The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Monday March 24, Plan B in Stamford presents “Distill it with Willett.”  Five courses will be paired with bourbon and bourbon cocktails… and they’ll use bourbon in every single course!  6 pm.  $75pp, tax and tip included.

Also on the 24th, Napa & Co in Stamford presents “A look at Sauvignon Blanc the hot white grape!”  They’ll guide you through a global look at the varietal in New Zealand, Sancerre, Russian River, Napa Valley, South Africa and Washington!  $45pp.  6:30pm.  

Brewery Ommegang comes to Harlan Social on Tuesday, March 25th for a 5-course menu paired with their beers. $70 plus tax and tip.  6:30- 9:30pm. Call 203.883.8000 to reserve seats. Event Menu:

Tuesday March 25, Barcelona in West Hartford presents “New England Beers & Tapas.”  In celebration of March Madness, Chef Eric is going to prepare some savory tapas to pair with some of New England’s thirst-quenching beers.  $29 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations: 860.218.2100

March 25 is “Good Meats!  An Evening with Charcuterie” at Fairfield Cheese Co. 7-9pm.  Call 203.292.8194 for more information.

There will be a special dinner @ elm restaurant to support the Young Philanthropist Fund in New Canaan. 5PM. Call elm to reserve a set and support this great group of kids. 203.920.4994. 

Wednesday March 26 is the “Iron Bar Gala” at Plan B Burger Bar in Milford.  12 Finalists will use Willett Pot Still to cocktails and YOU get to try them all and help determine the winner.  There will be all sorts of amazing food AND in addition to getting to sample all 12 of the cocktails Plan B will give you 2 free drinks (beer or wine).  Celeb sightings will include WNPR's Faith Middleton, Chopped Winner Tyler Anderson, Master AND you'll Distiller Drew Kulsveen, Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis and Dimitrios Elias Zahariadis of The Cocktail Chemist & USBGCT.

Wednesday March 26 is also “Hidden Jewel Wine Regions: The Jura/Savoie of France” at Harry’s in Fairfield. These two small wine regions are located at the foot of the Alps close to the Swiss border.  They have a distinctive character and use grapes which you can find nowhere else in France.  The wines will be paired with classic regional cheeses to make for a truly enjoyable and educational evening.  $35.   203-259-4692

Also on the 26th, Jane and Michael Stern are bringing “Roadfood” to New Haven.  The culinary students at Gateway Community College in New Haven are going to try their hands at some classic recipes from the couples’ book at the school’s next “Chefs of Our Kitchen” (C.O.O.K.).  Jane and Michael will be on hand to talk about their adventures and sign books.  The event begins at 6 Gateway's Cafe Vincenzo. Tickets cost $95, with the proceeds going toward funding scholarships for Gateway students and providing professional development opportunities for the college’s faculty and staff. 

“Wine Wednesdays” happen every week at Tomato & Basil in Fairfield.  Have a bite to eat and enjoy any bottle of wine in the house for 50% off. 


Barcelona Greenwich concludes its Wednesday night Passport through Spain series with focus on Valencia.  Each class is $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity) with a maximum of 20 people attending. Reservations can be made by contacting  

Friday March 28 the Stew Leonard’s in Newington, CT will continue its series of culinary classes for kids.  Choose from one of two sessions: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  This week is “Sandwich and Muffins.”  $15 per child.  Ages 2-5 (parent must attend).  For details and a complete list of classes, visit:

Saturday March 29, 2014 at 2pm a “Truffles Cooking Class” will come to Barcelona Stamford.  Truffle is a flavorful delicacy that can be used to create such great flavors.  Join Chef Scott as he shows you how to use black truffles while preparing seasonal dishes that will amaze your taste buds!  $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  For reservations, please call the restaurant at 203.348.4800.

Also on the 29th, there will be a wine tasting at Val’s in Greenwich at 2 pm.

Looking ahead…

Join Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie and CTbites on Tuesday April 1, 2014 from 7-9:30 for a decadent Chocolate- Infused meal.  This intimate dinner will feature five courses infused and/or influenced by Fritz's passion for chocolate.  Each course will be paired with wine or spirits and will conclude with a decadent dessert and Chocopologies Signature Chocolate Martini and coffee or tea.  $60pp. /invites?did=67529