James Grace, the owner of Greenhouse Grill, will be among the local restaurateurs participating in the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce's "Spring Fling" in April.

The event will take place April 7, from 6 to 10 p.m., in the Burr Homestead on the Old Post Road.

Grace learned to cook by helping his parents in their catering business. "Cutting onions, that was the kids' job," he said. When Grace was 16, his father got him a job washing dishes, and gradually his duties expanded to include making breakfast foods and salads.

After graduating from Western Connecticut State College with a degree in marketing, he applied to the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. However, enrollment was at capacity and he was advised to get more practical experience. He continued working in the field, first at the Danbury Hilton and then to the Sheraton Russell in New York.

Grace regularly searches for items from area providers to incorporate into his menus at Greenhouse Grill, which opened last year on Unquowa Place.

His menu for the event will include braised pork belly sandwiches with southern slaw, cheddar pull-apart rolls, house-cured smoked salmon wrapped deviled eggs, melon gazpacho and mini pistachio cheesecakes.

To reserve tickets, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 203-255-1011.