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Small Bites: Dining News & Events

>>Forbidden City Bistro, 335 Main St., Middletown, and Char Koon, 882 Main St., South Glastonbury, both offer a special Chinese New Year menu through Feb. 14. Special dishes priced at $8 to $34 include pork and chive dumplings, Yue Sang salad with tuna and salmon sashimi, Hainanese chicken, coconut shrimp served with shallot fried rice, slow-cooked beef with Five Spices and wok-seared lobster with ginger and scallions. Information: forbiddencitybistro.com, charkoon.com.

>>Four Flours Baking Company has opened its flagship store at 1203 Chapel Street in New Haven, serving cookies, brownies, biscotti, tea breads, muffins and granola clusters along with its popular “Chillwich” ice cream sandwiches and daily vegan and gluten-free offerings. Information: fourflours.com.

>>Hartford Flavor Company, 30 Arbor St., Hartford, hosts a Valentine’s Day party Feb. 14 at 4 p.m., featuring drinks made with its rose-flavored Wild Moon liqueur and food by Max Catering. Cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. 860-338-1642, hartfordflavor.com.

>>Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, hosts a France and California horizontal wine-tasting dinner Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $99.50 plus tax and gratuity. 860-395-2000, saybrook.com.

>>Besito, 46 S. Main St., West Hartford celebrates National Margarita Day on Feb. 21 with a special Sunday brunch menu and 2-for-1 margaritas from noon to 3 p.m., and again on Feb. 22 with 2-for-1 Besito and La Casa margaritas from 4 to 7 p.m. 860-223-2500, besitomexican.com.

>>Rooster Company and GoldBurgers, neighbors at 1076 Main St., Newington, collaborate to offer a special a la carte menu Feb. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m.. Proceeds from the “Goldbirds and Roosterburger” benefit will be donated to Hartford Food System, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and improving nutrition in the city. Local farms and produce will be featured. Rooster Company is located at 1076 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. Information: 860-573-3969. 

>>Connecticut's first Bar Louie is slated to open in the spring, in West Hartford's Blue Back Square. The restaurant, described as an "eclectic urban bar" with signature martinis and cocktails and a menu of American fare, will take over the spaces formerly occupied by Umi Sushi and Au Bon Pain on Isham Road. Learn more at barlouie.com.

>>Still Hill Brewery, 1275 Cromwell Ave. (Shunpike Business Center), Rocky Hill, has opened. The brewery will produce three staple beers: Still Hill IPA, Red Storm Ryesing Amber Ale, and Still Hill APA, with rotating seasonal beers and experimental styles. The tap room will be open Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. 860-436-6368, stillhillbrewery.com.

>>Infinity Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford, hosts a Mardi Gras gala Feb. 9 starting at 4 p.m. The event features Cajun-inspired food and drink specials, party favors, prizes and a 7:30 p.m. performance by Robert Leonard's Slippery Sneakers, a Zydeco dance band. Tickets include entrance to the party and the show; cost is $20 for orchestra-level seating and $40 for mezzanine seats. Cash bar and food are sold separately. infinityhall.com.

>>Shea’s American Bar & Grill in Manchester is now Tomato Joe’s. The format change happened in late November and the restaurant now offers a menu of Italian fare, with dishes like chicken and sausage cacciatore, chicken marsala, linguine with clams and New Haven-style pizza.

The concept shift happened as owner Jack Maloney realized Shea’s needed an interior refresh, Tomato Joe’s partner Matt Bailey said, and he decided to change the traditional American grill and bar format to something “more unique.” Shea’s large patio, popular in the warm months with live entertainment, will remain.

>>Tomato Joe’s, 103 Tolland Turnpike, is open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open later. 860-432-8659, tomatojoesct.com.

>>Rooster Company, 1076 Main St., Newington, partners with West Hartford’s West Side Wines for a Feb. 11 “Cluck, Cluck, Fizz, Fizz” themed-dinner at 6 p.m., featuring chicken dishes and grower champagnes. Cost is $75, plus tax and gratuity. 860-757-3969, roostercompany.net.

 >>Barley Vine, 182 Main St., Bristol, is now open on Mondays and has introduced a new happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. with assorted food and drink specials (beers, shots, wines and cocktails from $2 to $5; cheese pizza and other snacks for $5.) 860-589-0239, barleyvinect.com.

>>Six wineries in western Connecticut are once again participating in the Litchfield Hills Winter Wine Trail promotion, running through April 3.
Participants are DiGrazia Vineyards in Brookfield, Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield, Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, Jerram Winery in New Hartford and Miranda Vineyard and Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen. Visitors can pick up a “passport” at any of the wineries and must have it stamped at all six stops.

Those who visit all participating venues will be entered to win prizes, including a gift certificate to Arethusa al Tavolo, a transportation and wine tasting package provided by Vintage Vineyard Experience, overnight stays for two at Hopkins Inn and the Mary Stuart House B&B and a chocolate experience tour at Fascia's in Waterbury. Information: lhwinterwinetrail.com.

>> National sandwich chain Jersey Mike's has opened at Mohegan Sun in the Casino of the Sky, serving hot and cold subs, cheesesteaks and wraps. 

The casino location is the third Jersey Mike's for Mohegan Holding, which also owns shops in Norwich and Meriden. Mohegan Holding is committed to a total of 12 Jersey Mike's in addition to 24 Smashburger and 15 Arooga's locations in CT, according to a news release.  Jersey Mike's casino hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. jerseymikes.com

>>Barcelona Wine Bar has added Sunday brunch to its New Haven location (155 Temple St.), serving a Bloody Mary bar and dishes like oxtail hash and lobster eggs Benedict. Bottles of wine are 50 percent off. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. 203-848-3000, barcelonawinebar.com.

>>Also in Blue Back Square, Vinted Wine Bar at 63 Memorial Road has introduced a new lunch menu, available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include salads, soups, meat and cheese plates, sandwiches and entrée plates, priced at $6.95 to $12.95. 860-206-4648, vintedwinebar.com.

 >> Rooftop 120, 120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, has introduced a new "progressive American cuisine" menu at its NOSH restaurant, with a series of sharing plates (chicken satay, eggplant fries, fish tacos, "steak and cheese" fondue, garlic shrimp, priced at $7.25 to $15.75) and larger entrees like prosciutto-wrapped scallops, brick chicken, southern porterhouse pork chop and sesame-crusted ahi tuna ($15.75 to $31.25.) 860-430-9989, rooftop120.com.

>> Fleishers Craft Kitchen, 580 Riverside Ave., Westport, hosts a series of four-course dinners featuring Connecticut beer. Upcoming events on Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24 and March 9 will spotlight Thimble Island, Stubborn Beauty, Relic and Black Hog breweries. Information and tickets: fleishers.com.

 

  Send restaurant news at least 10 days before publication to Leeanne Griffin at lgriffin@courant.com. 

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