Nate Bargatze headlining Stand Up event Nov. 3

The 11th annual Stand Up for Homes with Hope will star comedian Nate Bargatze, known for his many appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” and the Netflix special “The Stand Ups.” The event will take place on Nov. 3 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield.

“We are very excited to have Nate Bargatze at this year’s Stand Up,” said Jeff Wieser, president and CEO of Homes with Hope. “Stand Up is our signature annual fundraising event and Nate’s fresh, friendly, edgy humor is going to be fun for all.”

In previous years, Stand Up has featured talents such as Hasan Minhaj, Martin Short and Paula Poundstone.

$75 ticket holders can anjoy a glass of wine at 8 p.m. in the Quick Center lobby before the 8:30 p.m. curtain. $150 and $200 ticket holders can celebrate under the tent at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music.

To purchase tickets, visit

‘Sunday Brunch

& Storytelling’

this weekend

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the community is invited to the CronArt Gallery, at 31 Church Lane in Bedford Square, for “Sunday Brunch & Storytelling: Westport CT — The Evolution Of An Art Community” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

CronArtUSA will welcome Westport icons Miggs Burroughs, Michael Friedman, Elizabeth Devoll, Roe Halper and Bob Weingarten to share stories focusing on their own personal experiences and contributions to the evolution of Westport becoming a leading Connecticut Arts Community.

The event is free, but will require an RSVP. with limited reserved seats available. Complimentary refreshments and light brunch fare will be offered. For questions, contact Douglas Wieser at To RSVP, email with your name, contact information, and the number attending.

Resident honored by women’s business group

Westport business owner Dina Upton, president and founder of Westport-based The Bites Company LLC, was recognized by the Women’s Business Development Council during its annual gala luncheon at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency.

The Women’s Business Development Council was founded in 1997 to provide the training, education and borrowing power necessary to empower women to successfully launch and grow their own businesses.

Thirteen successful women-owned companies and the women who run them, including Upton, were chosen to receive the Women Rising Award in recognition of their entrepreneurial excellence, business success, innovation, community impact and leadership abilities.

Upton launched The Bites Company when, “There was a huge movement around ethnic specialty foods at the time,” she said. “I did my research and found that the only kind of biscotti on the market were the hard, traditional log-shaped cookies. I thought, why not make them smaller and crispy instead of dense?”

The end product — round, artisanal biscotti bites that “melt in your mouth” — was unlike anything being sold.

Last year alone, Upton sold more than 200,000 bags (more than 8 million cookies) of biscotti bites on her website, in specialty stores, and in grocery stores along the East Coast including Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Whole Foods and Big Y.

She has also found considerable success on Amazon.