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Small Bites: Dining News

 >>Denise Appel, chef/owner of Zinc and Kitchen Zinc restaurants in New Haven, shops at the CitySeed Downtown Farmers Market every Wednesday. Inspired by the farmers and artisans who bring their foods to the market, Appel creates a new market menu each week using fresh produce, meats, cheeses, honey and herbs. Zinc donates $1 to CitySeed for every Market Menu ordered. For a look at the weekly menu, visit Reservations: 203-624-0507.

>>Coming off a successful barbecue-themed dinner at Community Farm, where courses included smoked clam and mussel chowder, Wagyu beef "BLTs" and prized Mangalitsa pork, Millwright's chef-owner Tyler Anderson and Bear's Smokehouse owner Jamie McDonald will partner again for weekly pop-up events at Anderson's Simsbury restaurant.

"The Cook and the Bear," with barbecue-inspired menu items and drink specials, will run Monday nights in Millwright's Tavern space. Anderson said the menu will feature smoked meats (brisket, pork butt, smoked wings, sausage) and meat sandwiches, and farm-fresh sides like smoked beets with cumin yogurt (the first course at the July dinner) and grilled corn with "flavors of a Greek salad." The barbecue nights begin at 5 p.m. Millwright's is at 77 West St. 860-651-5500,

>>The CT Hops for Hope beer festival, benefiting the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Research Foundation, takes place Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. at New Britain's Quartette Club (225 Wooster St.) General admission tickets are $45, including tastings from more than two dozen breweries. Information:

>>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

 >>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:;

 >>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:  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,

>>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:

>>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:

>>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,

>> "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 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

>>GoldBurgers in Newington, fresh off a James Beard House appearance in March, hosts four dinners at neighboring Eddy Farm. The BYOB events on 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.

>>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

>>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

>>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,

>>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,

>>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.

>>Mercado partners with Bear's Smokehouse and NoRA Cupcake Company for an end of summer party at Rose's Berry Farm, 295 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury,  on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Each of the five courses will be paired with complementing beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets are $80, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets are $80, plus tax and gratuity.

>>Mohegan Sun’s annual Restaurant Week returns Sept. 13 to 18, with promotions at a variety of the casino’s restaurants. Highlights include prix-fixe tasting menus at BALLO, Jasper White’s Summer Shack, Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe, Michael Jordan’s Steak House and SolToro Tequila Grill, as well as specials, discounts and freebies at Hash House A Go Go, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Krispy Kreme, The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House, Pasta Vita and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. Visit Bobby Flay's Bar Americain, Imus Ranch Coffee, Seasons Buffet or Todd English's Tuscany for 20 percent off the bill.

>>Altnaveigh Inn, 957 Storrs Road, Storrs, will introduce a new lunch menu on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in early September. The “homestyle hearth” fare, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include soups and stews, salads and luncheon specials like sauteed sea scallops and petite filet mignon. 860-429-4490,

>>The 7th annual Billings Forge Community Works farm-to-table dinner on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. will support the organization’s nonprofit initiatives. The event, held on the Billings Forge Farmers Market Green (539 Broad St., Hartford, next to Firebox) features wine, entertainment and a live auction. Tickets are $195, all-inclusive. Information and tickets: 860-548-9877,

>>Norwalk’s Oyster Festival at Veterans Memorial Park runs Sept. 11 from 6 to 11 p.m.; Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event features live music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, an international food court, oyster shucking contests and historical displays. Tickets are $5 for children under 12; $10-$12 for adults.

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