After a few tastings in anticipation of our upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, we are now working with and offering the products of four well-regarded (and insanely delicious) local organizations. Katalina's Bakery, located on Whitney Avenue, is a recent, but much lauded, addition to the New Haven food scene. Founded in 2011, owner Katalina Riegelmann primarily offers cookies, cakes, brownies, and more. While her main focus is on satisfying your sweet tooth, Katalina’s offers a wide array of savory options as well. We’ll start the season with chocolate chip cookies, granola bars, whoopee pies, and lemon bars, all made daily with locally sourced ingredients. Over the course of the season, items will change based on audience popularity and seasonal flavors. Since delicious sweets go hand in hand with great coffee, we’ll be offering Blue State Coffee's “True Blue” blend for sale in our lobby. Blue State’s website describes it as having “a strong start and a refreshingly sweet finish” with notes of ripe red fruit and chocolate. It’s the popular coffee shop’s most requested blend. It isn’t just the great coffee that makes us want to work with Blue State Coffee – it’s also their mission to which we are drawn. Starting in 2004, Blue State Coffee has been donating a percentage of its sales to local non-profit organizations. Over 200 organizations have been the recipients of Blue State’s efforts, including Citywide Youth Coalition, Big Brothers Big Sisters, New Haven Reads, New Haven Pride Center, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Shelter Now, CitySeed, and New Haven Animal Shelter. We’re extremely excited that Long Wharf Theatre is one of the local non-profits Blue State Coffee has decided to sponsor until the end of December.  Stop down to their store at 87 Wall Street, New Haven, get a great cup of joe and vote for us.  The more votes we receive, the larger the donation we’ll get at the end of our sponsorship. When you look at the bios of the founders of Stratford-based Two Roads Brewing Company, you find a group of men who could have taken a different path in their careers. Brad Hittle worked in corporate America. Phil Markowski was an engineer, as was Clement Pellani. Peter Doering was the CFO of a shipyard. But they decided that making great beer for a loyal customer base was a different and better way towards fulfillment. Sounds like a great story. A great story isn’t enough – the beer has to be good as well. We now offer three different beers from Two Road Brewing – “Ol’Factory Pils,” a traditional German pilsner, “Road to Ruin,” a Double IPA brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum – and “Honeyspot Road,” a white IPA that uses American ale yeast and no spices. For our younger audience members, we are hosting an event called “40 Under 40.” Taking place at each of our first Friday preview performances throughout the season, we’ll offer dinner and drinks from Miya's Sushi and a ticket to a show for $40 for our audience members under the age of 40. The first event will take place on Friday, October 16 at 6 pm. We hope that “40 Under 40” can be a way to help introduce a younger audience to the enjoyment of an evening at the theatre. Finally, thanks to the generosity of our good friends at Brazi’s Restaurant, we’ve turned the upstairs lobby into a comfortable lounge. We’ve added plush chairs and couches and our lounge bar will be open during many of our performances, allowing patrons a place to rest and relax before a show. In our final nod towards increased audience convenience, we will now be taking credit and debit cards in the lobby to pay for refreshments during a visit to Long Wharf Theatre.