Small Bites: Dining News And Events

The b Restaurants (Plan B Burger Bar) are bringing back a selection of “cult classic” dishes and drinks through March 16, including beef Wellington bites, portobello tots, lobster pot pie, the East Coast burger topped with lobster meat and horseradish cream, and the PB&J burger with American cheese, peanut butter and bacon jam. Returning drinks include the Kentucky Kiss (Evan Williams, Absolut Vanilla, Coca-Cola and mint) and the D’s Café (Kahlua, Absolut, Patron, Bailey’s and coffee.) Items range from $8.99 to $22.59.

Firebox, 539 Broad St., Hartford, offers a three-course prix-fixe menu for $39 Tuesdays through Thursdays until March 29. The menu changes every two weeks. 860-246-1222,

The Hops Company, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, hosts a wild game beer dinner with Hamden's Counter Weight Brewery Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., featuring courses like spiced ginger orange duck wings, venison "pot pie," bison slider, rabbit bolognese and espresso cheesecake. Tickets are $75.

Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen, hosts a “Big Fat Greek Wine Dinner” Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., featuring Greek wines paired with dishes like grilled sardines and ouzo flamed mussels, halloumi grilled over coals, slow roasted lamb shoulder and dark chocolate hazelnut baklava. Cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. 860-955-0300,

Bartaco, with Connecticut locations in Stamford, West Hartford and Westport, kicked off its Margarita Month on National Margarita Day, introducing a new margarita-inspired cocktail each week through March 31. The Chai-Chicha-Rita launched Feb. 22, with Bartaco’s proprietary Libélula tequila, lime, chai tea syrup, chicha (Peruvian purple corn beverage) and a pineapple chip garnish. The Dos Piñas is featured March 1 to 7, with Libélula, lime, mezcal, muddled sage and cold smoked pineapple. From March 8 to 14, it’s the Spring Riser with Libélula, lime, maple syrup, cardamom bitters, lavender bitters and housemade orange blossom grenadine. The Esmeralda debuts March 15 through 21, with Libélula, lime, matcha green tea syrup and Thai basil, and Margarita Month wraps up with the Blood, Sweat and Cheers, with Libélula, lime, jalapeño, blood orange and pimentón syrup. Drinks are priced at $11 to $11.50.

Bistro on Main, 867 Main St., Manchester, hosts a wine dinner March 5 at 6:30 p.m., featuring the wines of Vineyard Brands. Courses include Faroe Island salmon crudo, braised beef short rib ravioli, lamb duo of chop and braised shank, housemade brousse and flourless chocolate brownie. Cost is $75 plus tax (gratuity is included.) Reservations: 860-432-5267,

Treva, 980 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, hosts a wine dinner March 5 at 7 p.m., featuring the wines of Pecchenino Vineyards. Cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. 860-232-0407,

Grano Arso, 6 Main St., Chester, hosts a Porrón & Piña collaboration dinner with chef Tyler Anderson March 6, with two seatings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Anderson and Grano Arso chef-owner Joel Gargano will prepare a Spanish-themed meal with pinchos, tapas, large plates and dessert, complemented by Spanish cocktails and wines. Cost is $59, which does not include gratuity or beverage. 860-322-3143,

Hartford Flavor Company, 30 Arbor St., Hartford, hosts “The Speakeasy Scandal,” a murder mystery dinner event, on March 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $70, which includes one spot in the game and four small plates of truffle-themed foods, paired with Wild Moon Liqueurs craft cocktails. 1920s-era dress is encouraged. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by emailing

Two Roads Brewing Company, 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, hosts an “Open Road” beer dinner with Christie Caters March 12 at 6 p.m., pairing international-themed cuisine with select Two Roads brews. Courses include vegetable nori rolls and soba noodles, loaded sweet potato poutine, Peking duck confit with hoisin, orange and sesame Asian veggie slaw, steak mole tacos and German chocolate cake ice cream trifle. Cost is $70. 203-335-2010,

SolToro at Mohegan Sun has reopened after a refresh, featuring renovated decor, an expanded bar and lounge area and updated dining room and event spaces. New additions to the menu include queso three ways (chili con carne, roasted corn and bean, chipotle bacon); Mexican shrimp cocktail and carne asada of marinated prime NY strip with cheese enchiladas, charred onions and chimichurri. The restaurant marks the reopening with weekly specials until March 11, with promotions like $5 house margaritas, half-priced tableside guac and $10 taco platters. 860-862-4800,

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