The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

There is live jazz every Monday night at Fat Cat Pie Co in Norwalk!  Enjoy delicious food and wine while listening to soulful melodies from 9-11pm.

Tuesday April 22 at 7pm, Barcelona New Haven presents a “Light & Delicious Spring Tapas” cooking class. Join Chef Frank and learn how to make a variety of salads, soups and vegetable dishes. $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 203.848.3000. The same class will take place at Barcelona Stamford with Chef Scott on Saturday April 26 at 2pm.

Also on Tuesday, Bistro Basque in Milford, CT will hold “Southern France: Excellent Wines, Excellent Cuisine” from 6:30-8:30pm. They will focus on the top 3 grapes of Southern France: two are the French equivalent: mourvèdre/ monastrell, grenache/garnacha, and the Syrah.  

The Chelsea takes a trip to New Orleans on April 23rd and 24th. In conjunction with The Revivalists concerts at FTC, The Chelsea will be serving NOLA classics inspired by legendary NOLA restaurants: Gumbo as eaten at "Herbsaint;" Boudin, you'd find at "Cochon;" Jambalaya like KPauls and the list goes on. New Orleans inspired drinks will be served as well. This is good times. Call 203-254-8200 for reservations.  

Wine & Dine Wednesdays go down every week at Darien Social! You get a salad, 2 sides, and your choice of Porterhouse, NY Strip or Filet for just $28. 1/2 OFF on Select Bottles of Wine.

Wednesday April 23 is a Northern Italian cooking class at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury. Come join chef Tom Devine to learn how to cook Pasta Faioli, Sunday Gravy, Fresh Pesto Marinated Red Snapper and Classic Pork Osso Buco.  Call 203-794-0032 to reserve. Cost: $38.00 per person.

Stop by Whole Foods in Hartford Thursday, April 24th from 5 to 7pm for a Customer Connection Open House! Meet the department's team leaders, bring ideas and suggestions, and ask questions you may have! Enjoy free appetizers and mingle! It's going to be a good time, and your chance to help Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner become even better.

On Thursday April 24, join Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport  for live music! Tom Crowley starts at 8:30pm.

109 Cheese & Wine Co continues their “Sip and Savor series” with "The Hickories" from 7pm to 8:30pm.  What is sips and savor? A fun night out, enjoying a wine tasting paired with delicious cheese. Besides that, it helps us raise money for local food charities!  Ridgefield is a lucky town to be blessed with three working farms, The Hickories, Garden of Ideas and Apple Ridge.  A generous portion of the events proceeds go directly to its benefactor.  This event will help raise money to allow the purchase of at least one Hickories CSA share for the Ridgefield Food Bank.  $25 per person.

Friday April 25 is “Hops and Grapes, Toasts & Tastes” at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s fifth annual food, wine and beer tasting event in  Fairfield County.  Local restaurants, vineyards and breweries will showcase a selection of appetizers, wines, beers and liquors. 7:30pm-10:30pm. 

On Friday, April 25, 2014, Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corporation will be hosting a second annual Taste of the World— An International Food, Wine & Beer Tasting to benefit the services Immaculate has provided to Hartford’s Homeless since 1981. The evening will feature culinary delicacies. Thomas Hooker Brewery and Back East Brewing Company will pour beer, and Harvest Fine Wine will provide wines. The evening will also include eclectic music and silent auction. Taste of the World will be held at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, from 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm. Tickets are $75 each, $150 per couple and $70 for each additional person on your reservation card. All proceeds will help Immaculate better serve the homeless population of Hartford. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit, or please contact Teresa Wierbicki, Development Director:, 860-724-4823 ext. 103.

Saturday the 26th, Jones Family Farms in Shelton will have a Hands on Cooking Class called “Au Chocolat.” Focus on rustic French cooking, including cassoulet and chocolate! Limited to 12 students. Cost: $85 per student. 12-3pm. 

PAWS Uncorked:  A Taste for Rescue takes place on 4/27 from 5-8 pm at the Stamford Marriott.  PAWS rescues and finds homes for homeless cats and dogs in Connecticut. Tickets are $45 in advance (buy them here) or $55 at the door.  Enjoy food and drink tastings, local vendors, and a silent auction.

Mama’ Boy in Norwalk has live music every Sunday.  This week, it’s Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding.  Storyteller, songwriter, guitarist and voice-stramentalist Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding, has spent years traveling the highways, byways, footpaths and traintracks of the world, melding exotic tales with exciting music. - See more here.   

Looking ahead…

On Tuesday, May 13th, Mezon in Danbury is holding a 7-course tasting dinner to raise money for Danbury Hospital's Global Health Education program. Each course will be paired with a wine from Latin America/Spain and the evening will start with a celebratory cocktail. 100% of of the ticket price is going to the foundation.  We are hoping this will be a great and intimate event as only 50 tickets are available for purchase.