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>>Tuscany Grill in Middletown has added a fall menu. Signature entrees include herb chicken, pan-seared scallops, grilled salmon and grilled pork tenderloin. Entrée prices range from $19 to $25.Tuscany Information: 860-346-7096 and tuscany-grill.com.

>>Metro Bis chef/owner Christopher Prosperi will visit the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on Nov. 16 for a Thanksgiving-inspired dinner and program.

Prosperi will discuss his own Thanksgiving experiences as part of the afternoon that will also include an reenactment of the first Thanksgiving that will includes a 1700s-themed menu including venison pie and roasted goose and turkey, side dishes and dessert prepared by J Restaurant in Hartford. Wine will be served, tours of the museum will be offered and individuals portraying Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane will also be on hand to answer questions.

Tickets for the 18th-century Thanksgiving Dinner are $85, and include the reception, 18th-century music and an optional tour of the three historic homes at the museum following the event. Reservations are required. Information: 860-529-0612.

>>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

>>The annual Chocolate Expo will be Dec. 7 at the Connecticut Science Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hundreds of chocolate treats will be featured as well as gift items. Information: CTsciencecenter.org

>>Vito's By the Water in Windsor, will host a Beer and Bacon dinner with Back East Brewing on Nov. 6. The five-course dinner is $60 plus tax and tip. Menu includes pork sliders, grill prawns and smoked salmon sushi. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Information: 860-285-8660 or vitosct.com.

>>Super Cellar Liquors in Avon will host a free craft whiskey tasting on Oct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and an exclusive wine tasting on Nov. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Information: 860-678-9777 or ctwine.net

>>Carmen Anthony Fishhouse of Woodbury will hold a Trinchero Family Estates Wine Dinner Oct. 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $59.95 plus tax and tip. Information: 203-266-0011.

>>Paragon at Foxwoods Resort Casino is hosting a wine dinner featuring a selection of whites and reds by Stags' Leap Winery of Napa, California on Oct. 23. This five-course food and wine event begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $145 a person. Information: 800-369-9663 or 800-442-1000.

>>The Griswold Inn's Wine Bar, 36 Main St., Essex begins its seasonal Wine Series on Oct. 23 with the focus on California's pinot noir. The series continues for three consecutive Thursdays with Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards on Oct. 30, Three Regions of Cabernet Sauvignon on Nov. 6 and The Red Blends of Italy on Nov. 13. Each event three or four wines for tasting and small plates for pairing and a brief cooking demonstration. Events begin at 5:45. Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required. Information: 860-767-1776 and griswoldinn.com.

>>Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar in West Hartford will host a Forty-Six Diamonds Wine Dinner Oct. 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The wine, available only at Fleming's, is a special blend and will be served with a five-course dinner that includes other wines from the Ladera portfolio. Cost is $95 plus tax and tip. The menu includes pork tenderloin, porcini-encrusted filet and Malpeque oysters on the half shell. Information: 860-676-9463 and flemingssteakhouse.com.

 >>Confetti Restaurant in Plainville will host a beer dinner Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Five beers from Bristol's Firefly Hollow Brewery will accompany the four-course menu. House wines can be substituted for the beer. Chefs Stephen Grace and Peter Lemnotis will prepare the meal, and Mike Simard will give a home beer-brewing demonstration. The cost is $45, including tax and gratuity. Reservations: 860-793-8809.

>>Travel & Leisure magazine recently named the Oyster Club in Mystic one of the best oyster bars in America. The magazine's editors named the restaurant, whose kitchen is the domain of chef James Wayman, to the list of 20 spots because the Oyster Club sources its "seafood exclusively from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts" and uses the raw ingredients "in eclectic, globally influenced dishes." Information: http://www.travelandleisure.com. The Oyster Club is at 13 Water St. in Mystic. 860-415-9266.

>>The CT Restaurant & Beer Week will spotlight not only inventive prix fixe menus but also Connecticut craft beer from Oct. 13 to 19. More than 80 restaurants are participating in the event that offers special three-course menus for $20.14 or $30.14. For more information, visit http://www.ctrestaurant.org/restaurantweekparticipants2014.

 >>Foxwoods Resort Casino is offering half-price bottles of red or white wine every Thursday at its signature gourmet restaurants Paragon, Al Dente and Cedars Streak House. On Sundays, the offer is good on a bottle of white wine at each of the restaurants. This special wine offer is available to all guests 21 years of age or older with the purchase of two entrees. For reservations, please call Foxwoods at 860.369.9663 or visit Foxwoods.com/dining.