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Merrimack Valley

January 24, 2013

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Sweets for the sweet, and everyone else, too

Billy Costa from Kiss 108FM and the “TV Diner” returns to the Merrimack Valley to promote the region’s great restaurants, caterers and bakeries.

This year vendors from nine communities will compete for the coveted “Best Dessert in the Merrimack Valley” Trophy at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The evening also will feature a DJ, silent and live auction and a cash bar.

Representing Andover in the competition are Pink Tree Sweets and the On the Bone restaurant from the Wyndham Andover. From North Andover, Cakes by Design brings sweet treats.

The Live Auction will be headlined by a David Yurman bracelet from Andover’s Royal Jewelers, an autographed Tom Brady football, a framed autographed record album of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA , and a chance to be Diner for a Day on the TV Diner show with Billy Costa.

People are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. They can be purchased by emailing SweetIndulgenceInfo@comcast.net or calling 978-494-0769. For more information, visit www.SweetIndulgence.Info.

Italy Uncorked at the Wine ConneXtion

Italians have an old expression about wine: “In vino veritas.” Translated that’s, “In wine, there is truth.”

From noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, The Wine ConneXtion in North Andover will explore this truth at a special tasting featuring spirits from wine the world’s largest and most diverse wine-producing country: Italy.

Experts at The Wine ConneXtion will share their knowledge and passion, revealing excellent and affordable picks from Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Sicily and other well-known wine producing regions in Italy. And since the journey would not be complete without cuisine, the handpicked wines will be paired with complimentary Italian food.

Guests will taste their way across the home of more than a million vineyards and 20 wine-producing regions. Known for their distinctive red and white wines, this tasting event is for all wine lovers, not just those with strict taste preferences. Vinophiles are guaranteed to discover a bottle of wine that they love and can take home to pour alone or serve as a compliment to any Italian meal.

The Wine ConneXtion is located at 117 Main St., North Andover. The tasing is complimentary, but you must be 21 years old to enjoy it.

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