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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.

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READERS' CHOICE 

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Connecticut Today

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

Dishing out food metaphors and barbecue, New Haven announced an inaugural New Haven Food Truck Festival Wednesday at a press conference on the steps of city hall.

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Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, reached out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

If you’re tired of all the traffic in Connecticut and the potholes and bumps that dot the roadways and wreak havoc on our tires, there is some good news: the governor and the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) feel your pain.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

May is National Burger Month, and May 28 is National Burger Day. We confess we're not entirely sure about the how or why with regard to those designations, but since Connecticut loves (and has lots of) great burgers, we decided to showcase some of our favorites In the spirit of burger month.

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Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Joel Viehland, one of three Connecticut chefs nominated this spring for a James Beard Foundation regional best chef award, announced on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that May 10 would be his last day at the acclaimed restaurant Community Table in Washington, Conn. My last day at Community...

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Craft Beer Festival Season Heats Up With Big May Events in Connecticut

Craft Beer Festival Season Heats Up With Big May Events in Connecticut

May will see a variety of big outdoor festivals touchdown in Connecticut that will have beer lovers licking their lips in anticipation.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

There is lots going on this weekend in Connecticut, from a celebrity performance to an awesome community theater production, a beer fest, a swing music concert and a collection of outdoor family events.

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Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

The popular Little Pond trail at White Memorial in Litchfield is not the most intriguing trail—or the most mysterious. That's the one with the canal and the ruins of industrial age piers leading to Bantam Lake.

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Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Blossom festivals in Meriden and New Haven, carload weekend at Quassy Amusement Park and an Iron Chef cooking competition in New Haven are just three great options this weekend.

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Style & Shopping

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Historical fashions act as inspiration for new looks in the Connecticut Historical Society's upcoming event, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9 in Hartford.

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New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

We love Évocateur, the Connecticut-based jewelry brand whose fanciful cuffs (and everything else) are pure, beautiful artistry in motion. This is what we said in opening a September 2013 story: Katie Couric, Vogue Paris and InStyle magazine are among the internationally-branded...

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The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

U.S. senators, as well as national analysts, hospital leaders and patient advocates who met Monday at Goodwin College to address the 2013 jump in surgical and medication errors at Connecticut hospitals.

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Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Independence Day Clothing is a line of fashionable, comfortable, reversible clothing designed by one Madison mom to give her son, and all others with disabilities, the independence to dress themselves.

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History

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Is it a stretch to declare that this exhibit about Connecticut’s past and heritage will be exciting? We don’t think so. And it's certain to provoke some response; after all, if you could sum up the state through just 50 objects, what would they be? Ella Grasso’s gavel...

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Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

From 1933 to 1942 Camp Hadley was one of the 23 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Connecticut. And, the Madison Land Conservation Trust is working to preserve this site that otherwise could be lost forever.

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Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

In the 1970s, two Connecticut college students got an unexpected Cuban education.

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NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

May 3, 2015 - May 31, 2015

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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Sze Tsung Leong: Horizons

May 3, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015

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

KMR Arts: Gallery in Washington Depot, Connecticut, Showcases Established and Emerging Photographers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Sze Tsung Leong: Horizons” Opens with a reception Saturday May, 2, 2015. Aril 11, 2015-- Photography dealer Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly announce the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Sze Tsung Leong entitled...

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New Exhibit: Ballots for Both! The Fight for Equal Voting Rights

May 3, 2015 - Aug 21, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield Historical Society will be presenting a new temporary exhibition examining the topic. Opening April 18th at the Litchfield History Museum, Ballots for Both! The Fight for Equal Voting Rights will explore the...

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David Burdeny: Wanderlust. Photography Exhibition

May 3, 2015 - May 30, 2015

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

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at HGFA and will feature photography from his “Saudade” series.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artist to be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 4-6pm....

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Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Fest

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Downtown Ridgefield will be filled with savory aromas, authentic barbecue, live blues & Southern rock music, and the sights & sounds of real "pit bosses" at the Second Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival!  Join us at the two-day festival organized and benefitting local charities.  Family fun for all - dozens of food vendors, carnival rides &...

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“Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl”

May 3, 2015 - May 24, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center. The exhibition “Personal Recollections” will highlight this fascinating gift, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from members of the Magnum Photos...

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Grove St Cemetery Historical Tours

May 3, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

One Hour Historical Walking Tours of famous persons

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Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880

May 3, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A new exhibit entitled, Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880 will open on April 8, 2015 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. This Gilded Age Conservatory, with its ribbed half glass dome and Minton tiles, is a great example of early domestic conservatory architecture in the United States. Accessed directly from the...

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First Sunday Open House

May 3, 2015

May 3, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Join us on the first Sunday of every month, from 12 to 4pm, for Hill-Stead Museum’s First Sunday Open House. Tour the collection at your own pace—linger in front of your favorite painting, examine the stairway prints in detail, or take in the many decorative arts objects that are not focused on during our regular guided tours. Museum Guides are always...

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Thread City Hop Fest

May 3, 2015

The Thread City Hop Fest is a craft beer tasting, good food eating event slated for Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Willimantic, CT. From great food, to great beer and live music (with a lot of fun things in-between) this is fast becoming a signature event in the City of Festivals.  Thread City Hop Fest Craft Beer Tasting from 12-4pm.  Attendees will enjoy samples from over 30 breweries from...

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