Best of Gold Coast Connecticut Party 2016 was a big success!

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The Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut 2016 party held on July 27th in Stamford was a big success and a great party.

This event showcased the area’s finest businesses and restaurants which were all chosen by the readers and editors of the 5 Moffly Media magazines (Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien, Fairfield Living and Stamford Magazines.)

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There was a wide showcase of amazing shops, entertainment, unique food as well as fun and innovative cocktails and drink selections.   This truly was the “best” of everything party and a fun time was had by all.

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Next up is the Best of Greenwich Party 2016 to be held on August 8th at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich.    See article for more information and tickets to that event.

 

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Arezzo Ristorante: fine waterfront Italian dining in Westport

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If you want a Tuscany inspired dining experience then you must try Arezzo Ristorante in Westport Connecticut.  The restaurant is set alongside the Saugatuck River  with gorgeous waterfront views.  Diners can choose to eat inside in the covered sun deck, or on the open air patio complete with umbrellas and an outdoor bar.

There is a newly renovated interior with stone archways, stucco walls and charming dark wood beams.  The bar inside is also inviting with dark leather accents and rich wood details.

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Fun and innovative cocktails

 

The menu has quite a selection with dishes finished in the high heat of the wood burning oven.  There are delicious homemade pastas, unique pizza selections and fresh fish, chicken and meat dishes from which to choose.  For the salad lover there are many choices from seasonal produce and fun creations such as roasted beets, pistachios and shaved artichokes.

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Pasta Tasting:  Orecchettie with sausage, Gnocchi, and Seafood Risotto

 

 

Entree selections include dishes for all tastes such as Filet Mignon, Melanzane al forno (Eggplant), various chicken and veal dishes, as well as seafood delights such as Branzino, Fisherman’s Stew (scallops, shrimp, and calamari in a tomato broth with fennel) and more.

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Halibut aqua pazza with clams, mussels in a cherry tomato broth

There is also an delightful selection of desserts including fruit tarts, brulees , tiramisu and gelato.

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Tiramisu

The view from the outdoor patio is fantastic and the overall ambiance is perfect for dining al fresco on a warm summer evening.   For a real Italian restaurant experience,  check out Arezzo Ristorante in downtown Westport.  Delicioso!

Arezzo Ristorante/Bar

5 Riverside Ave  Westport Ct      203-557-9375

http://www.arezzowestport.com

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Best of Greenwich 2016 Party returns!

 

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The fabulous party of the year, “Best Of Greenwich 2016” returns on Monday August 8th.   This party which is hosted by Greenwich Magazine is a celebration of the best that Greenwich Ct has to offer.  The party will be held at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel overlooking the water.  A fantastic location for a summer party!

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Greenwich Magazine readers and editors have chosen the “Best” in many categories, including in the Cuisine category: Best New Restaurant, Best Seafood, Best Creative Menu, Best Outdoor Dining and many more.  Other categories include best bars, fitness places, home decor, markets and so much more.

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Best of Greenwich

Food and drink will be served and the list of local restaurants providing  food will be L’Escale, Le Penguin, Little Pub, Fiord, Gabriel’s, Elm Street Oyster House, Meli Melo and many more.  Drinks will be provided to guests by Val’s Putnam  Wine and Liquor, Keel Vodka, and Pernod Ricard.

Guests will be entertained by Nanni Assis Brazilian Trio.

Greenwich Magazine is published by Moffly Media

 The Best of Greenwich 2016 Party

 Date: Monday, August 8, 2016
Time: 7-10 pm
Location: Delamar Greenwich Hotel       500 Steamboat Road Greenwich Ct.

Tickets: $55 online, $65 at the door

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GREENWICH MAGAZINE’S BEST OF GREENWICH 2016

 

 

Million Dollar Quartet: Rock & Roll history comes to life at the Westchester Broadway Theater

 

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The musical “Million Dollar Quartet” is rocking audiences at the Westchester Broadway Theater.  The international hit musical which ran on Broadway and received three Tony Nominations was inspired by an actual event in Rock and Roll history.  On December 4, 1956, four early Rock and Roll artists just happen to get together at Sun Records Studios in Memphis for a jam session.   The artists that came together that night were Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes), Johnny Cash and a new comer named Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire).   The session which was recorded became rock and roll legend and the four would never play together again.

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The musical is inspired by that fateful evening back in 1956.  The performance is part rock concert,  and part musical.  Inter weaved with all the great Rock and Roll songs from that era is the story of Sun Records,  Sam Phillips and the artists themselves.

Sam Phillips was the owner of Sun Records Studio, a tiny shop  in Memphis. Phillips had an uncanny ability of discovering raw talent.  It was he who discovered and promoted a  young Elvis Presley , Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins,  Jerry Lee Lewis, and later Roy Orbison who would all become some of the biggest stars in early Rock music history.

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The musical takes place entirely in Sun Studios on the evening of December 4, 1956.  The story is narrated by Sam Phillips who sets the scene of that fateful evening.   Carl Perkins has come to the studios with his brother and their drummer to work on a new record.  Sam Phillips has brought in a new talent, a feisty and unpredictable Jerry Lee Lewis to play piano on the track.  Later Johnny Cash drops in to discuss his contract renewal with Sun Records.  Eventually Elvis and his girlfriend stop by (Elvis at this point has moved on to RCA records)  and the jam session begins.   The stage design is brilliant and depicts the studio and recording room of Sun Records, and really transports the viewer back in time.  Very effective.

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The audience not only learns some of the history of these important artists, but are treated to a lively concert of great hits including, Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Matchbox, Fever, Whole lot of Shakin’ Going on, Folsom Prison Blues and more.  The cast shows off its talents at acting, singing and playing guitar or piano.  The actors are not trying to actually impersonate or imitate the original artists.   Their performances are more inspired by the actual artists which allows their talents to really shine.  The performance was fantastic and the cast received a standing ovation from the opening night crowd.

The production stars Dominique Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis , Ari McKay Wilford as Elvis Presley, Sky Seals as Johnny Cash, Jason Loughlin as Sam Phillips, John Michael Presney as Carl Perkins, and Bligh Voth as Dyanne (girlfriend of Elvis).  Rounding out the cast are Sam Weber as the stand up bass playing Jay Perkins, and David Sonneborn as Fluke.  Set Design by Derek McLane .

Directed by Hunter Foster, who appeared in the original cast. The musical director is David Sonneborn.

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Photo from the original jam session 1956

Million Dollar Quartet runs through September 11, 2016

Discounts available for groups (20 or more)

Dinner (salad, entree and dessert) is served prior to the performance and is included in the purchase price.    Wine and cocktails available at additional cost.  Luxury Boxes are also available for groups of 6 to 20.

For ticket information:

Westchester Broadway Theater

1 Broadway Plaza

Elmsford New York 10526

http://www.broadwaytheater.com

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Best of the Gold Coast Party! A party not to miss !

 

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A great party is coming on July 28th 2016 to our area.   The Best of the Gold Coast party is the celebration of the summer that you cannot miss!   The Best of the Gold Coast celebrates the finest restaurants, chefs, creative talent and businesses from the Gold Coast of Connecticut.

At the party there is a fabulous mix of fine food, drinks, cocktails, entertainment and more.  The winners of the Best of the Gold Coast are chosen by the readers and editors of all 5 magazines published by Moffly Media (Greenwich, Westport, New Cannan-Darien, Stamford and Fairfield Living magazines).

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The main categories are best “Food and Drink”, “Living and Home” and “Style and Beauty”.  In other words, the party celebrates the best of everything.

So come out for a night of fun, because it only comes once a year!

When:  July 28th 2016  from 6pm to 9pm  (General Admission at 7pm)

Where : Hilton Stamford – 1 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902

Tickets :Exclusive pre-party “Behind the Velvet Rope” entrance at 6:00 pm — $100

General Admission:  $65 enter at 7pm

To purchase tickets and for more information on the party and Moffly Media’s outstanding magazines:

http://www.bestofgoldcoastct.com/b/Best-of-the-Gold-Coast-Party-2016/

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Char:New American cuisine in a rustic chic setting

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Char is a contemporary American restaurant with an emphasis on fresh seafood dishes.  Char is located just over the Westchester County border in the Byram section of Greenwich, Ct.

The menu changes seasonally and is enhanced with daily specials that offer the freshest and finest ingredients which are locally sourced when possible.

The interior of Char can be described as rustic elegance with wood beams, a fireplace, a beautiful red oak bar and ship lap siding which uses reclaimed lumber throughout the dining area.  The metal ceiling, brass lighting fixtures and wood floor  finish the subdued look of this casual yet upscale dining  destination.

Starters:  I visited Char for Dinner with friends and started with their signature dish, grilled octopus with farro and roasted tomatoes in a lemon -oregano dressing.  This starter was a great choice on a warm summer day as it was light and refreshing.  The fried calamari with a side of marinara  was crispy and not soggy and the coating was  a perfect blend of spices.   Lastly we chose a Deconstructed Lobster Roll which was  a twist on the traditional lobster roll and was not only tasty but displayed culinary artistry as well.

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Grilled Octopus with Farro

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Calamari

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Deconstructed Lobster Roll

Main course:  My favorite entree was the special of the day, Zuppa de Pesce.  A large bowl  containing lobster tail, mussels, shrimp, clams and scallops over linguini.  A seafood lovers dream dish and a satisfying portion.  I was quite happy and full after this wonderful dish.

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Zuppa De Pesce

Also ordered was the Scottish Salmon Wellington, a unique dish featuring Salmon in a flaky pastry and served over lentils and watercress.  It was delicious.  Another entree was the Branzino  (European Sea Bass) which was served whole and I was told was fresh and a great selection.    There is a nice wide selection of dishes on the menu including the seafood delights we sampled.  There is a kids menu as well

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Salmon Wellington

There is some interesting specialty drinks including the Twisted Peach which was a delicious combo of vodka, peach puree, ice tea and lemonade. There is a nice wine list as well, after dinner drinks and dessert which I will have to sample on a return visit.

Char is a beautiful space with character  and a great for high quality dining. Check their website for price fixe lunch and dinner specials and more!

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Char

2 South Water Street Greenwich Ct   (just over the border with Port Chester)

203-900- 1100

http://www.charct.com

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Muscoot Tavern: A fun, casual place to dine

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For a casual low key dining experience Muscoot Tavern in Somers, NY is a must try.  The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced and the menu is best described as New American with an Italian flair.

The building housing the Muscoot Tavern has been around since the 1920s and  the low entrance door, and antique wooden phone booth are evidence of the history of this building. Its rustic interior and uneven floors are part of its overall charm.    The current owners of  Muscoot has taken the establishment to a new level with top quality food and interesting menu selections .  This is fun place to dine whether it is a family night out, date night or eating with a group of friends.  There is outside  dining, horseshoes, and even a bocce court.  There is a small stage in the backyard for bands to play on Sundays.

The bar offers fun drink specials such as the delicious White Sangria and the Muscoot Mule which is made with Tito’s Homemade Vodka, ginger beer, and muddled limes.  This was a light and refreshing cocktail.

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Muscoot Mule

Starters:   we ordered the Burrata cheese and found it fresh and tasty. This mozzarella was pared with jam, roasted peppers, prosciutto, and olives with a balsamic drizzle. A great summertime pick.  The clams casino was recommended by the staff and was so good I would definitely order this again.  The clams were prepared with a subtle blend of aromatic herbs, garlic and bacon.  A great choice.

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Clams Casino

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The Main Course:   I ordered the Wild Sesame Salmon special with teriyaki glaze with rice and sautéed spinach.  This was suggested by my friendly waitress and it did not disappoint. The fresh fish was perfectly cooked and the glaze complimented the salmon.

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Wild Salmon

Another entree enjoyed at our table was the Lobster ravioli.  Fresh pasta squares filled with large pieces of lobster meat and was complimented by a sherry wine cream sauce.  A true comfort food dish and quite filling.

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Lobster Ravioli

There are a variety of 14 inch thin crust pizzas that we did not sample but seemed popular with other diners.

Dessert:  don’t forget to try the homemade desserts. The bread pudding topped with crème anglaise is sweet , light tasting and was filling enough to be shared.  We also tasted the Mango crème brulee which was a nice variation of this classic dessert.   The perfect way to end a lovely meal.

Muscoot Tavern is a great choice for a night out of good food and fun, and is casual dining at its best.

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Muscoot Tavern

105 Route 35   Somers, New York

914 232 2800

http://www.muscoottavern.com

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Best of Westchester Party coming July 27th to Glen Island Harbor Club

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It’s that time of year!  The Best of Westchester Party hosted by Westchester Magazine returns to Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle on Wednesday July 27th

The Best of Westchester Party is a celebration of Westchester’s finest and is held in the fantastic water side setting of Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.  Close to 150 award winning businesses will be present and 2000 guests will attend this event.   Party guests will sample food from award winning restaurants, enjoy wine and beer samplings, wonderful sweets and learn about great spas, shops and boutiques and other services.  There will also be live music and dancing.

Each of the winners of Best of Westchester are chosen by readers of Westchester Magazine and by the editorial staff.  There are numerous catagories including: Best American restaurant, best Asian restaurant, best bagels, bakery,bar-b-que, bar food, Bistro, Brewery, Farm to Table Restaurant and many more.  There is too many winners to mention here.

Their are two types of tickets available  VIP($110.00) which allows entrance to the party at 5:30pm and General admission ($85.00) with admission at 7:00 pm.  The party runs until 10:00pm.

So come out and celebrate the Best of Westchester!  See you there!

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http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/Best-of-Westchester/Home/

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City Clipper: Sail away to adventure in New York Harbor

 

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Sail away on a two masted schooner for hours of adventure and relaxation.  It is not in the Caribbean, or some other exotic locale, but right in New York Harbor.   Manhattan by Sail offers a fantastic opportunity to see New York City on  vintage sailing vessels.  As you sail on these tall ships you will be transported to another time as you ply the waters of New York Harbor.  This is a unique escape that will make you feel that you are not in New York but rather on vacation in the islands. Although there are other tour boats that are available for sightseeing around Manhattan, this adventure is unique.

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The City Clipper prior to sail

We decided on a two hour excursion on the City Clipper, a restored 158 foot long sailing schooner equipped with two steel masts and two top sails and six fore and aft sails.  The ship was built prior to the Civil War  but has been renovated over the years and now has a steel hull, a long open deck seating for passengers and a full bar in the center of the vessel that serves drinks and snacks to the guests on board (additional cost).

We took advantage of the Twilight Sail which leaves from Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan and cruises for two hours in New York Harbor as the sun sets over New Jersey.  It was a warm and gorgeous summer evening as the City Clipper pulled away from its slip at the Battery and made its way into the harbor.  With a good wind on the water that day, the crew decided to hoist the sails and guests are able to assist in this task.

 

 

 

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Helping hoist the sails

The schooner turned away from Manhattan and navigated around Governors Island and plied the waters between that island and the Borough of Brooklyn.  This was a unique perspective and one not often seen by New Yorkers and visitors alike.   The ship made a graceful arc south of Governors Island to catch a wonderful sunset behind the Statue of Liberty as well as other ships that were enjoying the waters that evening.

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There are great photo opportunities at all points of the sail.

 

We really enjoyed the slow and quiet cruise under sail as well as the cocktails available at the cash bar.  The bar staff was friendly and helped keep the mood lively.  As the sun dropped into the west the schooner turned back toward the city and the lights of Jersey City, Battery Park, and  The Freedom Tower provided a memorable light show for all aboard.

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If you are looking for an unique excursion and a few hours of fun, you should experience a classic sail on the City Clipper.

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https://www.manhattanbysail.com/

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