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Galaxy Of Gourmets In Norwalk To Benefit STAR

Chef preparing dishes at last year's Galaxy of Gourmets Photo Credit: Megan Johnson
A crowd around a cooking station at Galaxy of Gourmets Photo Credit: Megan Johnson
Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR with Tony Aitoro, Senator Bob Duff, Mayor Harry Rilling and STAR client Becky Flynn Photo Credit: Megan Johnson

NORWALK, Conn. -- Aitoro’s Appliance Showroom in Norwalk will host "Galaxy of Gourmets for STAR" -- a casual, family-friendly fundraising event on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The event will include music, mingling and tastings of gourmet food and drinks from restaurants in Fairfield County, showcased in their dream kitchens.

Entertainment will include a performance by STAR’s own Ruberband -- a rock and roll group of performers with developmental disabilities and staff members from STAR -- as well as by The Extras, a local rock band. Myriad television monitors in the showroom will also feature STAR videos

The event will also feature a Chinese auction of desirable wines, gift items and restaurant certificates.

Chefs from the following organizations will be participating:

  • Brasitas Restaurant,
  • Washington Prime Restaurant,
  • Paella,
  • A Dash of Salt Catering,
  • Don Carmelo's Mexican Restaurant,
  • Romanacci,
  • Bogey’s of Norwalk,
  • Trattoria A Vuccella,
  • Chocolate Rain,
  • Osteria Romana,
  • Michael Joseph’s Catering and
  • KAZU Sushi.

Tickets are $40, $100 for family tickets or $180 to sponsor a group of six STAR clients to attend. Buy tickets here or by calling or by calling Megan Johnson at 203-846-9581, ext. 339. Advanced reservations are preferred, but tickets will be available at the door.

All proceeds benefit STAR, Lighting the Way’s programs and services for infants, children, adults and seniors who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

STAR is a nonprofit 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.

It informs and encourages the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. STAR serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston.

The event will be held at 401 Westport Ave., in Norwalk, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about STAR, visit its website.

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