Weekly Nibble: Pig Roast; Happy Hours, Cooking Classes; Wine Making & More

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

The Chelsea is now La Chelseita… well on Monday-Friday from 4-6:30 for their new Happy Hour! Enjoy specialty taquitos and tacos, $3.99 wine & drink specials, $1.99 ponies, $2.99 domestics, and $3.99 internationals.

Rare Beer Night takes place at Half Full Brewery in Stamford on Wednesday December 17.  The night features special test batches of beers from their Nano System.  Guests can receive full pints of these brews and enjoy foods from local vendors.  The event is limited to 40 people and costs $30 per person. 7-9pm. 

Sugar & Olives in Norwalk gives you 2 opportunities to learn about cooking while eating and drinking on Wednesdays:

Their “Weekday Nooner” takes place Wednesdays 12-2pm.  Watch them demo 3 recipes and then enjoy a 3 course lunch (with drinks too!)  The classes start at $40.  Cooking classes also take place Wednesday evenings 7-9pm. The cost is $80 and now you can buy gift certificates as a holiday gift:

Thursday December 18, Walrus + Carpenter of Bridgeport will do a Carolina-Style Whole Hog Barbecue!  There will be plenty of delicious food and live music from BrewGrass. 

Also on Wednesday, the Sip & Savor Series returns to Jones Family Farms and Winery.  This time, it’s all about “Winter Holiday Wines.”  Try four wines alongside farm-to-table dishes like short ribs and winter vegetables.  It lasts from 6:30-8:30pm and costs $65 per person.  Seating is limited to 16 and pre-registration is required.

New Canaan Wine Merchants will host a Thursday night wine class on December 18.  This week, you can learn all about Champagne and taste them alongside complimentary cheeses from the Darien Cheese Shop.  $10 per person.  Reservations are required.  Please call 203-972-0100.  http://www.newcanaanwine.com/ 

Emily Welch of 55 Degrees Wine Distribution Co will be at Nicholas Roberts in Darien to teach you all about Spanish wines on Friday December 19 from 6-8pm. Info here.

Meanwhile, Fairfield Wine & Spirits will have a complimentary holiday wine tasting from 4-7pm on Friday. The selections from Italy and California will pair perfectly with holiday dishes or make wonderful gifts.

Saturday, December 20, Barcelona West Hartford presents a “Wine Making Class.”  Students will learn wine basics and focus wine-making techniques and styles.  It begins at 2:30pm and costs $30 per person (all inclusive).

Tis the season for ugly Christmas sweaters!  On Saturday December 20, Stamford’s Bar-BQ will have an ugly sweater party where the person with the best entry wins $100.  There will also be $4 Budweiser Tall boys as a drink special. 

The Westport Farmers Market will take place indoors at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden through March 14.  The hours are now Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

Fountainhead, located within Norwalk’s “Fat Cat City,” will be OPEN Sunday Afternoons throughout the Holiday Season from 12-5pm.

Freshii Westport has just announced its Freshii Kids Eat Free program, which aims toward increasing the number of kids who eat healthy meals as part of their regular diet. This program runs until the end of January 2015. During this time, Freshii is offering kids under the age of 10 a FREE entree from the kids menu on Saturdays and Sundays when their meal is accompanied by an adult entrée (one free kids meal per adult entrée).