Small Bites: Dining News

>>ON20, 400 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, hosts a Riverfest BBQ buffet before the fireworks display July 11 at 6 p.m. The meal features stations with fried chicken, pulled pork tartine, smoked beef brisket, baked stuffed haddock, grilled swordfish kebabs, vegetable sides and dessert, including a sundae bar. Cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity for adults; $30 for children under 12. 860-722-5161,

>>Olea, 39 High St., New Haven, hosts a Spanish wine dinner July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Courses include tapas, grilled chorizo sausage, two-way cooked quail and braised short rib. Cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 203-780-8925 or

>>Lobster Mania special summer menus are now available at Tuscany Grill (120 College St., Middletown) and sister restaurant Baci Grill (134 Berlin Road, Cromwell.) Each restaurant offers hot and cold lobster rolls and lobster salad. Tuscany offers entrees of lobster scampi, “angry” lobster gnocchi, lobster risotto with spicy chorizo, clams and mussels; and surf and turf. Baci’s entree specials include lobster Mac and Jack, along with appetizers of lobster and corn cakes and lobster tacos. Menu items range from $9 to $34. Information:;

 >>Chef Billy Grant will host a series of pop-up dinners at Rose’s Berry Farm in South Glastonbury throughout the summer and fall. Each monthly event will have a specific theme: July 17 will be “Shells and Scales,” Aug. 20 is “Summer BBQ,” Sept.18 features “Corn and Tomatoes” and Oct. 10 is “Harvest Game.” Tickets are $95. Reservations and information: 860-236-1930,

>>Millwright's has announced a series of collaborative farm dinners at Simsbury's Community Farm this summer, as chef-owner Tyler Anderson joins forces with other Connecticut chefs for special themed meals. Proceeds will benefit Gifts of Love, a local non-profit organization that provides basic needs services to the Greater Hartford community. Cost is $95, which includes food, beverage and tax. Information and tickets:

>>Hard Rock Café at Foxwoods Resort Casino offers a limited-edition “World Burger Tour” menu with fan favorites. The list includes a Guatemala-themed Marimba burger with spiced beans and tortilla straws; a sweet and sour burger with fried onion ring, bell peppers and grilled pineapple; a Lancashire lamb burger with caramelized onions, crispy carrots and mint mayonnaise and a Cuban burger with pulled pork, melted Swiss and sweet plantains. All burgers are $16.95. Information:

>>Community Table in Litchfield County announced that its former sous chef Marcell Davidsen would return to the Washington restaurant, to take the executive-chef reins from the departing Joel Viehland. The Denmark native trained formally in Copenhagen and has previously worked for Heirloom and the former Bespoke in New Haven. "I'm very excited to take over from Chef Joel, and I have tremendous respect for him and what he has achieved," he said.

Viehland announced in early May that he'd be leaving his post after five years to pursue new opportunities. During his tenure in Washington, he and the restaurant earned several James Beard Award nominations.

>>Barcelona Wine Bar, 971 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has introduced a new Sunday brunch. The menu features a selection of its small Spanish-influenced plates and cheese and charcuterie, in addition to brunch entrees like lobster Benedict, fried chicken and biscuits, biscuits and Serrano gravy with sunny-side duck egg, challah French toast with blackberries and vanilla bean-infused maple syrup and hash with spring vegetables or oxtail. Special brunch cocktails include cava sangria with vodka and St. Germain liqueur, and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with choice of ingredients and garnishes.

Brunch entrees are $6.50 to $18.50. The menu is available Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 860-218-2100,

>> "Worth Tasting," a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, run through Dec. 5. The four-hour tours, led by food columnist and hospitality professor Stephen Fries, include stops at nine different restaurants and eateries in the Elm City. Tours kick off at 10:45 a.m. from the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, where guests will receive a goody bag of Connecticut food products.

Remaining tours are on  Aug. 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 24 and Dec. 5. Tickets are $59 apiece, except for the December tour, which is $69. Reservations are required. Call 203-777-8550 or 203-415-3519, or visit

>>GoldBurgers in Newington, fresh off a James Beard House appearance in March, hosts four dinners at neighboring Eddy Farm. The BYOB events on June 21, July 23, Sept. 3 and Oct. 4 will feature a "hearty take on farm fare," with local sourcing and a variety of courses. Tickets are $75 and are available at the restaurant at 1096 Main Street.

>>Friends of Boulder Knoll, a non-profit community farm, will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on Aug. 27. Chef Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro prepares dinner with ingredients fresh from the farm, and the event also features beer from Black Hog Brewing Company, drinks and live music. Tickets are $100 before August 1 and $125 after that. Proceeds support the farm's environmental education programs. Information and tickets will be available at

>>Altanaveigh Inn, 957 Storrs Road, Storrs, has introduced a new Sunday brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The a la carte menu items include creme brulee-style bread pudding French toast, roast beef hash, a farmers' market scrambler egg dish, sirloin steak and "cheezie" eggs and salmon cakes Nicoise. Entrees are $12.50 to $18. Information: 860-429-4490 and

 >>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:

>>Enjoy summer in Middletown with Forbidden City Bistro’s Asian Street Festival, featuring a special tasting menu of small plates available now through the fall. For $19.95, choose two street-food style snacks, a dessert and drink, including house martini, house red or white wine, Tsingtao beer and non-alcoholic soda and juice. The $19.95 price applies to patio seating; the menu is $25.95 in the dining room or bar area. Forbidden City is at 335 Main St. 860-343-8288,

>>Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, has introduced a new summer menu with exclusively grown produce from Beaver Brook Farm and Ceccarelli Farm, chorizo-crusted Stonington scallops with Valencia paella, roasted American lamb porterhouse and parm-crusted Atlantic halibut with spinach-ricotta gnocchi. 800-243-0212,


>>Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield has kicked off its Summer Lobster Fest. The $29 menu features a choice of New England clam chowder or garden salad; 1-1/4-pound steamed Maine lobster (or stuffed for $7 more); roasted potatoes; corn on the cob and summer berry shortcake. Reservations: 860-904-2111.

>>Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering its Filet & Flights menu – an 8-ounce petite filet and three red wines – in the bar. The choice of rubs includes porcini mushroom, black and white peppercorns and Kona coffee. The pairing is $39.95. 860-233-1116.

The Wood-n-Tap, which has five locations in the greater Hartford area plus Orange and Wallingford, has introduced its new summer menu. Choices include lobster creations such as bisque, grilled cheese sandwich and lobster salad roll, strawberry salad and key lime torte.

>>A three-course meal for $30 is the “summer in the city” offering Thursday through Saturday evenings at Dish in downtown Hartford. Guests can choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the menu.  860-249-3474.

>>The Generous Pour event returns to the Capital Grille in Hartford for eight weeks this summer. Eight wines from some of California’s best winemakers can be sampled for $28 per person with dinner. 860-244-0075.

>>The annual Connecticut Wine Festival will take place July 25 from noon to 7 p.m. and July 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Goshen Fairgrounds. The event will spotlight Connecticut wineries, locally produced specialty foods, live music and craft displays. Tickets are $25 in advance or $32 at the door. 860-216-6439 and

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