Weekly Nibble: Game + Farm Dinners, Beer Festivals, Knife Skills Class & Organic Delivery Service

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Greenwich restaurant week continues!  Through November 18, many of Greenwich’s best are offering prix fixe menus and other specials.  

Stonington’s Beer’d Brewing and West Hartford’s MaxBurger are teaming up for a beer dinner with guest speaker Aaren M. Simonici, owner and brewmaster.  The dinner will take place on Monday November 16 from 6-9pm.  

Meanwhile, Cask Republic in Stamford is hosting a beer dinner of its own on the 16th.  Craft brews from Jack’s Abbey will accompany a five-course meal, plus an amuse!  It costs $85 per person, tax and gratuity included.  

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! On Tuesday November 17, join Fleisher’s Craft Butchery in Westport for “Knife Skills & Poultry 101 with Victorinox Swiss Army.”  The class is designed to teach basic knife skills and specifically delve into breaking down and carving poultry.  It costs $100 per person and lasts from 7-9pm. 

Barcelona Greenwich invites you to a scotch and game dinner on November 18 at 8pm.  Chef Michael will prepare small plates and seasonal specialties alongside specialty scotches.  It costs $45 per person and reservations are required.  For reservations, please call the restaurant at (203) 983-6400.

On Wednesday November 18, Thomas Hooker Beer Company and Pies & Pints in Waterbury will present a 4 course beer dinner.  It will take place from 7-10pm.  Call Pies & Pints to reserve: (203) 573 1743.

The Knights of Columbus will hold a wine and beer tasting on Saturday November 14 from 7-10pm.  It will take place at St. Rose of Lima School.  The evening includes live jazz, a raffle, food from local chefs, and more.  Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at www.kofc185.org.

Friday November 20, the Taps & Trees Craft Beer Fest will take place at the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center in Danbury.  The event will benefit Ann’s Place, which provides community based cancer support.  A $55 ticket includes tastings in the tap room, a souvenir glass to the first 300 guests, admission to the festival of trees, supper and dessert, a raffle, shopping with local vendors, music, and more. 

Also on the 20th, enjoy a Farm Dinner at the Field House Farm in Madison.  Chefs Jared Posocco and Matt Backe will an oyster appetizer and 4 courses of local and seasonal dishes.  Overshores will pair each course with one of their local Belgian beers.  It costs $85 per person.  Please call the Field House to reserve:  (203) 779-9187 http://www.fieldhousefarm.net/

Basso Café, located between New Canaan and Norwalk, reopens this week to debut its renovation.  Chef Renato Donzelli “serves outstanding fine dining cuisine - his refined dishes are a nod to his Southern Italian family with accents toward his South American upbringing.”  http://www.bassobistrocafe.com/ 

The same people who brought us the Freedom Beer Fest this fall are hosting the “Festiv-Ale” on Saturday November 21.  The event will take place inside the Warsaw Park Pavillion.  Over 30 breweries will be represented, as well as food trucks.  Tickets are on sale for $30 now and $40 at the gate.  Purchase them here: http://www.thefestivale.com./ 

Mike’s Organic Delivery prepares and delivers locally sourced, fresh pasture raised turkeys and homemade side dishes, throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties.  Pasture raised, antibiotic and hormone free turkeys ($8.50 lb), which Mike describes as being “raised happy and healthy”, are delivered Monday, November 23 thru Wednesday, November 25. These turkeys are hearty with white meat, with a clean and mild flavor, and will cook up to 5 minutes faster per pound than a store bought turkey which is pumped up on hormones.