From The Editor: Local Dish
What a difference a year makes. Barely twelve months ago I declared 2012 the year when Stamford dining hit full stride. Today it seems I spoke too soon. This year we saw more openings, new chefs, increasingly inventive menus and wine lists, more options for cheap eats and sweets, an ever-expanding global cuisine and an outdoor and gourmet scene that grew beyond downtown. We followed food trucks, we attended sold-out wine-pairing events, we shared small plates, we sipped top shelf bourbon, Scotch and tequila. The word is out that the City That Works is living the good life, so it appears safe to think that we will remember this year as the time when we lived up to our foodista hype. But I won’t make that mistake again, since early scoop already points to more about-to-open restaurants and new foodie trends to explore in the coming months.
My advice? Book those reservations now. Soon enough all thoughts will turn to planning holiday celebrations, brainstorming gift ideas, gathering friends and family, and getting in the holiday mood. Sure, preparing for all the merriment can be hectic. For this reason we thought we’d call your attention to seasonal events and holiday must-reads that will remind us all why we celebrate in the first place.
A surefire way to remember what matters in this season of giving is to read about the 2013 Light A Fire honorees, big givers with big hearts who tell us about the spark that compelled them to action and the impact of their results-driven efforts.
Among them is Max Konzerowsky, who two years ago, when he was seven, created his own nonprofit because his age prevented him from helping in a way he believed to be meaningful. You’ll also read about Jane Carlin, a teacher who has long supported the needs of the women and girls who turn to the Domestic Violence Center in Stamford and Project Return in Westport for help. Years separate these two Stamford residents but they share a deep desire to give, and a dogged determination to never give up. Inspired? You can help too. In this issue we also asked a few of our nonprofit friends what their greatest needs are before year’s end. Tear that sheet out and add the items to your shopping list. If we all lend a hand, we’ll all be better for it.