The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On Saturday November 16, Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines will hold its annual Harvest Tasting to benefit Turning Wine Into Water.  The event will take at The Avenue Gallery in Norwalk, CT and last from 5-8pm.  Suggested donations range from $35-$500 depending on which portion of the events guests wish to attend.  Click here for more information or to reserve a space.

On Tuesday November 19, New Canaan Wine Merchants will offer a wine & cheese class titled “Seasons Cheesings!   Owner Jeff Barbour will team up with Erin Hedley of Artisanal cheeses to let guests learn and taste holiday pairings.  It lasts from 7-8:30pm and costs $25 a person. Sign up or get additional information here.

Harlan Social is holding a wine dinner on Wednesday November 20.  It will feature: Wines from Celani Family Vineyards in Napa, California; Cocktail hour at 6:30pm; 5-course dinner at 7:15pm. Seats are limited and available for $175 a person.  To see the menu, make a reservation, or find out more, visit

It's time to order your Thanksgiving Pies & CakesSono Baking Company & Michele's Pies are accepting orders NOW!

Join CTbites for a special Sushi and Sake tasting on Wednesday 11/20 from 7-9 pm at Matsu Sushi.  Guests can expect: Tasting of 3 different sakes paired with assorted sushi/sashimi and rolls;  An introduction to the process of making sake as well as selections of Oktopusake, a brand new, handcrafted, small batch premium sake + the debut the NEW CTbites roll!

The night will be hosted by Matsu Sushi owner, Paul Teoh, and Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits.  Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by visiting /invites?did=66906

The Darien Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday from 11am-4pm.  It takes place rain or shine in the Goodwives Shopping Center lot, located at 25 Old Kings Highway North. 

Dan’s Liquors in Westport, CT will offer an in-store tasting on Saturday November 23 from 3:30-7pm.   Customers can try samples of four wines that pair perfectly with Thanksgiving flavors.  The store is located at 607 Post Road East.

Also on Saturday, Barcelona Stamford will hold a “Wine 101” class at 2:30pm. Guests can learn the  basics of terroir, wine-making and varietals. They will have the chance to taste as well.  The cost is $30 a person. 

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale hosts VEGETARIAN WEDNESDAYS IN JANUARY. Four courses of your favorite winter vegetables. Grab a reservation now. Come in and let us create an all vegetable meal that will leave you feeling great. First dinner isWednesday, January 8th.

The Westport Farmer’s Market continues to take place every Saturday from 10-2pm.  During the winter months, it takes place indoors at Gilbertie's Herb Gardens, which lies at 7 Sylvan Ln, Westport, CT.  For a list of vendors or more information, peruse

Stew Leonard’s is ushering in the holiday season with a complimentary tasting of its delectable Thanksgiving offerings. Dates and times are listed below. The tasting will include:

•Fresh turkey, roasted with Stew Leonard's aromatics: apple, orange, yellow pepper, red onion, celery, bay leaf and Marsala wine

•Turkey gravy

•Traditional, home-style turkey stuffing

•Stew Leonard's cranberry sauce, free of high fructose corn syrup  

•Sweet Potatoes Mousse

•Mashed potatoes, whipped with Stew Leonard's fresh milk

Chefs and team members will also be on hand to answer questions.

Norwalk, CT

 Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    

 Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    

 100 Westport Ave., Norwalk, Conn.   

Danbury, CT

 Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    

 Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    

 99 Federal Rd., Danbury, Conn. for more details.