100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2018, According to OpenTable Diners #OpenTable100

Spring has sprung! For weary patrons eager to get back on the scene following a long winter, we’re pleased to release our list of 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2018. Whether searching for an upbeat locale for drinks with the girls, show-stopping views for an anniversary celebration or lively ambience for a birthday surprise, the top 100 list delivers on delicious fare with flair — the perfect backdrop for a fun night out. With 18 restaurants on the list, California claimed the highest number of restaurants for a night on the town, with Florida in hot pursuit with 17. Fifty cities, from coast to coast, are also featured. New York and Las Vegas appear more than any other destination on the list; though trailing closely behind is Chicago with seven restaurants, including Girl & the Goat, Vandal (pictured above), RPM Italian, and STK Las Vegas […]

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Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out 2018, According to OpenTable Diners #OpenTable100

It’s been a long winter. Now that spring is here, Canadians are preparing to pack away the winter boots and step back into the nightlife. To guide them to the latest buzzing spots for a night out, we’re pleased to announce the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada for a Big Night Out 2018. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 550,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,500 restaurants in Canada. With restaurants from 19 cities across nine provinces, the list has options for Canadians from coast to coast. Ontario is the province with the highest number of restaurants for a Big Night Out included (42). Of those establishments, 30 are located in Toronto, which is the most-featured city on the list. Quebec has the second-highest number of restaurants with 23 establishments, followed by Alberta with 16, British Columbia with eight, and Manitoba and Nova Scotia each […]

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Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of March 24 – April 1


On Monday, March 26, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana will kick off its "Good Neighbor Day" program.  Each restaurant will donate 10% of all lunch and dinner sales made on March 26 to a deserving community partner. 

Fairfield Cheese Company presents “Goat-a-Palooza” on Thursday March 29 from 7-9pm.  $50 includes a tasting of different kinds of goat cheeses as well as wine pairings. Watertown Gridiron's 1st Annual Wing Competition will go down on Monday March 26!  7 local restaurants will compete to see who makes the best wings.  Come by between 5pm and 9pm, taste some wings, and vote for your favorite.  Tickets are $13 per person and children 5 and under are free. 

On Tuesday March 27, Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey will be at the Trumbull Library to discuss her seventeen year long journey into beekeeping and honey.  Guests will have the opportunity to taste Red Bee honey, purchase her books, and hear from her.  The event is free, but register online to guarantee seating. 

Flavors of Connecticut is an annual culinary gala that spotlights 35 of our states hottest chefs and restaurants. This year, it will take place on Tuesday March 27 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.  Edward Allen of Foxwoods Resort Casino will be the honorary chef alongside a line-up of local talent. 

Rowayton Wine and Rowayton Seafood are teaming up for a Justin Vineyards wine dinner on Wednesday March 28 at 6:30pm.  The evening includes 5 courses for $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  For reservations, call (203) 866-4488.

Division West Bistro& Bar in Hartford will hold a Back East Beer Dinner on Wednesday March 28.  The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30pm and continue with a sit down six course dinner at 7pm.  It costs $55 per person. 

MIX Creative Kitchen hosts wellness expert Robyn Youkilis on Monday March 26 from 6-7pm.  Learn all the details about Robyn's new book, Thin From Within, and purchase a copy to have signed at the event.  The event is free, but please register online in advance. 

On Thursday March 29, attend a Yonkers Craft Beer Pairing Dinner at the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan.  Tickets are $70, plus tax and tip, and the event starts at 7pm.

Visit Go Fish in Mystic every Thursday for 1/2 priced featured sushi rolls.

Max Oyster Bar in West Hartford invites you to a Winemaker Dinner with Chad Melville of Melville Estate Vineyards on Thursday March 29.  Chef Hunter Morton has created a 5 course meal for $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Call 860-236-6299 to reserve. 

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes in Watertown will have “Cupcakes & Cocktails” on Thursday March 29 from 7-8:30pm.  The 21+ crowd can learn how to make Carrot Cake and Lemon Cupcakes while sipping on Vodka Lemonade as the signature drink.  Each person gets the drink recipe and 4 cupcakes to take home.  $30 per person. 

Learn how to make the most of the “Spring Bounty” at Chop Shop Cooking on Friday March 30.  The menu includes Asparagus Salad with Soft Boiled Egg, Serrano Ham, and Tarragon Parmesan Dressing; Sauteed Mushroom Toast; Spice Crusted Heirloom Carrots with Harissa Yogurt; Seared Scallops with Shaved Fennel, Grapefruit, and Microgreens; and Tagliatelle w/ Rock Shrimp, Chile and Le. 

Congratulations to Mohegan Sun!  U.S. News & World Report recently named it the best resort in Connecticut. The Connecticut property is also ranked #2 for hotels in the state, and #12 globally, in Best Preferred Lifestyle Collection Hotels.

Now at Olea, enjoy a “tastes of the season” 3 course prix fixe menu for $36.  The deal is available Monday through Friday and from 5 to 6 pm on Saturday.  Add a wine pairing for $19!

On Sunday, enjoy ½ off tequilas at Geronimo in Fairfield.

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Beyond the Pancake: Canada Restaurants Celebrating Maple Season

Warmer temps aren’t the only reason to celebrate the start of spring: it’s the season Canada starts harvesting its most ubiquitous export. While the epoch of maple season lasts only about six weeks when freezing night temperatures thaw trees under the sun’s glow and make the sap flow, this sweet treat has melded its way onto menus giving Canada flavors all its own. Check out these Canada restaurants celebrating maple season in delicious ways. The Guild, Calgary What could be better than a hearty brisket to carry one through a serious Canadian chill? The Guild gives it a sweet twist with a maple glaze, served alongside braised black barley, Prairie corn, locally sourced Saskatoon berries, and pickled leeks. Make a reservation at The Guild. Shift, Saskatoon Food is art at Shift, the restaurant inside the new Remai Modern museum, where Quebec-born executive chef Jonathan Harris puts a contemporary spin on dishes […]

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50+ Restaurants for Easter in CT: 2018 Edition


Even though snow’s been in the forecast, spring is actually on its way and Easter is right around the corner!  Connecticut restaurants are celebrating the occasion with prix fixe menus, traditional dishes, brunches, buffets, and more.  Click here to see all of the egg-cellent options… and don’t forget to reserve ASAP so some-bunny doesn’t beat you to it!

  1. Hub and Spoke, Bridgeport: On Wednesday March 28, get into the Easter spirit at Hub & Spoke in Bridgeport. The Easter bunny will make an appearance for dinner at 4pm.
  2. Homestead Inn, Greenwich: Dine on a 3 course Easter prix fixe menu at The Homestead in for $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
  3. Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook: They will serve an Easter Brunch from 10am to 4pm.
  4. Harbor Lights, Norwalk: Harbor Lights in Norwalk will have a three course prix fixe Easter Dinner for $49 per person, plus tax, gratuity, and drinks.
  5. Anthony’s Ocean View, New Haven: At Anthony's Ocean View, enjoy Easter brunch with seatings at 10:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 1:30pm or come for supper at 3:30pm or 4pm. Choose from a meal in the dining room or reserve a private family suite.
  6. Madison Beach Hotel, Madison: The Wharf at The Madison Beach Hotel will serve Easter brunch from 10:30am-3:30pm. They'll have salads, breads and pastries, omelet and carving stations, entrees, house made desserts, and more. It is $54 per adult, $20 for children 6-12, and free for kids under 6.
  7. Bill Miller’s Castle, Branford: On Sunday April 1, Bill Miller's Castle in Branford invites you to an Easter buffet with seatings at 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, and 2:30pm. It costs $40 per person plus tax and reservations can be made by calling 203-488-4583.
  8. Amarante’s Sea Cliff, New Haven: Amarante's Sea Cliff will have 3 seatings for Easter Brunch: 11am and 2:30pm in the Grand Ballroom as well as 1pm in The Inn. The brunch is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.
  9. Infinity Bistro, Norfolk: Infinity Bistro in Norfolk will have an Easter Brunch Buffet with items like pastries, eggs, glazed ham, scalloped sweet potatoes, berry trifle, and more.
  10. Essex Steam Train, Essex: All aboard for Easter lunch on the Essex Steam Train! Enjoy rolls, salad, Glazed Ham or Beef Medallions and dessert. It is $55 for adults, $25 for ages 4-11, and free for kids under 4. Boarding at Essex Station: 10:45 am Lunch Excursion: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  11. The Griswold Inn, Essex: The Griswold Inn in Essex will have an Easter buffet from 10am-2pm and again from 2-6pm. It costs $36 for adults and $18.95 for children under 12.
  12. Long Ridge Tavern, Stamford: Visit Long Ridge Tavern in Stamford for an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with seatings from 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. It costs $44 for adults and $18 for children.
  13. Norwich Inn, Norwich: The Norwich Spa's signature Easter Sunday Buffet will take place from 11am-3pm on April 1. There will be selections from the bakery, a raw bar, an omelet station, soup, prime rib, hot entrees, and dessert. They'll even have a special kids buffet with items like chicken fingers, french fries, macaroni and cheese bites, and more. $49.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 5-12, and is free for those under 5.
  14. Bistro Versailles, Greenwich: Bistro Versailles, located on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, will be offering their regular Sunday Brunch a la carte menu from 8am-4pm and their dinner a la carte menu from 5-10pm on Easter Sunday. In addition, the restaurant will be offering holiday special dishes, including the Easter Lamb Burger, Easter Prosciutto Benedict, and the "Complete Croissant."
  15. St. Clement’s Castle & Marina, Portland: Saint Clement's Castle in Portland presents Easter brunch on Sunday April 1 at 11am or 1:30pm. The meal includes an omelet station, hot entree station, carving station, pasta station, and a bunny cupcake display. Adults are $39.50 while kids ages 4-12 are $16.95.
  16. Match, Norwalk: Chef Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk has created a special Easter brunch menu with signature dishes, like "Storch's Famous Onion and Eggs" as well as new plates for the holiday. The menu is a la carte.
  17. Match Burger Lobster, Westport: Match Burger Lobster recently debuted brunch, and Easter Sunday's brunch will not disappoint. Brioche Pudding French Toast, Lobster Eggs, Avocado Toast, and more... it's all on the menu!
  18. Herbaceous Catering, Bridgeport: If you'd like to enjoy Easter at your home but without the hassle of cooking, Herbaceous Catering in Bridgeport has a special Easter menu. Place an order for small bites, entrees, sides, desserts, and more by March 26. 
  19. L’escale, Greenwich: L'escale in Greenwich will serve an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet Menu from 11am-4pm. It costs $75 per person or $25 per child under 12.
  20. Bernard’s, Ridgefield: On April 1, Bernard's will have Easter Brunch 11-12:30pm. The Prix Fix is $55 for adults and $35 for kids. Or, join them for dinner between 1:30 and 6:30pm. That Prix Fix menu is $90 for adults and $50 for kids.
  21. Shell & Bones, New Haven: Shell & Bones in New Haven has come up with Easter dishes that will be offered all day in addition to the regular menu. They include items like Duck Confit, Veal Short Ribs, Braised Pork Shank, Whole Branzino, and more. less
  22. Riverview Bistro, Stratford: Riverview Bistro presents an Easter Sunday Buffet on Sunday April 1 from 11am-5pm. In addition to classics like eggs benedict, french toast, ham, and prime rib, enjoy fun twists like a MIMOSA FOUNTAIN! It is $32.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. 
  23. IRONS at Hilton Mystic, Mystic: IRONS at Hilton Mystic presents an Easter brunch from 11am-3pm. The meal includes an omelet station, breakfast classics, a carving station, a raw bar, desserts, and more. Adults are $45, kids 5-11 are $20, and tots under 5 are free.
  24. Outriggers, Stratford: Outriggers in Stratford will have a special Easter menu on Sunday April 1. Enjoy traditional Easter dishes like Glazed Ham and Roasted Duck, or opt for Outriggers's signature seafood like Salmon Pesto and Crabmeat Chilean Sea Bass.
  25. David Burke Prime, Foxwoods: David Burke Prime, located in Foxwoods Casino, will have specials for both Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner.
  26. Aspen Restaurant, Old Saybrook: Chef Thomas Prue at Aspen Restaurant in Old Saybrook will prepare an a la carte Easter menu with brunch selections, entrees, small plates, soup, salad, and more.
  27. Artisan, Southport: Artisan in Southport will take reservations for Sunday April 1 between 11:30am and 7pm. Their 3 course prix fixe Easter menu is $59 per person.
  28. Millwright’s, Simsbury: Millwright's 3 course prix fixe Eastern meal includes dishes like foie gras, spring lamb, and chocolate ice box cake. It is $59 for adults and $29 for children under 12.
  29. Spinning Wheel, Redding: Make a reservation at The Spinning Wheel in Redding for an Easter Brunch Buffet. Adults are $42.95 while 5-10 year olds are $24.95. Join them from 10am-4pm.
  30. BALLO Italian Restaurant, Mohegan Sun: On Easter Sunday, BALLO Italian Restaurant will feature a special meal guests can indulge in for $55 per person. The meal features a grilled lamb chop with English pea risotto, morels, and pea shoots.
  31. Cafe on the Green, Danbury: Cafe on the Green in Danbury is offering a 5 course prix fixe Easter menu for $60 per person.
  32. Long Ridge Tavern, Stamford: Make a reservation for Easter brunch at Long Ridge Tavern in Stamford. Feast on their buffet from 11am-1pm and again at 3pm. The regular a la carte menu will be available from 5-7:30pm.
  33. Capital Grille, Hartford, Stamford: At the Capital Grille, adults and kids can enjoy a three course prix fixe Easter brunch for $49 and $15, respectively. The 21+ crowd can add on bottomless mimosas or peach bellinis for $14.
  34. Avert, West Hartford: Book your Easter Sunday reservation at Avert in Hartford from 10am-3pm. They'll have a breakfast buffet as well as family-style options for the table.
  35. Washington Prime, Norwalk:  Washington Prime's 4th Annual Grand Easter Brunch Buffet will have 3 seatings: 11AM, 12:30PM, and 2:15PM. Join them for prime rib, roasted leg of lamb, eggs benedict, belgium waffles, bacon/sausage, an omelette station, a raw bar, a smoked salmon station, sushi, and more! $49.95 per person also includes the first bloody mary, mimosa, or moscow mule. Kids are $24.95. less
  36. Cafe Louise, Newington: They will have an Easter brunch buffet with seatings at 10am and 12:30pm.
  37. Sign of the Whale, Stamford: They are giving kids and families the chance to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday March 31 from 9:30-11:30am.
  38. Palmer’s Market, Darien: Place an order at Palmer's Market in Darien for Easter-inspired cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Their Gourmet-to-Go menu also has catering options for the holiday.
  39. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, West Hartford: Fleming's Steakhouse in West Hartford will serve a 3 course Easter Brunch menu for $49 per person. The brunch will be offered from 10am-3pm with the regular menu available all day.
  40. Tavern at Keney Park, Windsor: On April 1, visit The Tavern at Keney Park for an Easter Brunch Buffet from 10am-2pm. The 21+ crowd can also enjoy $4 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Black & Tans.
  41. At the Barn, Granby: At The Barn in Granby is serving Easter brunch from 10:30am-3:30pm and Easter Dinner from 3:30-9pm. They'll have a kids' menu as well.
  42. The Copper Beach Inn, Ivoryton: The Copper Beech Inn will be serving a premier 4-course dinner on Easter Sunday from 12-5pm. or reservations, call 860-767-0330.
  43. J. Gilbert’s, Glastonbury: At J. Gilbert's in Hartford, they will prepare a three-course Easter meal with classic dishes.
  44. Bee & Thistle, Old Lyme: In Old Lyme, The Bee & Thistle Inn will serve a 4 course prix fixe Easter meal from 11:30am-3:30pm. For reservations, call 860.434.1667.
  45. Harbour House @ Inn at Mystic:  Harbour House in Mystic's Easter Buffet will be served from 11am-6pm. The extensive offerings include a carving station, omelet station, kid's corner, and more.
  46. Roger Sherman Inn, New Canaan: At Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan, celebrate Easter with a 3 course prix fixe menu for $85 per person.
  47. Bar Sugo, Norwalk: Bar Sugo will be open for Easter brunch and dinner. Patrons can enjoy bottomless Bloody Mary's and Mimosas and 1/2 priced bottles of wine all day. Easter specials will be offered alongside the regular menu. 
  48. Cask Republic, Stamford, Norwalk, New Haven: Cask Republic Stamford's Easter Brunch Buffet is $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Meanwhile, the Norwalk and New Haven locations will have special a la carte menus.
  49. Gingerman, Greenwich: They will have an Easter Sunday Brunch with an a la carte menu.
  50. Silver City Ballroom, Meriden: Silver City Ballroom in Meriden invites you to a two hour all you can eat Easter brunch complete with music and dancing. They'll even have Easter Egg hunts for adults and kids alike. If you just want to dance, skip the buffet for just $10 per person.
  51. Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, Mohegan Sun: Michael Jordan’s Steak House will be running a special meal on April 1 for $55. Dine on a petite filet with Chimichurri butter, lobster out of the shell with tomato beurre blanc, and saffron rice pilaf.
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Chef Brian Lewis’ OKO Japanese Restaurant Opening Soon!!


Exciting news from Chef Brian Lewis and his entire team. Chef Lewis' new Japanese concept OKO will be opening soon

From Lewis: “I have been really inspired by Japanese cooking techniques, culture and ingredients for a very long time, studying and layering Japanese influences into my cooking for many years, but it was the introduction of the Okonomiyaki at The Cottage that was my real ‘a-ha’” moment in defining the direction for my next restaurant.

Introducing the Okonomiyaki, a savory, Japanese pancake filled with seasonally-inspired ingredients, was a whimsical addition to our menu - Japanese street food with some rarefied touches. Our guests absolutely loved this dish and it quickly became a Cottage favorite, which will likely stay on the menu as a Cottage Classic.

Ordering the Okonomiyaki had proven to be a bit of a tongue-twister for our guests and our staff, and anyone calling or responding to the ticket would add their own personal ‘flair’ to the word, so we finally gave the dish a nickname which really just stuck, calling it “oko,” which we used often and with affection, if not a chuckle.  To pay homage to the spark behind this entire concept, I’m excited to share with you that the new restaurant is named OKO. 

Truth be told, once my four-year-old twin boys – Jude and Jax were asked how they felt about the name OKO, they screamed it all day long….it was a natural fit!

Since making the announcement last summer, my team and I have been busy focusing on this new concept. I truly feel that OKO is a heartfelt vision and interpretation of the ingredients, cooking methods, cuisine and culture of all things Japanese, paired with both amazing local ingredients from Connecticut and throughout the United States.  I’m excited to share this vision with you when we open in a few weeks!”

OKO will be opening soon in a treasured Westport landmark, The Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse, at 6 Wilton Road.  Please see attached for the image of the official sign being installed on the building this afternoon.

Stay tuned for updates at www.okotable.com, and via the restaurant’s new social media pages, which are now live:

Facebook:  OKO Westport

Instagram:  OKOWestport

Twitter:  OKO_Westport

I’ll be in touch soon with the opening date, menus, etc.  Thank you in advance and have a great weekend!

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No Bracket Required: Top Restaurants for the College Basketball Championships

Hoops fans live for March and the three-week-long tournament among the best college basketball teams — think the excitement of Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and Mardi Gras all in one. These hoops-and-hops spots are slam-dunks for celebrating a W with a pint — or to commiserate a bracket bust with a pitcher. Let the tipoffs begin at one of these top restaurants for the college basketball championships! Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill, Somerville, Massachusetts Massive walls of 90 HD-TVs and a four-sided Jumbotron in an 11,000-square-foot space, hoops fans huddle here for the tournament. A roster of forty beers on tap and a scratch kitchen that delivers American comfort food like chicken wings and tenders (buffalo or honey barbecue), Parmesan truffle fries, lobster macaroni and cheese, and Tony’s signature #25 burger (Vermont cheddar, crispy pork belly, fried egg, and smokey hoisin sauce on a sesame brioche bun). Half-priced apps […]

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Stew Leonard’s Chocolate Bunny Milk is BACK March 20th


Yup...It's back for Easter. A half-gallon glass jug of Stew’s Chocolate Bunny Milk will be available for $5.99 starting on March 20, 2018 at all six Stew Leonard’s locations.  Stew Leonard’s signature farm fresh milk is mixed with creamy milk chocolate to create a sweet, irresistible chocolate milk that tastes just like a classic chocolate Easter bunny.  Stew Leonard’s milk is delivered fresh to our stores from award-winning dairy farms in upstate NY and is free from artificial growth hormones (rBST) and antibiotics.  The milk will only be available for a limited time. 

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Glass Menagerie: 5 Wild Cocktails Served In Animal-Shaped Glasses

Penguins and bunnies and bears, oh my! Bartenders are offering up cocktails in a zoo-worthy array of animal-shaped glasses. These five sips will let you get in touch with your wild side this #ThirstyThursday. Smokey the Bear at Arbella, Chicago, Illinois Only you can prevent forest fires, which won’t be an issue if you’re sitting in Chicago drinking this cocktail. Made with habanero-infused mezcal, aperitivo, lemon, and yellow chartreuse, it’s got a slow burn. To give it a hazy head, the bear-y bevvie gets a hit of hickory smoke. Make a reservation at Arbella. Copper Bunny at Compère Lapin, New Orleans, Louisiana Wanna get hopped up? Try this cottontail cocktail made with Absolut Elyx, pineapple-jalapeño tequila, fresh ginger and lime, and a Champagne float. Bugs Bunny would surely approve. Make a reservation at Compère Lapin. Teasy Bear at Pubbelly Sushi, Miami, Florida You’ll definitely want to Instagram this un-bear-ably cute cocktail. It tastes as […]

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Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of March 18-25


Woodbury Restaurant Week is here!  It takes place from March 19-25 and includes Al’s Best Pizza, Carlito’s of Woodbury, Carole Peck’s Good News Café, The Charcoal Chef, Constantine’s, The Curtis House Inn, John’s Café, Market Place of Woodbury, The Olive Tree, Papa’s Main Street Deli, San Remo, The Split Rail, The Woodbury Brewing Company, and The Woodbury Diner.  .

Stew Leonard’s Norwalk store is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza starting at 4 pm on Monday, March 19. Children under 9 will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect eggs from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. 

South Avenue Butcher in New Canaan continues their Butchery Classes on Tuesday March 20.  Mike The Butcher will teach you everything you need to know about the animal, as well a knife skills, techniques, and recipes. 

The Westport Library is thrilled to announce FLEX: experiences - a five-day series of innovative programs designed to showcase the future flexibility and innovation coming to the new Westport Library.  The events begin on Wednesday, March 21 with a celebrity lunch fundraiser hosted by local bestselling author Jane Green and emceed by James Beard Award winner Elissa Altman. The keynote of the lunch will be Sam Kass, former Obama White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition.  On Thursday March 22nd, come to the Library for a food lovers’ Q&A with gourmet guru Ruth Reichl, the former editor of Gourmet Magazine. 

Bobby Q’s Cue & Co in Norwalk has all new weekly specials.  Mondays are Burger night, Tuesday night is family night, Wednesday is all about trivia, and Thursdays are for the ladies.

Chop Shop Cooking continues its spring cooking classes with an evening dedicated to “Party Bites” on Thursday night from 7-9pm.  The menu features Shrimp Dumplings with Peanut Sauce, Crabcakes with Rosy Fruit Salsa, Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with Feta Pesto, Lobster Quesadillas with Mango Salsa, BBQ Chicken Wontons with Bleu Cheese Dip , and Cucumber Cups with Feta, Roasted Peppers & Olives. 

Half Full Brewery and CT Bites are teaming up for a series called "Beers & Bites," which pairs limited release beers from Half Full Brewery with totally off-menu food items from some of Fairfield County's best chefs and food truck operators. Each event will include 1 brick and mortar chef, 1 food truck chef, and a limited-release beer from the Half Full Brewery with the Brewers onsite to introduce each pairing. A $50 tickets includes 4 beers, all food, and a commemorative glass.  One will take place on Wednesday March 21. 

Peter and Nick Troilo of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines in Darien are saying farewell… but also introducing you to the store’s new owner, David M. Wagner.  Visit them on Friday March 23 at 5pm for a tasting of rose and select libations and to say both hello and goodbye.

GoodWorks Entertainment in Fairfield, CT invites you to a Whiskey Social on Saturday March 24 at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company.  In addition to highlighting whiskey, there will also be meat, cheese, cigars, and dessert.  Participating vendors and restaurants include Ordinary, Custom Meats, The Owl Shop, Garelick & Herbs, and Shearwater Coffee Bar.  It takes place from 3-6pm and tickets can be purchased at

On Sunday March 25, participate in a Mead Making class with Nordic Moon Meadery at Red Bee Apiary. 

Le Penguin now serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays… complete with a build your own bloody mary bar!

Le Fat Poodle invites those 21 and over to a “La Boum” Sunday Brunch Party on March 25 from 11:30am-3:30pm.  The event will feature a special a la carte brunch menu as well as a DJ with a percussionist.  Reservations are required.

Millwrights is pleased to host an evening with Chef Adrienne and Chef Chris from Top Chef on Sunday March 25.  All profits will be donated to The Sarcoma Foundation of America, in the name of fellow chef-testant Fatima Ali.  The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and lead to a five course dinner featuring the chefs twists on seasonal soul food.  It costs $115 per person, which includes tax, tip, wine, and gratuity. 

Counter Weight Brewing Company in Hamden will have a Dogs and Brews event from 12-5pm.  Bully Breed Rescue out of New Canaan will be there as well as Grateful Pawz, Love The Dog, BYOB and Pitties and Kitties.  Bull and Swine BBQ to nourish you will be there to provide food. 

Bloodroot in Bridgeport has announced that they’ll share one of their recipes online every month.  March is all about their Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.  http://www.bloodroot.com/recipes/

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