The summer edition of Taste of Hartford returns July 16 to July 29, with prix-fixe menus at several city restaurants, which will serve multi-course meals (lunch, dinner, or both) for $20.18 or $30.18 (prices may vary). Participating restaurants include:
Black-Eyed Sally’s, Bin228, Capital Grill, Carbone’s Ristorante, Chowder Pot, Costa del Sol, Firebox Restaurant, First and Last Tavern, Flying Monkey, J Restaurant and Bar, Max Downtown, Nutshell Café, On20, Peppercorn's Grill, Porron & Pina, Rockin Chicken, Salute, Ted's Montana Grill, Trumbull Kitchen and Vivo. Information and menus here.
Walia Ethiopian Restaurant has opened at 836 Main St. in Manchester. The family-owned restaurant, by husband and wife Etsegenet and Esubalew Adal, offers vegetarian, chicken, beef and lamb dishes, many served with traditional injera bread. The restaurant is open six days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (closed Wednesdays.) 860-432-5246, waliaethiopianct.com.
Popover Bistro & Bakery, 928 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, offers to-go picnic meals with items like chicken or lobster salad in popovers, a hanger steak salad bowl and vegan tofu-stuffed ravioli with grilled veggies. Guests attending the Talcott Mountain Music Festival on Friday nights can order from a special event menu, including cheese plates, sandwiches, salads, noodle and rice bowls and desserts. (Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Thursdays.) Popover recently partnered with Molly Baker of Let’s Start From Scratch for boutique catering services. 860-413-2392, popoversimsbury.com.
The Riverfront Food Truck Festival will be held July 12 to 14 at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Food vendors include Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, Ben & Jerry's, Bricins Festival Foods, Chompers, Ice Cream Time, Boothbay Lobster Company, Dee's Flavors, Brazilian Gula Grill, New Haven Pizza Truck, Poutine Gourmet, Request A Chef and Quick Bites. Noon to 8 p.m. Fireworks are July 14 at 9 p.m. Free. riverfront.org.
Max Chef to Farm hosts several farm-to-table events in July. At Rosedale Farms in Simsbury, dinners include a tapas-themed dinner featuring corn on July 13, and two “dinner and a movie” events July 27 and 28, featuring screenings of “Sideways” and “Chef.” On July 18, a “chef to brewery” event takes place at an as-yet-unveiled venue. Tickets start at $55. maxcheftofarm.com.
Bistro on Main, 867 Main St., Manchester, hosts a Bastille Day celebration on the evening of July 14 with special suckling pig to share, $5 Kronenbourg beers, $6 Bastille sours, food and drink specials and giveaways. 860-432-5267, bistro-on-main.com.
Mohegan Sun hosts the Sun Tequila Tasting July 20 in its Earth Ballroom from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring a variety of tequila samples, margaritas and Mexican fare, DJ and photo booth. Cost is $50. mohegansun.com/sun-tequila-tasting.html.
CTNOW hosts an upcoming “Barrel Night” whiskey and spirit tasting events in Hartford and greater New Haven, featuring liquor samplings, live music, silent auctions to benefit local charity organizations and the opportunity to meet master distillers and spirits ambassadors. The greater New Haven event on July 21 will be held at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford. Tickets are $75 and available on Eventbrite.
The annual Connecticut Wine Festival will be held July 21-22 at the Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St. (Route 63), Goshen. Tastings of Connecticut wines from several local wineries, samples of locally produced specialty foods, live music and craft displays. Food available for purchase. Live Grape Stomp happens Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Early bird tickets are $32 (Saturday) and $27 (Sunday) until July 14 at midnight, then the price goes up to $40 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. 860-216-6439, ctwine.com/wine-festival.
SolToro at Mohegan Sun offers a variety of specials for National Tequila Day on July 24, including $3 off Partida tequila shots, $3 off Partida tequila margaritas and a special Partida tasting flight for $28 with pours of the blanco, reposado and anejo. 860-862-4800, soltorotequilagrill.com.
Millwright’s, 77 West St., Simsbury, hosts an anniversary dinner July 25 at 6 p.m., with courses featuring some of the restaurant’s “greatest hits” over its six years in business. Cost is $95 and includes beverage pairings; tax and gratuity are extra. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/3526195.
The Powder Ridge Beer Fest will be held July 28 starting at 3:30 p.m. at Powder Ridge Park, 99 Powder Hill Road, Middlefield. Beer sampling from more than 30 breweries, home brew contest, lift rides, keg toss, live music, craft and vendor village and food for purchase. 3:30 to 9 p.m. $29 in advance and $36 day of event. $15 for designated drivers. 866-860-0208, powderridgepark.com.
Gifts of Love hosts a series of fundraising dinners on its Simsbury farm (73 Wolcott Road) this summer, with events on Aug. 1 and 22. Restaurant partners include @ The Barn, Table 570, Cure and Farmer’s Kitchen. Dinners are $90 and all begin at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local families in need. giftsoflovect.org.
Foxwoods’ “Lobster Madness” dining promotion, running through Sept. 2, features lobster specials at several of its restaurants. Offerings include lobster main courses as part of prix-fixe menus at Caputo Trattoria and David Burke Prime, lobster sandwiches, rolls and entrees at Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar; lobster fried rice at Golden Dragon, lobster gazpacho at The Scorpion Bar, and a lobster frittata and surf and turf burger at Veranda Cafe. foxwoods.com/lobstermadness.
Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., Hartford, has introduced a new menu, served all day in both its bar and dining room. The menu offers more casual options like salads, burgers, sandwiches and a lobster roll, along with entrees like chicken and waffles, shoreline seafood boil, steak frites and a trio of ahi tuna. Appetizers are $7 to $16; salads are $8 to $14; sandwiches are $12 to $24 and entrees are $17 to $36. 860-249-3474, dishbarandgrill.com.
b Restaurants (Plan B Burger Bar) have introduced a summertime seafood menu, available until July 22 at all Connecticut and Massachusetts locations. Dishes include New England clam chowder, a fried clam appetizer and whole belly clam roll, Maine lobster rolls (hot or cold) and a “Best of New England” platter with fried clams, shrimp and pollock. Items are $5.99 to $21.99. burgersbeerbourbon.com.
CT Beer Tours offers a weekly Thursday night “hop-on, hop-off” beer shuttle, running on a constant loop all night between Hartford’s Hog River, Hanging Hills and Thomas Hooker at Colt breweries. The first pick-up starts at 5:30 p.m. at Hog River. Cost is $15 (transportation only.) ctbeertours.com/hartfordshuttle.
A summertime tradition has returned to Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, as the fresh tomato pie makes its seasonal debut at all 10 locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. The limited-time-only pie (available until September) uses fresh tomatoes from local producers, along with mozzarella, basil and fresh garlic. pepespizzeria.com.
Carbone's Ristorante in Hartford and Carbone's Kitchen in Bloomfield offer a Lobsterfest promotion every Monday through Wednesday in July and August. The $32 menu includes choice of New England clam chowder or salad, a 1-1/4 lb. steamed lobster, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and summer berry shortcake. Baked stuffed lobster is available for an additional $7. Beverages, tax and gratuity are extra. carbonesct.com; carboneskitchen.com.
Coyote Blue, 1960 Saybrook Road, Middletown, kicks off its West Texas BBQ promotion through July 22. The menu includes bronc rider pork ribs as an appetizer ($10.95) or entree (with baked beans and cole slaw, $23.95) smoked beef brisket ($17.95) shredded beef enchiladas ($13.95) smoked turkey and roasted red pepper quesadilla ($13.95) pulled pork burrito ($14.95) and smoked chicken wings with jalapeno Kahlua barbecue sauce ($8.95.) These specials, plus the regular menu, are available starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Information: 860-345-2403, coyoteblue.com.
Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, has begun its season.
The four-hour tours, led by food columnist and hospitality professor Stephen Fries, include stops at eight or nine different restaurants and eateries in the Elm City. Tours depart at 10:45 a.m. from the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, where guests will receive a goody bag of Connecticut food products.
Upcoming tours are on July 21, Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Dec. 1. Tickets are $64 apiece, except for the December holiday tour, which is $75. Reservations are required: 203-415-3519 and stephenfries.com/culinary-tours.
Connecticut chefs collaborate for a special Eat Drink Give event at Grants Restaurant & Bar in West Hartford on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. The six-course meal with wine pairings features Billy Grant of Grants, Restaurant Bricco and Bricco Trattoria; Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s, Cook and the Bear and Porrón & Piña; K.C. Ward of Rooster Company and Flora; Prasad Chirnomula of INDIA, Jeffrey Lizotte of Present Company and Nicola Mancini of La Tavola. Tickets are $125. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Foodshare, the regional food bank serving Greater Hartford. Tickets: billygrant.com/events/events/eat-drink-give.
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