Pizza maker John Carragher slices a "Hot Lips" pie at Sauced, an eatery located adjacent to the Kinsmen Brewing Co., 409 Canal St., Southington, Tues., Jan. 7, 2020. The "Hot Lips" artisanal pizza is made with red sauce, mozzarella, soppressata, red pepper flakes and a drizzle of honey. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal

Getting Sauced in Southington, Winter wine trail in Wallingford, Dietician in your supermarket

Getting Sauced in Southington, Winter wine trail in Wallingford, Dietician in your supermarket

Getting Sauced in Southington, Winter wine trail in Wallingford, Dietician in your supermarket

Hello everyone, 

Welcome back to a new installment of the Record-Journal’s weekly Food & Drink newsletter, bringing you everything you need to know about the local food scene, curated by reporter Bailey Wright, who highly recommends the crab rangoons at Thai Tanic in Meriden.

Sauced in more than one way

If you’re a fan of craft beers, you’ve probably heard of Kinsmen Brewing Co. in Southington. Maybe you’ve visited and noticed the kitchen in the back? Sauced is a venture that partners directly with the brewery to bring pizza and other “bar foods” to customers in-house. The concept of food and drinks in one place isn’t exactly a new idea — but a dedicated kitchen is a bit different than what other craft breweries in New England have been doing. 

‘The most fun I’ve ever had at a bar’

That was a real quote from a repeat customer at the new GameCraft Arcade and Bar in Southington that opened last week. It’s not too surprising that a bar with over 30 video games — which combine some serious nostalgia with fun — would get this type of response, especially when you throw in hyper-local craft beers. Even the cocktails are video-game inspired

Wine in winter 

Fourteen wineries across the state are participating in this year’s Winter Wine Trail passport program, which started Saturday. Two are close by in Wallingford and say that winter is a beautiful time to visit with friends and family. If you visit all 14 by April 11, you could win some major prizes. 

A dietitian available right where you buy food​​​​​​

Feeling a little overwhelmed by eating healthier? Not sure where to start? Marisa McCoy, a dietitian with ShopRite, is available to customers as a resource to help find food products to add to your diet and reach goals like losing weight or managing diabetes. 

ICYMI

I stopped by Amore Apizza in Wallingford to finally get a taste of their Buffaque Pizza — a double-decker with buffalo chicken for a base and barbeque chicken toppings topping it off. Biggest surprise: how much it weighed!

Food in your Future

Stay tuned for an update on how Thai Tanic in Meriden is doing since opening last February. Also, what’s in store at the brand new COji Kitchen in Southington, and how much science goes into making beer at Kinsmen Brewing. 

That’s all for now. Check out an updated RJ Food & Drink next week. In the meantime, you can email me at bwright@record-journal with any Food & Drink story ideas. You can also join our new Food & Drink Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/RJFoodDrink/

Share your family recipes with us via email or Facebook group for a chance to be featured on our website and social media too, like this Meriden resident’s raspberry bars were. We’d love to make the recipes you’ve grown to love!