Small Bites: Dining News & Events

Hog River Brewing, 1429 Park St., Hartford, hosts a Southern-style pig roast with b Restaurants at the brewery Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The menu features hors d’ouevres like boiled peanuts, pimento cheese canapes and deviled eggs; roasted pork with barbecue sauces; family-style sides of mac and cheese, buttermilk cole slaw, jalapeño cheddar cornbread and potato salad and banana pudding cups for dessert, with four beer pairings. Cost is $65 all inclusive. Tickets are available at the brewery, at the b Restaurants and online at locals8.com.

Guilford Mooring, 505 Whitfield St., Guilford, hosts a Fall Food and Wine on the Shoreline dinner on Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Guilford’s own Dave “The Wine Guy” Brause, the event features a five-course meal, each paired with a wine or cocktail. Courses include seared scallop risotto with Maine lobster, pumpkin bisque with goat cheese and lobster claw, short ribs over parsnip puree and apple cobbler. Cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity. A donation of $5 from each ticket sale will benefit Relay for Life of the Shoreline, American Cancer Society. Reservations are required. 203-458-2921, guilfordmooring.com.

Guilford Mooring also introduces a new Sunday brunch on Oct. 15, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dishes, priced at $9 to $28, include a lobster frittata, Mooring omelet with chorizo, Manchego and spinach; chicken and waffles, crab cake benedict and short ribs and eggs. Cocktails include red sangria, a Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas and Bellinis. A special kids’ menu is available for $5.

The inaugural G.O.A.T. Brew Fest at Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park happens Oct. 21 at the home of the Yard Goats, starting at 1 p.m. with beer tastings, live music and more. General admission tickets are $50; VIG (Very Important Goat) tickets are $75 and include admission at noon and limited-edition field credentials. yardgoatsbaseball.com.

Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, continues Oct. 21.

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.

The final upcoming tour will be held Dec. 2. Tickets are $64 apiece, except for the December tour, which is $74. Reservations are required: 203-777-8550 and 203-415-3519, stephenfries.weebly.com

The owners of Hop Knot in Middletown have opened a second location of their craft beer bar and gourmet pretzel restaurant at 1169 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington. The menu features freshly baked savory and sweet pretzels with dipping sauces; “knot dogs” wrapped in pretzel dough and sandwiches on pretzel bread, along with beer and creative cocktails. 860-276-5844, thehopknot.com.

Connecticut Restaurant Week, hosted by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, returns for its 10th year Oct. 9 to 15 with specially priced meals and discounts at more than 30 participating venues. Restaurants across the state will offer a variety of choices, which may include a three-course fixed-price menu starting at $20.17, two-for-one specials and more. Visit ctrestaurant.org for information and a list of participants. 

Blue Plate Kitchen, 345 N. Main St., West Hartford, offers a series of nightly specials. Sunday and Monday bring a $23.95 three-course menu; Tuesday is mac and cheese night with choice of mix-in for $15 (lobster is an extra $5); Wednesday is chicken and waffle night ($15); Thursday is burger and beer night with choice of cabbage slaw or corn and black bean salad and fries ($15.) Tuesday through Thursday deals also include a glass of City Steam beer or glass of Stone Cellars wine (or non-alcoholic beverage.) Wines are half-price by the bottle on Sunday and Monday and Monday is double loyalty points night. 860-906-1419, bpkwesthartford.com.

Coyote Blue, 1960 Saybrook Road, Middletown, offers its annual Oktoberfest menu for the season. Entrees include sauerbraten with potato pancakes and red cabbage, a German sausage platter, veal and pork schnitzels, rouladen and apple strudel with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Pair these with special German beers. 860-345-2403; coyoteblue.com

Arugula Bistro, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has added a new “social cocktail hour” offering Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with $3 craft beers, $5 specialty cocktails and $7 wines by the glass. A selection of mezze plates, like rosemary polenta fries with spicy lime mayonnaise, mini crab cakes with Thai coconut curry sauce and aged Grafton cheddar with finocchiono salami, are $3 to $7. 860-561-4888, arugula-bistro.com.

Hungry Tiger, 120 Charter Oak St., Manchester, re-introduces its Sunday brunch starting Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes omelets with a create-your-own option, apple walnut pancakes, Bloody Marys and other breakfast drinks, with most entrees priced at $10 or less. 860-649-1195, thehungrytiger.com.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Costa del Sol, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, offers several varieties of paella throughout October. Featured dishes include lobster paella; "midnight" paella with seafood prepared with squid ink; Valencia-style paella with rabbit, pork, chorizo and artichokes; and fideua, a thin noodle-based paella with chicken, sausage and shrimp. Paellas are $42 to $65 and serve two people; all to-go orders of paella are 20 percent off throughout the month. 860-296-1714, costadelsolrestaurant.net.

Division West Bistro & Bar is now open at 36 Lasalle Road in West Hartford, offering "simple, modern and comforting" food with American, European and Asian influences.The restaurant is a partnership between Ermal Caushi, formerly of Peppercorn's Grill in Hartford, and Jimi Brahimi, a veteran of Max Restaurant Group.

An opening menu features share plates ($7 to $14) with options like butternut squash ravioli, roasted cauliflower, pork belly, grilled octopus, charcuterie and local cheese.Entrees ($15 to $34) include "chop house" selections like filet mignon and New York strip; classic comfort plates like a burger, roast half-chicken and chicken macaroni and cheese; fresh pastas and seafood dishes, including sea scallops, fennel-dusted salmon, sesame-crusted ahi tuna and whole fish of the day.

A full bar with 60 seats offers wine, cocktails and local craft beers on tap. Division West offers just dinner service until early October, when lunch hours will be added. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. 860-955-9034, divisionwestbistro.com.

Adams Mill Restaurant and Pub, 165 Adams St., Manchester, now features a changing selection of local and craft beers, both on draft and in cans and bottles. All Connecticut beers are $2 off from 7 p.m. to closing Sunday through Wednesday. During NFL games, all 23-ounce Bud Light and Yuengling Lager beers are $5, along with a rotating draft of the day. Friday happy hour includes a complimentary carving station and hors d’oeuvres. All cocktails, beer and wine are $1 off from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 860-646-4039, theadamsmill.com.

 

Scoops & Sprinkles is now open at 2229 Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill, offering a wide variety of ice cream flavors and treats. Sorbets, sherbets, gluten-free and dairy-free flavors are also available. Items are $2.95 to $5.99, with sundaes ranging from $5.75 to $8.75. Scoops & Sprinkles is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. 860-436-3031, scoopsandsprinklesct.com.

SPoT Coffee will open in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square development in early 2018, taking the space of former retailer White House Black Market at 69 Memorial Road. This will be the first SPoT location outside of New York State. SPoT will offer micro-roasted coffee, made-to-order meals and a design to suit the local neighborhood, according to a press release. spotcoffee.com.

La Foresta, 163 Rt. 81, Killingworth, has introduced Thursday night wine pairing dinners, offering three-course menus for $39.95. The menu features a selection of appetizers like salumi and cheese, fried calamari, steak tartare and Caprese salad; main courses like tagliatelle Bolognese, veal saltimbocca, north Atlantic salmon and NY strip and desserts, including tiramisu, sorbet, gelato and creme brulee. Each menu item has a matched wine pairing. 860-663-1155, laforestarestaurant.com.

Send restaurant news at least 10 days before publication to Leeanne Griffin at lgriffin@courant.com. 

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