New Haven, Connecticut
Main course: One of the finest cheese shops in the world, Caseus Fromagerie Bistro, imports soft, hard, washed-rind, and blue cheeses from Neal's Yard Dairy in London. It also stocks fresh caciocavallo and creamy fior di latte mozzarella made locally by Calabro, supplier to many makers of what is perhaps New Haven's most famous culinary export: that famous thin, chewy-crust pizza. Get a slice (or two) at Frank Pepe Pizza.
Quick bites: Nibble a piece of Lithuanian Coffee Cake at kosher-organic-vegetarian Claire's Corner Copia, a hangout of Jodie Foster and other A-list Yale graduates; place an order for a whole cake to take home.
Farther afield: Pick your own grapes, taste wine, or take a class at Jones Family Farms, on 400 acres in Shelton.
Restaurant Week: Spring 2012. Visit the Connecticut Restaurant Week site for more information.