‘Taste of Windsor’ features local food
By Amy Stanwick - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 11, 2011
It was a night of fine wine, delicious food, and swanky music on March 4, as First Town Downtown hosted its first Taste of Windsor.
Designed to raise money for the First Town Downtown organization – which promotes Windsor as a premier New England town – the event featured nine area restaurants, as well as wine- and beer-tasting from local wineries and breweries. The event was held at the dining hall at Loomis Chaffee School.
“The fundraiser used to be a Black and White Gala,” said Ashley Williams Dufresne, a member of First Town Downtown, “but we had to rethink it this year. We’ve had a very good response.”
The First Town Downtown committee wanted to recreate and update the fundraiser, and decided on an event that focused on local culinary hotspots and a sampling of local talents, such as the musical skills of Windsor’s own “Singing Dentist,” Steve Lipman. “Dentistry is my love, and music is my passion,” said Lipman. All proceeds from the evening will go to funding future events held in Windsor.
Featured restaurants included Union Street Tavern, Nat Hayden’s Real Pit BBQ, Bamboo Garden, Taste of India, Tunxis Grill, Crumb Cakes, Chili’s Bar & Grill and Dom’s Broad Street Eatery. A wine-tasting, donated by Blooms Discount Liquors, and a beer-tasting, donated by Hooker Brewery, of Bloomfield, were also featured.
Samples of Hooker Brewery’s local beers were served by employee and former Windsor resident Chris Williams. “I thought it would be a very comfortable event for people to get to know other people and businesses in town,” said Williams, as he served up a sample of Hooker Brewery’s Blueberry Ale.
As a past resident of Windsor, Williams was aware of the events the town holds in the name of community spirit.
“There’s the Shad Derby, the Chili Fest, and now in the winter, there’s this. It works,” Williams said.
Guests were treated to a sampling of local culinary treats, as well as a silent auction and teacup auction. The response was so positive that First Town Downtown plans to hold the event annually, said Dufresne.