Nibble: CT Food Event & Happenings for April 16 - 24th

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On April 16th 1-3pm, meet the peeps from Rosenthal Wine, AL FRANTOIO DI ALDO ARMATO and Miele Mario Bianco @ 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield. They will be showing the most recent vintages of their Olive Oil & Honeys. 

On April 20th Chefs Luke Venner of elm and Tyler Anderson of Millwright's will host reunion pop-up dinner at elm restaurant. Call or reserve online.

Tickets are on sale now for CLASP Homes of Westport’s 12th Annual Taste of Westport.  Harvest, Pane e Bene, Rive Bistro, Matsu Sushi, and other restaurants will serve specialty dishes.  There will also be samples of wine, beer, and cocktails. $75 in advance, or $85 at the door. CLASP is a 34 year old nonprofit providing homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Purchase tickets online

On Tuesday April 19, Cask Republic Stamford will team up with Founders for a beer dinner.  It will feature the coveted 2015 and 2016 KBS along with other brews.  The five course menu (plus amuse) includes venison two ways and roasted monkfish.  Tickets are $90 per person.

Café Madeline, Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market, and Missing Link Wine Co. will present A Lieu Dit Wine Dinner on Tuesday April 19.  Owner and winemaker Eric Railsback will lead guests through a five-course menu (plus dessert!) paired with his wines.  Dishes include Mediterranean Grilled Ahi Tuna, Homemade Meatballs with a sherry wine sauce, and more. 

Bar Sugo invites you to “Explore Tuscany With Meg” on April 19. The wine class will center on wines from Tuscany.  It starts at 7pm and costs $35 per person, plus tax and tip.  To reserve, call 203-956-7134.

Every Wednesday, Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House invites you to “Wine Wednesdays.”  A featured winemaker will act as a Guest Sommelier as guests enjoy complimentary tastes of four wines with food and oyster pairings.  This week is Domaine de la Perriere from Loire Valley, France.

Mecha Noodle Bar has a secret late night special.  If you're in the restaurant industry and looking for a late night meal Thursday through Saturday after 10pm, their "industry special" includes one shot, one beer, and a delicious fried chicken sandwich for just $9! Just mention Happy Meal.

If you missed the One-on-One: Free Professional Agricultural Advising Session last week, you have another chance on Thursday April 21.  Visit Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, CT between 9am and 3:30pm to discuss any farm related questions, concerns, and techniques.  

Earth Day is Friday April 22!  Green & Tonic’s Cos Cob and New Canaan locations are celebrating with in-store kid-friendly events.  Representatives from the Garden Education Center (Cos Cob store) and the New Canaan Nature Center (New Canaan Store) will demonstrate how to grow spouts and wheatgrass.  There will also be complimentary post-school smoothies and snacks.

There is another “Oink” pop-up dinner on Friday April 22.  This time, Chefs Craig Hutchinson and Alex Lishchynsky are coming to the Weekend Kitchen in Essex for a 9 course Italian tasting menu.  It begins at 6:30pm and costs $135 per person.  Email them at info@weekendkitchenct.com with any questions. 

Newly opened Aspetuck Brew Lab, located in Bridgeport, CT, is partnering with the Aspetuck Land Trust in recognition of Earth Day.  On Friday April 22, they’ll donate $1 for every pint sold and $2 for every 64oz growler sold to the trust.

Vespa invites you to "Risotto 101" on Saturday April 23 at 11:30am. The hands-on cooking class includes wine, lunch, and a recipe to bring home. It costs $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Seats are limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 203-557-9057.

Two Roads is hosting a Garden Party on Saturday April 23 from 1-5pm.  They’ll debut their latest beer, the “Roads Garden,” which is a saison brewed with a variety of edible and aromatic flowers.  Food trucks, lawn games, and live music will be on hand as well.  A $15.00 ticket includes a beer and a seed packet. 

The Blind Rhino and Welcome To Connecticut Podcast are teaming up to bring you the very first Connecticut Blind Beer Awards, hosted by Ken Tucci.  Guests can vote for their favorite beers based on taste alone.  A $25 ticket includes entry, samples of the beer being served, and an all-you-can-eat buffet beginning ay 4pm.  

Tickets are on sale for Community Plate’s Food For All fundraiser event on May 4.  The evening will showcase Fairfield County’s newest restaurants and craft cocktail bars in a benefit to End Food Insecurity in Fairfield County. 

Looking ahead...

Harbor House, located in Norwalk, CT, offers cooking classes!  On Tuesday, May 3, at 7pm, they’ll teach you all about French Quarter Sicilian food!  The evening centers on the Sicilian immigrants who arrived in New Orleans in the 1880s and the cuisine they inspired.  Enjoy a taste of Italy and a touch of New Orleans flavor with dishes like Muffuletta, Gulf Shrimp in Scampi, and Italian Daube with house made pasta and Creole red gravy.  It costs $75 per person, and space is limited.  Call (203) 939-9289 or email harborharvest7@gmail.com.  A $25 deposit is required to hold your spot.