Game meats are the focus of two special whiskey dinners and a monthlong menu promotion this January. Here's where you can find wild fare in Connecticut this winter:
Coyote Blue, 1960 Saybrook Road, Middletown, hosts its annual Mid-Winter Game Festival through Jan. 31. Offerings include a southwestern duckling quesadilla for $10.95; elk, buffalo and wild boar chili for $6.95; venison and green chile stew with spaetzle for $17.95; venison schnitzel with spaetzle for $21.95; alligator tamale crepes for $17.95; chipotle buffalo burger for $11.95; and duckling confit quesadilla for $16.95. These items (and the regular menu) will be served Tuesday through Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The restaurant is closed Super Bowl Sunday. Information: 860-345-2403, coyoteblue.com.
Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, hosts a whiskey and game dinner Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. Courses of rabbit tenderloin, cherry wood smoked partridge, elk strip loin and a cherry Manhattan tart (along with hors d'oeuvres of buttermilk quail, foie gras torchon and duck "poppers") will be paired with selections from Single Cask Nation. Cost is $89 plus tax and gratuity. 203-350-0014, madisonbeachhotel.com.
Vito's By The Water, 1936 Blue Hills Ave. Ext., Windsor, hosts a Scotch and game dinner Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Courses, including wild game charcuterie, elk sausage, yak slider and French-cut venison lollipops, are paired with various scotches. Cost is $80 plus tax and gratuity. 860-285-8660, vitosbythewater.com.