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Small Bites: Dining News

>>Taste of Hartford's summer edition continues through Aug. 2, with prix-fixe menus at several city restaurants. Participating restaurants will serve multi-course lunches and dinners for $20.15 to $30.15, depending on the offering. Information: ctnow.com/tasteofhartford.

>>Runners are rewarded with beer at the finish line at Aug. 1's Craft Brew Races in New Haven’s Edgewood Park, a 5K road race followed by a craft beer festival with several dozen breweries in attendance. The event also features food vendors and trucks and live music.

The race starts at noon; competitors earn a finisher’s medal, entrance to the festival and an official pint glass with a $55 ticket. Non-runners can buy $45 tickets for just the beer festival starting at 12:30 p.m. Onsite day-of tickets are $65 for runners; $55 for festival attendees. Designated driver tickets are $15 in advance; $25 at the door. This is a 21+ event, and no children or pets. craftbrewraces.com/newhaven.

>>Dakota Steakhouse, 1489 Silas Deane Hwy, Rocky Hill, hosts a cigar dinner July 30 at 6 p.m. Each course will be paired with a cigar and cocktail, with a menu featuring miniature beef Wellington, tomato and mozzarella salad, beef braciole and dessert shooters. Cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity. 860-257-7752, dakotarockyhill.com.

>>The “Lobster Lovers' Dream” promotion at Foxwoods' Scorpion Bar, Red Lantern and High Rollers includes Kung pao lobster potstickers ($13 at Red Lantern); rusty lobster taco with crispy cheese and mango salsa ($15 at Scorpion Bar) and a hot lobster roll with truffle sage butter and crispy shallots ($16 at High Rollers.) bneg.com/restaurants.html.

>>Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, hosts a Shoreline Wine Festival on Aug. 15 from noon to 7 p.m. and Aug. 16 from noon to 6 p.m. with wines from all over Connecticut, fine foods and music. Tours and wine seminars available. $30 to $35; VIP, $60 to $70; designated driver, $10. Additional charge for food. shorelinewinefestival.com.

>>Lobster Feast at Rizzuto's Restaurant & Bar is available Tuesday nights for $25. The meal includes a first course of New England clam chowder or spinach salad; classic New England lobster bake with Maine lobster, littleneck clams, mussels poached in white wine broth with corn on the cob, baby potatoes and Andouille sausage; and fresh blueberry and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Add a second lobster for $10. This promotion is available at Rizzuto's locations in Bethel, Westport and West Hartford.rizzutos.com.

>>Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., Hartford, offers a Summer in the City three-course prix-fixe promotion Thursday through Saturday nights throughout the summer. Choose one salad or starter, one specialty entrée (excluding the “Chop House” menu) and one dessert for $30. Valet parking is free Wednesday through Saturday. 860-249-3474, dishbarandgrill.com.

>>Cavey’s, 45 E. Center St., Manchester, presents a pop-up supper club event July 23, beginning at 6 p.m. with live jazz and themed cocktails. A three-course dinner, with entrée choices of zuppa di pesce or wood-grilled veal loin chop, is $80. Reservations are required: 860-643-2751, caveysrestaurant.com.

>>The New England Food Truck Festival runs Aug. 1 and 2 at the Eastern States Fairground in West Springfield, Mass., with more than 50 food trucks, live music and family fun. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. The event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. nefoodtruckfest.com.

>>The New England Food Truck Affair will be held at the North Haven fairgrounds Aug. 1 and 2 from noon to 7 p.m. The event expects 40 to 60 food trucks, along with beer from Connecticut’s Thimble Island and Black Hog breweries. Children’s activities are available. Admission is $5 for adults; kids under 12 are free. Information: foodtruckaffair.com.

>>Connecticut Farm Bureau Association’s Young Farmers Committee, a group of farmers under age 35 active in farming and agricultural related careers, will host its sixth annual Pig Roast Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at Somers’ Pleasant View Café. The family-style meal features Connecticut-raised pork and lamb, with seasonal vegetables and ice cream from state creameries, with proceeds benefiting the CFBA Young Farmers' fundraising efforts to send representatives to the annual Young Farmers conference next winter. Tickets are $20 for adults (children under 12 are free) and available at www.cfba.org or at the gate.

 >>Lobster Mania special summer menus are now available at Tuscany Grill (120 College St., Middletown) and sister restaurant Baci Grill (134 Berlin Road, Cromwell.) Each restaurant offers hot and cold lobster rolls and lobster salad. Tuscany offers entrees of lobster scampi, “angry” lobster gnocchi, lobster risotto with spicy chorizo, clams and mussels; and surf and turf. Baci’s entree specials include lobster Mac and Jack, along with appetizers of lobster and corn cakes and lobster tacos. Menu items range from $9 to $34. Information: tuscany-grill.com; bacigrill.com.

>>The third annual Mystic Oyster Fest on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. features local food and oysters from Mystic’s own Oyster Club, Millwrights in Simsbury, ON20 in Hartford, Bricco/Bricco Trattoria/Grants in West Hartford and Glastonbury, Broad Street Kitchen in Pawcatuck and Matunuck Oyster Bar of South Kingstown, R.I. Drink sponsors include Saltwater Farm Vineyard, The Real McCoy Rum, Fishers Island Lemonade, and Beer’d Brewing. Tickets are $65 and include all food and drink. Funds raised will benefit the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESSF,) a nonprofit ocean adventure organization that offers instructional sailing and boating opportunities and marine science education among its programs. Tickets are available online at nessf.org/donate/Mystic-Oyster-Fest, or by calling NESS at 860-535-9362.

 >>Chef Billy Grant will host a series of pop-up dinners at Rose’s Berry Farm in South Glastonbury throughout the summer and fall. Each monthly event will have a specific theme: July 17 will be “Shells and Scales,” Aug. 20 is “Summer BBQ,” Sept. 18 features “Corn and Tomatoes” and Oct. 10 is “Harvest Game.” Tickets are $95. Reservations and information: 860-236-1930, billygrant.com.

>>Millwright's has announced a series of collaborative farm dinners at Simsbury's Community Farm this summer, as chef-owner Tyler Anderson joins forces with other Connecticut chefs for special themed meals. Proceeds will benefit Gifts of Love, a local non-profit organization that provides basic needs services to the Greater Hartford community. Cost is $95, which includes food, beverage and tax. Information and tickets: millwrightsrestaurant.com.

>>Hard Rock Café at Foxwoods Resort Casino offers a limited-edition “World Burger Tour” menu with fan favorites. The list includes a Guatemala-themed Marimba burger with spiced beans and tortilla straws; a sweet and sour burger with fried onion ring, bell peppers and grilled pineapple; a Lancashire lamb burger with caramelized onions, crispy carrots and mint mayonnaise and a Cuban burger with pulled pork, melted Swiss and sweet plantains. All burgers are $16.95. Information: hardrock.com/cafes/foxwoods.

>>Barcelona Wine Bar, 971 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has introduced a new Sunday brunch. The menu features a selection of its small Spanish-influenced plates and cheese and charcuterie, in addition to brunch entrees like lobster Benedict, fried chicken and biscuits, biscuits and Serrano gravy with sunny-side duck egg, challah French toast with blackberries and vanilla bean-infused maple syrup and hash with spring vegetables or oxtail. Special brunch cocktails include cava sangria with vodka and St. Germain liqueur, and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with choice of ingredients and garnishes.

Brunch entrees are $6.50 to $18.50. The menu is available Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 860-218-2100, barcelonawinebar.com.

>> "Worth Tasting," a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, run through Dec. 5. The four-hour tours, led by food columnist and hospitality professor Stephen Fries, include stops at nine different restaurants and eateries in the Elm City. Tours kick off at 10:45 a.m. from the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, where guests will receive a goody bag of Connecticut food products.

Remaining tours are on  Aug. 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 24 and Dec. 5. Tickets are $59 apiece, except for the December tour, which is $69. Reservations are required. Call 203-777-8550 or 203-415-3519, or visit stephenfries.weebly.com.

>>GoldBurgers in Newington, fresh off a James Beard House appearance in March, hosts four dinners at neighboring Eddy Farm. The BYOB events on June 21, July 23, Sept. 3 and Oct. 4 will feature a "hearty take on farm fare," with local sourcing and a variety of courses. Tickets are $75 and are available at the restaurant at 1096 Main Street. eddyfarmct.com.

>>Friends of Boulder Knoll, a non-profit community farm, will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on Aug. 27. Chef Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro prepares dinner with ingredients fresh from the farm, and the event also features beer from Black Hog Brewing Company, drinks and live music. Tickets are $100 before August 1 and $125 after that. Proceeds support the farm's environmental education programs. Information and tickets will be available at friendsofboulderknoll.com/dinner.

>>Altanaveigh Inn, 957 Storrs Road, Storrs, has introduced a new Sunday brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The a la carte menu items include creme brulee-style bread pudding French toast, roast beef hash, a farmers' market scrambler egg dish, sirloin steak and "cheezie" eggs and salmon cakes Nicoise. Entrees are $12.50 to $18. Information: 860-429-4490 and altnaveighinn.com.

 >>The Dinners at the Farm dates have been announced for the 2015 summer season. The 10 open-air dinners will be Held at White Gate Farm in East Lyme and Barberry Hill Farm in Madison. Started in 2007, the summer dinners feature six-course feasts with foods that are fresh and seasonal, and cooked alongside the fields from which they come. Proceeds benefit five non-profit partners, CitySeed, CT Farmland Trust, The New Connecticut Farmers Alliance, Working Lands Alliance and Region 4 Schools' Get Fresh 4 School Healthy Lunch Initiative. Under the direction of River Tavern's Jonathan Rapp and the Farm Dinner Team, dinners this year will be held at Barberry Hill Farm each night from July 22 to 26 and at White Gate Farm from Aug. 5 to 9. Information: dinnersatthefarm.com

>>Enjoy summer in Middletown with Forbidden City Bistro’s Asian Street Festival, featuring a special tasting menu of small plates available now through the fall. For $19.95, choose two street-food style snacks, a dessert and drink, including house martini, house red or white wine, Tsingtao beer and non-alcoholic soda and juice. The $19.95 price applies to patio seating; the menu is $25.95 in the dining room or bar area. Forbidden City is at 335 Main St. 860-343-8288, forbiddencitybistro.com.

>>Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, has introduced a new summer menu with exclusively grown produce from Beaver Brook Farm and Ceccarelli Farm, chorizo-crusted Stonington scallops with Valencia paella, roasted American lamb porterhouse and parm-crusted Atlantic halibut with spinach-ricotta gnocchi. 800-243-0212, saybrook.com.

>>Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield has kicked off its Summer Lobster Fest. The $29 menu features a choice of New England clam chowder or garden salad; 1-1/4-pound steamed Maine lobster (or stuffed for $7 more); roasted potatoes; corn on the cob and summer berry shortcake. Reservations: 860-904-2111.

>>Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering its Filet & Flights menu – an 8-ounce petite filet and three red wines – in the bar. The choice of rubs includes porcini mushroom, black and white peppercorns and Kona coffee. The pairing is $39.95. 860-233-1116.

>>The Wood-n-Tap, which has five locations in the greater Hartford area plus Orange and Wallingford, has introduced its new summer menu. Choices include lobster creations such as bisque, grilled cheese sandwich and lobster salad roll, strawberry salad and key lime torte.

>>A three-course meal for $30 is the “summer in the city” offering Thursday through Saturday evenings at Dish in downtown Hartford. Guests can choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the menu.  860-249-3474.

>>The Generous Pour event returns to the Capital Grille in Hartford for eight weeks this summer. Eight wines from some of California’s best winemakers can be sampled for $28 per person with dinner. 860-244-0075.

 

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

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