If you thought Chartreuse — an aromatic French liquor — was more suitable for winter nights by the fire than a hot summer day in the sun, think twice. Join the crew of New Haven's own specialty cocktail bar and lounge, 116 Crown, for a four-course meal with a casual cookout feel, highlighting the subtly lighter side of this assertive sweet spirit, Thu., July 19, at 6 p.m. Featuring four Chartreuses, three cocktails, and courses including Chartreuse-cured gravlax (salmon), a "clam bake," pork tenderloin, and a white chocolate semi-freddo for dessert, this introduction to one of France's most well-known liqueurs will have you second-guessing yourself the next time you assume a spirit's "season."
July 19, 6 p.m., $49, 116 Crown, 116 Crown St., New Haven, (203) 777-3116, 116crown.com. Call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.