Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For Week of January 13-20

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Taste of Middlesex County takes place January 14-20.  Participating restaurants throughout Middlesex County will serve two fixed price three-course meal options: one for $20.19, and one for $30.19. 

Thursday January 17 marks the Greater Hartford International Pinot Noir Festival in Hartford.  Hosted by Max Downtown and sponsored by Gillette Ridge Wine and Spirits of Bloomfield, it takes place from 5:30-7:30pm.  It is $45 per person. 

On January 14, Doro Restaurant Group hosts its first ever food crawl!  Enjoy globally-inspired prix fixe menus at Treva, Zohara, and Àvert.  It starts at 6:30pm. 

West Hartford Restaurant Week continues through January 20.  More than 2 dozen restaurants are participating by offering $20, $30, or $40 dinners, and $12 lunch specials. 

On Wednesday January 16, AMG Catering presents a Gluten-Free Winter Fish Class.  Participants will work with halibut, scallops and arctic char.  It costs $98 per person and runs from 7-9pm. 

The Schoolhouse invites you to a Pinot Noir wine dinner on Wednesday, January 16. Taste 5 elegant Pinot Noirs: one sparkling, 2 from leading producers on the West Coast, and 2 gems from France.  The evening will be led by Tyler Colman, Ph. D.. who heads the wine program at their sister restaurant, Parlor Pizza. 

Counter Weight Brewing Co in Hamden hosts an Oak Haven Farm Dinner on Wednesday January 16 at 6pm.  Feast on a 4-course seated meal with beer pairings at the brewery. 

On January 17, Terrain Cafe will welcome relaxed and stylish cookbook author Colu Henry to celebrate her gorgeous new book, Back Pocket Pasta, over an amazing meal.  Guests will gather around the table with Colu, sample her ingenious flavor combinations, taste wine, and trade tips.  Reservations are required.  An $85 ticket includes the meal and a signed copy of Back Pocket Pasta.  Complimentary wine provided by Scribe Winery. Tickets can be purchased here:

Bistro on Main in Manchester is expanding its menu to include new dishes for winter.  Executive Chef Ben Dubow has added items like Bouillabaisse, braised veal cheeks and beef tongue, Arctic Char Oscar, Lobster-stuffed beignets, and a whole section of "Steak Frites."

Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week returns January 20 and continues through January 24.  Dining specials and discounts will be offered at many of the top restaurants across Mohegan Sun.  In addition, there will be live cooking demonstrations in The Shops at Mohegan Sun by Sun Wine & Food Fest chefs Jason Santos and Michele Ragussis. 

If you liked watching Chef Eric Felitto dominate on Chopped, you can now try one of his winning dishes at the Tasty Yolk.  “Martha’s Sloppy Plate” is the January special!

The Tavern at Keney Park has Taco Bar Tuesdays in January from 5-9pm.  Make your own tacos and enjoy $4 drafts, $5 house wine, and $6 margaritas.  

Bernard’s Restaurant and Sarah’s Wine Bar hosts a Wine Tasting Dinner on Sunday January 20 at 5pm.  The evening includes a 5 Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings, Music & More!  It costs $110 per person.  Call 203-438-8282 to reserve.

On Saturday January 19th at 12:00 PM, A&S Italian Fine Foods will be hosting a customer appreciation day in celebration of their 25th Anniversary. The event will take place at 2079 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield CT. This event will include food tastings, giveaways and an appearance by Senator Tony Hwang who will be presenting A&S with a business recognition award. 

New Haven based family-owned bakery Chabaso now has its own e-commerce platform that offers five gift bundles for shipping nationwide. 

All January long, enjoy $25 off a $100 purchase at Millwrights in Simsbury.

For L’escale in Greenwich, January is “Restaurant Month.”  Enjoy a 3 course prix-fixe menu that costs just $24.19 for lunch and $39.19 for dinner.  The regular menu will be available as well.

West Hartford's First Ever Brunch Bar Crawl takes place on Sunday January 20 from 11am-6pm. 

Billy Grant, Chef/Owner of Grant’s Restaurant and Bar, Restaurant Bricco in West Hartford, and Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury, is pleased to announce new changes at Grants.  Chef Billy has hired Ashley Flagg as the new Chef de Cuisine and internally promoted Jason Cass as front of house manager.  Together they are crafting a new seasonal dinner menu, adding more shareable plates, and expanding the list of burgers and cuts of steaks.