Who said bubbly is best saved for an engagement or birthday party? I say you should open that sparkling wine just because dinner’s ready. It can be poured with hors d’oeuvres, takeout or dessert, too. “Sparkling wine goes with anything and everything. It tastes as good with a holiday turkey as it does with pie,” says William Miller, owner of Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield. To that end, here are some favorites we should all have ready and chilled. —Elizabeth Keyser
Champagne is sparkling wine made in
the Champagne region of France.
Crémant is made in other parts of France.
Cava is from Spain.
comes from Italy.
Méthode champenoise is a slow, second fermentation in the bottle.
(NV) is a blend of grapes
from different vintages.
Vintage Wine made from grapes
from one year’s harvest.
There’s a new man (shop) in town. Dutch-based Suitsupply specializes in tailored suits made from Italian-milled fabrics and also offers a full range of menswear, everything from shoes and slacks to cashmere sweaters, T-shirts, ties and mor. Each rack represents outfit variations, so it’s easy for guys to put things together. The three-level store on Mason Street has fifteen dedicated parking spots in back. Inside are seating areas and a VIP lounge where guys can enjoy a single-malt scotch. “It’s convenient and quick—tailoring with a whole new energy. It’s not a dusty menswear store,” says Nish de Gruiter, vice president.
“A suit is never an impulse buy. It’s all about fit,” says Nish. Seventy percent of the alterations are done on the spot. “There’s instant gratification,” he says. Larger alternations are done with a three-day turnaround. The suits are designed to be affordable, with three price points depending on fabric and style; tuxedos and made-to-measure suiting are also available. Most popular? The Traveler Suit because it’s made of natural fibers yet can be tossed into a suitcase or sat on during the daily commute and won’t wrinkle. us.suitsupply.com
Roundabout 48 West Putnam Avenue, 203-552-0787
One of the best-kept secrets of well-dressed women has just expanded its fashionable footprint. Roundabout, a luxury resale and designer consignment shop, moved to a new 5,000-square-foot space that has a department- store feel and several internal, glassed-in “boutiques” (one all Chanel items); a bag area with Louis Vuitton, Hermès and other high-end labels, and also a dedicated shoe shop. In the Chanel room, you’ll findjackets, assorted clothing plus accessories like wallets, jewelry and sunglasses, all sold at 50to 70 percent less than retail—as is everything in the store.
The shop stocks many never-been-worn items, designated by blue-dot tags. Ladies looking for evening gowns can find a large inventory along with all kinds of clothing from designers comparable to those you’d find on Net-a-Porter—everything from Alexander McQueen to Zac Posen.
“Because we have more room now, we’re including more contemporary brands, not just the highest-end labels,” says Randy Kran, a lead stylist and store manager (think brands like Vince and Rag & Bone). A frequent-shopper program lets you earn points to use for future purchases. Need more room in your closet? You can consign your seldom- and never-worn designer clothes and get
50 percent back when they’re sold, and 66 percent of selling price for Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.roundaboutcouture.com
As home to some of the best medical facilities in the nation, Fairfield County is brimming with top-rated doctors. With so many choices, how can you find the perfect doctor that suits you and your family best? The following pages include profiles of some of our area’s best-rated doctors, including details about their practice and what drives them.
Shoes, glorious shoes! In the new Saks 10022-SHOE store, there’s so much fab footwear it would make Carrie Bradshaw’s head spin: more than 1,500 pairs, from coveted designers such as Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Dries Van Noten, as well as emerging talent like Nicholas Kirkwood and Tabitha Simmons. Saks Greenwich has always been a go-to for shoes and in the new stand-alone store there’s not only more selection—eighteen new brands, including seven exclusives in this area—but also much more room to admire the merchandise. “We wanted to expand our footprint and didn’t want to take away from that intimate boutique feeling that our customer loves,” says Joe Gambino, vice president and general manager of Saks Greenwich, of the new 14,000-square-foot design. The space has a feminine feel and a downtown vibe with its plush seating areas and cool lighting fixtures. Services offered in-store are as luxe as the surroundings. If you’re looking for the perfect stilettos for a black-tie event, for instance, you can bring in your dress (or have options brought over from the main Saks), use the private fitting room and work with a service associate to track down your sole mates. The same associates are happy to bring over jeans, accessories or anything else you may need from the main store. There’s also free same-day delivery within a fifty-mile radius of the store if you want a pair of boots or sneakers brought to your home.
10022-SHOE is the first of several Saks specialty stores planned in Greenwich, with The Collective for modern designer fashion slated to open in February and The Vault jewelry store in May. 20 East Elm Street, 203-862-5330; saksfifthavenue.com
Modeled after a modern Parisian salon, the chic new Copious Row is stocked with pieces from cutting-edge designers. “It’s for a woman who wants to be different. It’s about polishing a wardrobe, not building it,” says CEO David Chines, who learned the luxury- market world while working on Fendi and Pucci at LVMH and opened his first boutique in Sag Harbor. David is all about bringing in new designers, including international up-and-comers and those who are highly selective about where they’re sold. He adds that a Dubai-based designer recently flew here to visit in person. Swoon-worthy pieces—among his edited mix sequined skirts by Russian designer Kalmanovich, Ryan Roche cashmere, silk tops by Anna Valentine (who has designed for the royal family), Hugo Matha bags and Rauwolf clutches from Germany. Equally intriguing jewelry collections are displayed in the center of the store: sculptural colored gold and diamond jewelry from Neha Dani of India, jewelry from Dutch designer Bibi van der Velden, evil-eye necklaces from Delfina Delettrez Fendi. “The whole store is almost like a dream closet,” says David.86 Greenwich Avenue, 203-340-2720
Ladies in the know who shop Shari’s Place on the Upper East Side or while vacationing in Palm Beach or Nantucket will be happy to discover that the boutique carrying top designers such as Chloe, Stella McCartney, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu and Roberto Cavalli has opened in town. “We have a lot of clients who wanted the personal attention but didn’t want to go to the city,” says owner Shari Kaynes, who has been dressing fashion-forward women for decades. She has five locations besides the new boutique in the building that formerly housed Betteridge. In addition to a top selection of designer ready-to-wear, Shari’s specializes in high-end wardrobe essentials, including the company’s private label collection of Italian-made suede and leather as well as a line of cashmere blazers. The best-sellers are the leather bootleg pants and leggings, available in dozens of colors and sold with finely cut bottoms that are tailored to fit (complimentary tailoring on all garments). Complete the look with shoes from Santoni, Gravati and Rupert Sanderson to name a few, as well as fine jewelry and accessories. “I try to make it a one-stop shop,” says Shari. “Everybody’s busy and they’re coming to us to shop the whole look.” 117 Greenwich Avenue, 203-489-3888; sharisplace.com
Dinners, drinks, and holiday parties are upon us. Changing outfits for every occasion might feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. We met up with Alex Merrell, a New York based beauty who attends events and parties around the world for a living. Staying on-trend and being in the spotlight, Alex travels the world as a highly sought after DJ who works with an international list of clients. From dinners with Vogue one night to mixing music for Dior, Saks, or Louis Vuitton the next. Alex knows how to turn one dress into five different looks.
“Jewelry.” said Merrell. “It’s the most important part of my wardrobe. I love how the right necklace or ring can transform an entire look.” she added. Above: Alex Merrell wears Kavador jewelry, Warrior Ring (Price $7,350, valuation: $12,500), Alok bracelet (Price $13,300, valuation $19,500), Diana Ring (Price $16,950, valuation $28,500)
With a global audience following her style and known for her exquisite taste in jewelry, it’s no surprise that Alex was recently named as a Kavador Girl for the newly launched online company, Kavador.com. Kavador curates the best in fine jewelry searching the vaults of jewelers across the country to find hidden gems at the best prices.
Jennie Pastor, CEO of Kavador and local Greenwich resident works with Alex to pick her favorites for upcoming events in New York and Los Angeles. “We’re seeing a lot of diamonds, aquamarines, and weighty gold pieces as the essentials of this Holiday season.” Pastor said. “As the temperature drops, more attention is placed on jewelry to brighten up winter coats and scarfs, so rubies have also been very popular recently.” she added.
Holiday Style Favorites: Sitting across the table from someone for several hours at dinner means they’ll notice the details. As Harry Winston famously said “People will stare, make it worth their while.”
Over the past six years Greenwich residents Lisa and Mat Lori have been changing the lives of thousands of children around the globe. Through events and their very special three bears program they have raised more than $2 million for Operation Smile.
The couple’s passion to make a difference grew from their personal family journey. All three of the Lori’s sons were born with facial paralysis, a life-threatening condition that required multiple surgeries over multiple years. After witnessing the power of first-rate medical care and overwhelming compassion they became committed to ensuring that children less fortunate would have the same opportunity to live healthy and happy lives. They never looked back.
On Friday, November 18 at the Belle Haven Club the couple is hosting the Smile Greenwich Event to celebrate and support the work of Operation Smile. The evening which is being cochaired by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Trisha Dalton and Stacy Zarakiotis, will feature cocktails, dessert and dancing. Grammy award-winning singer and Empire actress Estelle will entertain the crowd. And Operation Smile founders, Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee will share their triumphant story of providing hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children in more than sixty countries.
Your attendance will literally change a child’s life. Buy your ticket and a smile today.
The last thing most of us think of doing during the dog days of summer is head into the city for a walking tour. But you may want to think again. Sugartooth Tours’ Ice Cream Summer Sundays Frozen Treats Tour is the perfect way to explore the hidden sweet treats of New York this summer.
Roam historical parts of the city, while experiencing the sweeter side of New York at a variety of dessert stops throughout Manhattan.
“The idea behind our tours is to have our guests really experience more than just the big-named shops,” says Sarah Morgan, cofounder and co-owner of Sugartooth Tours. “We keep our tour sizes small so everyone can really experience and enjoy the city and treats along the way! We also mix in a bit of history at each stop, so our guests know the story behind the sweetness.”
For those looking to cool off on a hot summer day, the Ice Cream Summer Sundays tour is the perfect fix. Featuring stops in Little Italy, SoHo and Chinatown, guests get to experience New York’s best cold treats—from uniquely flavored ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, artisanal gelato, frozen yogurt and more.
BOOK YOUR TOUR
The tour runs Sundays at 1 p.m. through August 28. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at sugartoothtours.com
WUJI Restaurant introduces organic Chinese food to Fairfield County with its first Connecticut location opening in Greenwich by month’s end. Already a success in neighboring Westchester County, this innovative restaurant concept bears an eco-pledge to customers vowing to serve local, organic, chemical-free and cooked-to-order Chinese food daily.
WUJI, meaning the singularity of the universe, offers Chinese food enthusiasts a more vibrant and fresh approach to this often misrepresented cuisine, and is in keeping with today’s sustainable food culture.
WUJI’s authentic recipes utilize traditional and modern preparations, and incorporate only organic chicken, pasture raised pork, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, cage-free chicken eggs, Chinatown noodles, and organic vegetables. The food is as pure and natural as it can get, ensuring no MSG hangover. A strong emphasis on gluten-free includes vegetable and high-protein dishes and eliminates the use of starch based fillers and thickeners found in traditional Chinese restaurants.
Menus are printed with vegetable ink on disposable paper that will be recycled after each guests’ use. Favorites include; organic Heritage pork spare ribs with honey-plum glaze; lo mein noodles stir-fried with vegetables and sesame ginger sauce; Cantonese roast chicken with crispy garlic and shallots; and spicy fried rice topped with a soft egg. The beverage program includes Asian beer selections, sakes, a well-crafted wine list and a creative selection of re-batched “tiki” cocktails prepared with top shelf spirits and fresh squeezed juices. Organic house made soda, herbal infusion ice tea service, and Kusmi hot tea round out the beverage offerings.
Sure, you know to tip the doorman a few bucks for each bag he delivers to your room. But how much do you give the concierge that got you tickets to a sold-out show? Or the housekeeper who makes everything just so? Does greasing the palm of the check-in clerk get you a room upgrade? We find out.
THE HOTEL HOUSE CAR
Yes, the Bentley is typically free and used on a first-come-first-served basis, but don’t you dare step out like a player without slipping your driver at least a $20, especially if you want him to come back for you.
Pro tip: You want those primo chairs facing the beach that are perfectly positioned in the sun without having to race down and “claim” them with your towel at 7 a.m.? Tip the pool attendant $10 to $20 the night before, point out the chairs you covet, and the next morning you will have your “reserved” spot waiting for you. Regardless, don’t forget to slip them a few dollars for setting you up every day—it’s appreciated and just a nice thing to do.
According to our research, absolutely no one tips under $3, and $5 is the norm. If you’ve been slipping them a single, they have probably been talking about you, and it wasn’t nice.
If they book dinner for you around the corner and give a little advice on where to get a nice box of chocolates for your mother-in-law, you should hand over $5 to $10. As a thank-you for those impossible-to-get tickets and over-the-top service, a minimun of $20 is appropriate.
These hardworking souls are often overlooked, as in they don’t have an outstretched hand for simply hailing a taxi, but they cleaned your toilet and organized your makeup. Leave $3 to $5 per day if you’re not messy, and leave it on the pillow so they know it’s a tip. Staying in a suite? Tip at least $10. Pro tip: Leave a nice note with your tip asking for extra bottles of the fancy soap (you know you want some), and they will gladly hook you up.
This is a tricky one. We’ve heard of front desk attendants that refuse tips and those that gladly accept them in return for upgrades. Our motto? It never hurts to try; ask for something “a little nicer if there’s availability” while dropping a $50 bill. Chances are you’ll at least end up on the club level.
Over 50 percent of travelers now book their vacations online, spending endless hours searching for the best deal on everything from hotels to airfare and rental cars. The thought of sitting down at your local travel agent’s desk and choosing your getaway based on her shiny brochures seems somewhere between quaint and archaic. But just as the way we book travel has changed, so have travel agents. We sat down with Greenwich-based luxury travel expert and advisor Jolie Goldring to find out why a real-life human agent is your best bet.
1 GET TREATED LIKE A VIP
When you book with a Virtuoso Travel Agent (Virtuoso is an exclusive network of agencies, luxury hotels and cruise lines) like Jolie, you get amenities that include free breakfast, upgrades when available, and perks like $100 room credits or spa appointments. “You might save $25 booking with Expedia, but you won’t be upgraded and have a personal amenity waiting in your room,” says Jolie. “When an agent books, we get higher priority when it comes to confirming things like connecting rooms, or requests for a high floor or specific rooms, etcetera. We also reach out to our contacts and push hard for upgrades and make sure you have personalized amenities upon arrival. Hate white wine? Let us know. You’ll only get red going forward.”
2 GET YOUR TIME BACK
Instead of spending hours on your laptop trying to find that perfect hotel in Paris, a good agent can give you the best options based on exactly what you’re looking for. Not only do they know the hotels, but they have relationships that can get you a room when the hotel’s website says “sold out.”
3 GET A DEAL
Working with an agent that is Virtuoso-affiliated will not only get you the extra perks. Jolie explains that a lot of agencies proactively negotiate exclusive discounted rates. “For example we know our Greenwich client base travels to Miami a ton, so we have negotiated with a handful of desirable properties and these properties have provided us with special discounted rates.”
4 GET HELP WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
When it comes to travel, it’s not if something will go wrong, it’s when. Flight canceled? A good agent will be ahead of that and have gotten you on the next flight. Room not as promised? An agent will call their contact at the hotel and make it right. And when things really go wrong, they are irreplaceable. One Virtuoso agent found a speedboat to rush a client’s delayed luggage to their departing cruise ship. We’re pretty sure there’s no website for that.
5 GET PERSONAL SERVICE
Your agent will have your frequent flier numbers, know whether you like an aisle or window seat and make sure that you get your gluten-free meal. “When they come to us for help with a trip, we are already two steps ahead as we know how to anticipate their needs,” says Jolie. “We keep profiles on our clients and know things about them—maybe they are advanced skiers or they love to surf or they are foodies. All these tidbits go into our thought process as we scout their next fabulous vacation.”
Fees are based on length of trip and number of travelers. A weeklong vacation for up to six people averages $350. Full planning includes research, booking, concierge service and activity organizing.
The forth annual Celebrating Hope will be held from 6:30 to 11:00pm on Friday, April 29 at l’escale at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut and proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. Tickets ($250 each) are available for purchase online or via phone at (860) 828.2828.
Keynote speakers B. Smith, lifestyle expert and restaurateur, and her husband Dan Gasby will share their very personal journey with Alzheimer’s after B’s diagnosis at the age of sixty-three.
The evening will unfold throughout the Mediterranean–inspired Delamar Hotel, beginning with cocktails overlooking the 500-foot private dock on Indian Harbor followed by dinner and dancing in the Antibes Ballroom. Guests will enjoy a special menu created by l’escale Restaurant’s Executive Chef Frédéric Kieffer offered in lounge seating.
Following the culinary experience, the What Up Funk 7-piece ensemble band will entertain with their high energy performances and dance addictive repertoire. The evening will also provide multiple opportunities to bid on unique experiences and luxury items featured in the extensive silent and live auctions.
Guests are encouraged to wear the Alzheimer’s signature color purple Visit alz.org/ct for more information .
He may show his collections on the runways of New York Fashion Week, but the red carpets from California to Cannes are where his work truly shines. And among his A-List devotees, Naeem Khan counts First Lady Michelle Obama as a famous fan. Known for his use of rich textiles, glittering embellishments and over-the-top embroidery, his gowns are the go-to for special events. Khan’s fashion education began in Mumbai with his father and grandfather, whose creations were worn by Indian royalty. As a teenager, he moved to Manhattan to work as an apprentice under iconic American designer Halston. By the time he launched his own line in 2003, Khan had honed his skills and refined his own aesthetic, blending the vibrant colors and textures of his Eastern roots with couture construction and classic silhouettes. His spring collection is no different, marked by beaded caftans in a rainbow of bright floral prints and candy-colored ball gowns. They’re the perfect pieces for the Naeem Khan ideal: a powerful woman who is not afraid to be glamorous.
What inspired your spring collection?
Spring is inspired by the beautiful Mediterranean–the gardens of the South of France, the blue waters of Capri, and the soft palette of the French impressionists. Icons such as Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy came to mind while I was envisioning this setting.
Tell us about the gorgeous earrings that the models wore.
The earrings were designed by Ranjana Khan, my wife, to complement the collection. They have a tropical look that was achieved with colorful semiprecious stones, and finished with silk and raffia.
Do you have a favorite dress from the collection?
The gunmetal jumpsuit, which features a deco pattern that I hand drew, and silver micro beads that were individually sewn on to silk chiffon [opposite page, bottom left].
Your spring looks are perfect for a glamorous tropical vacation. What’s your favorite travel destination?
I love Cartagena [in Colombia]. It’s such a happy place, full of life and color, music and beautiful people.
What is your favorite red carpet moment?
The first dress I designed for the First Lady, Michelle Obama. She was meeting with the Prime Minister of India, so I wanted to combine a Hollywood silhouette with embroidery and pattern that is typical of India. The pattern was inspired by an Andy Warhol piece.
Did you always want to design dresses?
Always, since I was twelve years old. It was built into my DNA. I watched my father design formal wear for India’s most influential people and I knew that I would want to pursue a similar path.
What was the most important thing you learned working alongside Halston?
The first thing I learned was discipline, which is essential in this business. The second most important thing I learned was draping and construction. To master this, you must know your materials and how they will translate into a garment. The fabric will speak to you. Halston also taught me that design and culture go hand in hand. Your social life should inspire your work.
Your gowns have such intricate beading and embroidery. How many hours go into completing one finished look?
It takes about three to four months to design a collection. My gowns range from 100 to 1,000 hours, depending on the details. The beadwork is all hand done, and often sewn onto the garment one by one. It’s a laborious process, but the outcome is worth it.
Does India continue to inspire your work?
Yes, it is a magical country with diverse cultural and design aspects. The sense of color, and rich history of arts and crafts are things I always try to infuse into my collections.
Fairfield County’s Giving Day significantly surpassed last year’s totals by raising $1,246,964.09 from 15,311 unique gifts. Fairfield County family, friends, neighbors and co-workers gave where they live! Fairfield County’s Community Foundation was Giving Day’s driving force for the third year in a row.
As region’s biggest philanthropic event, Giving Day allowed the community to come together and make a difference. Over 400 nonprofits participated to raise much-needed funds and to increase awareness about the amazing work they do throughout the region. Last year, $1,066,091 was raised in just 24-hours for 386 local nonprofits, donated by 13,161 individuals.
“Fairfield County Giving Day provided an easy way for every member of the community to make an impact where they live,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President, Bank of America. “The tremendous support provided by residents of Fairfield County will enable our nonprofits to continue the great work they already do throughout the area.”
The excitement of Giving Day began March 10th at midnight. Individuals went to FCGives.org and make a donation of $10 or more to the nonprofit or cause close to their heart. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation initiated Giving Day to empower the community at large and encourage local philanthropy across the many avenues of need including hunger relief, access to housing, educational opportunities for youth and adults, animal welfare, access to arts and culture and so many more.
“Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is honored and grateful to partner with community members, nonprofit organizations and businesses that are philanthropic, socially conscience champions,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “With these partners and our community of generous donors, we were able to make a HUGE impact on Giving Day 2016 for the people and places served by our important nonprofit sector. Remember, together we thrive!”
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation wants you to know that your gift – whatever the size –helped nonprofits. Fairfield County Giving Day lead sponsor Bank of America along with other champion sponsors such as Whole Foods Markets; Wiggin and Dana; Moffly Media; Deloitte; Neuberger Berman; Blum Shapiro; Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; TFI envision, Inc.; First County Bank; Cummings & Lockwood; Day Pitney; and media sponsors News 12 Connecticut; Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX helped to make this day a huge success.
The Gowrie Group Challenge has passed the “Million Dollar Mark!! Over the past 12 years the annual Gowrie Challenge has raised over one million dollars for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Donations from this year’s challenge (which ended 1/15/16) reached over $150,000, breaking all previous records for total dollars raised. Hitting the million dollar mark means over 3 million meals in total have been provided for those in need through the Gowrie Group Challenge.
The Gowrie Group Challenge is an annual fundraising challenge where Gowrie Group announces a $25,000 dollar for dollar matching donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens. The matching approach doubles the impact of generous donation from local businesses and individuals. This year, over 400 individuals and companies donated to the challenge. The contributions are used to fill the shelves of the SSKP’s five pantries and serve meals to those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families at the SSKP’s eight meal sites.
Gowrie Group was proud to have The Safety Zone, LC Doane Company, Tower Labs, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, and the Tariq Farid Foundation as named Partner Sponsors, who provided additional matching funds.
Caption: Gowrie Group team giving the $150,480 check to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen, (left to right): Ed Gumbrecht, Gowrie Group; Patty Dowling, SSKP executive director; Whitney Peterson, Gowrie Group; Lindas Dillion, Gowrie Group & SSKP board; Carter Gowrie; Rev. Martha Bays, SSKP Board Chair, Barbara Whitcher, SSKP board, and Claire Bellerjeau, SSKP.
Above: Celebrating Hope 2016 committee members Cristin Marandino, editor, Greenwich Magazine, Nancy Ozizmir, Kendra Farn Finz, Courtney Montgomery, Ginge Cabrera, Sharon Parker, Loretta Lacci, Maria Scaros-Mercado, Carol Burns, Nicole Peluso, MaryKate Donato (Photo Credit: MaryEllen Hendricks Photography)
Greenwich Benefit Set for Friday, April 29 at L’Escale at the Delamar Hotel
The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter invites the Fairfield County community to attend Celebrating Hope 2016 in honor of the 73,000 Connecticut residents who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 177,000 caregivers. The fourth annual benefit will be held from 6:30 to 11:00pm on Friday, April 29 at L’Escale at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, CT. Tickets ($250 each) are currently available for purchase online or via phone at (860) 828.2828. The event will feature dinner, dancing, an extensive live and silent auction, raffle prizes and a powerful speaker. Guests are encouraged to wear the Alzheimer’s signature color purple to the event and to bid on items such as vacation getaways, luxury accessories, and much more.
Celebrating Hope began with six courageous women – sisters Kendra FarnFinz (Greenwich) and Alison Farn Leigh (Greenwich); Lynn Hagerbrant (Greenwich); Lisa Rae Koorbusch (Darien); CristinMarandino (Stamford); and Sharon Parker (Greenwich). As caregivers, each has confronted the overwhelming obstacles and anguish associated with managing Alzheimer’s disease. In 2013, these women joined together with the hope that they could make a difference. With the support of the Connecticut Chapter, Celebrating Hope was founded. Since its inception, Celebrating Hope has raised more than $500,000 at three sold-out events.
Now in its fourth year, the Celebrating Hope 2016 event committee counts more than 55 members from towns throughout Fairfield County. Greenwich resident Nancy Ozizmir joins Ginge Cabrera and Cristin Marandino as event cochairmen this year. Additional members of the core event committee include Silent Auction cochairmen Lisa Anderson (Darien) and Jeffrey Ruden (Westport); Marketing chairman Sharon Parker (Greenwich); and board chair Lynn Hagerbrant (Greenwich).
Though many groups sponsor holiday food drives, in the cold, snowy months that follow there is a deep decline in donations. In fact, many hunger organizations must reduce the amount of food they distribute. Another challenge is sourcing fresh produce. In the summer and early fall, many rely on local farms to help but once the growing season ends, fresh produce donations reduce to a trickle.
William Raveis Real Estate in Greenwich is tackling both problems with a winter food drive designed to raise 750 pounds of fresh fruit by using Amp Your Good’s Crowd-Feeding system. Margriet McGowan an agent with William Raveis came up with the idea to spearhead the campaign. Margriet has long ties with Neighbor to Neighbor and wanted to do more. “It was important to develop a coordinated effort to better serve Neighbor to Neighbor’s specific need.”
People can purchase the fresh fruit they want to donate online and it will be delivered to those in need. A tax receipt for the donation will be provided via email.
Stacy Bass may be known for getting up early to photograph gardens at dawn, but now that her book of New England gardens has been published, her days and nights are filled with book signings, events, discussions and lots of travel. The new book, Gardens at First Light, is her second one devoted to morning garden photography. It showcases more than 200 images, of which she says, “I am always on the road in the pitch black and aim to arrive at a location about twenty to thirty minutes before sunrise. That way I can get a sense of the scope of the gardens, plan a strategy for how to approach shooting as the light comes up, and be sure I am in the right place at the right time.”
Her work, often seen in Moffly Media’s magazines, has secured her a loyal following. Being on tour introduces her to new fans and even surprises her with lucky reconnections with old friends around the world.
NYC: “So great to launch the book tour at Lillian August in NYC—with my whole family there! Trying out my new Escada flower suit (from Mitchells Westport).”
Westport: “Nothing like a big hometown crowd. And especially lovely to have someone bring a very happily worn copy of my first book, In the Garden, so I could sign both. And so great to have my youngest and most devoted fan…Carly Curran…who has been following my work for years ;-)”
LA: “A good part of the book tour is being sponsored and supported by Diptyque, Paris and it was so amazing to be hosted at their new Beverly Hills store in May. Wonderful appearances there by old friends and new—including friends from summer camp who I haven’t seen since I was fifteen!”
SF: “A quick layover at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase for a presentation and signing. I was so cold that a very kind patron shared her scarf with me and invited me back to photograph her gardens. ”
Boston: “Super fun trip to Portobello Road in Chestnut Hill for a daytime event. Small world: The owner’s sister is someone I know from Westport (jewelry designer Tanah Kalb) but we never made the connection.”
New York Public Library: “Such a great night in NYC and an incredibly passionate and interested group—lots of real photo enthusiasts with very technical questions!”
Chicago: “Switching it up with a new floral blazer on a gorgeous evening at the Diptyque boutique in Wicker Park. Had a great conversation with a young girl who is passionate about photography and possibly making a career of it. Always look forward to the chance to connect with young people interested in creative careers.”
Hamptons: “A real treat to be hosted by one of my longtime favorite brands: Serena & Lily at their fabulous Sagaponack Beach Outpost in the Hamptons. Such a gorgeous space and cool refreshments on what turned out to be a SUPER hot summer day!”
Westport Arts Center: “Had the best time sharing images and talking photography to an always engaged art-loving crowd. Love signing books that are to be given as a special gift to a dear friend.”
Above: Portrait by Fadil Berisha
Photographs: David Malosh
WINNING FORMULA for an HORS D’OEUVRE BUFFET
To feed ten people for two hours, you’ll need about ten bite-sized hors d’oeuvres per guest (a total of 100 pieces). Start with one showstopper that can command the center of the table, and offer no more than three hot items (so you don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen during the party). Remember to include options to take care of any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free, for example). Use this formula to estimate the number of servings for a larger crowd.
A block of feta is an unexpected alternative to a wheel of creamy cheese: Pat dry feta and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Transfer to a small baking dish, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and broil, turning once, until caramelized, 4 to 6 minutes. Top with fresh oregano leaves, red-pepper flakes and more olive oil. Serve with warm pita cut into wedges.
Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms Makes 10
¾ cup fresh ricotta cheese
freshly ground pepper
10 large fresh basil leaves
1 ball bocconcini (1 ounce), cut into 10 pieces
10 squash blossoms
Safflower oil, for frying
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup fine yellow cornmeal
1. Put ricotta in a fine sieve set over a bowl. Let drain in refrigerator 3 hours or overnight. Discard liquid.
2. Season ricotta with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper; stir until smooth. Transfer to a large pastry bag fitted with a coupler. Pipe 1 scant tablespoon ricotta onto each basil leaf, then top with a piece of bocconcini. Fold leaves around cheese and pinch to close. Carefully open squash blossoms and place stuffed basil leaves inside, pressing gently to seal.
3. Heat about 3 inches oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high until it reaches 365°F. Meanwhile, place eggs and cornmeal in separate small bowls. Dip each stuffed blossom into the eggs, then into the cornmeal to coat.
4. Working in batches of 2 to 3, carefully place in hot oil and cook until golden, flipping once, about 45 seconds per side. Transfer to paper towels using a slotted spoon; let drain. Season with salt. Return oil to 365°F between batches. Serve immediately.
Pickled Shrimp Serves 6-8
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 dried bay leaf
1 tablespoon plus
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined (leave tails intact, if desired)
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup cider vinegar
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon juniper berries
½ teaspoon celery seeds
1. In a pot, bring 2 quarts water, the Old Bay seasoning, bay leaf and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until just pink and opaque, about 30 seconds; drain.
2. Stir together shrimp and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer mixture to an airtight container. Cover tightly; shake to distribute. Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving
Make Ahead: Shrimp can be allowed to marinate up to 1 week in the refrigerator; shake to distribute again just before serving.
The domestic diva offers recipes that will wow your guests and leave you plenty of time to enjoy the party.
Martha Stewart’s Appetizers features 200 recipes for dips, spreads, snacks and small plates (plus thirty festive cocktails). Available for pre-order on penguinrandomhouse.com ($27.50), the book will be in stores on September 8 and an e-version can be purchased via Amazon Kindle.
All year GREENWICH magazine has been introducing you to the interesting characters and unique talent behind the scenes of the first annual Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF). The time has come! The festival rolls into town on Thursday, June 4, and for four days Greenwich will play host to celebs and industry insiders here to support the festival’s panels, screenings and parties (The Voice’s Blessing Offor will perform at the opening night gala and Kathie Lee Gifford will MC the evening).
Individual screening tickets go on sale Friday, May 1 on the GIFF website. Venues include the Cole Auditorium, Bow Tie Cinemas and Restoration Hardware. While there are lots of must-see movies, be sure to check out the panel discussions around town—they are free and set the film festival vibe of art innovation and education. Here, a few of the fun panels the GIFF team has put together. Enjoy the show! greenwichfilm.org
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THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Sports Guys on Sports What’s the best sports movie of all time? Bull Durham, Rocky, Any Given Sunday? How about best movie based on a true story? Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, Rudy? A panel of athletes and ESPN on-air talent will share their opinions in a discussion of the classic debate. The event will also include a happy hour and fun audience activities.
Scheduled panelists include Mike Greenberg (Sports Commentator) Mark Teixeira (New York Yankees)
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 The Changing Face of Television
Most agree that after HBO debuted The Sopranos, television has never been the same and has even impacted the film industry. With Showtime, AMC, F/X and digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime getting in on the action, contemporary television has managed to court Hollywood stars and garner serious critical acclaim. Industry insiders will discuss the current landscape of television and the cutting-edge programming that’s brought new respect to the small screen.
Scheduled Panelists include Colin Hanks (Fargo) Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black)
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Social Impact
What makes some humanitarian issues more media-friendly than others? Given the vast number of human rights stories today, it’s inevitable that some will be downplayed or even ignored in favor of others. What’s the tipping point? The panel of filmmakers, human rights experts and humanitarians will discuss the role of film and media in proliferating global social issues.
Scheduled Panelists include Perri Peltz (Director) Brian Newman (Producer, DamNation) Tom Scott (Founder, The Nantucket Project)
Capture the essence of our beloved town of Greenwich, including Old Greenwich, Riverside, Cos Cob, Byram and Glenville and show why it is one of the best places to live and raise your family.
Eligibility: Students who live in Greenwich and attend either public or private high school. There is a $25 application fee of which 100% benefits Neighbor to Neighbor of Greenwich.
How to enter:
1. Create a video that is 2 minutes or less and include some or all of the following highlights of our towns, the beaches, the parks, the culture, the schools, the shopping and restaurants, the Greenwich and Old Greenwich offices of Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties, back country, etc. Be Creative!
2. Complete and submit the contest entry form at the bottom of this form, or pick one up at Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties Greenwich or Old Greenwich offices.
3. Fill out the video contest entry form by May 14, 2015 and mail check to BHHSNE, 136 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 Attn: Liz Norfleet. $25. check should be made payable to Neighbor to Neighbor.
4. Submitting a video: Upload your video to YouTube (keep in private) and submit the YouTube URL in the contest entry form below. Participants may only submit one (1) video, which will be the property of Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties and may be used for marketing purposes.
1. The contest begins on April 15, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on May 14, 2015. Any entry submitted before the contest beginning time or after the contest ending time will not be considered as applicants.
2. Once the contest ends, BHHSNE staff will review video submissions and choose the top three videos based on creativity and compliance with official contest rules.
3. The winners will be notified via email or telephone by June 1, 2015. Prizes will be mailed to winners.
4. June 4, 2015 by Greenwich International Film Festival June 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2015.
5. The first place winner will be granted a $500 Visa gift card. The second place winner will be granted a $250 Visa gift card. The third place winner will be granted a $100 Visa gift card.
Contest Sponsors: BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Home Services | New England Properties (BHHSNE Greenwich) Greenwich/Old Greenwich offices, and Moffly Media
Joan Rivers’ Upper East Side NYC apartment is currently on the market for $28 million. The four bedroom Penthouse apartment, which is on 1 E 62nd street, is elegantly decorated and boasts view of both Central Park and the NYC skyline. In addition to the priceless views, the apartment also features both a ball room and a music room, two terraces, five fireplaces and two kitchens. You can view the listing on the Corcoran website and more about the apartment on the New York Post.
Pickle Box Sandwich Co. started its story in 2014. Founder Robert Kessner had been operating Leafline Salad Co. in Greenwich, CT for a little over a year. After getting to know his clientele, he realized that the people of the town had not only been starving for a better salad option, but that they were just as hungry for a great sandwich concept. Leafline had become a huge hit for walk in business, and also for lunch delivery to the many offices in town. Robert saw a specific niche in that fast casual lunch business and decided to expand the restaurant's offerings.
With the best salad option in town partnering up with the best sandwich concept in town, Robert’s goal was to become the corporate lunch specialist in Greenwich. At the same time he wanted to continue to provide the same beautiful and inviting environment for Leafline’s loyal walk in clientele. Robert’s goal with Pickle Box was to create as unique and delicious of a menu for sandwiches as Leafline had been offering for salads. With this new menu it was as important as ever to have a great selection of high quality ingredients, homemade spreads, and fresh baked bread delivered every morning. After months of researching, tasting, and perfecting the menu, Pickle Box Sandwich Co. was born.
*Current Promos & Ongoing Discounts:
50% OFF ENTIRE CHECK AT PICKLE BOX:
*In store only through 2/28/15. Must show coupon or email on phone or in print.
25% OFF ENTIRE CHECK AT LEAFLINE:
*In store only through 2/28/15. Must show coupon or email on phone or in print.
15% OFF GREENWICH AVENUE & HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT:
*In store or delivery. Must show work ID or business card with Avenue or Hospital address to cashier or driver.
20% OFF STUDENT DISCOUNT:
*In store or delivery to schools. Must show valid student ID to cashier or driver. *Promos and discounts are not combinable with each other or with any other discounts.
There are a variety of chilis to enjoy including Uncle Frank’s Chili, Cincinnati Chili with a hint of cinnamon, Veggie Chili, Smokehouse Chili with chunks of brisket and a White Bean and Turkey Chili. If chili doesn’t quite tickle your fancy you can inquire about the soup of the day.
Seafood is at the forefront of the soups at Elm Street Oyster House, and diners can enjoy either their seafood chili or the Veracruzana Shellfish Stew with shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels and little neck clams.
There is an individual menu for fresh and healthy soups at Green & Tonic which include lemon miso, Cuban black bean, roasted 7 vegetable with quinoa, greens & beans, lentil rosemary, curried cauliflower, butternut squash and vegetable detox.
Harvest serves two soups as part of their prix-fixe lunch and brunch menus: lobster bisque with melted leeks and black truffle, and a tomato gazpacho with heirloom tomatoes, spice and fresh herbs. The bisque is also available a la carte on the dinner menu.
Mediterraneo serves two soups, one of which is a shrimp and garbanzo bean minestrone with a spinach chiffonade, toasted cumin and lemon oil, and the other being a roasted butternut squash and apple soup with a pistachio gremolata and nutmeg crème fraiche.
The soups at Tengda Asian Bistro reflect the restaurant’s Pan Asian, Chinese and Thai cuisine. There is miso soup, lemongrass coconut chicken soup and sweet corn and leek soup with a crispy shrimp dumpling.