Tennis tournament features foodie festival, Yale discounts

Players will be serving up tennis balls even as some of the city’s top restaurants will be serving up their specialties when the New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara returns to the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale Aug. 18-27.

The New Haven Food & Wine Festival — which has been held in conjunction with the women’s tennis tournament for the past three years — will return as an expanded, week-long series of culinary offerings. It is just one of the off-court activities highlighting the 2011 tournament, which this year features exclusive ticket discounts for Yale employees.

World-class tennis — at a discount

Yale faculty and staff can enjoy the excitement of watching the world’s top women tennis players compete while experiencing the thrill of a good bargain, thanks to an exclusive discount being offered this year by the New Haven Open at Yale.

The tournament is a WTA event that is part of the Olympus U.S. Open Series. This year’s competitors will include the world’s number-one ranked player and three-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, and Grand Slam champions Francesca Schiavone (World No. 8) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (World No. 12).

Faculty and staff can purchase $35 box seats and preferred seating on the North baseline Sunday-Wednesday, Aug. 21-24 (sessions 1-7); box tickets are normally $45 on Sunday, $50 on Monday and $55 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Staff and faculty can also receive a 25% discount off of all adult middle-tier tickets during those days.

To take advantage of these exclusive offers, visit newhavenopen.com and enter promotion code 2011YALE or call 855-4-NHTENNIS and reference Yale University.

Note: Box seat tickets must be purchased by Monday, Aug. 15, and cannot be purchased on-site during the tournament. The middle-tier offer is valid through Wednesday, Aug. 24, online, by phone or by presenting a Yale photo ID at the New Haven Open box office.

New Haven Food and Wine Festival

More than 20 of the city’s top restaurants are taking part in the five events comprising this year’s New Haven Food and Wine Festival, giving guests multiple opportunities to sample an array of gourmet cuisine, wine and cocktails. The events include:

  • “BBQ Bash,” Sunday, Aug. 21, 5-7:30 p.m. Chefs from 116 Crown, Caseus, Heirloom, Zinc, Ibiza, Thali, Oaxaca Kitchen and Union League Café will personally serve up barbeque-inspired cuisine grill-side with the appropriate accompaniments for an outdoor feast. There will also be live music. Tickets are $75 (with a box seat ticket), $50 (with an adult middle-tier ticket) and $35 (with a junior middle-tier ticket).

  • “Mixology 101: History of the Cocktail” sponsored by Lux Bond & Green, Monday, Aug. 22, 5-7 p.m. Mixologist John Ginnetti of 116 Crown will demonstrate and explain the essentials of how to make six classic cocktails while discussing the history of the drinks and giving guests an opportunity to enjoy his creations. The “class” will be followed by an evening of food and tennis in the Courtside Club, an air-conditioned suite overlooking Stadium Court. Tickets are $125 and include a set of four cocktail glasses courtesy of Lux Bond & Green.

  • “Champagne Tasting” sponsored by The Wine Thief and Lux Bond & Green, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m. The tasting — which is already sold out — will be followed by an evening of food and tennis in the Courtside Club.

  • “Grand Tasting,” Wednesday, Aug. 24, 5-7:30 p.m. As in past years, this event will feature dishes from nearly two dozen of New Haven’s top dining establishments. Local chefs will offer roving diners a chance to sample an array of menu items complemented by wine pairings. Participating restaurants for 2011 include 116 Crown, Barcelona, Basta Trattoria, Bespoke, Box 63 American Bar & Grill, The Cask Republic, Caseus, Claire’s Corner Copia, Geronimo, Heirloom, Ibiza, John Davenport’s, Kitchen Zinc, Miso, L’Orcio, Oaxaca, Pacifico, Red, Soul de Cuba, Thali, Thali Too, Union League Café and Zinc. Tickets are $150 and include a box seat ticket.

  • “Vineyard Vines Ladies Day Luncheon & Fashion Show,” hosted by Island Time, Thursday, Aug. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. In addition to a menu by a New Haven chef, Island Time will debut the season’s top Vineyard Vines’ “back to school” styles. Tables of six are $600; individual tickets are $105 and include a box seat tennis ticket, gift bag and door prizes.

And much more …

Among the other events highlighting the 2011 tournament will be free tennis clinics and contests for both children and adults, giveaways, face-to-face meetings with players and tennis of another ilk — by individual men and doubles teams vying for wild card slots at the U.S. Open.

To purchase tickets for the tournament and/or the food and wine festival, or for information about related tournament events, call 855-4-NHTENNIS or visit newhavenopen.com.

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