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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

READERS' CHOICE 

EXPERTS' PICKS

3 NEW DINING DESTINATIONS

 

 

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Connecticut Today

February Was Coldest Month Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

February Was Coldest Month Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

This may not be a record-setting snowfall season, but it is for freezing temperatures. If the current pattern continues, this February could break the record and be the coldest winter month in Connecticut history.

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Hartford’s Double-A Baseball Team Could Get a Craft Beer-Inspired Name

Hartford’s Double-A Baseball Team Could Get a Craft Beer-Inspired Name

The New Britain Rock Cats are running a “Name the Team” contest that will help decide the team’s new moniker and one fan is lobbying for a name that pays homage to Connecticut’s brewing industry.

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More Earthquakes in Plainfield; 14 & Counting, 70+ With Micro Quakes

More Earthquakes in Plainfield; 14 & Counting, 70+ With Micro Quakes

Information gathered from four portable seismographs set up in Plainfield during January’s earthquake swarm reveals more earthquakes then previously recorded and gives insight into the source of the disturbances.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Delicious BBQ, Ultra-Thin Pizza, & More Taste of Stamford Highlights

Delicious BBQ, Ultra-Thin Pizza, & More Taste of Stamford Highlights

Foodies got a chance to bite into some of Stamford’s best culinary offerings at the 22nd annual Taste of Stamford, held Feb. 26 at the Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa.

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Top Connecticut Chefs Plan Amazing Dishes for Savor Fine Wine & Food Celebration

Top Connecticut Chefs Plan Amazing Dishes for Savor Fine Wine & Food Celebration

Connecticut's top chefs will be bringing delicious dishes to Savor, A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, at the Connecticut Convention Center in April.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Up for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Up for James Beard Award

Three Connecticut chefs, Tyler Anderson at Millwright's, Joel Viehland at Community Table, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, are nominated for a James Beard Foundation best chef award.

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Arts & Entertainment

5 Best Things to Do: Chowder Competition, Chili Festival & Irish Music

5 Best Things to Do: Chowder Competition, Chili Festival & Irish Music

The five best things to do this weekend include two great food festivals, an Irish music festival and shopping options.

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Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Turns Lens on Native American 'Tribal Justice'

Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Turns Lens on Native American 'Tribal Justice'

Award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace is turning a lens on a “different kind of justice” in her latest project. The documentary in progress, whose working title is “Tribal Justice,” explores collaboration involving state courts and Native American tradition in pursuit of a more positive outcome.

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'Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney' Makes Stamford 'A Land Apart'

'Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney' Makes Stamford 'A Land Apart'

Best known for The New York Times bestselling fantasy series Dinotopia—a utopian island where humans and dinosaurs coexist—artist and author James Gurney created a fantastical world rendered in realistic detail for readers. He published the first novel, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from...

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Style & Shopping

Hazel & Harmony's Hashtag Bracelets Go to Hollywood in Oscars Swag Bags

Hazel & Harmony's Hashtag Bracelets Go to Hollywood in Oscars Swag Bags

Bracelets by the Connecticut jewelry brand Hazel & Harmony will be included in the gift bags and the celebrity gift suite at this year's Oscars ceremony.

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The Brothers Crisp Making Stylish Artisan Shoes for Men in Hartford

The Brothers Crisp Making Stylish Artisan Shoes for Men in Hartford

In March 2013, a young man named Joshua Westbrook revived the shoemaker’s art—once a mainstay in New England—by launching a footwear company called The Brothers Crisp in a loft space in a former tire factory on Park Street in the Parkville section of Hartford.

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Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls  Via Madison

Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls Via Madison

There’s a new girl on the Shoreline, and her name is Roxy Grace.

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Health & Wellness

Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware

Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware

Lisa Saunders never heard of congenital cytomegalovirus—a lot of people haven’t—and for pregnant women that lack of knowledge can be dangerous and sometimes tragic.

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Night of Wine and Fun Supports Brain Tumor Alliance in Connecticut

Night of Wine and Fun Supports Brain Tumor Alliance in Connecticut

The 3rd Annual Wines of March event on March 14 supports the CT Brain Tumor Alliance, which helps people currently fighting the disease.

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Governor Malloy and Tenet End Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal--Again

Governor Malloy and Tenet End Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal--Again

The Texas-based hospital chain has not resubmitted its Connecticut applications but company representatives are talking with the governor’s office, which is the first step, say proponents of the Tenet hospital mergers.

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History

CT Historical Society Is Looking for 50 Objects to Define Connecticut

CT Historical Society Is Looking for 50 Objects to Define Connecticut

From books and art to Mark Twain's bicycle and a mummified hand, the Connecticut Historical Society is accepting suggestions to help tell the story of our state.

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New Book Looks at Man Who Launched Nuclear Navy From Connecticut

New Book Looks at Man Who Launched Nuclear Navy From Connecticut

In the 1950s the U.S.S. Nautilus nuclear submarine was launched from Connecticut waters and changed the face of modern warfare thanks to Hyman G. Rickover.

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The CT Files: The Legend of the Winsted Wildman

The CT Files: The Legend of the Winsted Wildman

Was Connecticut's unofficial Bigfoot legend a man or the mythic beast? No one knew for sure but that didn’t stop it from becoming a sensation.

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Connecticut Magazine

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Mar 2, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate of Henri Bendel. With a working farm, handicapped accessible woodland trails, observatory, interactive art gallery and planetarium, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the ideal spot for your next company outing, off-site meeting or private...

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Gallery Opening - 100@100 Exhibition

Mar 2, 2015 - Mar 5, 2015

The WCSU Department of Art will host a gallery opening for the "100@100 Exhibition" in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at which time attendees can preview 100 works of art by 100 artists, to be sold for $100 each at the...

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WCSU Theatre Production: "You Can't Take It With You"

Mar 2, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015

Feb. 25 - Mar. 8 THEATRE PRODUCTION - "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU": The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "You Can't Take It With You" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 & 26; 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 & 28...

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

Mar 2, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking dependable, friendly volunteer ushers for its upcoming 2014-15 Season. Responsibilities include taking tickets, greeting patrons and escorting them to their seats, selling concessions, and cleaning before and after the show. There is a dress code. Ushers are usually needed once per month or per performance, or as often as they desire. To...

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Mar 2, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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71st Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition

Mar 2, 2015 - Mar 20, 2015

On view February 8 through March 20, 2015 Opening Reception: Sunday, February 8, 1:00-3:00 pm This show features the original work of resident artists of Connecticut, including painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture.

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EXHIBITION: NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

Mar 2, 2015 - May 31, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over...

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EXHIBITION: New Media: Catherine Ross: Laugh Track

Mar 2, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

New Media artist Catherine Ross frames instances on video that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. In Laugh Track (2013), she recontectualizes film clips of both men and women laughing. The result is a mini overture in which laughter...

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Reverberation

Mar 2, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

WORLD PREMIERE from Matthew, Lopez, the author of The Whipping Man and Somewhere. After a personal tragedy, Jonathan has withdrawn from the world, with little social life beyond the men he meets online. When charming, flighty Claire moves into the apartment upstairs, she tries to coax him out of his shell. They forge a tenuous connection, but the past reverberates into the...

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EXHIBITION: Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm

Mar 2, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

This winter, the New Britain Museum of American Art proudly showcases the Hamm’s labor of love in the exhibition, Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. Ninety-three of the Hamm’s American coastal collection will be on view, including works by noted artists Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), William Braford (1823–1892), William...

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