JBF Platform 25 11th Ave, NYC

Learn to Make Cocktails from the Head Bartender of Silver Lyan, Winner of the Tales of the Cocktail Award for Best U.S. Hotel Bar Known for unusual ingredients and ground-breaking techniques, the award-winning Silver Lyan cocktail bar in Washington, D.C. is renowned for its narrative-driven approach to mixology. Cocktails such as the Air Bee n Bee, made with hay-smoked bee larvae, are inspired by the story of their ingredients. While these drinks may seem intimidating to most home bartenders, Vlad Novikov, head of bars and general manager of Silver Lyan, is now sharing his secrets and demystifying some of the bar’s most elusive techniques. For more information   Located in the brand-new Market 57 food hall, Platform by the James Beard Foundation, a state-of-the-art show kitchen and educational space for outstanding culinary arts programming and Good To Go by JBF, a fast-casual concept that brings the Foundation’s Good Food for Good®  mission to life through chef-crafted food and beverage offerings.


The Lyme Art Association: Sea & Sky Soiree

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

On Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, the Lyme Art Association is welcoming Spring with a fun-filled cocktail party to celebrate the beauty of Old Lyme’s “American Giverny”, beloved of artists and our entire community! This very special evening will feature: Hors d’oeuvres by Flanders Fish Market “Dueling Painters” featuring Howard Park & Lisa Miceli – bid on their artwork as they paint! Live Jazz by the JHunter Group Viewing of Ship to Shore: A Marine Show Special silent auction of beautiful artwork and unique items and experiences For more information

The Lyme Art Association 7th Annual Swing for Art!

Old Lyme Country Club 40 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme

Save the date for the 7th annual SWING FOR ART, at the Old Lyme Country Club, to benefit the Lyme Art Association! Best Ball format! Shotgun Start at 3pm! Challenging 9-hole course! All experience levels of Gentlemen and Ladies welcome! Raffles for golf and art enthusiasts! Special contests! and lots of FUN! Awards and cocktail party immediately following. For more information

$75 – $175

Tacos & Tequila: Knobloch Family Farmhouse

Knobloch Family Farmhouse 151 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford

Part of our BevMax Tasting Series, come savor the flavor at a night of taco tasting and tequila exploration in our Knobloch Family Farmhouse alongside seasoned ambassadors from exceptional tequila brands. You’ll enjoy an array of authentically made tacos and sides expertly prepared by the Nikki Glekas Collective, using only the freshest ingredients. Our event partner, BevMax, will be on hand to place orders for full bottles of any of the products you sample. A portion of all sales charitably support the SM&NC. Adults 21+ only. For more information

$75 – $80

Salsa & Sangria ; Sangria Sips and Live Dance Performance

Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Avenue, New Canaan

We welcome performers from the Bodies Never Lie dance company, comprised of professionals from New York City and international guest artists for this special event.  Set to recordings of music by the renowned record label, Putomayo, and ‘the Queen of Salsa’, Celia Cruz. Between performances, guests are welcome to join a lively group salsa lesson led by Jessica Ruhlin, a teacher from New York City Ballet and Carriage Barn Member Manager. A guest duo will demonstrate and break down elements of partner dances and an 87-year-old international artist will share authentic dance styles and stories from growing up in Columbia.  Sangria will be provided by Chef Luis. Sangria tasting at 5:30pm, dance performance begins at 6pm.   For more information 

$25 – $35

Cosmos and Cocktails: Ballet Hartford at Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown

The Mansion is thrilled to welcome Ballet Hartford for a special evening featuring a performance of excerpts of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Guests will be welcomed with a signature theme cocktail, and enjoy a cocktail hour with light hors d’oeuvres served by David Alan Hospitality prior to the performance.  Tickets are $60 per person. Tickets include admission to the performance, light bites, one complimentary signature cocktail and a cash beer & wine bar. For more information


Garden Party: A Collaboration with Little Lion Collective at Possible Futures

Possible Futures 318 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT

Little Lion Collective returns to Possible Futures on May 25th with another evening of drinks and music. Sip on floral-themed mocktails and refreshing spring wines, taste treats, enjoy a soulful DJ set, and relax in our indoor book garden. Come celebrate spring with this Garden Party event! Tickets can be purchased in advance here.


Aldrich After Hours

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street, Ridgefield

Kick off the weekend with Aldrich After Hours and enjoy drinks and special programming in the Museum’s galleries. Associate Curator Eduardo Andres Alfonso will give a highlights tour of Elizabeth Englander’s exhibition, Eminem Buddhism, Volume 3 focusing on the inclusive nature of Buddhism in celebration of Pride month.   Collage artist Michael Hentz will lead an open format collage workshop in the Studio. Pulling inspiration from the exhibition Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk, guests can create their own floral inspired collages.   Michael Hentz will be accompanied by representatives from Flat Vernacular, a Norwalk-based custom wallpaper company that features Hentz’s work on one of their designs. Flat Vernacular will have wallpaper samples and merchandise to sell, accenting the botanical-based themes present throughout Layo Bright’s exhibition.   Specialty cocktails inspired by the current exhibitions, as well as beer and wine, will be available for purchase. DJ Heavy Hymns, aka Michael Hentz, will be spinning a lively dance music set.   Explore the exhibitions on view including: Elizabeth Englander: Eminem Buddhism, Volume 3, Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk, Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years, and Esther Ruiz: Uncharted. For more information


LiveGirl Farm-To-Table Fundraiser: Celebrating 10 years

Knobloch Family Farmhouse 151 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford

Join us as we look back at how far we’ve come in the last decade — and refuel for ten more. Cocktails & Open Bar | Farm-To-Table Dinner | Live Music | Special Guests Founded in 2014, LiveGirl, Inc. is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that builds confident, inclusive leaders. Our mission is to prepare the next generation of diverse, brave female leaders with the skills, community, and connections so that ALL girls may thrive and make a positive impact on the world. Our vision is to contribute to a world free from both gender and racial inequality. For more information


 Norwalk Seaport Association’s Fundraiser: Docktails and Oysters

Norm Bloom and Sons 7 Edgewater Place, Norwalk

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s signature event, Docktails and Oysters, hosted by Norm Bloom and Sons, a fourth-generation oyster farm in Norwalk, is taking place on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The proceeds from this sell out event will be used in refurbishing the lighthouse to its golden years in the 19th century when it guided ships safely through Norwalk Harbor. This Sheffield Island-inspired party is casual and fun where you will see old friends and make new ones as you listen to live music, sip beer or wine, and slurp the freshest oysters you will ever taste! “It’s a chance for people to celebrate the Seaport Association’s mission of preserving the Sheffield Island Lighthouse for future generations and have a little fun at an authentic oyster farm,” said Mike Reilly, President of the Seaport Association. For more information


Culture 4 a Cause Cocktail Fundraiser: Torrington

Crossroads Sports Bar and Bites 29 Main Street, Torrington

Culture 4 a Cause, in collaboration with Crossroads Sports Bar and Bites, 29 Main Street in downtown Torrington, kicks off our annual Fundraiser “Cocktails 4 a Cause” with a wine, cognac and whiskey tasting party. Join us and partake in specially made cocktails and mix and mingle with City Views hosts Jacque Williams, Coryse Villarouel, Kareem Holebrook, Pascale Nejaime, and Karen Thomas (Friendly Hands Food Bank). For more information

$20 – $25