11:44 AM EDT, October 15, 2013
>>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.
>>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.
>>Taste of the Nation Hartford returns Oct. 2 at Marquee Events and Catering. Dozens of Greater Hartford restaurants, distributors and vendors gather for a tasting event to benefit Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. General admission is $85; VIP admission is $150. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: ce.strength.org/hartford.
>>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.