Friday, March 30, 2012

Let the race begin --Horsin Around in Stamford Downtown...



poster artwork by Charles Fazzino


It's coming.....the horses are comin to town....



Horsin' Around Stamford Downtown
June-August, 2012
Horsin' Around Stamford Downtown, Art in Public Places 
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 this summer.
 
Sculpture Opening Party
Wednesday, June 6, By Invitation, please go to stamford-downtown to request an invitation.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Big surprise today (3/29) at 12:30--Vet's Park in Stamford Downtown --So don't be late!!

So exciting---Did you miss Bobby Flay and the MELT Mobile truck last night on Bedford St?? No worries--come down to Veterns Park (Atlantic Street across from Dunkin Donuts and Old Town Hall) for Melt Mobile's grand opening!--Rumor has it there will be a big surprise at 12:30--So don't be late!!
 
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Spring "plates" menu at Capital Grille--check it out for lunch...


  The Capital Grille is offering a new Spring “Plates”  Menu

  The Capital Grille has launced its Spring “Plates” menu, featuring three new selections that are perfect for the season:  Asparagus Soup, Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice and Grilled Spring Vegetables.  As always, guests of The Capital Grille can customize their lunch, choosing from nine “plates” offerings – soup or salad, sandwich and a side – all for $18.

According to Executive Chef Matthew Schmalle, it’s out with the cold!  “The new Spring “Plates” lunch menu really highlights some of the crisp, garden-fresh ingredients that are in-season now. Fresh asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable, and it stars in our Asparagus Soup. This dish serves as a delightful way to start your lunch.  For a sweet and spicy kick, try our Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice.  We are also pleased to offer side dishes made with the freshest spring ingredients, like our Grilled Spring Vegetables, and French Green Beans, both light and refreshing additions to any of our lunch entrée selections.”


  
For guests with a limited amount of time at lunch, The Capital Grille ensures they can enjoy the personalized service and mouth-watering cuisine that characterize a Capital Grille dining experience and still be on their way in about 45 minutes.  Guests can also tempt their appetites with traditional lunch favorites like French Onion Soup, The Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger, Ribeye Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Havarti or the Lobster and Crab Burger, among other classics.

Capital Grille, The
Phone: 203-967-0000
Fax: 203-967-0002
$$$ 230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford Town Center

Juicy, tender dry-aged steaks; fresh seafood and daily specials - and exceptional, personalized service.


As a follow up to my post:   Today is Friday, March 30, and today I sampled Capital Grille for lunch.  I would highly recommend a visit at lunchtime to try the new spring menu.   Here's the deal.....I really can't have a long lunch, or be away from my desk for long, and Capital Grille makes sure the I am in an out within an hour.  Lunch time goes by fast when you are eating and chatting with a friend, but without having to worry about watching the clock, it made lunch so much more enjoyable.  We were seated right away, and ordered in no time.  Beverages and bread, had the soup super quick,  then main course which was the Lobster Roll and fries for me. 
It was super awesome.  Super service. Super menu.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

EXCLUSIVE INVITATION: 3/29 @ 7pm Fernando Luis Alvarez Closes Saks To Raise Funds for a New Generation of Innovative After-School Programming


For years, contemporary artist Fernando Luis Alvarez struggled with a split identity. During the day, he was a businessman outfitted in tailored suits and lunch-time conference calls. At night, however, the artist emerged. Still clad in his daytime uniform of black and button-downs, Alvarez would paint until the early hours of the morning; starched cuffs rubbing against wet paint, leather soles tracking oils across the floor.

This performance represents how Alvarez finally made the full-transition from business to art. Staged in July 2010 at the Le Meridien Philadelphia, this was one of a series of live events orchestrated for luxury brands including Saks 5th Avenue and Chanel. Please contact events@fernandoluisalvarezgallery.com for booking information

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rodizio Grill – Stamford, CT « OmNomCT and deecuisine


On the mark--Check out what local foodies have to say about Rodizio Grill---what OmNom had to say about Rodizio Grill--A Slice by Slice Guide to Brazilian Food at Rodizio Grill – Stamford, CT « OmNomCT

Or what deecuisine.com  has to say about Rodizio at  http://www.deecuisine.com/2012/03/first-taste-rodizio-grill-opens-in.html
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Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse
Phone: 203-964-9177
$$$
5 Broad Street 
Brazilian Steakhouse.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Private room rental info....



Stamford Downtown Space...
Looking for a place with a private party room for rent an event..... check out an abbreviated list here of offerings in Stamford Downtown.  For a copy of the full list email me and I'll forward it to you.   

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Famous 3D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino Partners with Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown- Press Release



Charles Fazzino Artwork
Famous 3D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino Partners
with Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown
Internationally Renowned Pop Artist to Contribute Original Horse Sculpture and Event Logo
Stamford Downtown to Produce Public Art Exhibit in Summer, 2012

For Immediate Release – Stamford, CT
Stamford Downtown is proud to announce that they have commissioned pop artist Charles Fazzino to create the logo and visual identity for this Summer’s art exhibit, Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown, Art in Public Places. Not only will Fazzino create the event logo and serve on the board of jurors, but he will also contribute his own talents to painting one of the larger-than-life-sized horse sculptures that will be placed all around Stamford beginning in June.
“We are so proud to have Charles participate in this exciting event. His uniquely painted oversized horse sculpture will be a wonderful landmark for all to see this summer in Stamford Downtown,” said Sandy Goldstein, President of Stamford Downtown.”
Charles Fazzino added “I am honored to be working with Sandy and her team in Stamford. I’ve been a big proponent of public art projects for many years and I’m looking forward to seeing the incredible sculptures the artists taking part will produce. It’s going to be thrilling to see.”
Look for the horses to start appearing in and around town in June. The exhibition will continue through August, after which the sculptures will be sold at auction with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Ferguson Library.
About Charles Fazzino 
Charles Fazzino -- one of the most popular artists in the world -- is most well-known for his unique, detailed, and vibrant three-dimensional style. His work is exhibited in hundreds of fine art galleries and museums in twenty different countries. He is an officially licensed artist of the National Football League and the Super Bowl (2000-present), Major League Baseball and the MLB All-Star Game (2003-present), and the US Olympic Team (2000-present).  He has also recently created official artwork for high profile events, including: the 2011 Centennial Celebration for the City of Fort
Lauderdale, the President's Challenge for President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, NASCAR Sprint Cup series, NHL All-Star Game, Belmont Stakes, Daytona 500, Indy 500, Andy Roddick Charity Gala, U.S. Tennis Foundation, CMA Awards, Grammy Awards,  Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC’s “Today” Summer Concert Series, Rosie O’Donnell’s For All Kids Foundation and the President William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, among many others.
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About Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown
Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown, an exciting interactive outdoor sculpture exhibit, will transform the downtown into a colorful equine environment this summer. In early June, Stamford Downtown will place 40 oversized, originally designed and painted fiberglass horses throughout Stamford Downtown and the Stamford Town Center. The horses will be on display for free public viewing and enjoyment by thousands of area residents and visitors all summer.
Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown is the fifth exhibit of its kind produced by Stamford Downtown, a non-profit organization responsible for managing and promoting the Stamford downtown as the region’s destination for dining, entertainment, retail, housing, and education.
Stamford Downtown has assembled some of thetri-state’s most talented artists to create works of art using the unpainted fiberglass horses. The artists were chosen from a pool of 200 submissions through a juried selection process.
Once a design is chosen by a sponsor, it can take up to four weeks to complete. Artists can choose to work on their horse at Stamford Downtown’s Public Art Studio at 61 Broad Street, or at their own studios. The public is invited to view the artistic process at the Public Art Studio.
After the summer-long exhibit, the horse sculptures will be rounded up and refurbished for an auction.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Ferguson Library.
Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown builds on the enormous successes of past interactive exhibits, CowParade Stamford 2000, Art-O-Mobiles in 2001, Stamford Safari in 2003 and It’s Reigning Cats & Dogs in 2010.  Those exhibits brought record -breaking tourism and spending dollars estimated in the hundreds of thousands to the downtown and over $400,000 was raised for charities as a result of the four auctions.
On June 6, Stamford Downtown will host a kickoff party and viewing for sponsors, artists and the public at the Stamford Marriott.  For more information about Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown, call 203-348-5285 or visit www.stamford-downtown.com

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Restos in Stamford Downtown 2012


Click here  to view the Google map or if you need directions to any of the 82 places to dine in Stamford DowntownRestos in Stamford Downtown 2012



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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pansies in the Downtown...Spring can't be too far away...




Tresser and Greyrock pansies


Some pansy history (wikapedia style):
Historical background--
In the early years of the 19th century, Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennet (1785–1861), daughter of the Lord of Tankerville, collected and cultivated every sort of Viola tricolor (commonly, heartsease) she could procure in her father's garden at Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey. Under the supervision of her gardener, William Richardson, a large variety of plants was produced via cross-breeding. In 1812, she introduced her pansies to the horticultural world, and, in 1813, Mr. Lee, a well-known florist and nurseryman, further cultivated the flower. Other nurserymen followed Lee's example, and the pansy became a favorite among the public.
About the same time that Lady Bennett was busy cultivating heartsease, James, Lord Gambier was doing the same in his garden at Iver under the advice and guidance of his gardener Thomson. A yellow viola, Viola lutea, and a wide-petalled pale yellow species of Russian origin, Viola altaica were among the crosses that laid the foundation for the new hybrids classed as Viola x Wittrockiana. A round flower of overlapping petals was the aim of early trials; in the late 1830s a chance sport that no longer had narrow nectar guides of dark color on the petals but a broad dark blotch on the petals (which came to be called the "face"), was found. It was developed in Gambier's garden and released to the public in 1839 with the name "Medora".
By 1833, there were 400 named pansies available to gardeners who once considered its progenitor, heartsease, a weed. Specific guidelines were formulated for Show Pansies but amateur gardeners preferred the less demanding Fancy Pansies. About this time, James Grieve developed the viola and Dr. Charles Stuart developed the violetta, both smaller, more compact plants than the pansy.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Events at Tigin Irish Pub- Stamford 2012


Events at Tigin Irish Pub Stamford

Looking for a place to celebrate St Pat’s Day this Saturday…..Check out Tigin..
Tigin Irish Pub
Phone: 203-353-8444
Fax: 203-406-0392
$$
175 Bedford Street
Enter the world of Joyce & Yeats as Tigin Irish Pub transports you to an Ireland of yesteryear.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Renowned Brazilian Restaurant - Rodizio Grill - to Open at 5 Broad Street


Rodizio Grill’s menu consists of three-foot skewers of premium cuts of top sirloin, beef tender and marinated pork loin, an abundant selection of gourmet salads, decadent 100% homemade desserts, and signature specialty drinks, including the famous Rodizio Grill Limeade, Brazil’s famous Guarana soft drink and the sugar cane spirit, Caipirinha. Rodizio Grill’s menu has won awards year after year such as the prestigious Hot Concepts Award, and various Best of State awards in the mountain west where it has prominently operated.
Rodizio Grill is America’s first authentic Brazilian steakhouse that originated in Colorado in 1995. It was founded by Brazilian native Ivan Utrera, who brought his cherished family recipes from his hometown of São Paulo.
“It is not just the menu that sets us apart, we take pride in sharing with the public a little part of Brazil,” said Utrera. “Our company’s mission is to be ambassadors of Brazil. When you walk into our establishment, you are walking into a home and we guarantee that you will feel the warmth and alegria of the Brazilian culture.”

About Rodizio Grill:
Rodizio Grill is the first authentic Brazilian style steakhouse in the U.S. It was established in 1995. Its all-inclusive menu offers over 30 unlimited gourmet salads and appetizers, and over a dozen rotisserie grilled meats, served tableside by Brazilian gauchos. More information can be found by calling 801-567-0500 or visiting http://www.rodiziogrill.com/. Located at 5 Broad Street, Stamford, CT

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Avon happenings for March and April...

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Now Playing;
Avon Admission Price Policy:
Carte Blanche - Free /
Members - $6
Students & Seniors - $8 (Mon - Thu only) / Nonmembers - $11

Friends With KidsFriends With Kids
FRIENDS WITH KIDS
Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt rated N/R, 100min
Visit the official site
Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes.
The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people.




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A SEPARATION

Directed by Asghar Farhadi rated PG-13, 123 min
Visit the official site
A SeparationSet in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage.

Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics


  Special Events and Guest Speakers


Critic's Choice
Hosted by Nick Schager
Tuesday, March 13 - 7:30 PM


French Cinematheque
Co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich
Thursday, March 15 - 7:30 PM




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Friday, March 9, 2012

Alissa Siegal @ Sackler Gallery at the Palace Theatre - March 9 - April 30






  
The Sackler Gallery at the Palace Theatre
March 9 - April 30
61 Atlantic Street, Stamford
203.253.9223
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Capital Grille for lunch?




Have you been to Capital Grille for lunch? You don't want to miss out on some special lunch items. Lobster roll to die for.
This is just a photo sample ...
Also available are their Restaurant Weeks offerings. See menu here -
 

Capital Grille Resto Weeks 2012  for lunch



Capital Grille Restaurant Weeks 2012 for dinner
 
























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Monday, March 5, 2012

Stamford in the news ....Angela Carella: Citizen responders at the ready - StamfordAdvocate

Angela Carella: Citizen responders at the ready - StamfordAdvocate

CERT training. View photos from the graduation here.

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Happy 5th Anniversary to Ferrante Restaurant!

FERRANTE
Celebrate Ferrante for a 5th year, as of March 5th, for being part of our restaurant family in Stamford Downtown. 
Happy anniversary to you!

Ferrante
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.

Check out Ferrante offerings for Restaurant Weeks...

All about Lenny, the owner,  click here.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Picante Fresh for Winter Resto weeks...

Went Picante Fresh today for lunch to enjoy Winter restaurant weeks.  Fun to try the newest one on the menu.  Nice and simple lunch.  Had torilla soup and a taco salad.  Super fresh.  Super hot specialty sauces that will rock your world.  Try one. You'll be burnin' up...
   Visit our restaurant weeks offers.

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The Big Night, Leukemia Lymphoma Society fundraiser, March 6

The Big Night

"The Big Night" is being held at the Columbus Park Trattoria in Stamford-- enjoy a delectable wine dinner, surprise guests and lots of fabulous silent auction prizes.
MARCH 6, 2012
Other Stamford restaurants participating:

Columbus Park Trattoria - 205 Main Street
Chef Michael Marchetti will feature an exciting evening of fine food and wines. Broadway star of “Company,” Kristin Huffman, will provide her musical stylings.
$100.00 pp, all inclusive - 50% donated to LLS
7 PM. Reservations - 203-967-9191

Sunny & Frankie’s - 940 Hope Street
This neighborhood café will feature classic Italian dishes and offer and open bar.
$45.00 pp, all inclusive - 20% donated to LLS.
7 PM. Reservations - 203-252-2169

Bar Rosso – 30 Spring Street
Join Sommelier Eileen Kardos and Chef Sergio Reyes for a wine dinner based on the Veneto and Piedmont regions. Learn about the region’s wine making techniques and climate and how they influence the wine style.
$65 pp, all inclusive - 20% donated to LLS.
7 PM. Reservations – 203-388-8640

Rizzuto’s – 1980 West Main Street
Stamford’s newest destination for great Italian food and fun will present a 4-course wine dinner featuring Rizzuto’s rustic Italian fare paired with wines that are some of Bill Rizzuto’s favorites.
$50 pp, plus tax/tip – 20% donated to LLS.
7 PM. Reservations – 203-324-5900


  Support one of these events and help stamp out this horrific disease
"Your Table is Waiting!"

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Chef on Pointe - Save the date...

 rsvp by March 18, renee@balletschoolofstamford.org

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