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Second Annual Galaxy of Gourmets to Benefit STAR Inc.

Top local chefs support individuals with developmental disabilities

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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 29, 2015 At 08:59 AM

Top chefs from around the area will join families and supporters of Star Inc. next Thursday for the organization's second annual Galaxy of Gourmets at Aitoro in Norwalk to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities.

"We had about 120 people last year, everybody was asking if we were going to do the event again this year so this year we're really hoping we're going to have 150 to 200 people. Most of the chefs we had last year, if not all are returning." 

STAR is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing programs and services for individuals of all ages with intellectual and development disabilities since 1952. Its efforts reach people throughout Norwalk, Wesport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan and Darien. STAR Director of Philanthropy Peter Saverine says the organization hopes to raise over $5,000 from the event.  

"It's almost more of a 'friend-raiser' then a fundraiser because the pricing isn't that high and we're not really trying to do something where we're raising a lot of money but we're trying to raise awareness," said STAR Director of Philanthropy Peter Saverine.

"You can easily mingle, talk to a lot of different people, interact with the chefs and ask them a little bit about their recipes and restaurants, but also you're standing next to other people that are sampling the dishes so you can also have conversation and talk to new people as well as the people that you come with. It's a really easy event to mix at as well as a fun fundraiser," STAR marketing and development associate Megan Johnson.  

The event brings together STAR's chefs with those from 17 local restaurants which include five new participating food vendors for a night of sampling, mingling, dancing and music from local bands like Bobby & The Extras and STAR's own, Rubberband.  

"I'm actually going to be making a variety of cheesecakes, but serving them as bite-sized portions," said STAR food services coordinator Matthew Fazazkerley. 

The event begins at 6 p.m. Aitoro is located at 401 Westport Avenue. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40. To order online visit


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