Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of January 2 - 9

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

El Segundo now serves brunch!  From the Breakfast Burger to the Arepa to Breakfast Poutine, there is much to enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kick off the new year with some jams at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport.  On Tuesday January 3 enjoy a Compin’ + Stompin’ Jazz Jam Session.  Then on Thursday January 5, the restaurant will be filled with the sounds of Symphonic Bodega.

On Wednesday January 4, the South Windsor Community Center presents “Cooking Up Stories” for children ages 3-5.  Kids can delve into stories, then cook recipes based on them.  Playtime and crafts are included as well.  It costs $100 per registrant.   

Start your new year healthy with an easy vegan cooking class on Thursday January 5.  The Stand Juice Company in Fairfield will teach you how to make one pot dishes for the whole family.  It runs from 7-9pm and costs $45 per person.

Wine 101 in Hamden invites you to taste wines from Campagna on January 7.  Paolo Rubbo of Andiam tours will start the evening with a visual presentation on Italy.  Following that, local Branford importer Piu Facile will taste guests on a variety of wines from Campagna.  Space is limited to 20 people, so sign up early.

Wine and competition... it's Game Night at Hopkins Vineyard on January 7 from 6-9pm.  Hosted by Take 2 DJ, Gary, and Laurie, test your trivia knowledge!

Get a fresh start in 2017 by reaping the benefits of tea.  On Saturday January 7, join Phil Parda of Savvy Tea at the Blackstone Library in Branford.  He’ll present “Fresh Start: Enhance Your Life With Tea” from 1-2:15pm.  

Starting this weekend, Haight-Brown Vineyard will offer Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Pairing Classes Saturdays at 3:30pm and Sundays at 3pm.  Participants can learn new skills in a fun way over delicious food and wine.  It costs $35 per person.   

The Weekend Kitchen in Essex has announced its winter cooking classes.  From French Techniques to Valentine’s Day, it’s a wonderful opportunity to increase your skills.  Sign up on their website. 

On Sunday January 8, Gracie Day will perform at The Fez in Stamford for the first time since August.  The set begins at 9pm.

On January 7 and 8, Bishops Orchards will show you how to pair cheese and wine.  Stop by to sample some of their tasty local wines alongside fresh cheeses.

AMG Catering’s winter cooking classes are filling up quickly- the first two weeks are already sold out.  Visit their website to see the full schedule and secure your space.  

In addition to wine tastings and fresh produce, Jones Family Farms in Shelton also offers classes in its Harvest Kitchen.  A preview of the 2017 season is now available on their website.  In the early spring, try The New Nordic Cuisine, The New Peruvian Kitchen, or The New Irish Kitchen on Saturdays from 12-3pm.  Sign up early- classes are limited to 12 people.