Judy’s Bar + Kitchen: Low Country on High Ridge

Pulled-pork, Maryland-style crab cakes, or an award winning crispy chicken & bacon cheddar waffle sandwich, Judy’s Kitchen + Bar offers a contemporary taste of the old South. Tucked into a tiny shopping plaza on High Ridge Road close to the Merritt, this one almost slipped by us…but we’re sure glad it didn’t. Owner Judith Roll turns out Southern-style food in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere that’s as warm and comforting as her home-baked brownie with gooey house-made caramel and thick, rich chocolate sauce. At a brunch a few weeks ago, we had an opportunity to sample a selection from the menu and were impressed by the creativity and care put into every dish!

Every good brunch starts with a Bloody.

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Shrimp and pickeled veggies.

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Low Country meets the Lower East Side with these batter-dipped and fried chicken livers – the onion jam dipping sauce is with the trip alone!

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A selection of house made biscuits and cornbread (goes really well with the onion jam!).

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Slow cooked ribs, brisket, and wings with a side of smoky, brown-sugar baked beans and creamy cole slaw.

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The big mac attack! Four perfectly blended cheeses worth blowing your diet for.

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Judy’s crispy fried chicken and bacon cheddar waffle sandwich took “Best Of” at the Greenwich Wine + Food show in September and it’s no surprise why…sweet, savory, salty, smoky all in one big bite of deliciousness.

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And if you prefer your fried chicken perfectly un-dressed, Judy a big platter of that too!

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A more low-key (but no less tasty) option is the pulled pork Cubano sandwich – smoked pulled pork, ham, gruyere, whole grain mustard, house made pickles, and spicy jalapenos pressed between grilled sourdough bread.

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Shrimp and grits…because no Low-Country menu is complete without this classic.

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Finally, a few desserts to top off the meal. All desserts are hand-made by Judy.

Brownie with homemade caramel and hot fudge sauce.

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The best banana pudding this side of Savannah!

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Apple pan-cake with cinnamon ice cream.

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Judy’s Bar + Kitchen is located at 927 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Live music, craft cocktails, and darn good food served in a welcoming, casual atmosphere!

 

 

New York Botanical Garden Offers Classes at New Canaan Nature Center

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The New Canaan Nature Center urges you to ‘get closer to nature’ – with three Gardening and Landscape Design classes presented by The New York Botanical Garden.

The first class is a BASIC PRUNING course, on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-3pm. We will discuss all elements of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, in addition to tool selection and ongoing maintenance. Bring your pruners, and get ready to spend the afternoon outdoors at the New Canaan Nature Center, analyzing proper techniques. Cost per person $99*. The class will be led by Mike Ruggerio of Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, N.Y.

The second course, PERENNIAL PLANT COMBINATIONS takes place on Thursday February, 2nd 2017 from 10:30am-3pm. Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right combinations can make all the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants for your garden. Cost per person $79*. The class will be led by Sheri Forster, longtime NYBG instructor and principal of The Scottish Gardener.

Finally, if you are interested in understanding LANDSCAPE DESIGN, join the introductory 3-session series starting Thursday, March 9th until March 23rd from 10am-1pm. Become familiar with the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of design. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home. Cost per person $185*. The class will be led by Sheri Forster.

All classes will be held at the New Canaan Nature Center come rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch.

To book these programs, please call 800.322.6924 or visit online: http://bit.ly/2dhWlJu

*A discount is available to members of NYBG. To become a member visit: http://www.nybg.org/support_the_garden/membership/join.php

Adult Halloween Happenings in Fairfield County

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Costumes and cocktails…where are you going to celebrate Fairfield County’s spookiest night?

Johnny Utah’s

80 Washington St, Norwalk

203-299-0711

JohnnyUtahsSono.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Boos & Booze

Open Bar 9pm – 11pm

$20 for the first 50 people & then price increases

Music by Rob Newberry

Bobbing for Apples, Mummy Wrap & Trick or Treat Shot Games! https://buyblitztickets.com/6bqRo

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Day of the Dead

Pre-purchase your tickets for VIP Entry & Drink Specials!

Ryan DjRyfy Feinstein

Prizes awarded to Best Male & Female Costume

& the Best Sugar Skull!

https://buyblitztickets.com/pWCIO

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

The Devil went down to Utah’s

$30 Open Bar from 8pm – 10pm

DJ VITO G

Prizes awarded to Best Male & Female Costume

https://buyblitztickets.com/reoPY

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Family Scare

Kids eat FREE from 4pm – 9pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Face painting & bobbing for apples.

 

 

 

Sign of the Whale

6 Harbor Point Road, Stamford

203-883-8282

SignofthewhaleCT.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

2nd Annual Pumpkin Tap Takeover

Live Jazz & DJ Fumach

Flip Cup with prizes

Specialty Pumpkin Beers on Tap

Pumpkin Themed Menu Specials

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Oktoberfest

DJ Mazz

Sam Adams Hoisting Challenge with prizes

Specials — Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with Sauerkraut, Jumbo Pretzel with Guinness Pub Cheese

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Costume Party

DJ Mazz

Costume Contest with prizes

$5 Jack-o-Blast shots

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Mischief Industry Night

DJ Mazz

Half priced pumpkin draft beers

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Trick or Treating at The Whale

Whale mascot & photographer

Free c&y for guests in costume

All you can eat crab legs $29.95
All beers $5

Bar B Q

15 Clark St, Stamford

203-316-0278

BarBQstamford.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Halloween Kickoff Party

DJ Mazz

$3 Bud Lights

$4 Fire Ball & Captain Morgan

$5 Mixed Drinks

First drink free if in costume

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Haunted Hoedown

DJ KC

Costume Contest

First place winner drinks free for one year!

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Bash

DJ Frankie D

$15 Open Bar 9pm – 10pm, purchase online

No cover before 10pm

Best Individual Costume wins trip to Vegas or Cancun

Best Group Costume wins $500 Cash

 

TerraSole

3 Big Shop Lane, #1, Ridgefied

203-438-5352

Terrasoleridgefield.com

 

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Nov. 3

Halloween Dining Specials

Offered for two weeks will be an array of Italian favorites highlighting the season’s best flavors. A sampling of specials include:

 

Zuppa Di Zucca

Pumpkin soup crème fresh topped with Rock Shrimp and spicy tomato pumpkin seeds

 

Gnocchi Di Zucca Fatti in Casa Con Gamberoni E Capesante Salsa Di Cocco

Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Rock Shrimp & Bay Scallops in a Coconut sauce

 

Spigola Con Fagioli in Tempura

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass served over parmigiano risotto cake topped with tempura haricot verts

 

 

Room 112

112 Washington St, South Norwalk

203-939-1347

Room112sono.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Halloween Masquerade Costume Contest Presented by LukeJohn Promotions

Drag performances by Hostess Lucia Virginity, Sylvia Heart, & Scarlett Bleu

Music by Young Male Genius

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Beautiful Nightmare

9:30 pm – 2:00 am

DJ DoubleT & HOT 93.7’s DJ Santo

Costumes Mandatory

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

SINdustry Sunday

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Eric Kupper

Dancin’ Mark

Richie Dio

Complimentary Kettle One Bloody Marys & Mimosas 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Sushi Brunch 1:00 pm – 4:00pm

Crave

52 Sanford St, Fairfield

203-292-8080

Crave52.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Day of the Dead Party

DJ Gruv

Captain Morgan Girls serving Jac-O Blast shots for $5

$7 Kettle One Drinks

$250 Cash Prize to Best Costume

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Party

Dj Exel

Titos Vodka Promotion

Titos Give Away

$250 Cash Prize to Best Costume

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Nerd Fest

DJ Excel

Kettle one Promotion

Give Aways

$5 Jac-O Blast & Jameson Shots

Costume Prizes

Staff will be dressed as nerds

  Café Xpresso

150 S Main St, Newtown

203-304-9955

CafeXpressonewtown.com

Thursday, Oct. 27 – Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Costume & Specials Event

Customers that visit in costume get a Complimentary Medium Drink.

Halloween Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookie Specials

Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint

7 Wall Street, Norwalk

203-831-0399

PeachesNorwalk.com

Saturday, Oct. 29

NOLA Style Masquerade Party

Music by Otis & the Hurricanes

Drink Specials, Giveaways, Costume Prizes

L’escale & Delamar Greenwich Harbor

500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich

L’escale Reservations: 203-461-4600

Hotel Reservations: 203-661-9800

Friday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Oct. 29

L’escale Halloween Soiree

9pm – 1am, $65 per person

Evening of cocktails & costumes featuring live music & open bar

Best costume wins a magnum of wine selected by l’escale’s sommelier

 

Halloween Hotel Package

•    Overnight stay for two Friday, Oct. 28

•    Welcome glass of champagne

•    Two tickets to the l’escale Halloween Soiree

•    Continental breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 29

Package rates from $329

  J House Greenwich

1114 E Putnam Ave, Riverside

203-698-6980

JHouseGreenwich.com

 Halloween Costume Ball

Friday, October 28

8pm – 12am, $25/ticket, including admission & 1 drink

Costume Contest, DJ, Dancing

Special Room Rate: $189 + tax, including admission

  Bodega

1700 Post Road, Fairfield

203-292-9590

980 Post Road, Darien

203-655-8500

BodegaTacoBar.com

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Monday, Oct. 31

Special Menu available with 10% of sales being donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Saturday, Oct. 29

Espolon “YOLO” Party

8:00 pm

Tequila Tasting & Specials

Pig Roast

Panna Musik & Dancing

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Bloody Brunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
1/2 Price Brunch Cocktails

Sugar Skulls & Face Painting

 

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Saturday, Oct. 29

Best Day of the Dead Party

8:00 pm

Pig Roast

Espolon Tequila Specials

DJ

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Bloody Brunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

1/2 Price Brunch Cocktails

Sugar Skulls & Face Painting

 

Fleece With Flair From Dudley Stephens

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Stylish, flattering, on-trend…not words one would normally associate with fleece – unless it’s tops and jackets from Connecticut-based Dudley Stephens. Of course, it would take two women from Fairfield County to know how to do fleece with flair. Dudley Stephens co-founders Lauren Stephens and Katherine McGrath grew up in Darien, built careers in New York, and then returned to FC to raise their families. And that’s where chic and cozy collide…and Dudley Stephens was formed. Read on to about this amazing new company and their cool-but-cozy line of fleece outerwear, tops, and dresses!

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Fairfieldista: Your background is in fashion PR and your sister’s is in entertainment marketing and luxury travel – what was the inspiration for a line of fleece clothing?

Lauren: We came up with the idea for Dudley Stephens while on my parents boat in Rowayton a few summers ago. It is typically cold out on Long Island Sound even during the summer when we are on the boat, especially in the evenings! We were tired of wearing these fleece jackets that were ill fitting and in colors we didn’t like. Hence, we thought – let’s make stylish fleece clothing!! And here we are. I paved the way for us by quitting my fashion job and started everything from scratch. We first started with making samples – multiple rounds – to get the perfect fit for each style.

My sister helps with our website and overall company logistics. Her background in travel and marketing gave her experience in understanding a customer experience, creating efficiencies for both the customer and ourselves and tracking our performance. With my fashion background, my strengths tend to be in fashion production, design, PR, and marketing. Our personal strengths and weaknesses also mesh well – and we love hanging out together, so that helps too of course. My mom, Bonnie, helps us at our shows, with design and production. My mom has an amazing eye for design and we go back and forth about small fitting details constantly.

Fairfieldista: Why did you want to create a fashion-forward fleece line?

Lauren: After growing up wearing this fabric and appreciating it’s warmth and durability, launching our company has been a nostalgic venture for us. Our goal has always been to create stylish fleece clothing unlike any fleece clothing or jackets out there. We want our clothes to be stylish, to fit extremely well, and most of all make you feel good when you are wearing them. We also wanted to start this company because we love these pieces so much, and want to wear them also. We LIVE in them!! All three of us wear them everyday once the weather breaks in the Fall. We would never sell anything we wouldn’t wear.

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Fairfieldista: I love that your fabric is made from recycled materials and all your apparel is made in Brooklyn! Why was that important to the brand?

Lauren: We are big believers in USA manufacturing, in supporting our local economy and keeping jobs in the US so that our communities benefit from our hard work and investments. We found a local factory and a way to make our clothes at affordable prices so that we do not have to charge too much for our pieces. And since we knew that fleece fabric can be made using recycled material, it only made sense to seek out recycled fleece fabric.

Fairfieldista: Did you grow up in Fairfield County? Where? What made you want to return?

Lauren: Yes! We grew up in Darien. We loved growing up there, so much so that my sister now lives there with her husband and two boys. I just moved to Greenwich with my husband Graham and son George. I lived in the city for thirteen years and loved it, but once I had George it felt like it was time to go back and be closer to home. My parents live in Rowayton and my husband’s parents live in Greenwich…we have help a short drive away whenever we need it.

Fairfieldista: Are your products available at retail locally?

Lauren: For now we are available on our website www.dudley-stephens.com, but we are open to meeting with local boutiques or stores that might be interested in carrying Dudley Stephens.

 

Fairfieldista: Why do you believe your line will appeal to women in Fairfield Country?

Lauren: I think that living in Connecticut provides a certain laid back lifestyle in terms of fashion that I love…however, people do dress very well in Fairfield County, even simply going to a barre or yoga class. We wanted to provide women with clothes that were comfortable, can be worn everyday, and that can be dressed up for lunch with friends or for the office, or worn over your workout clothes to go to the gym. We think that we succeeded in this, and can’t wait to continue reaching more women who will love our #dsgoods.

Visit Dudley Stephens website to see the cool, cozy line! dudley-stephens.com

Fall Fashion Redesigned at Lord & Taylor

lt-1-2cba3736You may have noticed that Lord & Taylor in Stamford was getting a makeover! The newly redesigned store will have a more intuitive flow, new finishes, upgraded services, and lots of innovative new brands – exactly the inspiration you needed to update your wardrobe for fall!

In honor of the re-opening, Lord & Taylor will offer a series of in-store events starting Saturday, September 17. From 12-5 pm, Lord & Taylor will host a “Back to Campus Fashion Event” highlighting the fall season’s latst styles for fashion savvy young adults who wish to head back to school with a fresh new look. Event highlights include a fashion presentation, makeovers, and enter-to-win opportunities.

Other upcoming events include:

Saturday, September 24 – Cosmetic Trends Presentation 11 am & 2 pm

Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 – Charity Day Benefitting American Cancer Society

Wednesday, October 19 – Paint the Town Pink Fashion Show Benefitting Stamford Health, 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 19 – Shop Smart, Do Good Charity Day benefitting local non-profit organizations

 

 

When It’s Too Hot To Cook, Melt!

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By now, most Fairfield County foodies have discovered Melt Mobile, the area’s only gourmet grilled cheese on wheels. But if you haven’t, you are totally missing out!

Melt Mobile is the invention of Darlene Andersen and Diana Hall – two friends who wanted to bring a unique twist to the burgeoning food truck trend in Fairfield County. Andersen, an experienced entrepreneur, took no short cuts. She had the state-of-the-art “wich on wheels” custom built for what her business-eye lens saw as a wide open market. Hall, a grad of NYU and the French Culinary Institute, is the cheese whiz behind the tantalizing sandwich combos. You can read more about them here – but first, a look at some of the tasty grilled cheese combos!

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Melt Mobile is parked in different locations daily, so check their Facebook page for their current location.

Noted Abstract Artist Returns to Fairfield County Roots

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Noted international artist Katy Ferrarone returns to her Fairfield County roots with a solo exhibition of her abstract canvases at the Southport Galleries in Fairfield. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 24 from 5:30-8 PM and is open to the public.

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The collection, entitled Mind Maps, showcases Ferrarone’s colorful, mindful meditations were inspired by the energy, color, and texture of her neighborhood in Singapore, where she currently resides. Mind Maps continues at the gallery through Saturday, August 20th.

Ferrarone is a Fairfield County native and first realized her artistic impulses as an art student in Darien. She holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and was a beloved art teacher at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. Ferrarone’s work has been shown throughout the US and in Singapore.

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The exhibition is curated by Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Museum’s Danielle Ogden, who discovered the artist’s talent while launching the National Gallery in Singapore last fall. Ferrarone and her husband are raising a young family in Singapore and look forward to returning home to share her beautiful, intimate and emotional palettes.

Jennifer Cargill, Southport Galleries’ Executive Director calls this exhibition, “Southport Galleries’ freshest and most pleasing new work to date and a first collaboration between the gallery, the artist and the curator with intersecting local roots.”
Southport Galleries | 330 Pequot Ave | Southport CT | 203.292.6124 | www.southportgalleries.com Tuesday through Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm, always by Appointment

Spa Water Smoothies Low Cal, Big Flavor

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Premium smoothie and juice franchise Robeks has rolled out two new smoothies that radically reduce calorie counts and sugar content, plus a new upscale bowl, all that deliver on the exceptional, authentic flavor that has made the brand a hit for 20 years.

Through July 10, Robeks customers will be able to order these three new items that are made using Pineapple Ginger Spa Water and Cucumber Mint Spa Water

Apple Ginger Allure™: Made with new Pineapple Ginger Spa Water, this refreshing smoothie is made with a fresh Granny Smith apple, hand-picked fresh mint leaves, pineapple, banana, a touch of pineapple sherbet, and a squeeze of fresh lime. A medium smoothie has 246 calories, and just half the sugar of a regular smoothie.

Refreshing Cucumber Mint™: A balanced combination of new Cucumber Mint Spa Water, raw spinach, fresh cucumber, hand-picked fresh mint, pineapple, mango, banana, and a touch of pineapple sherbet. This light and refreshing smoothie has only 229 calories and half the sugar.

Pineapple Ginger Delight™: With 9 grams of protein and a complex array of unique ingredients, this smoothie is rich in vitamins C & A, calcium, fiber, potassium and iron. It is made with Pineapple Ginger Spa Water, a fresh Granny Smith apple, raw ginger, hand-picked fresh mint leaves, a squeeze of fresh lime, pineapple, banana, Greek yogurt and pineapple sherbet, and is topped with crunchy banana chips, shredded coconut, tender Granny Smith apple slices and tart dried cranberries

Find your closest Robeks location by clicking here!

Multi-Brand Designer Jewelry Sale in Stamford

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Give your summer sundresses a fresh, new look with a statement necklace or complete your shoulder baring blouse with an armful of bangles! Stamford-based Carolee, a leader in fashion jewelry, just announced their first-time ever multi-brand designer jewelry sample sale at their corporate headquarters at 88 Hamilton Avenue in Stamford. Beginning on Thursday, June, 9, and lasting for three days, the sale will include a huge selection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches for up to 85% off retail.

Samples from the company’s portfolio of brands include Carolee New York, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, ABS by Allen Schwartz, French Connection and Trina Turk.

Fresh items will be added daily. Cash and credit cards will be accepted and all sales are final (and you won’t want to return anything anyway!).

Hours: Thursday and Friday, June 9 & 10 – 11am to 6pm, Saturday, June 11 from 11am to 4pm.

 

 

Arianna Huffington to Host Sole Fundraiser in Greenwich

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Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Sole Sisters Luncheon on April 19th at the Greenwich Country Club. The inspirational event raises funds to benefit agencies and programs supported by the Greenwich United Way.

Karen Keegan, Board Chair of the Greenwich United Way, said, “local insights drive lasting results, and the proceeds from this year’s Sole Sisters luncheon will have a huge impact on the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.” She continued, “Given the unprecedented rise in needs for human services in our town, supporting the 2016 Sole Sisters Luncheon is the smartest way to ensure that every dollar you give will have the greatest impact.”

Since its inception 10 years ago, this event has raised over $1 million to support those most vulnerable in Greenwich. In addition to exciting sponsor opportunities, patron tickets are available on a first come first serve basis as follows under: these levels; Stiletto $20,000*, d’Orsay $10,000*, Sling back $7,500*, Peep Toe $5,000*, Espadrille $750 and Sandal $550. Opportunities marked with an asterisk include a table of ten (10) to the Luncheon. A curated fashion and home accessories boutique will be featured throughout the event, and a portion of every sale will support local needs. The event platform provides an entertaining experience for supporters at all levels, while at the same time promoting a powerful and much needed message of need in this community.

“The Greenwich United Way’s Sole Sisters initiative was founded by a small group of women who were passionate about local human service needs,” explained Jill Weiner, Sole Sisters Initiative Co-Chair and Greenwich United Way Board member. “That is how the motto witty concept of ‘Women Stepping Up to Help Others Step Forward’ was born. Each year Sole Sisters focuses on a different community issue and members take the time to learn about those needs. Not only is the luncheon a fun and inspirational event, but it’s a big step in helping to find, fund and fix the most critical needs in Greenwich” Weiner concluded.

This year Luncheon Co-Chairs, Eva-Stina Pehrson and Marietta Contadino invited Arianna Huffington as the inspirational keynote speaker, and attendees will each receive a signed copy of her latest book, “The Sleep Revolution”. Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and now the author of sixteen books with the latest to become available in April. Huffington has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Past Luncheon speakers have included; Susan Fales Hill, Lisa Baird, Gloria Vanderbilt and Kaycee Jennings just to name a few.

“We are thrilled to have Arianna Huffington as our speaker for the Sole Sisters luncheon this year. Arianna is an inspiration to so many across the globe, and her drive completely represents what the Sole Sisters stand for. With Arianna as our speaker we hope to sell out Patron levels before tickets go on sale” said Contadino.