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Updated: Enjoy Fifth Annual ‘Taste of Elmwood’ at West Hartford’s Corporate Center West

Café Louise is one of the food vendors at the fifth annual Taste of Elmwood on 2/21/18. We-Ha file photo

Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Taste of Elmwood – to be held in a new venue, at a new time, and on a new day!

By Joy Taylor

Updated, Feb. 20, 2018:

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the fifth annual Taste of Elmwood just added massage and wine. Nurturing Hands will offer chair massages (possibly outside if the temperature is as high as they are predicting), and we welcome Winam Wines Boutique Collection as the Wine and Spirit sponsor of tastings.

Winam Wines  a small Farmington Valley wine distributor and importer, has joined hands with WHMedia Group and the Annual Taste of Elmwood. Winam is unique among Connecticut distributors of any size as it donates 20% of its profits to a number of 501c-3 charitable organizations.  Wines from several such organizations will be poured Wednesday from 5-7:30 p.m.

The charities’ wines to be sampled include AIDS CT; Hartford Camp Courant; Interval House; Petit Family Foundation; The Girl Scouts of Connecticut and the H.O.P.E Foundation.  Winam and selected restaurants and retailers each make a contribution to the charities for every bottle sold in Connecticut.

Updated, Feb. 17, 2018:

A few of the chefs have divulged their menu plans for Wednesday night, including:

  • Sliders Grill & Bar: Famous chicken wings
  • The Back Nine Tavern: Pulled pork sandwiches
  • KT Bakery: Banh Mi Sandwiches
  • Chick-fil-A: Chicken nuggets and Superfood Salad
  • Classic Cakes: Usual spectacle of outrageous and delicious desserts
  • Goldberg’s Bagels – Bagels, bagels and more bagels with a selection of cream cheeses.

Plus you can always expect good things from our other participants:

  • Café Louise
  • The Corner Pug
  • Fernwood Restaurant
  • Russell’s Creative Global Cuisine

Follow the event page on Facebook and read the Wednesday We-Ha.com newsletter for additional special food offerings and more announcements.

With this many restaurants participating we anticipate a sell out so don’t be disappointed and buy your tickets now (and save by buying in bulk and ahead of time; if there are any available at the door you will pay $40 per ticket).

Please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the food drive for Chrysalis Center, Inc., sponsored by Stanger Stanfield Law.

As a special gift each guest will be photographed by SnapSeat Photo Booth, thanks to Uberdog and Keating Insurance Agency.


Updated, Feb. 15, 2018

I can hardly keep up with the exciting updates! Thanks to perseverance (and likely some nudging from his neighbor at Classic Cakes by Carol Murdock), we gladly welcome Russell’s Creative Global Cuisine to the line-up for next Wednesday night! Ticket link.

Updated, Feb. 13, 2018

We are pleased to welcome the new Back Nine Tavern @ Stanley Golf Course to the impressive line-up of eateries! The Back Nine Tavern opened in spring of 2017 and they are excited to showcase a specialty at Taste of Elmwood this year.

Original Story, Feb. 4, 2018

Tickets are on sale now for one of West Hartford’s favorite community food events – the Taste of Elmwood – which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Corporate Center West, 433 South Main St., West Hartford.

Sample your way through the evening with a wonderful variety of hot and cold food from Elmwood area restaurants. The Elmwood section of town offers a thriving mix of new and classic cuisine and this annual event is the perfect opportunity to sample the food, meet the chefs, and get out of your house on a winter evening to hang out with neighbors, friends and co-workers.

As of this writing, (updated 2/15/18)  a delectable sampling will be available from the following eateries:

  • Back Nine Tavern @ Stanley Golf Course
  • Café Louise
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Classic Cakes
  • Corner Pug
  • Fernwood Restaurant
  • Goldberg’s
  • KT Bakery
  • Russell’s Creative Global Cuisine
  • Sliders Grill & Bar

Additional participants will be announced on We-Ha.com and through social media.

Click this link to purchase your tickets, and buy in bulk to save!

“We are excited for year number five,” said Dr. Rick Liftig, the Elmwood Business Association president and resident cheerleader for Elmwood. Watch the video below for a peek into a past Taste of Elmwood (thanks to DirectLine Media).

Thanks to a suggestion from Bruce Stanger at Stanger Stanfield Law offices and the support of Figure Eight Properties, the event will be in a brand new location this year. The lobby of the Corporate Center West office building (where his office is located) at 433 South Main St., and will encourage participation from the employees and will give participants new opportunities.

Tickets are available for $25 each for four or more; $30 when you buy two or three; $40 for singles and at the door – if any tickets are left for the anticipated sell-out event. Please visit the registration desk when you arrive on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to find your name on the list. No physical tickets will be issued.

The event is being brought to you by WHMedia Group, and WHMedia, West Hartford Magazine, We-Ha.com, Jewish Ledger, WHSquared, Turley Publications, Eat in CT and more.

The event supports The Elmwood Business Association.

Thank you to sponsors JP Carroll Construction, Lux Bond & Green, The McAuley, Northstar Wealth Partners, Robin Gebrian William Raveis Real Estate, Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, Uber Dog, and Valerie E. Thomas & Associates.

Additional thanks to Taylor Rental Party Plus, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Town of West Hartford, and Merchant Solutions.

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