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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

Southbury Chef Competes on ABC’s ‘The Taste’, 3rd Episode Airs Tonight

Southbury Chef Competes on ABC’s ‘The Taste’, 3rd Episode Airs Tonight

Southbury chef Benjamin Burke competes in ABC's cooking competition 'The Taste,' which airs it's third episode tonight, Thursday, December 18 at 8 p.m.

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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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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
 Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

More breweries are coming to Connecticut in 2015, some are slated to open in the next few weeks and months.

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15 Great New Year's Eve Dining Experiences in Connecticut to Ring in 2015

15 Great New Year's Eve Dining Experiences in Connecticut to Ring in 2015

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 in style in Connecticut with great dining and fun.

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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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Arts & Entertainment

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

Our weekly roundup of best things to do in Connecticut, including the return of The Gambler, 'A Christmas Carol' and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

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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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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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All Paintings Great and Small

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

Considered the "kick-off to the holiday season in Old Lyme", The Cooley Gallery's holiday exhibition is in its 28th year and boasts over 250 historic and contemporary little paintings by artists from around New England and the United States. Opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 20th, 5-8 p.m. November 20th, 2014 -  January 10th, 2015. Visitors are welcome and encouraged...

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Small Works: Artful Treasures Art Exhibition & Sale

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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

This 6th Annual Holiday show & sale will run from November 1st - January 4th, 2015. There will be a "Meet the Artists" on Saturday, November 1st from 4-7PM. During this exhibition, Celebrations offers a collection of "Small Works" original artwork from 26 artists, all less than 200 square inches and priced under $200.  

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Story & Animal Program at Earthplace

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 19, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Thursday and Friday.

Join us for a story and animal encounter with one of our Animal Hall residents. Children age 5 and under.  Free for members, price of admission for non-members.

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Animal Feeding at Earthplace

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 19, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Thursday and Friday.

  Earthplace staff will answer your questions while our Animal Hall residents get their daily meal.  All Ages

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Know Your Connecticut Farmer: Photographs by Jack McConnell

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

A photographic journey featuring Connecticut farms and farmers by Jack McConnell. Jack McConnell invites visitors to become more aware of the need to protect Connecticut farmland and support working farmers. Jack McConnel will give an artists talk on December 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm. Music by Collins and Bradley. Food by Wind Hill Community Farm. Sponsored by Highland Park Families Foundation....

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Holiday Gift Show

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Visit Mystic Arts Center during our Holiday Gift Show and view original works of fine art and handmade artisan wares by local and regional artists. Support local artists and artisans and give something special to your loved ones this holiday. The Holiday Gift Show includes items such as: hand carved wooden spoons, bowls and cheese boards, jewelry, upcycled mirrors, chalkboards and frames,...

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"Black, White & Red All Over" Art Exhibition

Dec 19, 2014 - Feb 14, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 7 day(s).

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present its upcoming group exhibition entitled Black, White & Red All Over to be held December 5th, 2014 through February 14, 2015.  The show will consist of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by Paul Bloch, Caio Fonseca, Madeleine Keesing, Raymond Saá, and Donald Sultan.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception to...

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Kent Holly-Days

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015

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

A month-long series of events to celebrate the holiday season.  Includes a Champagne Stroll (Nov. 28 & 29), St. Andrews Christmas Tree sale (Nov. 30 on), a Gingerbread Festival (Dec. 5 – Jan. 5), the Tree Lighting (Dec. 6), Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Dec. 7), Pictures with Santa (Dec. 7), Stuff-a-Truck and a Parade of Lights (Dec. 13).

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

September 1 – 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...

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4th Friday Square Fair

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Friday.

The Square Fair will be a great opportunity to visit Storrs Center, have dinner with friends, and browse booths by talented local artists and makers. The Square Fair will be held in Dog Lane in front of One Dog Lane.  The Square Fair will be held on the fourth Friday of each month from May through September.  The Square Fair will be open from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and will be...

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