Small Bites: Dining News And Events

Donut Crazy has opened a Branford store at 972 West Main Street, open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The takeout-only restaurant offers 45 varieties of doughnuts baked daily, avocado toast, breakfast sandwiches and Dr. Smoothie products, as well as Rise Brewing Co.’s nitro coffee and chocolate milk on draft. The shop, known for its its cream-stuffed, candy-topped and sugar-glazed specialty doughnuts, also has locations in Shelton, Stratford, New Haven, and Westport, with one planned for West Hartford (993 Farmington Ave.) in the spring.

The third annual Taste of Middlesex County promotion runs Jan. 15 through Jan. 21, with fixed-price three-course meals at a variety of eateries. Menus will be priced at $20.18 and $30.18.

Participants currently include Angelico's Lake House, East Hampton; Baci Grill, Cromwell; Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown; Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar, Middletown; Fire at the Ridge Restaurant & Lodge, Middlefield; First and Last Tavern, Middletown; Gelston House, East Haddam; Griswold Inn, Essex; Grown, Middletown; Herd Restaurant, Middletown; Lan Chi's, Middletown; On The Rocks at Fox Hopyard, East Haddam; Red House, Deep River; Sheffield's Restaurant & Lounge at Radisson Hotel, Cromwell; Taino Smokehouse, Middletown; Tavern at the Armory Restaurant at the Inn at Middletown, Middletown; Tea Roses Tea Room, Cromwell; Tuscany Grill, Middletown and WAVES, East Hampton.

Price does not include beverage, tax or gratuity. Information and menus:

Terrain Garden Cafe, 561 Post Rd E., Westport, hosts a winter fireside dinner Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., with passed hors d’oeuvres and courses like honey roasted root vegetable salad, salmon en papillote with potatoes and asparagus and campfire cobbler with winter berries. Cost is $75; optional wine or whiskey pairing may be added for $30 per person. 203-226-2732,

Eat IN Connecticut hosts a Culinary Corner pub crawl Jan. 20 from noon to 5 p.m., featuring stops at five restaurants in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square.

Participating venues include Vinted, INDIA, The Cook and the Bear, Flora and Artisan Restaurant, located at the Delamar Hotel. Pub crawl guests can visit the five restaurants anytime between noon and 5 p.m. for half-priced drinks and food specials.

Guests who purchase tickets online in advance or at the door must check in at the host stand of their first stop to receive their official bracelet and Culinary Corner Map.

Pub crawlers will get a stamp on their map from each restaurant they visit during the event. Those who receive stamps from all five restaurants can enter their map into a drawing to win a prize. Ten winners will be chosen at random at 5:30 p.m. that day.

Tickets are $12 until Jan. 12, when the price rises to $15. Tickets may also be purchased at the door (cash only.) A portion of proceeds from each bracelet will benefit the End Hunger Connecticut! organization.

Saybrook Point Inn's annual Fire & Ice outdoor winter festival returns Jan. 20 from noon to 5 p.m., at the venue's Waterfront Terrace and Grand Ballroom. Winter-themed festivities and demonstrations will be happening all day, with seasonal food and beverage, ice sculptures and more. 860-339-0555.

Mohegan Sun's Restaurant Week promotions run Jan. 21 to 25 at several of its restaurants, with fixed-price menus and specials at restaurants like BALLO Italian, Hash House a Go Go, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Sushi Koya, Jasper White's Summer Shack, Michael Jordan's Steak House, Michael Jordan's 23.sportcafe and SolToro Grill. Chefs Todd English and Michele Ragussis will perform cooking demonstrations in The Shops concourse on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25, respectively.

Taste of Hartford returns Jan. 22 through Feb. 4, with multicourse menus at a variety of city restaurants priced at $20.18 and $30.18. Visit for information on participating venues and menus.

Two Roads Brewing Company, 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, hosts a beer and dessert event Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., pairing special-release tastes of its Igor’s Dream Russian imperial stout with sweets from four Connecticut bakeries. Cost is $30. Buy tickets online here. 203-335-2010,

Max Downtown, 185 Asylum St., Hartford, hosts a Michter’s whiskey dinner Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m., with courses like Walden Hill pork belly, slow-roasted ribeye and bourbon apple doughnuts. Cost is $95 plus tax and gratuity. 860-522-2530,

Butchers & Bakers, 270 Farmington Ave., Farmington, hosts an “introduction to butchery” event Jan. 27 at noon, a charcuterie-focused class with executive chef Luis Vazquez. Guests will learn techniques for preparing sausages, rillettes, pâtés, and terrines, all designed for the home cook. Tickets include demonstration and sampling of five small plates, each paired with wine and/or beer, and recipes to take home. Cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity; tickets are available at

Osa, 500 Main St., Middletown, hosts a Pappy van Winkle bourbon dinner Jan. 28 at 5 p.m., pairing select bourbons with courses like beef tartare with sunchokes, cider-glazed parsnip with coffee crema and lamb ham, roasted dry-aged beef with Stonington shrimp and whiskey soaked cherry semifreddo. Cost is $145, plus fees and gratuity. Tickets are available at the restaurant and online here. 860-358-9782,

The annual Connecticut Real Ale Festival returns to Brewport, 225 South Frontage Road, Bridgeport, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m., with one-of-a-kind cask ales from Connecticut and beyond. Tickets are $45 and includes admission with collector's glass, two 5-ounce samples and two slices of Brewport's pizza. Additional samples are $1 each. Information:

Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen, 991 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, hosts a Massaya wine dinner Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., with special guest Sami Ghosn, owner and winemaker. The menu includes select salatim, braised quail, merguez sausage, smoked lamb chops and farro pudding, paired with the Lebanese wines. Cost is $75; tickets are available on Eventbrite. 860-955-0300,

INDIA Restaurant & Bar, 54 Memorial Rd., West Hartford, hosts a five-course tasting event Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., guided by chef-owner Prasad Chirnomula. Cost is $55 and includes one complimentary beverage. Tickets are available on 860-726-4103,

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