten live ranking with our web app

Step into  the  interactive GIF booths and watch it all blow up on social media!

Enjoy the Wine Garden while you swirl and sip, watch the sunset and have a great time. Win a pair of tickets to this fun happening by contacting me through this website or the I on the Valley Facebook page and state why you wish to attend.

Come on out and celebrate the simple pleasures of life, in a night that will be anything but simple! Cheers!

Sunset Wine Party  presented by Ancona’s

web for info and tickets:  bit.ly/sunsetwineparty

LOUNSBURY HOUSE – RIDGEFIELD CT

316 Main St, Ridgefield, CT

 

Evarito’s: a modern take on authentic Mexican cuisine in SoNo

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SoNo (South Norwalk) is already home to a vibrant dining scene, and it has just been enhanced with the addition of Evarito’s.   The restaurant is the latest offering from the Skal Restaurant Group whose other popular restaurants include Cask Republic (SoNo, Stamford, New Haven) and the Ginger Man (Greenwich).   Having dined at the Cask Republic location in SoNo we were excited to experience this latest restaurant.

Evarito’s menu is Mexican but has been described as “Mexican mash up”.  It has been expertly crafted to blend authentic Mexican dishes with modern culinary trends.  Christian Burns, principal of the Skal Restaurant Group has culled dishes from his travels to Mexico and brought these items to Evarito’s which can be paired with a fine selection of craft cocktails.   We were quite surprised by the interior design of the restaurant.  Instead of the stripped down industrial look of many new Mexican eateries, Everito’s has taken a different path and developed an elegant  yet casual space to dine. It is both refined yet  inviting at the same time. High ceilings, beautiful lighting,  wood floors and tables and  banquettes covered in teal create a warm comfortable space.  The bar is long and impressive with Mexican tile accents.  The tile is repeated again in the large fireplace wall which dominates one side of the room.  Evarito’s is really several different spaces with the large dining room, bar area, open kitchen with raw bar and the spacious outdoor area  on the side of the restaurant.

Drinks are creative and numerous.  There are 7 different margaritas on the menu, several other house special cocktails,  18 varieties of beer (can or bottle) and 12 different wines available in glass or bottle.

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While the drinks are excellent, the main event is the fresh, authentic and uncluttered take on Mexican cuisine.  For starters we tried the Salsa Tour, a fun and unique way to dip your chips with selections such as salsa roja, salsa verde, mole negra,, avocado, and chile de arbol.  Each salsa has a different flavor, texture and heat and are great to share.    The Cactus Salad also made its way to our table and the this healthy mix of grilled cactus, tomato, cheese, fresh avocado and market greens was light and delish.  Nice dish for the veggie lover.

Main dishes are comprised of Tacos ($7-$9), Tostadas ($10-$12), Mexican Plates ($19-$25) and Fajitas al Carbon, prepared on a wood fired grill ($21-$23).    The tacos come two per order and are served on soft gluten free and non-gmo corn tortillas.   We tried the Fish Al Carbon, a delicious combo of grilled fish, pico de gallo, spicy mayo and cactus. This dish was so different then tacos we have had elsewhere and the emphasis on fresh ingredients and authentic recipes was evident in each bite.  Also enjoyed was the tasty Chicken Tacos and the Cauliflower Mole a unique blend of roasted cauliflower, mole, plantains and pickled onions.  This last dish is fantastic for the healthy eater or the vegetarian.

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There are four tostadas on the menu and we loved the Shrimp Tostada featuring fresh shrimp, chipotle and tomato cream, avocado and just enough onion to add some zip.  This fresh seafood dish made my mind wander to some Mexican seaside restaurant as I took each bite.

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Shrimp Tostada

Our final dish was the Shrimp Fajitas which was unlike any fajita I have ever seen or tasted.  The presentation was beautiful with the hand pressed tortillas served in a small ornate wooden box. The main dish was wood fired shrimp, grilled veggies (beets, root vegetables), cilantro cream and salsa roja.  I loved every bite and honestly this was the best fajita I have ever had.  It was that good.

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Shrimp Fajita with sauce on the side and tortillas served in a ornate wood box

Evarito’s is a unique Mexican eatery.  Its fine upscale interior design coupled with its carefully crafted menu that has elevated Mexican cuisine to a new level.  Upon leaving I instantly thought of the great healthy meal we enjoyed and what we will order on our next visit.

 

Evarito’s

14-16 North Main Street  South Norwalk Ct  (SoNo)

https://www.evaritos.com

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