Weekly Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings For July 17-23

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Chef Danielle Hartog of Paleo & Plate is excited to announce her next private dinner.  It will take place on Friday July 22 at 7pm in Westport.  The evening, aptly entitled “Summer Time Bliss,” features a carrot turmeric shooter, shrimp ceviche, braised short ribs, and peaches and cream.  For the complete menu, additional details, and to reserve, click here. 

Fortina in Stamford invites you to “Chrismukkah in July!”  The zany fundraiser, replete with crazy delicious eats and whimsical winter drinks, takes place July 20 at Fortina Stamford.  The party is being thrown by the Junior Board of Domus, a non-profit organization that serves struggling youth in the region. At their charter schools in Stamford and New Haven, Domus creates programs that allow vulnerable kids to forge a pathway to health, opportunity, and satisfying lives.  John Nealon of Fortina will providing space and labor at no cost while local purveyors are donating product.  As a result, 100% of the proceeds will go to the organization. 

The Stamford Nature Center invites us to learn about “A Day in a Farmer’s Life” every Monday through August 22.  Hands-on programs include milking, grooming, caring for baby animals, and more.  It lasts from 11-11:30am.  The event is free for members or free with gate admission for non-members. 

Rizzuto's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, with locations in Bethel, Westport, and West Hartford, invites you to a lobster feast every Tuesday through August 30.  The three course dinner includes your choice of chowder or salad, a main course of lobster, clams, and mussels, and dessert.  It is $29.95 per person.  Call to reserve.  http://www.rizzutos.com/

On Thursday July 21, chocolates meet beer at Shebeen Brewing in Wolcott.  From 7-8pm, American columnist Will Siss will guide guests through pairings that match Shebeen’s brews to Fascia's Chocolates.  Call (203) 514-2336 for reservations or email shebeenbrewing@live.com.

It’s Pints and Paint Night at Overshores Brewing Co.  On Thursday July 21 from 6-8:30pm, paint a beach scene over some tasty craft beers.  The $40 fee includes all materials.

The Blind Rhino invites you to show your competitive side in a good, classic Foosball Tournament!  On Thursday July 21 doubles teams will compete amid beers from New England Brewing Company, including the coveted G-Bot.  Sign up your team by emailing info@theblindrhino.com .  The special beers are on tap at 5pm and the tournament starts at 7pm.

David Burke’s Prime Steakhouse, located in Foxwoods Casino, is starting a summer wine series.  Join them on Friday July 22 at 7pm when they pair a five course meal with wines from Frank Family Vineyards.  It costs $165 per person and reservations are recommended.

On Friday July 22, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will host a Wagner Family Wine Dinner.  Six courses will be paired with five wines from the Wagner Family- including their famous Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  It costs $95 per person and starts at 6:30pm.  http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/646183/west-hartford-wagner-family-wine-dinner-at-flemings

“Bee” present at Massaro Family Farm in Woodbridge on July 23.  Their Beekeeping Workshop will teach you all about Fall Hive Preparation.  The hands-on sessions are conducted by the CT Beekeeper's Association.  Join them from 9-10:30am or 11:30am-1pm.  http://www.massarofarm.org/events-activities/workshops/

The Connecticut Wine Festival takes place on July 23 and 24 at the Goshen Fair Grounds.  Local wineries will be there with wines for you to taste and purchase.  There will also be entertainment, crafts, vendors, food, and a free wine seminar each day.  Tickets start at $10.  http://www.ctwine.com/wine-festival/

This summer, Holbrook Farm will host a weekend dinner series.  Each installation will feature two chefs and one whole animal, nose-to-tail!  On Saturday July 23, Chef Morgan Vondle of Mezon and Chef Tony Pham of Mecha are teaming up to tackle seafood.  It starts at 6pm.  http://www.holbrookfarm.net/farm-to-table-events/2016/7/23/saturday-july-23rd-farm-dinner

Silo Hunt Hill Farm continues its summer cooking classes on Saturday July 23 with “Thai Summer.”  Learn dishes like Fried Spring Roll with chili sweet and sour sauce, Green Papaya Salad, Grilled Pork, Wok Chicken, Beef Stir fried noodles, Fried Banana, and Thai iced tea.  It runs from 11am-2pm and costs $85 per person.  Register here: http://thesiloct.org/product/thai-summersaturday-july-23rd-11-2pm/.

On Sunday July 24, T.H.C. (The Hops Company) is holding a crawfish boil in their garden.  Guests can dig into a heaping plate of over 1lb of Louisiana crawfish provided by Clam Bakes of CT.  Admission also includes your first beer, Ice cold watermelon for dessert, entertainment from Funky Dawgs Brass Band, and plenty of lawn games.  Tickets start at $40.  https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/thc-crawfish-boil

Art and wine collide on Sunday July 24 at Infinity Bistro.  Chefs David Gilmore and Lisa Richards have prepared three courses to be paired with wines presented by Wine Expert Peter Turner.  Following the meal, chat with artist Judy Potter.  It costs $49 per person.  http://www.infinityhall.com/Events/artist-talk-and-wine-dinner-7-24-2016/