What: The 3rd annual New Haven Food & Wine Festival

Where: Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale, New Haven

When: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 5:00–7:30pm

Why: Mingling with tennis champions like Caroline Wozniacki and Marcos Baghdati—plus a box seat to watch them in action—while devouring delicious gourmet food. Tennis fans and foodies alike will indulge in some of the most inventive cuisine of the Northeast and see for themselves why New Haven is garnering such a stellar culinary reputation. Hosted at one location on campus, this year’s event features 20 diverse and inventive restaurants serving up a shnibble of their most famed menu items. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet one of America’s most renowned chefs, Jacques Pepin.

Tickets are priced at $125 and include access to the culinary event and a box seat at the tennis tournament. Visit pilotpentennis.com or call 1-888.99.PILOT to order. Other special events surrounding the tournament include a wine tasting workshop on August 24, and a lunch and fashion show on August 26th.

How to get there: New Haven is a breeze to get to, no car needed. Take your pick and travel by bus, Amtrak or Metro-North, all clocking in at under 2 hours. See offManhattan’s New Haven Public Transportation Guide for details. Take the free tournament shuttle bus from the train station, or grab a cab for the quick ride, costing under $10. If you choose to stay the night and further explore this town’s merit-worthy free museums and sites, the boutique hotel The Study at Yale features an unusual and charming synthesis of technology and literary culture and is walking distance to just about everything.

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Allison Tibaldi
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.

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