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Small Bites: Dining News & Events

 >>Taste of Hartford returns for its summer edition July 18 to 31, with several city restaurants offering fixed-price, multi-course menus for $20.16 or $30.16 (prices may vary.) ctnow.com/tasteofhartford.

>>Max Chef to Farm hosts a “Corn: How Sweet It Is” dinner July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Rosedale Farms and Vineyard in Simsbury, with a menu focused on local corn. Tickets are $156.87, including food and beverage, tax and gratuity. maxcheftofarm.com.

>>The New England Food Truck Festival runs July 23 and 24 at the Eastern States Fairground, 875 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, with more than 60 food trucks. Hours are noon to 8 p.m Saturday, and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids under 6 are admitted for free. nefoodtruckfest.com.

>>The annual Connecticut Wine Festival returns July 23 from noon to 7 p.m. and July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Goshen Fairgrounds. The event features tastings of Connecticut wines and locally-produced specialty foods, live music and craft displays.

Participating wineries include Bishop’s Orchards, DiGrazia, Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Hopkins, Jonathan Edwards, Jones, Miranda, Paradise Hills, Priam, Savino, Sharpe Hill, Sunset Meadow, Taylor Brooke and White Silo.

The festival has its own page in the 2016 Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries; wineries will not stamp their individual pages at the event. No pets or outside food and beverage will be allowed; ID is required.

Tickets are $27 in advance or $35 at the door and include a commemorative festival wine glass and tote bag. Designated driver tickets are $10. Information: 860-216-6439 and ctwine.com/wine-festival.

>>Millwright’s, 77 West St., Simsbury, in honor of its fourth anniversary, hosts a “reunion” dinner July 26 at 6:30 p.m., featuring several of its former chefs. Cost is $125, including food and beverage pairing, tax and gratuity. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/2567953.

Millwright’s also hosts a “Young Guns” dinner July 27 at 6 p.m., featuring a collaboration between a slate of up-and-coming chefs. Chefs include Matt Wick of River Tavern, Craig Hutchinson and Alex Lishchynsky of oink, Marcell Davidsen of Community Table, Anthony Kostelis of The Whelk and Millwright’s own Niles Talbot and Jesse Powers. Each chef will present one passed canape and course at dinner. Cost is $125, including food and beverage pairing, tax and gratuity. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/2561696.

>>The inaugural Taste of Blue Back Square and The Center event on July 27 at 5 p.m. features tastings of appetizers, wine and beer from local restaurants. Participants include Bar Louie, World of Beer, Rizzuto's Restaurant, Besito Mexican, Fleming's. The Cheesecake Factory, NoRA Cupcake Co., The Green Teahouse, Goldberg's Gourmet, Barnes & Noble Starbucks Cafe and Cook and The Bear, along with Hartford Baking Company, Avert Brasserie and La Petite France. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door (subject to availability.) Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Noah Webster House. bluebacksquare.com/events.

>>West Hartford’s Treva Restaurant and chef John Medonis partner with Sub Edge Farm (199 Town Farm Road, Farmington) for a Hadley & Occum dinner event on the farm July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $99, including tax and gratuity. trevact.com/news.

>>@ the Barn, 17R E. Granby Road, Granby, hosts a Black Hog dinner July 27 at 6 p.m., featuring five courses paired with beers from the Oxford brewery. Cost is $50; a portion of proceeds will go to the Granby girls’ soccer team.

@ the Barn has also introduced a “girlfriends” happy hour Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to close, available in the bar area and on the patio. Specials include drink specials, small plates and sweets for $5 apiece. 860- 413-3888, atthebarngranby.com.

>>Runners are rewarded with beer at the finish line at the Craft Brew Races July 30 in New Haven's Edgewood Park, a 5K road race followed by a craft beer festival with more than 20 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, which starts 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.

>>Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort, 99 Powder Hill Road., Middlefield, hosts the Powder Ridge Beer Fest July 30 at 4 p.m. The event features beer sampling, ski lift rides, a homebrew competition, craft vendors, food and live music. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door; designated driver tickets are $12. This is a 21+ event. powderridgepark.com.

>>Two Roads Brewing Company, 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, hosts a Summer Funk Fest July 30 at 4 p.m. with three limited-release, brewery-exclusive beers; live music and food trucks. Tickets are $25 and include three 8-ounce pours of each beer (1 glass of style per person.) This is a 21+ event. tworoadsbrewing.com.

>>Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, continues its season July 30.The four-hour tours, led by food columnist and hospitality professor Stephen Fries, include stops at eight to 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. Other upcoming tours will be held on Sept. 10, Oct. 22 and Dec. 3. Tickets are $59 apiece, except for the December tour, which is $69. Reservations are required: 203-777-8550 and 203-415-3519, stephenfries.weebly.com.

>>Dinners at the Farm continues Aug. 10 to 14 at Barberry Hill Farm in Madison. Each dinner begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the multi-course meal begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; $150 on Friday and Saturday.  Information: dinnersatthefarm.com

>>Ricky D’s Rib Shack, which began as a food truck, has opened a new storefront at 302 Winchester Ave. at Science Park in New Haven. The menu features pork ribs in quarter, half and full slabs; pulled pork, brisket, wings, sandwiches and sides. 203-745-4998, rickydsribshack.com

>>Thali Too, 65 Broadway, New Haven, has expanded its menu to offer items beyond its vegetarian Indian cuisine, including Asian, Greek and Tuscan salads, sandwiches and soups, as well as grab-and-go options and a coffee bar. New offerings also include Indian-style street foods, “naanizza” flatbreads and roti wraps. 203-776-1600, thalitoo.com.

>>Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn has introduced its new summer menu, including pan-roasted Black Pearl salmon served with roasted cauliflower, peach and passion fruit beurre blanc; “beggar’s purse” pasta filled with pear, taleggio and robiola and a “seaside tempura” platter with fried scallops, oysters, calamari, zucchini and peppers served with kettle chips, cole slaw and chipotle-avocado tartar sauce. 860-395-2000, saybrook.com.

>>@ the Barn, 17 E. Granby Road, Granby, offers a Sunday summer champagne and oysters special, with a full bottle of Philippe Gonet and a dozen oysters for $55; or a half-bottle of Charles de Cazanove and a half-dozen oysters for $30. 860-413-3888, atthebarngranby.com.

>>David Burke Prime at Foxwoods Resort Casino offers a "lobster night" $39 three-course prix-fixe menu on Mondays, featuring lobster-centric appetizer and main course options. Dishes include Kung Pao-style lobster, lobster carbonara, lobster bisque, lobster dumplings and lobster taco trio. 860-312-8753, davidburkeprime.com.

>>Carbone's Ristorante, 588 Franklin Ave., Hartford, and Carbone's Kitchen, 6 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield, will offer a Summer Lobster Fest menu every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in July and August. The $30 menu features choice of New England clam chowder or garden salad; 1 1/4-pound steamed lobster, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and summer berry shortcake. Add $7 for a baked stuffed option. Price does not include tax, gratuity or beverage. Reservations are recommended. 860- 296-9646, carbonesct.com (Hartford); 860-904-2111, carboneskitchen.com (Bloomfield.)

 >>FARE, a street festival with food trucks, craft beer and cocktail sampling, farmers’ market, artisan and vintage vendors and music, continues in Willimantic’s Jillson Square (1 Jillson St.) July 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Upcoming FARE dates include Aug. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Sept. 10 and Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Information: facebook.com/ctfare.

>>ZARAGOZA is now open at 31 Bank St. in New Milford, with a menu of traditional and modern tapas, salads and pasta dishes. The bar offers local craft beers, wines and cocktails with small-batch spirits. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday, with lunch and brunch hours coming soon. 860-350-0701, zaragozarestaurant.com.

>>Millwright’s, 77 West St., Simsbury, has introduced a new happy hour, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in its downstairs tavern. Snacks, priced at $4 to $6, include Nashville hot chicken tacos, a burger, meatball sliders, spring gazpacho, cheeses, root beer float and a lemon tart. Drink specials ($2 to $6) include select beers, wines and cocktails. 860-651-5500, millwrightsrestaurant.com.

>>Blue Plate Kitchen, 345 N. Main St., West Hartford, has introduced new breakfast and brunch items.  New breakfast options include s’mores pancakes, Reuben omelet, hot chicken n’biscuit and Argentinean steak and eggs, and brunch choices include crispy-fried chicken and waffle and the New York brunch plate with a griddled bagel, smoked salmon and assorted toppings. Breakfast is served 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  860-906-1419, bpkwesthartford.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.

>>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.

 >>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.

>> 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

>>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.

>>At Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., it’s $5 Burger & Bucket Night and you can get two burgers and two buckets of Miller High Life ponies for just twenty20 bucks. dishbarandgrill.com.

>>At Infinity Bistro, 32 Front St., join the action during Music Bar Bingo Nights for a chance to win concert tickets and other prizes and grab food and drink specials (like $1 oysters). Infinityhall.com.

>>At McKinnons, 114 Asylum St., it’s Bar Rated Trivia night with $2.50 Miller High Lifes and $1 tacos. mckinnonsirishpub.com.

>>At the Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St., buy a $10 mug at the door and you’ll enjoy $1 mixed drinks and $1 domestic drafts all night, plus you can bring the mug back for $1 refills any Thursday after that. therussianladyhartford.com

>>Juiced Up is now open at 231 Asylum St. in Hartford, serving a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and tonics. Other menu items include oatmeal with toppings, fresh salads, wraps with assorted proteins and vegetables and salads. Smoothies and juices are $5.50 to $6.50; wraps are $6.50 to $8 and salads are $5 to 8. Juiced Up is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 860-247-2292.

>>Costa del Sol, a destination for fine Spanish cuisine, has been a fixture on Hartford's Wethersfield Avenue for 30 years now. The Feijoo family celebrates its three decades of success with a special anniversary menu, offering three courses for $30.
The menu features choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Options include camarones al ajillo (shrimp sauteed with garlic,) green-lipped New Zealand mussels on the half shell with pepper vinaigrette, melon and Serrano ham salad and fabada (white bean stew with chorizo and morcilla) to start. Entrees include paella de la casa, salmon with Spanish orange brandy sauce, roasted house-cured codfish, grilled bavette steak with chimichurri or roasted pork loin with mushroom sherry sauce. Choose flan or arroz con leche (creamy rice pudding) to end the meal.

The anniversary menu is only available Sunday through Thursday (excluding holidays.) Cost does not include tax or gratuity. Costa del Sol is at 901 Wethersfield Ave. 860-296-1714, costadelsolhartford.com.


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