Local residents Phil Barnett and Mike Hamlin own and operate all of the highly rated Wood-n-Tap restaurants; they are also part owners of the popular Southington restaurant, Que Whiskey Kitchen. Their original vision for the Wood-n-Tap still resonates, with an elegant yet casual atmosphere and a diverse menu that offers something for everyone, for every occasion. Since opening the first Wood-n-Tap in Hartford in 2002, the partners have made giving back to the community a priority. Through numerous charity events and fundraisers, they have donated over $250,000 to local non-profit organizations.
At the Wood-n-Tap and the Hartford Restaurant Group, we're proud of our strong ties to the communities we serve. And we're committed to giving back in any way we can. As such, we're eager to help out the local and regional charities that make life better throughout Connecticut by offering our services, sponsorships, gift cards, advertisements and more. If you'd like to request support from any Hartford Restaurant Group affiliated establishment, we ask that you please submit your request in writing. This is the most direct and efficient way to reach us, as restaurant personnel are unable to consider requests at our individual locations.
Thank you for helping us give back to our local communities.
Grand Opening Fundraisers
Wood-n-Tap holds Grand Opening Fundraisers to benefit local charities in the communities where they're opening. They would like to thank their vendors, friends and family and members of the community who have worked together to make these events a huge success. So far they have raised more than $50,000 for local communities – including $5,211 for Hamden High School PTSA After Prom to celebrate our opening in Wood n Tap, Hamden in March of 2016.
Every October since 2011, Wood-n-Tap raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since that time, we have had the pleasure of donating $71,910. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s inability to pay.
In December of 2010, the Wood-n-Taps raised over 9,000 for The Make A Wish Foundation's Connecticut Chapter which grants wishes for Connecticut children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Past fundraisers included "We Are the Children" toy donation drives, in which our generous guests donated thousands of toys and $8,914.00 to benefit the less fortunate children in the State of Connecticut.
Annual Munch Madness to benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp
From 2008 until 2013, all the Wood-n-Taps raised money for the Channel 3 Kids Camp with their bar bite eating contest called Munch Madness. Teams of two to four people battle it out to see which team can finish a plate of bar bites the fastest. The winning teams from each restaurant go head to head in the final round of the competition. In their 6 years of this friendly competition, $30,673 has been raised for the local charity.
FanTAPsy Football to Benefit CT Children's Medical Center
Another annual fundraiser, FanTapsy Football a unique fantasy football experience, brought together football fans to raise over $32,000 for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Eight conferences, 24 divisions and 288 teams played against each other for a chance to win a fantasy grand prize like a trip to the Superbowl in 2013 or a trip to Las Vegas in 2014.
Local Charity Organizations Helped
In addition to substantial donations to St. Jude's Medical Research Center, We Are the Children and Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Wood-n-Tap has provided support to organizations such as Lea’s Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, CT, Hartford Distributors Memorial Fund and Channel 3 Kids Camp. We also sponsor several local community sports teams each year. Here's a partial list of the programs we've supported and helped throughout the years:
- Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter
- Hartford Arts Council
- The Mill Foundation
- Jimmy V foundation
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter
- Relay for Life
- American Cancer Society
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Autism Speaks
- Operation Fuel
- My Sister's Place, Inc.
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Capital Community College Foundation
- Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sister
- Scleroderma Foundation
- The United Way
- The March of Dimes
- Talcott Mountain Science Center
- Lutz Children's Museum
- Winding Trails, Inc.
- Jimmy Fund
- CT Veterans Administration Medical Center
- Habitat for Humanity
- Crayons for Cancer
- Geno Auriemma Fore the Kids
- Special Olympics
- Local Little Leagues