Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings January 25-31

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On the nights of Monday, January 25 and Tuesday January 26, Palmer's Market in Darien is turning into a pop-up restaurant! Italian food exporter Gioacchino Passalaqua and Sicilian chef Claudio Ruta,are teaming up for a 4-course B.Y.O.B. “Taste of Italy” menu.  Ruta is a Michelin Star recipient for his restaurant La Fenice in Ragusa, Sicily.  Dinner starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $80 per person. Seating is extremely limited. To reserve a seat, call 203.655.2077.  

Taste of Hartford returns January 25-February 7.  Popular Hartford restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus.  Participants include Capital Grille, On20, and more. 

NEW Brunch spots! Rothbard's & The Cottage in Westport are now serving brunch. 

If you missed Cheese 101 last week, you have another opportunity!  Visit the Greenwich Cheese Company on January 25 at 7pm to learn all about cheese basics… and of course taste!  Buy your tickets hereOr, join Greenwich Cheese Company on Thursday January 28 for a class all about Fondue!

Two Roads Brewing is hosting their first-ever Igor's Dream dessert pairing event, 7pm-9pm on January 25. They've paired four of our limited and brewery only beers with four local CT desserts to create a tasty combination of mouth-watering goodness. Dessert pairings include Tipsy Cones, Donut Crazy, NORA Cupcake and Cannoli's on the Run.

Then, on Saturday January 30, Igor Day 2016 takes place at the brewery.  It is the one day the rye whiskey barrel aged Imperial stout will be for sale.  Sales start at noon and go until the 900 bottles are gone. 

Harlan Publick is hosting a “Napa Comes to South Norwalk” dinner on Tuesday January 26th. Join Michael Honig of Honig Wine for a one-of-a-kind dinner and learn about the nuances of the wines of the Napa Valley and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine during the "Meet & Greet" reception followed by a 4-course wine-paired dinner prepared by Chefs Stephen Lewandowski & Kamal Rose.  The cost for the event is $150 per person, all-inclusive. For reservations, call Harlan Publick at 203-831-0727.

Barcelona Fairfield continues their “Cocktail Classroom” series with the gin and tonic on January 27.  It starts at 7pm and costs $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity.)  Reservations are required.  Make your reservation on their website.  

Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield is offering its most popular class- Wine 101.  It spans two Wednesday night sessions, with one on January 27 and one on February 3.  They last from 7-9pm and the 2 sessions cost $50 per person.  Call (203) 259-4692 to reserve.

After 20 years, Barcelona’s Norwalk location is moving to a new space.  The restaurant and wine bar’s next chapter will unfold up the street at Waypointe.  Barcelona invites its fans to a “last call” at the old location on Saturday January 30.  Between 5pm and 2am, they’ll thank guests with surprise guests, delicious food, and wine.  

Chef Nick Martschenko of the South End and Chef Mogan Anthony of Mura Ramen Gastropub and Locali are joining forces to host a pop-up dinner at SEUncorked on Sunday January 31. There will be two seatings:  6pm and 8pm.  Reservations are required.  Guests can make reservations by calling SEUncorked at 203-920-1212.  It costs $36 per person, cash only, plus gratuity. 

The 13th annual Mohegan Sun WineFest is here!  It kicks off on Friday January 29 with a Bourbon Tasting.  It continues on Saturday and Sunday with the Grand Tasting and other special events.  For the complete schedule and to buy tickets, see: 

The Chocolate Expo returns to the Maritime Aquarium on Saturday January 31.  The celebration, one of the largest of its kind in the US, includes tastings and sales of specialty chocolates, cheeses, food, wine, and more.  There will even be celebrity chef demos!