Quality remains Pasta Vita’s secret ingredient

Pasta Vita's arugula salad (Marisa Nadolny/Special to The Day)

The eatery’s partnership with the Mohegan Holding Company paved the way for new stores at Mohegan Sun and in the towns of Wethersfield and Avon.

The Sun Wine & Food Fest returns to Mohegan Sun Jan. 24-26

The 17th annual Sun Wine & Food Fest, presented by MSC Cruises, will run Jan. 24-26 at Mohegan Sun. The event includes: Bourbon Tasting presented by Beam Suntory, Inc., 6-9 p.m. Jan. 24; tickets $90 Cigar and Wine Pairing presented by 19 Crimes, 10-11 p.m. Jan.

St. Sophia in New London hosts Greek food festival

Workers prepare fasolakia, Greek-style green beans, for the Greek Food Festival at the St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church in New London in 2012. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

It offers everything from moussaka to tiropeta to gyros to baklava.

You CAN try this at home: Cookbook serves up TV, movie foods

This image released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shows a strudel recipe, inspired by the film

A new cookbook gathers recipes based on foods that appear or get mentioned in movies or on TV shows

The annual Salem Apple Festival returns on Saturday

Ted Grey of Colchester peels and cores apples for pies last week at the Christian Community Center to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the Congregational Church of Salem Apple Festival. Dana Jensen/The Day

This festival will be the, ahem, apple of your eye. Every autumn, the Congregational Church of Salem holds a food fest focusing on apple dishes — dishes that are multitudinous and delicious. When this year’s event kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Salem Green,...

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Look out! Snake in a tree!

An enormous black snake, which by quick calculation measured at least 6 feet long, slowly slithered through the leaves, paused to raise its head, flicked its tongue and peered in my direction.

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Niall Horan — May 1 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $79, $99

Rascal Flatts — March 7 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $95-$155

Tracy Morgan — April 17 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $76

Tartan Terrors — March 12 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $35

Snoop Dogg — Jan. 17 at The Dome at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale now; $59.75

Tig Notaro — May 16 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $35-$40