Small Bites: Dining News & Events

 Division West Bistro & Bar is now open at 36 Lasalle Road in West Hartford, offering "simple, modern and comforting" food with American, European and Asian influences.The restaurant is a partnership between Ermal Caushi, formerly of Peppercorn's Grill in Hartford, and Jimi Brahimi, a veteran of Max Restaurant Group.

An opening menu features share plates ($7 to $14) with options like butternut squash ravioli, roasted cauliflower, pork belly, grilled octopus, charcuterie and local cheese.Entrees ($15 to $34) include "chop house" selections like filet mignon and New York strip; classic comfort plates like a burger, roast half-chicken and chicken macaroni and cheese; fresh pastas and seafood dishes, including sea scallops, fennel-dusted salmon, sesame-crusted ahi tuna and whole fish of the day.

A full bar with 60 seats offers wine, cocktails and local craft beers on tap. Division West offers just dinner service until early October, when lunch hours will be added. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. 860-955-9034,

Adams Mill Restaurant and Pub, 165 Adams St., Manchester, now features a changing selection of local and craft beers, both on draft and in cans and bottles. All Connecticut beers are $2 off from 7 p.m. to closing Sunday through Wednesday. During NFL games, all 23-ounce Bud Light and Yuengling Lager beers are $5, along with a rotating draft of the day. Friday happy hour includes a complimentary carving station and hors d’oeuvres. All cocktails, beer and wine are $1 off from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 860-646-4039,

The annual Connecticut Wine Festival at the Durham Fair runs Sept. 22 and 23 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Sept. 24 from noon to 6 p.m., with tastings from participating Connecticut wineries. Ticket prices for the festival are $12 for Friday and $15 for Saturday and Sunday. Information:

Tea Roses Tea Room, 322 Main St, Cromwell, hosts a fall-themed afternoon tea Sept. 23 from 12 to 2 p.m. with live music. The menu features tea, sandwiches, scones, desserts, and soup and salad course. Cost is $40; reservations are required. 860-632-1400,

The CT On Tap festival at Danbury’s Ives Park Sept. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., features three hours of unlimited beer tasting, live music and food for purchase. General admission is $35; VIP tickets are $55 and include admission one hour early at 2 p.m., a $5 food voucher and commemorative hat.

Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill, 2070 Post Rd, Fairfield, hosts a mezcal dinner Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., with Southwestern-inspired dishes like scallop ceviche, shrimp corn soup, cedar plank roasted maple-chimayo glazed salmon, pomegranate molasses-ancho glazed rack of lamb and Mexican chocolate pot de crème.Cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required: 203-955-1643,

Vito's By The Water, 1936 Blue Hills Ave. Ext., Windsor, hosts a beer and bacon dinner with Back East Brewing of Bloomfield Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., featuring five courses paired with beers. Cost is $50, plus tax and gratuity. 860-285-8660,

Lake Compounce, 822 Lake Ave., Bristol hosts a Boo Brew Fest Sept 29 and 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the park’s Croc Pot, featuring beer from 10 Connecticut breweries and fall food. Guests with an adult combo ticket (rides and Haunted Graveyard admission) will get one free flight of locally brewed beer. Tickets purchased before Sept. 29 are $24.99; after that they’re $29.99. Information:

Yelp Hartford and Waypoint Spirits host a event featuring Connecticut spirits at the Bloomfield distillery (410 Woodland Ave.) Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., with additional tastings from Litchfield Distillery, Hartford Flavor Company and other guest producers. Cocktails will also be for sale, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts. Information:

Chef Prasad Chirnomula leads a walking food tour of his three New Haven restaurants Sept. 30 starting at 5 p.m. The tour begins at Oaxaca Kitchen (228 College Street)with small bites of Mexican cuisine, then heads to Thali Too for vegetarian fare. The night ends at Thali on Orange Street with biryani and kabobs, a farewell to the restaurant on its final evening before closing. Tickets are $40 and include food; cash bar is available. Information:

The Mystic River Oyster Festival at Mystic Seaport Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. celebrates all things oyster, with oyster sampling from vendors, live music and environmental and historical presentations. Festival admission is free with museum admission and food tickets are extra.

The Last Taste of Summer Craft Beer Festival at Greenwich’s Roger Sherman Baldwin Park Sept. 30 features beers from more than 30 breweries, local food trucks, live music, lawn games and activities. The event runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP, which features early entry at noon and access to a VIP tent and specialty brews.

The Harbor Brew Fest at Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard Sept. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. features international, domestic and local beers; live music and food trucks. General admission is $45 in advance and includes beer sampling and a souvenir glass. “Brewer’s Special” VIP tickets are $65 and include admission one hour early (at noon) and exclusive access to the Brewer’s Beer Garden. Designated driver tickets are $20. No one under 21 admitted.

Hungry Tiger, 120 Charter Oak St., Manchester, re-introduces its Sunday brunch starting Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes omelets with a create-your-own option, apple walnut pancakes, Bloody Marys and other breakfast drinks, with most entrees priced at $10 or less. 860-649-1195,

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Costa del Sol, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, offers several varieties of paella throughout October. Featured dishes include lobster paella; "midnight" paella with seafood prepared with squid ink; Valencia-style paella with rabbit, pork, chorizo and artichokes; and fideua, a thin noodle-based paella with chicken, sausage and shrimp. Paellas are $42 to $65 and serve two people; all to-go orders of paella are 20 percent off throughout the month. 860-296-1714,

Zohara Mediterrean Kitchen of West Hartford hosts a farm dinner at Sub Edge Farm, 199 Town Farm Road, Farmington, on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m., featuring a farm tour, beverage tastings and a multi-course meal celebrating the first night of Sukkot and the early autumn harvest. Cost is $99.

Stony Creek Brewery, 5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford, hosts its first Docktoberfest celebration Oct. 7 from noon to 9 p.m., featuring a German-themed beer-garden style party with live music, dancing, games and German-style fare from Bull & Swine and Shoreline Prime. Tickets are $15 and include admission, a commemorative stein and a large German pretzel. Information:

Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, continues Oct. 21.

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.

The final upcoming tour will be held Dec. 2. Tickets are $64 apiece, except for the December tour, which is $74. Reservations are required: 203-777-8550 and 203-415-3519,

Blue Plate Kitchen, 345 N. Main St., West Hartford, offers a prix-fixe menu Sunday and Monday nights for $23.95, with choice of starter, entree and dessert. Entree options include pork tenderloin, pan-seared salmon, a roots and grains bowl, and BPK mac and cheese with add-ons of pulled pork, grilled chicken or spinach and tomato. All wines are 50 percent off on Sunday and Monday. 860-906-1419,

Scoops & Sprinkles is now open at 2229 Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill, offering a wide variety of ice cream flavors and treats. Sorbets, sherbets, gluten-free and dairy-free flavors are also available. Items are $2.95 to $5.99, with sundaes ranging from $5.75 to $8.75. Scoops & Sprinkles is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. 860-436-3031,

The popular Wings Over franchise has opened a Fairfield location at 2075 Black Rock Turnpike The restaurant offers delivery and takeout of wings and boneless wings with a variety of sauces and dry rubs, along with ribs, sandwiches and fries. 203-334-9464,

Sorella, 901 Main St., Hartford, offers a weekly three-course prix-menu for $25, featuring fresh produce from local farms like Colgan Farms of Manchester and Belltown Orchards of South Glastonbury. 860-244-9084,

After 21 years in business, Arugula Bistro, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has a new liquor license and a “small, smart cocktail menu,” owner Christiane Gehami said in an email. House cocktails ($10 to $12) include classics like a Negroni, Manhattan, Bloody Mary, Tom Collins and a “mixed up” Old Fashioned alongside a cucumber mint green tea drink with light rum; a mocha martini with espresso and chocolate and a vodka drink with blackberry and sage. Gehami’s favorite, the Orange Blossom, features London dry gin, vodka and orange blossom water with a touch of Grand Marnier. 860-561-4888,

SPoT Coffee will open in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square development in early 2018, taking the space of former retailer White House Black Market at 69 Memorial Road. This will be the first SPoT location outside of New York State. SPoT will offer micro-roasted coffee, made-to-order meals and a design to suit the local neighborhood, according to a press release.

La Foresta, 163 Rt. 81, Killingworth, has introduced Thursday night wine pairing dinners, offering three-course menus for $39.95. The menu features a selection of appetizers like salumi and cheese, fried calamari, steak tartare and Caprese salad; main courses like tagliatelle Bolognese, veal saltimbocca, north Atlantic salmon and NY strip and desserts, including tiramisu, sorbet, gelato and creme brulee. Each menu item has a matched wine pairing. 860-663-1155,

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