Small Bites: Dining News


11:44 AM EDT, October 15, 2013


>>Todd English's Tuscany at Mohegan Sun has introduced a new champagne brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The menu includes hot and cold food stations with a traditional New England raw bar, a pasta station with sauces and accompaniments, fresh fruits and antipasto, composed salads, eggs Benedict, omelets and eggs to order, a selection of carved items, a dessert station and more. A complimentary glass of champagne is provided. Cost is $42 for adults, $21 for children 7-12 and free for children 6 and under (tax and gratuity not included.) Reservations are recommended. Information: 888-777-7920 and mohegansun.com.

>>Harry's Bishops Corner, 732 N. Main St., West Hartford, has added panini sandwiches to its menu, complementing its selection of pizza and salads. Information: 860-236-0400 and harrysbc.com.

>>Besito, 46 S. Main St., West Hartford, hosts a weekend full of Cinco de Mayo specials May 3 through 5. Enjoy a pairing of shrimp and lobster flautas with Aged Casa Noble aneja tequila for $27 all weekend, and complimentary tequila tastings on May 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. Information: 860-223-2500, besitomexican.com.

>>The Hidden Still, 175 West Road, Ellington, partners with Onyx Moonshine for a five-course dinner April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 each, or $50 apiece if two or more are purchased. Reservations and information: 860-896-3333 and thehiddenstill.com.

>>Max Fish, 110 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, hosts its 6th annual Glenlivet Scotch and Cigar Dinner April 29 at 6 p.m. The dinner features Scotch pairings and Avo cigars from The Tobacco Shop of Hartford. Cost is $130, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations and information: 860-652-3474, maxfishct.com.

>>Relic Brewing of Plainville partners with At The Corner, 3 West St., Litchfield, for a special five-course beer dinner May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $69.95. Reservations and information: 860-567-8882 and athecorner.com.

>>Coyote Blue, 1960 Saybrook Road, Middletown, will celebrate shrimp through April 27. The celebration starts with a Tex-Mex Bloody Mary garnished with 3 lightly blackened shrimp. Appetizers include shrimp bisque for $3.95, shrimp scampi crisp for $9.95 or shrimp salad stuffed avocado for $9.95. Dinners include Tex-Mex scampi (shrimp sautéed in garlic butter, tossed with fresh jalapenos and served over linguine) for $15.95; shrimp soft tacos for $14.95; and a shrimp and spinach burrito for $14.95. Ask for the shrimp fajitas, now a menu regular.

These specials will be served Tuesday through Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Information: coyoteblue.com and 860-345-2403.

>>The 9th annual Final Final Open, a golf tournament in memory of late restaurateur Tom Altmann, will be June 9 at Glastonbury Hills Country Club in South Glastonbury. Proceeds benefit The First Tee, a golf foundation providing young people with character building skills through golf. Cost is $250 per player with tee off at noon. Information: 860-249-3474.

>>The weather is finally getting warm and al fresco dining at restaurants is beginning. Angelico's Lakehouse in East Hampton will open its Angelico's Beer Garden on May 2 featuring music on Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant is also now serving lunch 7 days a week beginning at 11:30 a.m.

>>Matthew's Restaurant, 55 Mill St., Unionville, is also celebrating spring with a Bring Your Own Wine Night on Mondays. Information: 860-673-7373 or matthews-restaurant.com.

>>The Women's Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum will host a Farm-to-Table Dinner on April 26 at the athenuem on Main Street in Hartford as part of its Fine Art & Flowers 2014 weekend. Tickets are $95 and include a wine and beer cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner. Information: wadsworthatheneum.org or 860-838-4100.

>>Salute, 100 Trumbull St., Hartford, will host a Long Tail Beer Dinner April 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The five-course meal featured white sea bass and lamb top round. Cost is $60 a person. Information: 860- 899-1350 or salutect.com

>>The Cottage Restaurant and Café, 427 Farmington Ave., Plainville will host a wine dinner featuring Zaca Mesa Wines on April 25 beginning at 6 p.m. A winemaker from the California vineyard will present the wines. Menu includes wild salmon, roasted stuffed park and housemade chocolate tart. Cost is $80 per person. Information: 860-793-8888 or cottagerestaurantandcafe.com.

>>Vito's, 26 Trumbull St., Hartford, will host an Italian wine dinner on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Three wines will be paired with a menu including ribollita soup, risotto and rack of lamb. Cost is $65 per person. Information: 860-285-8660 or vitosct.com.

>>Millwright's, 77 West St., Simsbury, has introduced a new Sunday brunch, offering a three-course prix-fixe meal for $29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 860-651-5500, millwrightsrestaurant.com.

>>Following its successful Apple Honey infusion and limited-edition Connecticut aged whiskey, Onyx Moonshine has announced its newest project - this time with a Cape Cod flair. The East Hartford-based distillery has partnered with P.J. Cranberries of East Sandwich, Mass. for the upcoming release of its Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest Infusion. The newest flavor will hit shelves around May 1. Information: onyxmoonshine.com.

>>At The Corner, 3 West St., Litchfield, hosts a five-course beer dinner with Relic Brewing of Plainville May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $69.95. Information: 860-567-8882, athecorner.com.

>>Growing Great Schools will host "A Culinary Symphony" with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and several Hartford chefs on April 26.

The evening includes a reception and an HSO performance titled "Playing with Food — Second Course." It is the second year for the concert featuring music inspired by food and food inspired by music.

The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at The Bushnell, featuring cocktails and cuisine from Growing Great Schools chef partners including David Borselle Jr. of A'vert Brasserie, Tony Camilleri of Rizzuto's, Billy Grant of Grants and Bricco's, Warren Hardman of Max Downtown, Steve Michalewicz of Max Catering, Dorjan Puka of Treva and A'vert Brasserie and Chris Torla from Trumbull Kitchen.

During the reception, the GGS will present its first Silver Platter Award to Max Downtown executive chef Hunter Morton. Following the reception is the concert conducted by HSO maestro Carolyn Kuan.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the West Hartford Cultural Council and West Hartford Public Schools Music Department.

The music-inspired dishes that will be discussed as part of the concert will be available at the participating restaurants through May 31. Tickets for the reception and concert are $100 a person. Information: growinggreatschools.org

>>The Bee & Thistle, 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, has reopened for the season. Specials includes a happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., $75 dinners for two on Thursdays that include a complimentary bottle of wine, and the Early Bee menu Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6 that includes a complimentary soup, salad or dessert with the purchase of any entrée. Information: 860-434-1667 and beeandthistleinn.com.

>>Millwright's will host a "Dinner With Friends" with chef Billy Grant on April 24 beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner, part of a series at the restaurant at 77 West St. Simsbury, gives guests the chance to dine with the chefs, ask questions and enjoy a gourmet dinner by Millwright's owner/executive chef Tyler Anderson. Seating is limited. Cost is $95 a person and includes dinner and beverage pairings. Information: 860-651-5500 and millwrightsrestaurant.com

>>Hot Rod Café, 114 Bank St., New London, will honor veterans during the month of April. Each Tuesday during the month, 20 percent of all food sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization whose mission is to assist wounded veterans with programs and services. Among the café specials are 24 different flavors of chicken wings, shrimp and pork pot stickers, garlic tender beef tips and prime rib. The café also features 24 beers on tap, wines and specialty cocktails.

Hot Rod Café opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and noon Thursday form Sunday. Information: 860-447-2320 and hotrodcafenewlondon.com

>>Thomas Hooker Brewery has opened at Mohegan Sun. Located in the Race Book in Casino of the Earth, it will feature six beers on tap including Blonde, IPA, Irish Red Ale and Chocolate Truffle Stout. Information: 888-226-7711 and mohegansun.com

>>Downtown New London will hold its annual Spring Food Stroll on May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. More than 40 restaurants, shops and arts and cultural institutions will participate in the stroll, which features bite-size samples of dishes and drinks ranging from seafood and sweets to organic and ethic foods. Among the participating venues are 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza, Bean & Leaf, Dickson's Tavern, Muddy Waters Café and the Steaming Kettle. There will be a food competition and entertainment as well.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $25 for students, groups and members of the military. Tickets are available at several locations including the Garde Arts Center and New London Main Street. Information: newlondonmainstreet.org.

>>Manchester Community College Foundation Inc. will host its 22nd annual Evening of Fine Wines on April 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the school. The evening will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships and programming. Tickets are $85 a person with group rates available. There will also e silent and live auctions. Information: mcc.commnet.edu.

>>The East Haddam Business Association will host "Taste of East Haddam" on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park in Moodus. The event will feature East Haddam businesses and restaurants, tastings, demonstrations, raffles and products and services for sale. Proceeds will benefit Ray of Light Farm, an equine rescue located in East Haddam.  General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for seniors and children. Information: www.facebook.com/EHBusinessAssociation.

>> "Tiki Tuesdays" at the Red Lantern restaurant and lounge at Foxwoods Resort Casino features exotic drinks and unlimited pupu platters each week. Among the cocktails are Pineapple Mai Tai for two ($24) and Red Lantern Volcano ($42). The pupu platter, which is $35 for one or $25 per person per table includes chicken wings, chicken fingers, tempura shrimp, crab rangoon and crispy pork. Reservations: 860-312-8480. Information: www.RedLanternFoxwoods.com.

 >>Max Restaurants have begun Thursty Thursdays @ Max, a Thursday-only promotion offering different food and drink specials that change from week to week and month to month. Specials will be advertised via email and social media, and at Max locations. Information: maxrestaurantgroup.com.

>>Pond House Grille, 2935 Main St., Glastonbury, introduces its new Deluxe Brunch on Sundays, featuring buffet selections, an a la carte entree item and one brunch drink for $18.95. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 860-657-4527, pondhousegrille.com.

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