Wild Game, Beer & Wine. Who’s in?

Oh goodness. Lately, my inbox has been crowded with some all too appealing options for specialty prix fixe dinners at local restaurants. I’m highlighting the top three. Here’s whats on the radar for next week.

Sunday, November 13th:

6 Course Game and Beer Dinner at The Half Door.

I’ve already bought my ticket for this one. Sometimes a gal just needs to sit down and unwind with a brew and plateful of grilled emu, ya know?

I’m so amped for this outrageously carnivorous meal. It’s $75 which includes tax and gratuity.  Here’s the menu:

Course #1:
Venison Pastrami Wrapped Rabbit Loin with Wine Braised Endive, Caraway Pancake and Whole Grain Mustard Jus. Paired with Nøgne Ø IPA.

Course #2:
Consommé of Quail. Paired with Het Alternatief’s Bitter Truth.

Course #3:
Grilled Emu with a Salad of Rocket, Red Onion, Sharp Cheddar and Charred Shallot Vinaigrette. Paired with ‘t Gaverhopke Extra.

Who me?

Course #4:
Wild Boar Saltimbocca with Sherry Pan Sauce, Butternut Squash Polenta and English Peas. Paired with Boon Oude Geuze.

Course #5:
Sika Venison Loin Stuffed with Herbed Wild Mushrooms and Maytag Bleu Cheese with Rosemary Scented Venison Demi Glace and Poached Red Potatoes. Paired with Rodenbach Vintage ’07 Oak Aged.

Course #6:
Burnt Sugar Crusted Rum Raisin Scone, Sage Infused Whipped Crème, Salted Pumpkin Apple Caramel. Paired with Dupont Cidre Reserve.

Monday, November 14th

If wild game isn’t your thang, class it up at Burton’s Grill‘s Fall Harvest Chef’s Dinner with Cassidy Hill Vineyard (Coventry) for a night of showcasing 4 courses of fall flavors and local artisan wines.  I love Burton’s AND Cassidy Hill so this oughta be a meal to look forward to.

$65/person (not including tax/gratuity)
Reservations Required, Call for reservations at: 860.432.4575

Course #1: Fall Greens, Great Hill Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Pickled Onions, Pink Grapefruit & Walnut-Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Course #2: Pumpkin Ravioli, Brown Butter Sage Hollandaise Sauce, Bordeaux-Cherry Balsamic Drizzle, Fried Sage.

Course #3: Pan-Seared House-cured Center Cut Pork Chops, Calvados Cream Reduction, Apple Pecan Farro Pilaf, Pan-Roasted Broccoli Rabe.

Course #4: Gingerbread Crème Brule, Candied Ginger, fresh Whipped Cream.


If you’re a bit further away from the Hartford area, and happen to be closer to, say Woodbury, Carmen Anthony Fishhouse is hosting their last wine dinner of the year on Monday the 14th at 6pm, featuring the wines of Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Here’s a peek at their offerings:

Course #1: Lobster Ravioli: Homemade ravioli with fresh picked lobster and topped with delicious Newburgh sauce

Paired with: Duckhorn Decoy Chardonnay

Course #2: Hearts of Palm Salad: Marinated hearts of palm wrapped in prosciutto and served over baby spinach.

Tossed with a honey and roasted pepper balsamic vinaigrette.

Paired with: Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Course #3: Pine Nut-Encrusted Escolar: Grilled escolar topped with a roasted tomato and shallot compote.

Paired with: Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet

Finale: German Chocolate Trifle

Rich German chocolate cake layered with creamy caramel and toasted coconut.

Paired with: Noval Black Port

Call 203-266-0011 to make your reservation.

$75/person plus tax & gratuity

Check the websites for more details. Make reservations and eat up, kids!

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