Local Chefs Cook-off at Galaxy of Gourmets at Aitoro’s Family-friendly Benefit for Neighbors with Di

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STAR Inc. Lighting the Way...

182 Wolfpit Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 846-9581, ext.339\

Aitoro’s Appliance Showroom in Norwalk will host “Galaxy of Gourmets for STAR” a casual, family-friendly fundraising event that includes music, mingling and tastings of gourmet food and drinks from restaurants in Fairfield County showcased in their dream kitchens. The event will be held at 401 Westport Avenue in Norwalk on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40 (individual), $125 (group of 4), $200 (group of 6) at www.STARct.org or by calling Peter Saverine at (203) 846-9581 x302 or psaverine@starct.org. Advanced reservations are preferred, but tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds benefit STAR, Inc.’s programs and services for infants, children, adults and seniors who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Children under 12 enter free.

Participating restaurants include Mecha Noodle Bar, A Dash of Salt, Knot Norms, Dry Dock Bar & Grill, Roger Sherman Inn, Little Pub Wilton, Winfield Street Italian Deli, SONO Baking Company & Café, Romanacci Pizza Bar + Osteria Romana, Michael Joseph’s Fine Foods, Marianne Wilson’s Complete Catering, Don Carmelo’s Mexican Grill, Saffron Indian Cuisine, Chocolate Works, Saltwater Restaurant & Bar, The Fresh Market, A&S Fine Foods, KAZU Sushi & Japanese Restaurant, STAR Café, and more to be announced. The wine and craft beer tastings will be supplied by the Liquor Locker of Westport, Parolvini Wines and Iron Brewing Company in Norwalk.

Musical groups performing at the event include Coastal Groove, a Norwalk-based band specializing in 70’s and 80’s dance music, and, of course, STAR’s Rubberband. Additionally, the large collection of televisions in the showroom will feature assorted STAR videos. Finally, there will be a special auction of desirable wines, restaurant certificates, and gifts from local businesses.

STAR’s Executive Director, Katie Banzhaf says, “We look forward to this event every year and are always overwhelmed with the community support and the palate-pleasing cuisine selections. No one leaves hungry and we all make new friends. Tony Aitoro and his staff roll out the red carpet as gracious hosts and generous friends.”

Aitoro is a family-owned Appliances, Electronics store based in Norwalk, CT. Since 1948, Aitoro has served customers in the greater Norwalk area and throughout the region, with low prices on Appliances and Electronic products topped by a superior reputation for customer service. Their recently renovated dream kitchen showrooms set the stage for excellence and state of the art equipment for amateur and celebrity chefs alike. Tony Aitoro, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, loves to share his new space to benefit a variety of local non-profits each year. Of STAR he says, “STAR is always one of my favorite events. As a neighbor for over six decades, I am happy to welcome our friends of all abilities to share this magical evening that is simply a ‘feel good’ night for all.”

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization established in 1952 to serve individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. STAR’s customized employment program for people with I/DD leads the state in job placements and hours worked. Likewise, STAR’s birth to three program continues to exceed state and local average results with 100% of the children reducing the gap, and 93% caught up in developmental milestones. Headquartered in Norwalk and with new offices at 15 Cross Street, Norwalk and 111 Elm Street, New Canaan, STAR annually serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Fairfield County. They aim to inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, or to volunteer or donate, visit www.starct.org

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