Main Street announces wine and dine event

By Ivy Potter -

The event will kick off at the Party Connection, and then head to downtown.

The event will kick off at the Party Connection, and then head to downtown.

Photo courtesy of the Party Connection

A flavorful new event comes to downtown Portsmouth in July when the Main Street Portsmouth Wine and Dine Walk is presented, featuring an evening of eating and drinking as guests make their way from restaurants to retailers, which will serve as wine stops. Presented by Main Street Portsmouth and Patties and Pints, the event offers the community an opportunity to enjoy good company, explore new options and rediscover what downtown has to offer.

“It is a natural fit,” explains Joseph Pratt, executive director of Main Street Portsmouth. “We have had events with food tastings in the past, and our chocolate walk is wildly popular. But we’ve had such an explosion of new restaurants in the downtown, offering new flavors and unique experiences, that it makes sense to start this event. Pair that with a fully-stocked wine outlet at The Party Connection, which is extremely well-managed by a knowledgeable owner and staff. It just makes sense to pair the two avenues for a great event.”

Guests will make their way through stops, going between retailers with wine onsite and restaurants serving appetizers.

“The only real distance anyone will drive is from the first stop at The Party Connection to downtown,” Pratt points out. “Since we go from wine to food in between stops, we don’t want people drinking too much and then driving. Once they get downtown, the rest are all centrally located. Additionally, Patties and Pints will be welcoming guests afterwards, as well as the Portsmouth Brewery, which will have a band onsite for guests to enjoy.”

Pratt says the wine selections are being planned by Becky Sosby at The Party Connection, and will feature two options at each stop. Sosby plans wine selections for all of Main Street’s events, as well as many other community organizations, which go over successfully.

“I consider myself a fan of wine, with a fair knowledge and understanding of what will work with what, but I love knowing that I can sit with Becky and explain the event we are hosting and then leave her alone to do the planning and ordering without worry at all about how it will turn out,” Pratt says. “She is good, and people always leave happy with what she orders for them. She works behind the scenes constantly, and is sort of an unspoken secret to success for many organizations in this community.”

The restaurants offering appetizers include Port City Café and Pub, Boneyfiddle Pie Factory, Patties and Pints, and Portsmouth Brewing Company.

Retailers sponsoring a wine stop include The Party Connection, Gyspy Chic Boutique and Pinspiration & Co., Rivertown Antique Mall, and The Happy Pot.

The event is being supported by downtown’s fastest growing restaurant, Patties and Pints. Owner Tim Wolfe has jumped head first into the downtown scene and development over the past few years. He works hard, hoping to foster a more positive attitude in people about the downtown, especially in locals who might need something extra to find their love of home.

“I love working with businesses downtown,” Wolfe says. “I’m happy to support Main Street and all of our neighbors.”

The event is 3 to 6 p.m. July 21. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the rest of the evening at one of the downtown restaurants.

Tickets are limited to 150, and are not expected to last long, so people are encouraged to stop by Patties and Pints or the Welcome Center to get their tickets today. Admission is $25.

“We do really well at bringing people downtown with our annual Chocolate Walk, and this is just an inspiration of that, with plenty of options for food and drink over the course of an evening in beautiful downtown Portsmouth,” Pratt says. “We expect this to be a new favorite as it grows into a new Portsmouth tradition in the coming years.”

The event will kick off at the Party Connection, and then head to downtown. event will kick off at the Party Connection, and then head to downtown. Photo courtesy of the Party Connection photo photo

By Ivy Potter