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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.

BEST PIZZA IN CONNECTICUT

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Connecticut Today

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

In early May, Russell Barton and his business partners plan to resubmit an application to the Historic District Commission for multi-use redevelopment of the historic former Litchfield Jail, built in 1812 to house prisoners from the War of 1812, and, when it was operating, the only jail in the U.S. to share a common wall with a bank.

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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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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Dew Drop Inn

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Dew Drop Inn

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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Beer’d Brewing Co. Finalist in Competition that Could Pay for Canning Line

Beer’d Brewing Co. Finalist in Competition that Could Pay for Canning Line

One of the most celebrated breweries in Connecticut was recently awarded $10,000 and could start canning beer by the end of the year.

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New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

Craft Beer Cellar, which opened in Feburary, is a shrine to all things craft beer and home to roughly 476 brews from 167 breweries across 69 different styles.

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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

David McCullough Discusses History, New Wright Brothers Book

David McCullough Discusses History, New Wright Brothers Book

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is coming to The Connecticut Forum on May 9.

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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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Welcome to the Jungle: Horticulture and Hi-jinks in the Clemens Conservatory

May 6, 2015

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT, Curator Patricia Philippon will give a talk entitled, Welcome to the Jungle: Horticulture and Hi-jinks in the Clemens Conservatory. Fashionable, upper class Victorian homes often included a conservatory or a small green house. The home of Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain, had...

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David Burdeny: Wanderlust. Photography Exhibition

May 6, 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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Sze Tsung Leong: Horizons

May 6, 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/NOW: Karl Lund

May 6, 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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New Exhibit: Ballots for Both! The Fight for Equal Voting Rights

May 6, 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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“Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl”

May 6, 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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Thesis Art Exhibition

May 6, 2015 - May 23, 2015

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

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair....

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“A Body in Fukushima”

May 6, 2015 - May 24, 2015

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

“A Body in Fukushima” is a haunting series of color photographs and videos presented in a groundbreaking exhibition across all three of Wesleyan’s galleries. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011...

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

May 6, 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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Mid-Day Music

May 6, 2015

The May 6 Mid-Day Music program features Tyler John Hendrickson, Piano. The concert starts at 12:05 p.m. and lasts approximately one-half hour. The recital is free but donations are gladly accepted. A light lunch follows for a $5 donation. Tyler Hendrickson began as a Suzuki piano student at age six. He has trained with some of the best teachers in the country and brings an...

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