Small Bites: Dining News And Events

Woody’s Hot Dogs closed its Hartford restaurant this winter after 41 years, but the dogs aren’t gone forever. Owners Gary and Cindy Wood are now accepting catering jobs for special events like graduation and birthday parties, weddings and more. Call 860-233-4637 for information.

@ The Barn, 17 E Granby Road, Granby, hosts a Corralejo tequila dinner April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Courses include pumpkin seed-encrusted scallops, pork sugarcane skewers with plantain chorizo hash and bunuelos (Mexican doughnuts with chocolate ganache) paired with Corralejo tequilas and tequila cocktails. Cost is $80 plus tax and gratuity. 860-413-3888,

Trattoria Toscana, 706 Hartford Road, Manchester, hosts a Los Tres Amigos wine dinner April 26 at 6 p.m. Courses include cuisine from Chile, Spain and Argentina, like beef empanadas, ceviche, slow-roasted whole pig, paella, picadas and churros. Cost is $75, all inclusive. Reservations: 860-783-5888,

Story and Soil Coffee, 387 Capitol Ave., Hartford, hosts “A Morning in Valencia,” a pop-up fundraiser for the End Hunger Connecticut! organization, on April 28 starting at 8 a.m. The event features coffee, food trucks and traditional Spanish small bites by Xavier Santiago of Manchester’s Trattoria Toscana. 860-540-3987,

The Thread City Hop Fest beer festival returns to Willimantic's Jillson Square April 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring craft beer tastings from more than 45 breweries, live music and fare from local food trucks and vendors. $35 in advance or $50 at the gate. This event is sold out, but designated driver tickets are still available at the door.

Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, begins its season April 28.

The four-hour tours, led by food columnist and hospitality professor Stephen Fries, include stops at eight or nine different restaurants and eateries in the Elm City. Tours depart at 10:45 a.m. from the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, where guests will receive a goody bag of Connecticut food products.

Other upcoming tours will be held on June 9, July 21, Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Dec. 1. Tickets are $64 apiece, except for the December holiday tour, which is $75. Reservations are required: 203-415-3519,

Grano Arso, 6 Main St., Chester, hosts a pop-up dinner April 30 at 5 p.m., with small and large plates featuring Vietnamese cuisine and Asian-inspired cocktails. 860-322-3143,

Max’s Oyster Bar, 964 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, hosts a Veuve Clicquot dinner with winemaker Pierre Casenave May 2 at 6 p.m., with six courses paired with six Veuve champagnes. Cost is $99 plus tax and gratuity. 860-236-6299,

Hartford Flavor Company, 30 Arbor St., Hartford, hosts “Say Cheese” May 3 at 6 p.m., a cheese education course and cocktail pairing organized by the Hartford Cheese Club. Guests will taste flights of small-batch artisan cheeses paired with Wild Moon Liqueurs cocktails. Cost is $40; tickets are available online on Eventbrite.

Trumbull Kitchen, 150 Trumbull St., Hartford, hosts a third night of its Patrón tequila dinner May 3 at 6:30 p.m. (the April 26 and 27 dinners are sold out.) Courses include ahi tuna ceviche, taco al pastor, duck three ways, Campeche-roasted striped bass and cuatro leches cake, paired with Patrón cocktails. Cost is $69 plus tax and gratuity. 860-493-7412,

Caputo Trattoria, a new Italian restaurant by Craveable Hospitality Group, officially opens at Foxwoods Resort Casino May 5. The restaurant “takes culinary cues from the country’s diverse areas using classic cooking techniques mixed with fresh interpretations of Mediterranean style,” according to a press release, with comfort-food Italian staples, pastas and seafood dishes. The restaurant is open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Information:

The Rising Pint Brewfest returns to East Hartford's Rentschler Field May 12 at 1 p.m, featuring tastings of craft beer from dozens of breweries, eats from local restaurants and food trucks and live music.

Restaurants and food vendors include Bear's Smokehouse, Caseus Cheese Truck, NoRA Cupcake Company, Plan B Burger Bar and Toasted.

Proceeds from the event will go to Our Companions Animal Rescue, Folds of Honor Foundation and Foodshare.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 the day of the 21-plus event, and include free parking, admission and commemorative tasting cup. Food is extra. $20 designated driver tickets available at the box office on the day of the event. Information and tickets:

Farmington Gardens (999 Farmington Ave.) hosts the second annual Taste of Farmington event May 17 at 5:30 p.m., featuring fine food, wine, beer and cocktail samples from more than 35 local restaurants, breweries, bakeries and other vendors.

Participants include Cure, Farmington Gardens, Max A Mia, 4 Eat & Drink, BrewSport, Greenhouse Cafe & Tavern, Taprock Beer Bar & Refuge, The Firehouse Smoker, The North House, Butchers & Bakers, Crown and Hammer Restaurant & Pub, Wood-n-Tap, Market Place Kitchen + Bar, Cakegypsy,Sweet Equations, Sub Edge Farm, Jillybean's Farmstand, Giv Coffee, Stony Creek Beer, Black Hog Brewing Co., Back East Brewing Company, Firefly Hollow Brewing, New England Brewing Co., Kinsmen Brewing Co., Alvarium Beer Company, Brewery Legitimus and Brass Works Brewing Company.

Profits will benefit Gifts of Love CT and Healing Meals Community Project. Cost is $50. Tickets:

Two Roads Brewing Company, 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, hosts its annual Gathering of the Bines beer festival May 19 with two sessions (noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.) The event features tastings of beer from more than 45 breweries and a hub of local food trucks. $35 for general admission and $15 for designated drivers. 203-335-2010,

DORO Restaurant Group has announced its 2018 farm dinner schedule at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. The events begin June 21, featuring the cuisine of Zohara, followed by a Bastille Day party hosted by Avert Brasserie July 14; an Artisanal Burger Company dinner Aug. 2, a Treva dinner Sept. 7, a farm festival Sept. 8 and an Avert Brasserie dinner Oct. 4. Information:

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