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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

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro-North is facing a record fine of $250,000 in punitive damages for retaliating against an injured worker, who secretly recorded a supervisor threatening him if he reported the accident.

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 Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

A new criminal case once again puts Connecticut and the state’s connection to national military secrets at the center of a possible instance of international espionage.

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Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

The Ebola epidemic is spreading mostly among people who are closely associated with one another in “social clusters,” according to a new Yale University study.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

Basta Trattoria on Chapel Street in New Haven, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 2004, offers delicious food that’s “authentic Italian with a modern twist.” It's also the sister restaurant of the legendary Claire's Corner Copia next door, which began its 40th year this past September. At the helm of both is the incomparable Claire Criscuolo.

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‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

A delicious, iconic diner in Connecticut's semi-official antiques 'capital', Woodbury, has moved—almost literally across the street. Dottie's Diner, which has long been a beloved breakfast and lunch haven for folks in Litchfield County, and gained renowned when owner...

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Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

You might have seen the public service TV commercial emphasizing the nation’s support for members of the military in which celebrities like Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker say “I've got your 6.” In the military, numbers used in a certain context indicate...

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Arts & Entertainment

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

A small group of gaily dressed long-time Saybrook “residents” have returned to Hartford, where they are once again fulfilling their traditional seasonal responsibilities.

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5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of Connecticut events this weekend that will help you be of good cheer.

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See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

The Women’s Club of Woodbury will host its 20th Annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring five homes that are festively decorated for the holidays.

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Style & Shopping

Holiday Open House at Boutique Jeweler With NW Connecticut Client Base

Holiday Open House at Boutique Jeweler With NW Connecticut Client Base

McTeigue & McClelland, the luxury boutique jeweler, is holding its annual holiday open house from 1 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 13.

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Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Gentlemen, this is your golden opportunity to acquire a glistening holiday gift of unparalleled beauty and integrity for you loved one—at a bargain price.

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New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

When it comes to wonderful holiday events in Litchfield County, one of the best is the annual Winter Stroll in New Preston, a village of Washington, Conn.

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Health & Wellness

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Sierra Preveza, 7, is in the running to be named the Sprout Chief Kindness Officer for her work helping cancer patients. Voting in the Kindest Kid Contest closes tomorrow, December 3.

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Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

A Branford family that successfully campaigned to require newborn screening for a rare but potentially fatal disease in Connecticut is hoping to repeat its success on the national level.

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Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Growing up, Jonah Feldman needed to be fed every three hours to survive. Today, his condition has inspired a nutrition product with the potential to revolutionize fitness drinks.

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History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour explains the history of the holiday season in Connecticut.

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New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

A new exhibit at the New Haven Museum honors Deane Keller, a Yale professor who helped preserve Italy’s cultural heritage.

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Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley has written a book entitled “The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut”.

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Art=Gift

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

Art = Gift  Hand-made holiday art & specialty crafts, created & priced with giving in mind. Opening Reception Saturday November 22nd from 7 tp 10pm Our annual holiday show is back featuring dozens of regional artists who created special pieces with gift-giving in mind. Works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season, so that individuals can present a...

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White Truffle from Alba tasting dinner

Dec 18, 2014

White truffle from Alba tasting dinner  December 18th, 2014 @ 7pm $180 per person Live music, all courses are paired with wine Poached quail eggs served on a bed of soft polenta  accented with Parmigiano Reggiano paired with Amarone  Homemade tagliolini pasta, butter & Parmigiano Reggiano paired with Brunello Baked Mediterranean sea bass (branzino) with lemon,...

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Handel's Messiah: The Joy of the Season

Dec 18, 2014

G.F. HANDEL                        Messiah                        William BOUGHTON, conductor CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR     Celebrate the season with an uplifting performance of Handel’s masterpiece Messiah, featuring the soaring voices of the Christ Church Choir.

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Wizards of Winter

Dec 18, 2014

Featuring original members of TSO performing The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Greatest Hits and many others, plus music from their own album. This 11 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December’s past! Celebrate the holiday season with Wizards of...

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Jazz Jam Session hosted by NB5 @ 9th Note EVERY THURSDAY!

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 29, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday.

*** The 9th Note Presents *** Every Thursday Night! NO COVER! NB5 Hosts an Open Jam Session The BEST Jazz Jam in Southern CT! ALL instrumentalists/vocalists welcome!!!! Mic, guitar/bass amps, grand piano, and drums provided. Come hang and sit-in at New Haven's best Jazz venue, The 9th Note! *No cover. Just great music, fantastic food, and cool cocktails.* House band includes:...

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dec 18, 2014

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party! 109 Cheese & Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Complimentary wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and art reception with works by French Artist Moogly, courtesy of Watershed Gallery, in the lobby at 7:15pm Please join Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs in the lobby for a pop-up holiday shopping boutique before the...

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“The Thinking Man’s Hillbilly” Bill Wayne Davis Takes the Stage at Comix at Foxwoods

Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014

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

Comix at Foxwoods will play host to the “thinking man’s hillbilly” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” semi-finalist, Billy Wayne Davis for a three-night, four-performance stand-up event, which kicks off Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. Since getting his start in stand-up in his hometown of Nashville, TN, Billy Wayne Davis, has been taking the comedy world by...

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The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 19, 2015

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

An Interactive Wonderland!   Dressed for the holidays, the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many kinds of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris Wheels!  The interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and...

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

Dec 18, 2014 - 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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NEW/NOW: Titus Kaphar The Vesper Project

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

Opening Reception Nov 1., 2014 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  ‘The Vesper Project’ is a massive sculptural statement— an encompassing installation, in which Titus Kaphar’s own work is seamlessly woven into the walls of a 19th-century American house. It is the culmination of an intense five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family, a 19th-century...

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