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.

Stamford Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • Free Mammogram

    2014.10.21

    Dr Brian S. Sheets is offering a free mammogram for those with no insurance. Stamford Hospital's Mobile Mamo Unit will be in Darien!...

  • Gubernatorial Debate 2014

    2014.10.21

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Way We Worked

    2014.09.20

    September 20 through November 4, 9am – 5pm The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in...

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...

  • 3rd Annual Ladies of Glitter & Glam

    2014.10.23

    Our 3rd Annual Ladies Night of Glitter & Glam to Benefit the Bennett Cancer Center. Preview our New Fall Collections, experience the...

  • Let’s Talk

    2014.09.04

    Thursdays, Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, 1 – 2 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people or...

  • OPEN STUDIOS 2014

    2014.10.24

    LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES the PUBLIC to its 36th ANNUAL Open Studios EVENT Friday October 24 - 6 to 9 PM Saturday October 25 -...

  • Crawl-o-Ween

    2014.10.24

    Free costume pub crawl with check in at the Holiday Inn 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport and visiting the Bijou Square Neighborhood, then ending a...

  • Getting Into Work- An Improv performance by Sea Tea

    2014.10.24

    Adults have been asking you since first grade what you want to be when you grow up. Just because you're a teenager doesn't mean work...

  • ASTRONOMY NIGHTS: Pluto: The Battle for a Planet

    2014.10.24

    Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Pluto, followed by a visit to view the night...

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Slithery, Slimy, Creepy, Crawly

    2014.10.24

    Celebrate Halloween a little early! Meet some of our live scaly and crawly friends. Touch Connecticut's longest snake, meet a tarantula up...

  • Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

    2014.10.24

    Songbook Cabaret Series  Upstage @ The Palace Multi-award winners for their recordings and performances, jazz artists Eric Comstock and...

  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...


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