PUTTING THE “FUN” IN “ FUNDRAISING” Brews & Blues
is a great time for a great cause
IIf you’re looking for a cultural opportunity that also tastes good, keep Oct. 23 open and find your way to the Brews & Blues festival. The event evidently has legs, returning for the fourth time as a benefit for theWesterly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce. It will be held at Stonington Meadows on Route 1 in Stonington from 6-9 p.m.
Wendy Carr of Prime Time Café in Pawcatuck is on the chamber board and uses her restaurant expertise to help produce the event. She explained that about 25 restaurants participate, and appetizer-sized portions are paired with a beer that is a cultural fit. For instance, a Red Stripe beer would be served with a Jamaican dish.
“We try to put the emphasis on (local brewery) Cottrell,” she said. “We have 30 to 40 beers; it’s an excellent chance to try some microbrews. We have fun with the pairings, putting Peroni (an Italian beer) with Italian dishes and a Belgian beer with waffles.”
As guests enjoy the spread, the Karl Kelly Band entertains with a bluesy mix that gives the night the other part of its name.
“(Last year) was fabulous,” Carr said. “Everyone had a great time, a rocking time, and no one wanted it to end. The event has been getting bigger and better every year.”
Although the venue’s name might make you think Brews & Blues is weather dependent, it’s not. Stonington Meadows is a banquet facility with an outdoorsy-sounding name.
“We got tons of phone calls last year when it rained because everyone thought it was going to be canceled,” said Kirsten Petrizzo of theWesterlyPawcatuck Chamber of Commerce. “They were all relieved to hear it was inside; it’s a really nice facility.”
The profits from the event benefit all of the programs the chamber produces throughout the year, including its day-after-Thanksgiving traditional Santa’s arrival downtown, River Glow, the Virtu Art Show and special presentations such as the whale trail.
Tickets are $30 and are available at Prime Time Café and the chamber office at 1 ChamberWay, Westerly. You can call the chamber at 401-596-7761 for more information.
“There is just tons of food and drink that night,” Carr said. “It’s for a great cause.”
LEFT, WESTERLY-PAWCATUCK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD MEMBER ANGIE SMITH SERVES STONE HILL BEER AND GOURMET PIZZA TO A HAPPY GUEST; ABOVE, BOARD MEMBER TRACEY WILSON’S STATION MATCHED SUSHI WITH SAPPORO. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WESTERLY-PAWCATUCK CHAMBER...