Nibble: CT Food Events For Week of January 9-16

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

The Stand Juice Company has tips for you to start off the new year right!  For the month of January, follow @carissa.of.the.stand on instagram for 30 days of wellness tips!  She’ll cover everything from fitness to nutrition to beauty products.

Fleisher’s Craft Butchery presents Beef Butchery 101 at their Westport location on January 10.  The two hour class will cover the four primal cuts of beef, butchery, preparation, meat quality standards, and more.  The class includes a complimentary drink and snack from the kitchen.  It costs $125 per person. 

Prime in Stamford celebrate 1 year in business with a three-course $50 price-fixed dinner – $65 with paired wines (selected by beverage director Paulo Villela), available for TWO weeks – Monday, January 9th through Sunday, January 22nd. View menu here.

Sierra Nevada beers are tasty… and also sustainable!  On January 10, The Beer Collective in New Haven invites you to a Sierra Nevada Sensory and Sustainability Seminar.  In addition to learning about what it means for a brewery to be LEED certified, you will learn to spot imperfections in beer like oxidiation.  Tickets are $35 per person.  

Bestselling author and former firefighter, Rip Esselstyn, is travelling to Whole Foods locations to share tips from his book, The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet.  On Wednesday January 11, he will visit Danbury, CT at 7pm.  Learn secrets to start the year nutritiously.  

Thursday the 12th, Whole Foods will be donating 5% of sales to Community Plates at all six locations of Whole Foods in CT. 

Common Ground is a charter high school, urban farm, and environmental education center located in New Haven, CT.  Their mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practices within a diverse community of young people, adults, and families.  On Wednesday January 11, they will present “Cooking and Nature in Winter.”  Weather permitting, participants can cook hardy winter greens and garlic “bannock” bread on an outdoor campfire. 

Rice wine kits are now available in Westport CT!  Unlike wines made from grapes, the kits generate wines made from rice, corn and other indigenous ingredients often overlooked.  In addition, the vino delivers a health kick in the form of probiotics.  Learn more at

On Thursday January 12, New Haven’s Bull & Swine invites you to A “Whistle Pig 'Boss Hog' Barbecue Throw Down!”  Sip on one ounce pours of Whistle Pig 10 Year Rye, Whistle Pig "Old World" 12 year Rye, Whistle Pig 15 Year Rye, and Whistle Pig "The Boss Hog" 2016 3rd Edition alongside a whole suckling hog.  The event lasts from 6-9pm and costs $70 per person.  

Nomeez is pleased to announce that Gift Cards are now available for purchase using paypal, on their website. 

Hop Haus in Plantsville, CT has been hosting a Chocolate Expo Beer Batter Challenge.  Friday January 13 marks the Semi-finals, where 4 breweries have been paired with 4 bakers to make the best beer battered chocolate cupcake.   Come down from 6-8pm to cast your vote.

Tea, food, and fairytales!  Alice in Wonderland comes to Olde Mistick Village on Sunday January 15 with a buffet of mini sandwiches, crumpets, scones, fruits, vegetables, desserts, treats and over 80 different types of teas. 

Napa & Company in Stamford has several weekly specials.  Every night at the bar from 4-7pm, choose select wine flights and flatbreads for $25.  On weeknights from 4-7pm, they also “trim the vines” and all glasses of wine are half off.  On Wednesday, B.Y.O.B.  That’s right, no corkage fee!

Reserve your seats now for a Penfolds Wine Dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar Fairfield on January 24.  In conjunction with Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market, Treasury Wine Estates, and Slocum & Sons, Guest Speaker and Penfolds Ambassador DLynn Proctor will lead guests through a 5-course meal.  Space is limited.  For reservations please contact Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar at 203-255-0800.  The vening includes Grange 2011.

Taco Loco has reinstated their popular NFL Playoff packages!  For $54.95, you can get a family pack of tacos, 16 wings, burritos, quesadillas, salsa, guacamole, and dips.  Call them at 203-335-8228 for your gameday needs.

This month, Stony Creek is launching their Stony Joe Golden Mocha Stout year-round.  Customers will be able to purchase the brew, previously available in their tasting room, in 6 packs.  The beer incorporates cocoa nibs and locally roasted coffee.

Miro Kitchen now offers a kids’ menu!  Learn more on their facebook page. 

The Spotted Horse Tavern in Westport has announced a “Wine & Dine Wednesday” promotion.  Diners can enjoy 50% off wine bottles under $100 and 25% off bottles over $100 all day long!