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Small Bites: Dining News

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11:44 AM EDT, October 15, 2013

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>>Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is featuring a special Girls Night Out three -course prix fixe menu for $29.99 every Thursday. Information: 860-395-2000 or Saybrook.com.

>>Baci Grill, Berlin Road, Cromwell, and neighboring Liquor World will present their annual Fall Wine Fest on Nov. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring more than 16 wines from many of the world's most celebrated producers along with multiple dining stations. The hors d'oeuvres menu includes maple and nut crusted chicken skewers with honey and yogurt dipping sauces. Dining stations include apple bourbon pork with Semolina fried onions; slow roasted beef brisket; sweet potato fritters dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar; and pasta station and dessert stations. The price is $42, including tax and gratuity. Information: 860-613-2224 or www.bacigrill.com.

>>Angelico's Lake House Restaurant, 81 North Main St., East Hampton, is offering free dinner entrees to military personnel on Nov. 11, Veteran's Day. The special menu includes pan-seared salmon, pollo penne ala vodka, Boston baked haddock and chicken bruschetta. Eligible veterans include anyone who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Military guests should have one of the following as proof of service: U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), or DD214. Information: 860-267-1276 and angelicoslakehouse.com

>>La Petite France, 967 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, hosts wine tastings with West Side Wines on Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The events, which are $29.90, include tastings, mini appetizers, sandwiches and desserts. Information: 860- 231-9255 and lpfcafe.com.

>>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.

 >>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: www.travelandleisure.com. The Oyster Club is at 13 Water St. in Mystic. 860-415-9266.

 

 >>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.

>>La Trattoria in Canton hosts a Thursday raw bar special with blue point oysters and cherrystones for $1 each and fresh jumbo shrimp for $2.50 each. Chef Helmet Goetz will prepare a special menu for German Night on Oct. 16 beginning at 5 p.m. The evening includes accordion music. Reservations: 860-673-5000.

>>Super Cellar Warehouse Liquors in Avon will host a wine education seminar featuring Luis Suarez who will speak on "Wines From Around The World." The fee is $25, which includes two bottles of wine. Reservations: 860-678-9777.

>>To celebrate Oktoberfest, Adams Mill Restaurant in Manchester is offering a special German dinner menu until the end of October. The dinner specials are Oktoberfest Sampler of smoked pork chop, bratwurst and knockwurst with sides; Mixed Grill of bratwurst and knockwurst served with sides, and weiner schnitzel. The menu features potato pancake appetizer, apple strudel for dessert and seasonal beers such as Warsteiner Premium Verum and Sam's Octoberfest Draft. Information: 860-646-4039.

>>The newest restaurant concept to come to Mohegan Sun encourages diners to play with their food. Sticks & Stones will open in the Casino of the Sky in late 2014.

Fondue-style options feature meats, vegetables and seafood, to be dipped into broths, sauces and cheeses. Diners can also cook their own proteins on a sizzling hot rock at the table, and a "molecular bar" employs scientific techniques for unique cocktails, according to a news release. The restaurant will seat just under 300 people. Information: sticksnstonesgrille.com.

>>Another fast-casual burger chain is heading to Connecticut, courtesy of the Mohegan Tribe. The state's first Smashburger is set to open in early December at the Waterford Commons, with plans for more in Eastern Connecticut, Western and Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The chain has more than 280 locations in 32 states and five international countries. Information: smashburger.com.

>>Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Maine Road, North Stonington, hosts its 2014 Harvest Festival Oct. 4 and 5 from noon to 6 p.m. The event features wine tastings, gourmet food vendors, live music, grape-stomping contests, pumpkin painting, hayrides, local artisans and more. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 per day at the door. A two-day pass is $35 in advance. 860-535-0202, jedwardswinery.com.

>>The Hungry Tiger, 106-160 Charter Oak St., Manchester, is offering a new menu with daily specials including a fajita dinner plate on Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. for $10; Tuesday burger and brew for $10; sirloin steak dinner for $15 on Wednesdays; and wing night and beer for $20 on Thursdays. Sunday breakfast is also served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m with 16 ounce, $7 Bloody Marys. Information: 860-649-1195 and thehungrytiger.com

>>Mohegan Sun's third Annual Sun Brewfest will be held Oct. 4 and 5. More than 200 craft beers, microbrews, imports, domestics and ciders will be featured at the event that includes twice a day tasting sessions and entertainment. A BrewBrunch featuring beer-infused cocktails and an array of brunch items offered on Sunday. Individual and package tickets are available ranging from $25 to $100. A hotel package for two for $599 is also available. Information: sunbrewfest.com.

>>Harpoon Brewery co-founder president Dan Kenary will speak about the history and success of New England's largest craft brewery on Sept. 25 at Old Sturbridge Village as part of OSV's Overseers' Distinguished Speaker Series. Kenary, a Worcester native, will host an evening of beer tasting paired with food samples and will share the story of Harpoon's success. Doors open at 6 p.m. A cash bar is available, and Kenary's program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person; $40 for members. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Information: osv.org and 800-SEE-1830.

>>Vito's Pizzaria in Wethersfield and Vito's By The Park in Hartford each offer Monday wine specials, with select bottles available at half-price after 4 p.m. in Wethersfield and half-price off any bottle (including reserve list) in Hartford. vitosct.com.

>>Happy hour specials at Peppercorns Grill, 357 Main St., Hartford, include $4 well drinks and $4 red and white house wines, along with a blood orange prosecco cocktail with Onyx Moonshine and a prickly pear martini for $6. Food deals include $2 oysters, a rotating "ravioli of the moment" for $4 and lobster canapes with arugula and truffle aioli for $5. Happy hour runs weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Information: 860- 547-1714 and peppercornsgrill.com.

>>A new restaurant, Carpaccio, has opened in the Little Italy section of Springfield, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu, a 60-person dining room, 30-person lounge, open kitchen an outdoor patio. The restaurant is near the Basketball Hall of Fame at 904 to 912 Main St. Information: 413-737-2782 and carpacciodowntown.com

>>For those attending the new season of shows at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Peppercorn's Grill, 357 Main St., Hartford, has a special offer: Show your tickets and receive 20 percent off their entrees. Information: 860- 547-1714 and peppercornsgrill.com.

>>On Oct. 30, the Greater Hartford Arts Council will host its fourth annual arts fundraiser, ARTini, a "pop-up" martini mixer with a curated art show, at the Gershon Fox Ballroom at the Marquee. Guests can sample cocktail and 'mocktail' creations from the area's best mixologists, discover Art Deco-inspired artwork by local artists, and explore Roaring '20s flapper dresses by Trashion Fashion.

"Every fall, the Greater Hartford community gets excited for ARTini" says council CEO Cathy Malloy. "Not only is ARTini a fun night out, but it plays an integral role of supporting and celebrating our community's artists and organizations. This year's theme, 'Art with a Twist,' features contemporary art that pays tribute to the creative spirit of the 1920s."

Tickets are $40; $20 for designated drivers. Information: 860-525-8629 and letsgoarts.com.

>>Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is reportedly expanding north to the Bay State. The New Haven original is looking to open in Brookline, Mass. next year, in the space currently occupied by The Fireplace restaurant. "From now until the end of the year, the Frank Pepe team will be developing and submitting plans for their coal-fired pizza restaurant to the town and upon approval, hope to begin construction and the behind the scenes process of opening their new location," the owners said in a statement. Established in 1925, Pepe's is one of the country's most iconic names in pizza, with locations throughout Connecticut and another in Yonkers, N.Y. Information: pepespizzeria.com.

 

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