The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Saturday March 29 is a Charter Oak Beer Tasting in Madison, CT. Summer is becoming closer, why not visit the beautiful shoreline town of Madison and enjoy some locally brewed craft beer? Charter Oak will be sampling 1687 Brown Ale, Royal Charter Pale Ale, the newest release, the Wadsworth India Pale Ale.  Free event. Call 203-801-5218 for more information. 188 Boston Post Road Madison, Connecticut.

Wednesday April 2 is Bistro B’s Spring Wine Dinner at the Bridgeport location.  Menu by Chef Joseph Italiano, 4 course dinner with wine parings.  $50.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.  For information and reservations, call 203-908-4224 or visit www.bistrob.net.

The new Match has been open for just a handful of dinners, but they’re bringing back a beloved friend… Thursday Burger Night! In case you need a refresher, the burger is 7 ounces of aged, ground, grass-fed beef from Saugatuck Craft Butchery, on a caramelized onion brioche bun, smothered with a bacon-cheese sauce and sweet & sour onion jam.  Hungry yet?

Also on Wednesday Muse Paintbar in Hartford will offer “Painting, Wine & Beer, and Good Times!” Muse Paintbar is a combination between a painting instruction studio and beer & wine bar.  You'll leave with a painting that the instructor will walk you through step-by-step.  And they have 10 beers & 12 wines to help bring out that inner Muse!  No experience needed.  Call 888-607-6873 to reserve. $35 pp.

Thursday April 3, 2014 is a wine tasting and silent auction to benefit Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Wines will be provided by Harry's Wine & Liquor Market of Fairfield and the event will be catered by David Grant Catering. The event will take place from 6-8pm in the carousel building at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. $65pp, $100 per couple. More Info Here.

Also on April 3, enjoy an evening of Italian Cuisine and wine at the beautiful Arezzo Ristorante in Wesport, CT. Five courses will be paired with wines. 6:30-9:30pm, $75pp.  For the menu and information, visit:

Friday April 4, 99 Bottles in Norwalk, CT will have a complimentary in store tasting from 5-7pm.

Join Barcelona Greenwich for an Alsace & Loire wine class on Saturday April 5 at 2:30.  The class will explore the many notable varietals that are exceptional in Loire and Alsace, as well as the terroir and a tasting of great value wines from both regions.  $30pp, all inclusive. http://www.barcelonawinebar.com/calendar.htm 

Stew Leonard’s in Newington, CT will have a “Bunny Breakfast” on Saturday, April 5, 2014 with seating times at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Just in time for Easter, Stew Leonard’s chefs will offer a breakfast of seasonal fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, has browns, French Toast Sticks with syrup, assorted bagels, doughnut holes, and juice & coffee. Each child will receive a complimentary copy of Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, Easter coloring sheets, and will be able to take a photo with the Easter Bunny.  Reservations for the Bunny Breakfast must be made in advance at Customer Service. Adults and children age 12 and over will be charged $9.99/each and children age 11 and younger will be charged $7.99/each.

Stratford’s first restaurant week kicks off Sunday April 6!  Participating restaurants have prepared special $16.39 per person or $37.50 per couple Prix Fixe menus for Restaurant Week.  For a complete list and information, visit: http://stratfordrestaurantweek.com/ 

Looking ahead…

Thursday April 10, enjoy Tapas and Vino at Bistro Latino in Greenwich, CT.  Instead of gathering for a large meal at the table, imagine a more casual setup where small bites allow you to mix and mingle with ease.   Taste beautiful wines from Spain and Latin America paired perfectly with a variety of tapas, offering a palette of exciting flavors and textures for everyone to enjoy. $39 per guest, plus tax and gratuity.  Call now to reserve: Call to reserve at: 203.698.9033. www.bistrolatinogreenwich.com

On April 14th, Primary Food and Drink will collaborate with the nation’s leading producer of rye whiskey, WhistlePig.  Chef Merlin Verrier will prepare 5 courses of food while master distiller David Pickerell will be on hand discuss the process of Whistle Pig.  Each course will be paired with a creative WhistlePig cocktail and dinner will conclude with a decadent dessert.  Tickets for the event are $95.00 and include tax and gratuity.  Tickets must be purchased prior to the event by calling 203-861-2400 or by email at reservations@primaryrestaurant.com.  Final sale, no refunds, no cash back.  Tickets may be transferred to another guest.