Out and About

Escape to Portugal

Wine + Cheese = Love

Allow you senses to take you on a journey. Explore new countries without even leaving your couch by trying new wines. I attended the grand tasting/showcasing of Portugal’s wines, exploring the dry reds of Bairrada to the delicious whites from Vinho Verde. Wines were organized by region instead of whites to reds, so we were all mixing wines all night long. Good thing there were plenty of passed hors d’oeuvres going around.






What are some of your favorite wines to drink? Do you prefer reds or whites? I’m more of a white wine lover, but I’ll indulge in a glass of red from time to time.

The next tasting will be help to usher in the Summer season with a rooftop tasting and trivia night at Tavern 29, June 17th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm . Mark your calendars and take advantage of early bird prices of $35 using promo code WPTNYC. Visit http://www.winesofportugal.com/us/news-and-events/events-calendar to purchase your tickets and to check out tastings being held in other cities. Hope to see you there!

Spring Into Action Fundraising Social


Fostering Change for Children kicked off Foster Care Awareness Month with their annual Spring fundraiser at EVR. A non-profit organization based in NYC, their mission is “to improve the lives of children, families, and the individuals that support them through a wide range of innovative programs and professional trainings focused on fostering meaningful connections and finding positive and permanent solutions for youth in foster care.” www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org

The organization works to promote positive change within the child welfare system, and follows the mantra, one child at a time, which allows them to focus and provide the necessary attention to each individual without losing sight of the bigger picture. Three programs currently in place to support youth in the child welfare system are;

Children’s Corps – is a rigorous training program that develops case workers and matches them with child welfare agencies.

Adoptment – an adoption mentoring program where adults who have been adopted or spent time in foster care mentor youth who are going through similar experiences.

Specialized Training – developed to help empower service providers, policy makers, legal advocates, and others to see themselves as powerful “change agents” on behalf of children and families.




Marketing and Development Manager


Chief Executive Officer

Barry Chaffkin, LCSW, the CEO and co-founder for Fostering Change for Children also celebrated a milestone birthday that night! Happy Birthday Barry!  He has worked in child welfare for over 17 years, directly supervising the reunification of over 900 children with their families as well as finalizing adoptions of over 900 children from the New York foster care system. Barry strongly believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent family, and has dedicated his life to finding new and creative ways to achieve this. Barry has two wonderful children of his own with whom he loves to spend time.

Child welfare is a concern across the country and around the world. Learn more about how you can help Fostering Change for Children by visiting their website www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org. Let’s help one child at a time in New York City, the United States, and around the World. A co-worker and friend of mine blogs at, Crazy Life of the Wilks FamilyShe has an amazing story to tell, follow her and her family’s journey as they adopt a child in need from China.

Enjoying Beautiful  Spring Days in NYC













Until next time! xo-AGT