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First County Bank’s Maple Sugar Festival Weekend on Tap for Chefs Challenge

Four chefs will compete in First County Bank’s Chefs Challenge event at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during this year’s Maple Sugar Festival Weekend.  On Saturday, March 2, chefs will compete to create the best tasting recipe, as judged by the public, using maple syrup as an ingredient.

This year marks the 13th anniversary First County Bank has sponsored this family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 2, Nikki Glekas, owner and chef at EOS Greek Cuisine in Stamford, Chef William Kaliff and Rosinne K. Chlala, owners of Festivities, Giovanni Gentile, owner of Bar Rosso, and Erik Anderson, Executive Chef of David’s Soundview Catering, are scheduled to present their creations for the public to sample. The public will vote for its favorite creation and the winning recipe will be announced at 2 p.m.

“The First County Bank Chefs Challenge has truly become a tradition since its inception in 2010 and a highlight during the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend,” said Karen Kelly, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at First County Bank. “We’re excited about our competing chefs this year who will prepare an eclectic mix of dishes for the public to taste and judge. It’s great to see local chefs come together each year to participate in such a unique event for our community. We appreciate their contribution and look forward to a weekend full of great food, fun, learning and old fashioned New England traditions.”

“The Maple Sugar Weekend is a tradition and something we look forward to every single year. Really…we’re talking about a weekend long ode to real maple syrup here… pure, rich, sweet, oh so good,” said Kristien Del Ferraro from OMNOM CT. “The Chef’s Challenge is the highlight, with local chefs competing against each other to see who can use maple syrup the best, and you get to sample all the goodies and vote in the winner. It’s great fun.” Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro run the Fairfield County food-and-drink blog and will emcee the awards announcement.

— About the Chefs –

David Cingari, chef/owner of David’s Soundview Catering, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He opened his gourmet catering company serving Connecticut and New York in 1988. David’s prepares exceptional culinary treats that delight the eye and satisfy the most discriminating palates. It is the sought-after resource for celebrating moments that matter most: sophisticated catered weddings, imaginative bar and bat mitzvah menus, academic functions, alumni reunions, family celebrations, and other special occasions. David’s is also the business communities culinary answer for all  Corporate, Non-Profit, Academic and Private functions and special events, daily business food deliveries, galas and fundraisers, catered client meetings and team building workshops. David’s Soundview Catering is located at 471 Elm St. in Stamford. Visit for more information.

Nikki and Jimmy Glekas, Dina Glekas-Loukrezis and Eleni Glekas Oldroyd, owners of EOS Greek Cuisine, started EOS as an idea, a vision of how a contemporary Greek restaurant should look, taste and feel. Clean lines and simple architecture mixed with accents of blue to mimic the still waters of the Mediterranean. EOS cuisine echoes their passion for the flavors and aromas they enjoy now and lovingly remember growing up.   Undiminished freshness and simplicity is their goal, paired with a cool, relaxed atmosphere to provide an authentic Greek experience. EOS is located at 490 Summer St. in Stamford. Visit for more information.

Chef William Kaliff and Rosinne K. Chlala, owners and siblings of Festivities, work closely with their event team to create a uniquely personal experience marrying award winning foods, creative presentations and professional service. Festivities is one of Fairfield County’s leading special event catering and design companies. Since 1984, Festivities has created memorable milestone celebrations throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Manhattan and as far reaching as Vermont and Massachusetts. Festivities is located at 2 Wilton Avenue in Norwalk. Visit for more information.

Giovanni Gentile, owner of Bar Rosso. Bar Rosso is a stylish dining and gathering destination that celebrates the art of Italian food and wine. The menu at Bar Rosso is designed around a simple philosophy – good food that satisfies all of the senses. The cuisine is a blend of quality ingredients and traditional methods with modern interpretations, which touch on all of the senses. Vibrant colors, textural contrasts, and bold flavors are at the forefront of each dish. Bar Rosso is located at 30 Spring Street, Stamford. Visit for more information.

— About First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend —

The First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.  The maple sugar season usually peaks around the first week in March.  At this family festival, visitors will see maple sugar and tree tapping demonstrations, taste sweet maple syrup treats, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy the popular Sunday pancake brunch.

Other activities include face painting, storytelling, music and much more.  A daily admission fee of $5 will be charged to museum members while non-members will have to pay $10.  All children 3 and under, Family Plus and above members are allowed in free.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, natural and agricultural sciences, and history.  The museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience.  Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Rd. in Stamford (three-quarters of a mile north of Merritt Parkway Exit 35).  For more information, visit


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