>>Carbone's Kitchen, 6 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, offers a new pasta-flight tasting every Wednesday night from 4 to 9 p.m. The meal includes a choice of antipasto or salad; a flight of chicken and spinach ravioli, pappardelle and shrimp risotto, and gelato and biscotti for dessert. Cost is $24.99. 860-904-2111, carboneskitchen.com.
>>Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington, hosts a winemaker's dinner Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Chefs from Paragon at Foxwoods will prepare the five-course meal, which includes Maine diver scallops, cassoulet and Piedmontese sirloin. Cost is $150, plus tax and gratuity. 860-535-0202, jedwardswinery.com.
>>Max Burger, 124 Lasalle Road, West Hartford, hosts a 2 Roads Brewing Beer & Burger Bash dinner March. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Scott Miller of Max Catering & Events joins Max Burger's executive chef David Sudol in the kitchen. The menu features spins on beef tartare, a shrimp burger with country ham and poached egg, chorizo burger with black truffle paste and an assortment of cookies with a blood orange Creamsicle shake for dessert. Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. 860-232-3300, maxrestaurantgroup.com.
>>Metro Bis, 731 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, hosts a Pork and Pinot dinner March 5. Special guests include Cree LeFavour, author of "Pork: More Than 50 Meals That Celebrate: The Glory of Pig, Delicious Pig" and Edward Dunn of Brescome Barton. Cost is $78 a person or $142 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. The price includes a signed copy of LeFavour's book; additional books may be purchased for $27.50. 860-651-1908, metrobis.com.
>>Ethnic grocery stores abound in the Hartford area, offering a host of exotic ingredients that may be new to most amateur cooks. Foodie Prudence Sloane is once again offering a series of cooking workshops that will acquaint you with the stores, the cbuisine, the customs and the products. Her Hartford City Food Tours will include a trip to A Dong Asian Supermarket and a Vietnamese lunch on May 9. Cost is $75. On May 16, the program includes visits to DiFiore Pasta, D&D Market, Peppercorns Grill and Mozzicatos, all in Hartford. Cost is $95. Sloane is also hosting a Knife Skills Workshop on April 25 for $75. Information: prudencesloane.com.
>>The Dinners at the Farm dates have been announced for the 2015 summer season. The 10 open-air dinners will be Held at White Gate Farm in East Lyme and Barberry Hill Farm in Madison. Started in 2007, the summer dinners feature six-course feasts with foods that are fresh and seasonal, and cooked alongside the fields from which they come. Proceeds benefit five non-profit partners, CitySeed, CT Farmland Trust, The New Connecticut Farmers Alliance, Working Lands Alliance and Region 4 Schools' Get Fresh 4 School Healthy Lunch Initiative. Under the direction of River Tavern's Jonathan Rapp and the Farm Dinner Team, dinners this year will be held at Barberry Hill Farm each night from July 22 to 26 and at White Gate Farm from Aug. 5 to 9. Information: dinnersatthefarm.com
>> Rock Aronheim who owns Doogies, the home of the two-foot hot dog, on the Berlin Turnpike, and The Clam Digger in Manchester is hosting two hot-dog eating contests: The first, at Clam Digger, will be April 18; Doogies hosts the second on April 19. Proceeds will be donated to the Dana Farber Pan-Mass Challenge for Cancer Research. Prizes include gift certificates to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and dinner for two at the winner's choice of any restaurant in Connecticut with Mr. and. Mrs. Doogie. Information: doogieshotdogs.com
>>The Griswold Inn's museum-quality collection of nautical prints, paintings and ephemera will be the subject of a free tour and talk on Sunday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. The art tour and talk will be led by owner Geoffrey Paul, expert on the Inn's collections. Participants can meet in the Wine Bar for the tour where a complimentary snack and cash bar will be available. Reservations are required. Information: 860-767-1776 or griswoldinn.com.
>>Max Downtown will host a Scotch Flight Night with Peter Karras of Pernod-Ricard on Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m. at the restaurant on Asylum Street in Hartford. A portfolio will be presented by Peter Karras, master of scotch at Pernod Ricard. Small tastes of Aberlour, Glenlivet and Chivas scotches will be poured in the tavern and personalized flights or full pours may be purchased at the bar. No reservations are required. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. Information: 860-522-2530 or maxrestaurantgroup.com
>>Looking from somewhere new for that weekend brunch? Arugula, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has expanded its brunch menu, now offering in on Saturday from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Information: 860-561-4888, arugula-bistro.com.
>>Kathy Benjdid, chef/owner of Tissa's Le Souk du Maroc in Old Saybrook, will teach two hands-on cooking classes Feb. 9 and March 10. The classes will meet at 7 p.m. at a commercial kitchen at 52 Middlesex Turnpike, Essex. The February class will focus on Sicilian cooking, while the March class will feature vegetarian tagines. Cost is $50 per class. Information: 860-395-1781.
>>The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa will host a series of weekend food getaways focusing on different cuisines from around the world. The Food Lovers Weekend Getaways begin with an Italian Winter Holiday Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Leslie Tripp, executive chef of the inn's restaurant, Fresh Salt, and special guest, Mary Tagliatela, the inn's matriarch, will treat guests to special menus prepared from local ingredients and a full day of hands-on cooking lessons.
The Italian weekend will feature dishes such as Pumpkin Risotto, Slow-Braised Beef in Chianti, Local Cod Fish Puttanesca, and an assortment of pastries. The Taste of New England program Feb. 20 to 22 will cover the importance of apples in New England cuisine and include tastings of local cheeses, wine, craft beer and chowders. The Tour De France March 20 to 22 will focus on French cooking techniques and regional dishes such as bacon-onion tart and truffled chestnut soup.
Overnight packages begin at $698 per couple and include a two-night stay, welcome reception, breakfast at Fresh Salt, full day of hands-on learning and lectures from the Executive Chef, lunch, dinner and gala on Saturday evening, and brunch on Sunday. Information: 800-243-0212 or www.saybrook.com.
>>Six venues in western Connecticut are once again participating in the Litchfield Hills Winter Wine Trail promotion. Pick up a registration card at any of the following wineries and have it signed at each location before March 29. Those who visit all six wineries will be entered to win prizes.
Participants are DiGrazia Vineyards, 131 Tower Road, Brookfield; Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield; Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Road, New Preston; Jerram Winery, 535 Town Hill Road (Route 219), New Hartford; Miranda Vineyard, 42 Ives Road, Goshen; and Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle St., Goshen.
For more information on the Litchfield Hills Winter Wine Trail, call 860-201-4654. Contact each winery for updated hours prior to visiting.
>>Majorca is now open at 2074 Park St. in Hartford, in the space formerly occupied by O'Porto. The menu features Spanish and Mediterranean-influenced fare, including tapas. Information: 860-231-1003.
>>Celebrity chef, baker, author and TV reality show host Buddy Valastro has announced he will open one of his famed Carlo's Bakery at Mohegan Sun in 2015.
The location is the first in New England for the bakery made famous on the TLC Network.
"I'm thrilled to bring Carlo's Bakery to Mohegan Sun," said Valastro who runs the well-known New Jersey-based family business and also stars in the TLC series "Cake Boss'' and "Next Great Baker.'' "This is a destination for fun and food and we can't wait to be a part of the famiglia!"
The 3,200-square-foot bakery will be located in the Winter section of the Casino of the Earth and will offer all the famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in Hoboken.
The opening is expected in February.
>>Mark your calendars for spring. A new food and wine festival, Savor - A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, presented by Foxwoods Resort Casino, will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center April 10 to 11.
Savor will include grand tastings, samplings of signature dishes from Connecticut's leading chefs, a Savor in Style charity gala and food demonstrations.
Guest chefs will include Robert Irvine, host of "Restaurant: Impossible" on Food Network; Mary Ann Esposito, creator and host of television's longest running cooking series, "Ciao Italia" with Mary Ann Esposito; and Elizabeth Falkner, a James Beard Foundation Award nominee and Iron Chef America favorite.
A portion of the proceeds from Savor benefits Helmets to Hardhats, which promotes careers in the construction industry to individuals leaving military service or serving in the military Reserves or National Guard. Information: SavorCT.com