The Wilton Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its 5th Annual Fall Restaurant Week on Monday, Oct. 16, running  through Sunday, Oct. 22. Participating restaurants and eateries will offer special selections or one-week-only pricing to encourage diners to come for lunch, dinner or both.

This year, the event will feature a few new twists:  Monday, Oct. 16 has been designated as Wilton Cares Day with participating  restaurants, businesses and retailers stepping up to donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center; in addition, Levco is partnering with the Chamber to present a pumpkin carving contest.

Among the many restaurants participating there are several from Wilton and Georgetown, as well as Norwalk restaurants that are Wilton Chamber members. The diverse cuisines offered–Southwestern, Italian, Asian, Mexican and American–provides diners the opportunity to explore new tastes and revisit favorites with restaurants that are offering different Restaurant Week specials.

This year the participants include some newer restaurants among the regular spots on the list:

Aranci 67
Bianco Rosso Wine Bar and Restaurant
Craft 14 Kitchen + Bar
Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Little Pub
Lombardi’s Trattoria
Marly’s Bar & Bistro
Oak and Almond
The Pastry Hideaway

Portofino Restaurant and Bar
Reiki Sushi & Aisian Bistro
Toozy Patza Pizza
Washington Prime
Wilton Pizza

Wilton Cares Day–Partnering with Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force is partnering with the Wilton Chamber and participating restaurants/retailers for a new program called Wilton Cares Day on Monday, Oct. 16, to benefit the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC).

Participating restaurants and retailers will donate a portion of their proceeds on Wilton Cares Day to the DVCC.

The DVCC is a domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, and Weston, whose mission is to promote the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. The DVCC’s professional staff supports victims of domestic violence every step along the way, within the legal system, with financial concerns or with housing needs with the underlying objective of keeping victims safe.

In 2016 and 2017 the DVCC provided service to 75 households in the Town of Wilton. This number includes all DVCC departments that clients accessed, engaged and/or received services from. Per capita the number of clients who come to the DVCC from the community of Wilton is proportionate to clients served from larger cities such as Norwalk and Stamford.

According to Capt. Rob Cipolla, who represents the Wilton Police Department on the Task Force, residents can make a difference. “Come out and enjoy Wilton on Oct. 16, by shopping or dining at one of the participating restaurants/retailers. Your business has the potential to have a positive impact on a member of our Wilton community who has been adversely impacted by domestic violence.”

Levco Oil Pumpkin Carving Contest Aids Charity

Levco Oil has recently opened an office at 632 Danbury Rd., and as one of Wilton’s newest businesses, they’re getting involved quickly by signing on as a sponsor of Wilton’s Restaurant week and adding some Halloween spirit to the event.

Levco is presenting the first annual Pumpkin Display during Restaurant Week. The Pumpkin Display will give each restaurant the opportunity to pick out its own pumpkin, design and carve it, and showcase it to add some spooky holiday spirit. Wilton residents will have the chance to check out as many pumpkins as they can over the course of Restaurant Week and vote for their favorites online at Levco’s website. The winner will be selected around Halloween. Levco will be making a charitable donation to a local organization on behalf of the winning restaurant.