Small Bites: Dining News & Events

Butchers + Bakers, 270 Farmington Ave., Farmington, hosts an exclusive Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp” dinner Wednesday May 31 at 6 p.m., featuring the full lineup of 12 beers created in collaboration with Sierra Nevada and top national and international craft breweries. The tasting dinner pairs courses with four flights of three beers each. $90 and seating is limited to 80 guests. Visit to purchase tickets.

Max’s Oyster Bar teams up with Hartford Flavor Company for a “MOB Takeover” dinner June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the liquor producer’s facility (30 Arbor St., Hartford.) Chef Hunter Morton and mixologist Derek Vitale will craft a six-course pairing menu inspired by the flavors of Hartford Flavor’s Wild Moon spirits line, as well as seasonal offerings from local farms. Max’s Savoy Road Show wood-fired oven will also be on hand. Cost is $110. Information:

Hog River Brewing, 1429 Park St., Hartford, is joining more than 40 breweries across the country to support the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Craft for Causes. The organization’s mission unites craft beer makers along the band’s tour route to create special brews, with proceeds benefitting Mr. Holland’s Opus, a charity that works to promote and preserve music education nationwide.

The brewery celebrates with a June 1 taproom event starting at 6 p.m. featuring its special one-off beer, Full of Soul Golden Rye, ticket giveaways to the July 9 Tedeschi Trucks Band show at Simsbury Meadows, live music from Wise Old Moon and food from the Comfort Zone truck. A portion of sales from the Golden Rye benefit Mr. Holland’s Opus. 860-206-2119,

Norwalk's Oyster Shell Park plays host to the fourth annual Ninety9Bottles craft beer festival June 3 from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring tastings of more than 75 craft beers, music and food trucks.Tickets are $40 in advance, and include all beer samples and a tasting glass. Designated driver tickets are $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Adoption Hope Foundation. Information:

The 2017 New Haven Food Truck Festival will be held June 3 from noon to 7 p.m. at Long Wharf Park in New Haven. The event will also include a bicycle wheelie competition, a dragon boat regatta and live music. General admission is free.

The second annual Crazy Beverage Bash returns to the Mt. Southington ski area June 3 from noon to 4 p.m., with tastings of beer, wine and spirits; live music, games, food trucks and a Bloody Mary contest. General admission tickets are $25 in advance; VIP tickets are $35 in advance and include early entrance at 11 a.m. and a VIP souvenir glass. Prices increase at the door. Information:

Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, continues June 3.

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.

Other upcoming tours will be held on July 22, Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Dec. 2. Tickets are $64 apiece, except for the December tour, which is $74. Reservations are required: 203-777-8550 and 203-415-3519,

Black-eyed Sally’s, 350 Asylum St., Hartford, hosts a Louisiana-style crawfish boil June 3 starting at 5 p.m. The meal of crawfish, Andouille sausage, corn and potatoes is market-priced per pound, and the event also features a special of fried gator bites ($9.95) and Abita beers. 860-278-7427,

Bull & Swine, 969 State St., New Haven, hosts a luau June 3 at 1 p.m., featuring a traditional all-you-can-eat pig roast, Two Roads Brewing Company draft beers, Hawaiian cocktails and music. Hawaiian-style attire is suggested. Cost is $50. 203-915-6806,

Mohegan Sun hosts the annual Sun BBQFest June 3 and 4, with barbecue battles, beer and cocktails, food vendors, live music and cooking demonstrations. Saturday's events feature a wing contest and a rib challenge, with an evening fireworks display. Tickets are $5 per day (food is priced separately). Children 6 and under get in free.

86’d...A Culinary Collision, a Connecticut chef battle series, returns June 5 at 10 p.m. in a yet-undisclosed location with surprise participants. Dueling chefs will not be announced before each event, and each location (within a 5-mile radius of Hartford) will be revealed a few days before the date. Guests watch the action in an open kitchen while enjoying cocktails, beer and appetizers. Three guest judges will choose the winning chefs. $20 online and $25 at the door. A portion of proceeds will go to the End Hunger Connecticut! organization. A future battle is scheduled for Aug. 28.

Little River Restoratives, 405 Capitol Ave., Hartford, hosts a pop-up event June 5 at 6 p.m. with Jamie Bordonaro, sous chef at Avert Brasserie in West Hartford. A sample menu features uni popcorn, butter-poached lobster with leek tagliatelle, scallop Caesar and ribeye romesco. Plates are $5 to $15. 860-403-0340,

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 S. Main St., West Hartford, hosts a “pop-up gastro park” event June 7 at 6:30 p.m., featuring four food trucks teamed up with a Connecticut brewery. Each truck will prepare a locally inspired dish paired with a local craft beer; teams include Caseus Cheese Truck and Black Hog Brewing, Chief Brody’s Banh Mi and New England Brewing, Iron & Grain and New Park Brewing, and Mercado and Kent Falls Brewing. Let’s Start From Scratch provides dessert. Tickets are $65 per person; guests must be 21 and over. A portion of proceeds benefits the Noah Webster House. Visit for tickets and information.

Trumbull Kitchen, 150 Trumbull St., Hartford, hosts its fourth annual Charity Beer Fest June 10 at 11:30 a.m., benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through the Pan-Mass Challenge. Beer tastings include selections from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Dogfish Head, Black Hog, Founders, Counter Weight, Thomas Hooker, Lord Hobo, Avery and Blue Point. Tickets are $50 in advance; $55 at the door. Information:

Black Hog Brewing, 115 Hurley Road (Building 9A), Oxford, hosts its third annual Flag Day Cornhole Tournament June 11 at 1 p.m., a free event with the Rice and Beans and Hardcore Sweet food trucks. 203-262-6075,

@ The Barn, 17R E. Granby Road, Granby, hosts a Scotch dinner June 15 at 6 p.m. Courses will be paired with selections like Lagavulin 8 Year, Bruichladdich Octomore, Macallan Rare Cask, Macallan 10 Year Fine Oak, Glenmorangie 10 Year, and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. Cost is $100 plus tax and gratuity. 860-413-3888,

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle St., Goshen, hosts its annual "Smoke n'Vines" cigar, wine and barbecue night June 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes a buffet by Uncle Willie's BBQ, wine specials and three premium cigars from Buttheads Tobacco Emporium. Tickets are $65 with cigars and $40 for BBQ dinner only. 860-201-4654,

The 8th annual Hartford Rib Off on June 17 at the Hartford-Brainard Airport features a barbecue contest, all-you-can-eat food, beer by Two Roads Brewing, music and entertainment. Tickets are $37 in advance, $50 at the door, and all proceeds raised benefit MARC Community Resources and The Pegasus Wings Program Pilot Training Fund. The event starts at 1 p.m.

Avon Prime Meats, 395 W. Main St., Avon, is launching a "Butcher’s Pride Sandwich Series," with rotating selections available on Fridays and Saturdays as chef’s specials. Sandwiches include shaved prime rib on French bread with horseradish and au jus, housemade porchetta on ciabatta, a 50/50 beef and bacon burger, fresh fish and caprese. Prices range from $8 to $12. 860-676-4444,

Panera Bread now offers delivery of its entire menu to customers ordering from its Connecticut cafes in Hartford (State House Square), Manchester (Shoppes at Buckland Hills,) Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Enfield, Farmington, Newington and Groton.

Customers can order through or Panera's mobile app, providing ZIP code details for information on delivery coverage and available times. There is a minimum order of $5 and a delivery fee of $3.50.

Shell & Bones, 100 South Water St., New Haven, has introduced a new weekday happy hour, running Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Specials include $1 daily featured oysters and clams, $1 fried oysters, $1 grilled skewers, $6 house spirits cocktails and $6 wines. A selection of 6 oysters, 6 clam fritters and a half-bottle of Ruinart champagne is $50. 203-787-3466,  

 Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened its ninth location April 17, at 130 Reidville Drive in Waterbury. The 3,400-square foot space has seating for 90 and offers the same menu of classic coal-fired Neapolitan pizza, salads, beer, wine, and Foxon Park soda as its other restaurants in New Haven, Fairfield, Manchester, Danbury, West Hartford, Mohegan Sun, Yonkers, N.Y. and Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, has introduced a new spring menu, featuring salads, sandwiches (Croque madame, smoked duck panini); lunch entrees like seafood risotto and Cajun shrimp tacos and dinner selections like pan roasted cod loin, bacon wrapped monkfish, garganelli carbonara and cauliflower steak with ratatouille sauce. Dishes are priced at $7.95 to $29.95. 860-395-2000,

Market Place Kitchen & Bar has opened its latest location in Avon, at 336 West Main St. The local chain, with outposts in Woodbury and Danbury, features upscale small plates, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees with ingredients sourced from Connecticut farms and producers, and innovative cocktails. Market Place is open Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 860-470-3641,

Division West Bistro & Bar is slated to open at 36 Lasalle Road in West Hartford at the end of May, in a former Coldwell Banker location. Owners Ermal Caushi, formerly of Peppercorn’s Grill, and Jimi Brahimi, formerly of Max Restaurant Group, plan an American-style bistro with French and Mediterranean influences, along with a full bar. 860-670-8222,  

Republic, 39 Jerome Ave., Bloomfield, has added a new Sunday brunch, starting at 11:30 a.m. Dishes include breakfast items like challah French toast, Belgian waffles, make-your-own-omelet and eggs Benedict with filet mignon, in addition to burgers, sandwiches, salads, small plates and lunch entrees. Featured cocktails include mimosas and sparkling wine drinks, Pimm’s Cup and a Bloody Mary bar. Items are $5 to $21. 860-216-5852,

Arugula, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has recently partnered with GrubHub to offer local delivery. Information:

@ the Barn has introduced a "girlfriends" happy hour Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to close, available in the bar area and on the patio. Specials include drink specials, small plates and sweets for $5 apiece. 860-413-3888,

Millwright’s, 77 West St., Simsbury, has introduced a happy hour, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in its downstairs tavern. Snacks, priced at $4 to $6, include Nashville hot chicken tacos, a burger, meatball sliders, spring gazpacho, cheeses, root beer float and a lemon tart. Drink specials ($2 to $6) include select beers, wines and cocktails. 860-651-5500,

At Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., it’s $5 Burger & Bucket Night and you can get two burgers and two buckets of Miller High Life ponies for just twenty20 bucks.

At Infinity Bistro, 32 Front St., join the action during Music Bar Bingo Nights for a chance to win concert tickets and other prizes and grab food and drink specials (like $1 oysters).

At McKinnons, 114 Asylum St., it’s Bar Rated Trivia night with $2.50 Miller High Lifes and $1 tacos.

At the Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St., buy a $10 mug at the door and you’ll enjoy $1 mixed drinks and $1 domestic drafts all night, plus you can bring the mug back for $1 refills any Thursday after that.


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