EXPLORING YOUR TASTE BUDS: It was around this time in 1492 that Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and tonight we celebrate with dinner in West Hartford! Grants Restaurant and Bar is hosting a Columbus Day dinner. The meal includes a five-course tasting menu with food from some of the area's best chefs, including chef Noel Jones of PolytechnicON20 and chef Jeff Mattia from CraftSteak at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. It's $85 per person. Call 860-236-1930. Starts at 6:30 p.m.
TAPPING INTO FOOTBALL: It's a big week for Monday Night Football with the Fighting Mark Sanchez's (aka the Jets) battling the Wildcats of the Wildcat (the Dolphins). Why not get your buddies together and head to the Wood-N-Tap to watch the big game. For less than 30 bucks, you can get their Tailgate-N-Package, which includes a pitcher of beer, wings, burgers, nachos and pretzels. And if the second half kickoff is returned for a touchdown, well then your tab is on them!
JAMMIN': Ron Burgundy can have his flute. We're looking forward to some jazz trombone tonight. The Steve Davis Quintet, featuring world-renowned trombonist Steve Davis (wonder how he joined that group!) The group is playing Black-eyed Sally's in Hartford as part of the HJS Jazz Jam, with a jam session following their set. Show is at 8 p.m.