Monday, February 27, 2012

Stamford Tables’ Winter Restaurant Weeks Feb 25 - March 11

Stamford Downtown is pleased to announce the return of the ever-popular Stamford Tables’ Winter Restaurant Weeks starting Feb 25 - March 11.  This year’s two week event will feature a record number of 30 Stamford Downtown restaurants!  To celebrate the beginning of the 7th annual Winter Restaurant Weeks Stamford Downtown restaurant owners will gather on Monday, February 27th at 3pm for a special wine tasting kick off event at Fernando Luis Alvarez’ Gallery located at 96 Bedford Street.  All are welcome.

So come out from the cold and enjoy fabulous lunches starting at $10.12 & dinners beginning at $15.12.  Log onto for menus and details.  This year’s participants include: Aria Restaurant, Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bar Rosso, Black Bear Saloon, BUtterfield 8 Restaurant & Lounge, California Pizza Kitchen, The Capital Grille, Capriccio Café, Chez Jean-Pierre, Columbus Park Trattoria, Emme of Capri, EOS Greek Cuisine, Ferrante, Grand, Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant, Kujaku Japanese Restaurant, Lola’s Mexican Restaurant, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Morton’s The Steakhouse, napa & co., Patrizia’s of Stamford, Picante Fresh Mexican Grill, Quattro Pazzi, Remo’s Brick Oven Pizza Company,  Sam’s American Bistro at the Marriott, SBC Downtown Restaurant & Brewery, Tappo, Tengda Asian Bistro, Volta Gelateria Creperia and ZAZA Italian Gastrobar.


The Capital Grille Kicks-Off 3rd Annual Artist Series Wine Event

The Capital Grille Kicks-Off 3rd Annual Artist Series Wine Event
2012 Limited-Edition Cabernet Sauvignon to Benefit Share Our Strength ®

The Capital Grille Artist Series Wine Event is returning for its third year this spring, beginning March 19. This annual event gives guests at The Capital Grille a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience an exclusive, limited allocation wine adorned with a unique piece of original artwork as its label, while supporting Share Our Strength® and their mission to end childhood hunger in America. The nationally renowned fine-dining restaurant, known for its dry aged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list, will once again donate $25 to Share Our Strength® for every limited-edition bottle sold.

This year’s Artist Series wine is an exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon hand-selected by The Capital Grille’s own Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. 
“We are extremely pleased to bring back the Artist Series Wine Event for a third consecutive year, as we relish the opportunity to bring our guests a restaurant wine experience unlike any other,” said John Martin, President of The Capital Grille.  “As always, we are thrilled to support a worthy cause like Share Our Strength, which helps feed hungry children in America.  The Capital Grille has donated nearly $1 million to Share Our Strength over the past four years, and we look forward to reaching and exceeding that milestone this year.”
The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet was hand-crafted at Napa Valley’s Freemark Abbey Winery by Ted Edwards, in collaboration with George Miliotes, one of only 186 Master Sommeliers in the world. Fewer than 1,000 cases of this unique wine, blended solely for The Capital Grille, will be produced.  The wine’s grapes were harvested from carefully selected vineyards in Napa Valley, where differing elevations and a unique terrain result in the perfect conditions for creamy, roundly textured flavors.  
“We are committed not only to a fine dining experience, but also to introducing our guests to the wonderful world of wines,” said Miliotes. “We strive to give our guests the chance to enjoy fine wines from across the globe, and created The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon to give them an incomparable opportunity to experience a magnificent vintage with ripe fruit flavors, prominent tannin and the complexity and balance expected of a fine Cabernet.”
To match the work of art inside the bottle, The Capital Grille invited artists and wine lovers to submit original art for the bottle’s label, during a competition held last fall. The winning painting, Complexity, by Missouri-based artist Julie Agee, was chosen for the way the vibrant colors and abstract lines perfectly complement the robust flavors and subtle undertones of the wine.  The artwork will appear on every individually numbered bottle of The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon. This is just one part of The Capital Grille’s award-winning wine program, which is routinely recognized by many industry and media outlets.  Featuring more than 350 Old and New World selections housed in floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosks, The Capital Grille also offers a Captain’s List of 125 collector wines.  Additionally, guests have the opportunity to lease a wine locker, personalized with an inscribed brass nameplate.

The Capital Grille is located at 230 Tresser Boulevard.  Reservations may be made online at or by calling (203) 967-0000.

  For more information on The Capital Grille, please visit

About Share Our Strength®
Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, nationally and at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry®. Visit to get involved.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Franklin Street Works presents Heavy Rotation - February 24th to March 16th

exhibition of emerging trends in the world of contemporary video art
Franklin Street Works is pleased to announce the opening of Heavy, a three-week showcase of emerging trends in contemporary video art.Heavy Rotation aims to provide an adrenaline rush
There will be a reception for the exhibition on Thursday, March 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m., in the main gallery space.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit the Franklin Street Works website
( or call (203) 253-0404.
Franklin Street Works is located at 41 Franklin Street in downtown Stamford,
Connecticut, near the UCONN campus and less than one hour from New York City via
Metro North. Franklin Street Works is approximately one mile (a 15 minute walk) from
the Stamford train station. On street parking is available on Franklin Street (metered
until 6 pm except on Sunday), and paid parking is available nearby in a lot on Franklin
Street and in the Summer Street Garage (100 Summer Street), behind Target.

The art space and café are open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00
p.m. Franklin Street Works does not charge for admission during regular gallery hours.
About Franklin Street Works
Franklin Street Works is a new, not-for-profit contemporary art space, café, and social
gathering place in Stamford, Connecticut. It produces original on-site and off-site
exhibitions, artist projects, and related programming. Located in renovated row houses
on Franklin Street, the two- story space includes three galleries and a café. Franklin
Street Works embraces innovative art and exhibition practices, a DIY attitude, and a
workshop approach to its programming, audiences, and organizational structure. The
activities and attitudes of the café reflect and expand on the organization’s mission as a
contemporary art venue.
 Here is the rest.
Beginning on February 24th and closing on March 16th, this ambitious project consists of
four “mini exhibitions,” each lasting four days, and each reflecting different themes.
Through multiple, short-lived shows,
of shifting contexts, fresh curatorial perspectives, and highly varied technologies. The
show’s fluctuating structure also asks us to imagine the exhibition as a series of changing
visual events, rather than a static installation.
One grouping includes artists who harness specific elements from nature (including
rocks, water, snow, and a snail) as imagery to foreground unique approaches to "process"
in the act of art making. Love and interpersonal relationships inform another show,
which explores romantic exchanges, desires, and miscommunications via a variety of
platforms and situations (including Chat Roulette, Craigslist singles ads, and public
displays of affection). A third installation explores "psychological landscapes," whose
narratives are situated within imaginative, culturally specific, and often geographically
peripheral environments. Finally, New York-based curator Anthony Thornton rounds out
the schedule with a selection of videos that explore the public inevitability of private
performance within our increasingly connected world.
Participating artists/curators include: Robert Chirila, Petra Cortright, Keith Edmier,
Lindsey Eskind, Don Evans, Jesse Fleming, T. Foley, Alexa Gerrity, Matteo Giordano,
Ilana Halperin, Seth Kelly, Karsten Krejcarek, Camille Laurelli, Jillian Mayer, David
O'Reilly, Ariana Page-Russell, John Pilson, Cheryl Pope, Joshua Seidner, Rbt. Sps., Brent
Stewart, Anthony Thornton, and Grant Worth.
 Franklin Street Works presents Heavy Rotation, a unique and frenetic


Monday, February 20, 2012

Save the Date! - Earth Day 2012

Save the Date! - Earth Day 2012

On April 21, join us for our annual Earth Day Celebration!
Enjoy your chance to roll up your sleeves, take on a project and help improve our community.
We will be tackling the following jobs in Mill River Park:
Plant 4,000 plant plugs at the Mill River Playground
Paint and stain the playground equipment
Restore the lawns at the Archstone site on Washington Blvd.
Remove trash from the banks of the Mill River
Our volunteers make beautification of the Mill River possible.

Please contact Nia Rhodes Jackson to discuss signing your team up to participate in the event. DetailsWhen: Saturday, April 21, 2012 9 am - 2 pmWhere: Meet at Mill River Playground


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Stamford in the news....Stamford snags Foursquare badge!

Stamford snags Foursquare badge

Stamford has been chosen as 1 of 5 cities in America in the Foursquare city badge contest. See the links below!

Advocate blog post:

Official announcement from Foursquare:


Friday, February 17, 2012

Horsin' Around Stamford Downtown

Get ready to be blown away.  The newest sculpture exhibit is about to kick off in Stamford Downtown this spring.   It's called Horsin Around, and you guessed it, its themed around horse figures.
Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences.
 Horsin' Around Stamford Downtown, similar to the Cow Parade, Art-O-Mobiles, Stamford Safari and It's Reigning Cats & Dogs, will be an interactive sculpture exhibit.  Artists, through a juried selection process, will paint, sculpt and decorate fiberglass horses that will line the sidewalks and parks of the Downtown as well as the Stamford Town Center. 

 A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned by Fazzino

 New and exciting this year is our special "celebrity" artist!  Sooooo excited, and I know Stamford will be too.  He is Charles Fazzino.  You've seen his work in NYC, and maybe even at an area airport. 
Mr. Fazzino is an internationally renowned 3D Pop Artist. Since developing his distinctive 3D art technique more than thirty years ago, Charles Fazzino’s name has been synonymous with bright, whimsical, and wonderfully detailed 3D Pop Art.  His work can be seen in hundreds of galleries and museums worldwide.  Check out this 3D Pop Art Gallery to experience Fazzino’s art.

Can't wait to see his specially designed   Horsin' Around Stamford Downtown horse, made just for Stamford Downtown. 

You ain't seen nothin yet....
Sculpture Opening PartyWednesday, June 6, By Invitation, call 203-348-5285.
Sculpture Auction TBD


Thursday, February 16, 2012

A SEPARATION at the Avon... 2/17 at 7pm

The Avon Theatre & The Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford Present

The Avon Theatre is excited to present THE BEST REVIEWED FILM OF THE YEAR ON FEBRUARY 17TH

 2012. Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay
 2012, Golden Globe Winner – Best Foreign Language Film
, Named Best Foreign Language Film by the NY Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, 
National Board of Review, & the London Critics Circle

Special post-film Q&A/panel discussion with
 Ardeshir & Eleanor Ommani, 
co-founders of the American Iranian Friendship Committee on 

Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket pricing: Carte Blanche – FREE, Members - $6, Nonmembers - $11

. Advance tickets are on sale at the box office during showtimes, or by calling 203-967-3660. 
You can call our administrative office during daytime business hours at 203-661-0321.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

French Cinematheque events @ the Avon

The Avon Theatre and the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich present four upcoming French Cinematheque events. On Thursday, February 16th at 7:30p.m. The Avon screens The Conquest, a fictional account of the election of France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy. On Thursday, March 8th beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m., The Avon will host a special event; A Selection of Award Winning French Language Short Films from Around the Globe in celebration of the International Day of La Francophonie. On Thursday, March 15th The Avon is showing The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008) at 7:30 p.m. and on April 19th at 7:30 p.m. the critically acclaimed Tomboy. Ticket pricing: Carte Blanche: Free, Avon & AFG Members: $6, Students & Seniors: $8, Nonmembers: $11


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day from Stamford Downtown...

Share the love today; Spend your Valentines Day in Stamford Downtown. 

I saw this query in an Albany, NY Blog*, and was wondering the same for Stamford....
So I ask.....What do you love about Stamford Downtown? 
Do you love.....A special restaurant, or shop....Where you read or meet up with friends.  Just waiting for the bus on one of the downtown street corners. 
How about the flowers that pop up in the spring.  The tree lights during the holiday season. Maybe it's a special event. 

Tell me.  
We are making a list from your emails as to the top 10 things people love about Stamford downtown.  (List to be posted at a later date.)

Email  here.


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Avon Theatre’s 2012 Oscar® Nominated Film Festival and Volta

This past weekend,  I attended a portion of the Avon's Oscar®-Nominated Film Festival

Caught a showing of  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011), a 15 minute animated short.    Certainly worth a watch.  I like watching the "shorts" since I have a short attention span most of the time. The "shorts" are a mix of nominated short  films, 7 -15 minute or so in length.   Hate to confess it, but I arrived late, and missed the first short.  All were quite entertaining, and rightfully nominated.  (all the shorts are online at You be the judge....
Afterwards,  went around the corner for a leisurely brunch at Volta.  Super crowded, and lucky to get a seat.  Open face egg and bacon sandwich, with a side of wild mushroom soup. Choco gelato to finish.  All good.  All worth the trip. It was a cold Saturday, and worth venturing out. 

  See others nominated selections at the Avon during their Oscar Nominated Film Festival.  
 The Avon Theatre’s 2012 Oscar® Nominated Film Festival

Featuring a selection of nominees that have not yet shown at the Avon!
Every Saturday and Sunday in February at 11:00 a.m. 
Plus repeat showings of the Oscar® Nominated Shorts categories on select Tuesdays: February 14 & 21 
(See schedule below for Tuesday screening times and when each category will be shown)

Festival Badge Prices
Members - $35 / Nonmembers - $70
Individual tickets for each screening can also be purchased at the box office
Carte Blanche Members – FREE / Members $6 / Nonmembers - $11
*Students, Seniors & Kids - $8 price available only for Rango on 2/18 and the Tuesday night screenings

**Please note that each shorts category program is a separate admission ticket

Festival Schedule
in progress:

Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts
Tuesday, February 14 – 6:00 p.m.

Oscar® Nominated Animated Shorts

Tuesday, February 14 – 8:00 p.m.


Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Saturday, February 18 – 11:00 a.m.

Oscar® Nominated Documentary Shorts
Sunday, February 19 – 11:00 a.m.

Oscar® Nominated Documentary Shorts
Tuesday, February 21 – 7:30 p.m.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Nominated for: Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Adapted Screenplay, & Best Music (Original Score)

Saturday, February 25 – 11:00 a.m.

My Week With Marilyn

Nominated for: Best Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh)

Sunday, February 26 – 11:00 a.m. 

Avon Theatre Film Center
272 Bedford Ave
Stamford, CT 06901

Box Office: (203) 967-3660
Business Office: (203) 661-0321
Twitter: @avontheatre


Agora Spa Valentine's Day Special

Agora Spa Valentine's Day Special

Agora Spa
243 Tresser Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
P: 203.977.1234
F: 203.977.1210

Experience an exclusive gathering place in the heart of downtown Stamford, Connecticut.
Welcome to the Agora Spa at The Stamford Marriott Hotel. We've taken our name and inspiration from the Greek word, agora, meaning to gather. The ancient agoras of Greece were renowned as popular gathering places. The Agora Spa is destined to follow suit by offering our guests the perfect getaway, seven days a week.

Hours of Operation:


Saturday, February 11, 2012

make your valentine plans...Ferrante, Dragonfly and Stamford Symphony

Phone: 203-323-2000
Fax: 203-323-2002
191 Summer Street
A classic Italian restaurant with friendly staff, attention to detail, a unique menu and exceptional wine list. Invitingly decorated in classic elegance. Private party room available.

Dragonfly Restaurant & Lounge
Phone: 203-357-9800
Fax: 203-977-3300
488 Summer Street
Experience the gem of Stamford! A unique dining & gathering destination serving contemporary American cuisine, innovative cocktails, specialty beer, and a diverse wine selection. European gothic décor; live jazz; private party room; seasonal patio.

Stamford Symphony Orchestra
Phone: 203-325-1407x10
Fax: 203-325-8762
263 Tresser Boulevard
Performance excellence and innovative programming results in “serious fun”. Concerts led by Maestro Eckart Preu are supplemented by education programs for all ages.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

ready for valentines day?

Details here:

Black Bear Saloon
Phone: 203-324-4448Fax: 203-325-2505
261 Main Street
Classic American style pub with an outdoor patio boasts a moderately priced menu featuring the best burger and happy hour in Stamford

Chinese Mirch
Phone: 203-969-7000Fax: 203-969-7002
35 Atlantic Street
Successfully marries wok style Chinese cooking with Indian flavors. The interior is an enclave of modern stylish design that melds ancient Chinese and Indian motifs with hip contemporary details of today. The menu includes flavorful but light healthy fare free of artificial additives such as MSG. Cool yourself with our specialty cocktails such as the Pearl of the Orient, Royal Dragon and Mandarin Margarita or our eclectic wine list including a Chenin Blanc from India.

EOS Greek Cuisine
Phone: 203-569-6250Fax: n/a
490 Summer Street
Authentic Greek cuisine in a modern atmosphere. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Outside seating, catering, delivery and private parties available. Reservations recommended. Mon-Thur 11:30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12-9pm

Mitchell's Fish Market
Phone: 203-323-3474Fax: n/a
230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford Town Center
Fresh seafood obsession is a commitment. Fish any fresher would still be in the ocean.

Stamford Symphony Orchestra
Phone: 203-325-1407x10Fax: 203-325-8762
263 Tresser Boulevard
Performance excellence and innovative programming results in “serious fun”. Concerts led by Maestro Eckart Preu are supplemented by education programs for all ages.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

more Valentines Day offerings... Emme of Capri

Emme of Capri
Phone: 203-353-0626
Fax: 203-353-0806
227 Summer Street
Authentic Italian cuisine in a bistro setting. Handmade pasta, fresh fish, pork and veal. Weekly specialties flown in from Italy.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Make your Valentine's Day Plans and include Stamford Downtown...

For additional information on the restaurants listed here, or a full list of all the restaurants in Stamford Downtown,  check out

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

VDay in Stamford downtown....EOS and napa & co

EOS Greek Cuisine
Phone: 203-569-6250
Fax: n/a
490 Summer Street
Authentic Greek cuisine in a modern atmosphere. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Outside seating, catering, delivery and private parties available. Reservations recommended. Mon-Thur 11:30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12-9pm

napa & co
Phone: 203-353-3319
Fax: 203-353-9133
75 Broad Street
Farm to table, California cuisine in an elegant and warm wine bar setting. Offering over 50 wines by the glass and a 350 label wine list. Rated excellent by The New York Times and listed among the Best Restaurant in America by Zagat. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Just a few Valentine's Day offerings in Stamford Downtown....

Visit our website for a complete list of restaurants in the downtown area.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

WINTER WINE SERIES at napa&co...

napa & co.

napa & co$$$
75 Broad Street
Phone: 203-353-3319
Fax: 203-353-9133
Farm to table, California cuisine in an elegant and warm wine bar setting. Offering over 50 wines by the glass and a 350 label wine list. Rated excellent by The New York Times and listed among the Best Restaurant in America by Zagat.

Reservations in advance and we appreciate cancellations if something comes up.
Monday February 6th :A walk though the Cakebread Vineyards: $50pp
plus tax
One of the highest selling it worth the hype?
Try for yourself and see why they are always running out of wine!

Tuesday February 14th: A Valentine's treat: Sparkling wine 4 course tasting menu designed by Chef Arik
$120pp plus tax  (no speaker...I'll leave you to romance yourselves!) Time is up to you. Please call for reservations and state that you would like the tasting menu.

Monday February 27th: A tasting of the Eco-friendly Oregon!
$35pp plus tax
One of the most GREEN responsible growing regions in the world and also some of the best Pinot Noir coming out of this area. Try a handful of these small growers and fall in love like I did!

Monday March 12th: Merlot March Madness $35
plus tax
Merlot got a bad rep after the movie "Sideways" but truth be told, there's some smoking hot Merlots out there that are being missed over because of a silly script. Try for yourself!

Monday, March 26th: A look at Benziger Family (not Beringer!) $35 plus tax
This small family owned winery has re-focused their mission from volume to doing a few things and doing them right. We applaud them for their changes because it's reflected in the glass. Their sustainable practices deserve a hand as well!

**If you have specific subjects/topics you would like to see us offer, please shoot us an email.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Your New Look Wants to Give Back @Saks

Wednesday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Your New Look Wants to Give Back @SaksDuring the month of February, Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 5% of purchases made with a registered Saks Credit card to your choice of the below charities.
You  can make your designation at the register when you check out and it will apply to  all of your purchases for the entire month of February.
Saks Stamford has partnered with:Yerwood Community Center, Mill River Collaborative, Multiple Sclerosis

 Contact for questions: 
 Paulette Pitt
Saks Fifth Avenue / Stamford Town Center
203.323.3100 ext. 204


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Learn more about foursquare...

Foursquare, a social media website that enables users to “check in” to their current location.
The DSSD is campaigning to earn a Foursquare badge for the city of Stamford!

Best of Stamford, CT! #visitUS
Check out the best that Stamford, CT has to offer. Lots of great food and fun entertainment! (There's no particular order to the list. Just one stop of awesomeness after another!)


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