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Fine Wine, Good Tastes, Great Cause At Taste of the Nation Hartford

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TASTE1Meanwhile, a few blocks away from the Brown Rudnick bash, Save Our Strength Taste of the Nation Hartford had its own party going on with another crowd of about 500 people.

The annual event, designed to raise money to end childhood hunger, was a clear winner as hungry, happy, almost-end-of-the-week revelers and supporters of the cause poured through the doors of the Marquee Events and Catering venue at 960 Main St.

“I don’t even know if I’ll be eating but we are planning a good night,” said longtime co-chair and celebrity chef Billy Grant who with co-chair Angela Pitrone were ready for a great night of wine, food and fundraising. “We’re making inroads to fight hunger in children in Hartford and all the money we raise tonight will be put toward that end.”

TASTE4Dozens of area restaurants put their respective best dishes forward at the dine-around that boasted fine wines and cocktails, desserts including chocolates from Bridgewater, Frosted Couture Cupcakes and cookies from Mozzicato, lobsters rolls, sliders, pulled pork, braised duck breast, bok choy and sushi from places including Carbone’s, Tisane, On20, Salute, Infinity Hall, Wood ‘n Tap, Backstage, Piccolo Arancio, Dish and more.

“This is just great,” said Lauren McCarthy, who works in Hartford and came with a group of friends after work. “We came for the first time last year and it’s like the best Happy Hour ever,” she said about the three-hour long wine and dine around that also included silent and live auction with FoxCt personalities Erika Arias, Rachel Lutzker, and Joe Furey.

It was date night for two East Hampton couples who left their collective nine children behind with babysitters and planned a fine night of wining and dining.

“It’s mommy’s night to go out without the kids,” said Holly Grant, with husband Rob and neighbors Justin and Annmarie Wagner. “It’s our night and a night to benefit a good cause.”

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Eat, Dance, Enjoy This Weekend Hartford!

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shostIt’s the eating extravaganza of the season Thursday, the annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation.

Famed chef and organizer Billy Grant with co-chair Angela Pitrone, along with dozens of others well-known Hartford area chefs and restaurants, will be putting their best culinary expertise on the line at Marquee Events and Catering, 960 Main St., Hartford, as guests take advantage of dine around that also includes fine wines and libations.

All proceeds benefit the organization that fights childhood hunger in Connecticut through the No Kid Hungry Connecticut Campaign, Food Share, End Hunger Connecticut and Hartford Food System. Tickets are available at the door or go to ce.strength.org

rcatsPlay ball! will be the welcomed seasonal shout-out at the New Britain Stadium Thursday where the Rock Cats will play the Portland Sea Dogs for its first home game of the season. First responders will be honored at the home opener. And the bonus besides a good game and great hot dogs… fireworks! Information: rockcats.com


goodnewsOn Friday, The Goodspeed opens its 50th anniversary season with “Good News” Among the special guests at the opening night of the East Haddam theater’s golden anniversary will be one former actress who was in the theater’s first production. Get ticket information at goodspeed.org or 860-873-8668.


crystal_ball_20131662442[1]Also on Friday, The Easter Seals will hold its Crystal Ball at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The black tie dinner dance benefits the organization’s Autism Initiative. Honorary committee chairs are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Mrs. Cathy Malloy.

Melissa-dArabian-10-dollar-dinners-still[1]On Saturday, Food Network and Cooking Channel star Melissa d’Arabina will be at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday at 6.m. for the annual Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation Suicide Preveniton Fundraiser.

The foundation was established in 2011 after Porco, an Andover resident, took his own life while a freshman in college. Food from all five Max Group restaurants will be featured at the event.

Go to rememberingjordan.org or call 860-904-6041 for ticket information.

And on Sunday, the Connecticut Ballet will present Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Tales” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Shows are at 2 and 4:30 p.m. and are part of is Family Series 2013. Information: connecticutballet.com