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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

READERS' CHOICE 

EXPERTS' PICKS

3 NEW DINING DESTINATIONS

 

 

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Connecticut Today

Stamford Students Develop Potentially Lifesaving Drone Device for Water Rescues

Stamford Students Develop Potentially Lifesaving Drone Device for Water Rescues

It’s called Project Ryptide, and it can instantly deliver a life preserver by drone to a distressed swimmer.

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'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

Will Nick Fradiani now make the Top 8 on 'American Idol.' Tune in April 1 to find out.

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Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

After 33 years of fighting for justice in the murder of her WestConn friend, Ellen Strauss finally feels vindicated.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

If Fresh Salt's menu is tempting, hearing chef Leslie Tripp break down the dishes takes temptation and kicks it up a notch.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List 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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New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week will take place from March 22 to 27, offering prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner at 32 of the city's restaurants.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

This weekend's five best bets include an encore performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Neil Diamond, a farm and garden expo in Trumbull and the second annual Hartford Improv Festival.

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'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

Stephen Sondheim has said that Roger Berlind is the best kind of producer.

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Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

On the first weekend of spring it may still look like winter, especially with a snowstorm forecast for Friday, but fear not—the snow and cold simply can't hang on much longer. And anyway, the "hot" stuff happening across the state this weekend will warm you up.

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Style & Shopping

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

William Helburn’s eye is unsurpassed and he was born to photograph beautiful women.

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At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, features reclaimed industrial items repurposed as unique pieces for the home.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

Highlights from the auction include the leather chair and clock from main character Nucky Thompson’s office, as well as his birthday cake, hundreds of Boardwalk signs, 1920s liquor crates and more.

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Health & Wellness

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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Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Maria Bruscino Sanchez used the celebration of the bakery’s milestone to launch the “Cakes for Kids” initiative, which will benefit patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

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“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

The collaboration between photographer Mike Marques and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter called "i am a MoSaic" aims to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The exhibit will be on view at the Old Stamford Town Hall from March 10-May 10.

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History

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

A small community of outcasts in the woods served as a beacon to others.

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New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

150 spectacular artifacts are on display in “Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum that opens March 28 and runs through January 3, 2016.

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Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate your attic treasures, family heirlooms and other vintage objects.

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The 114th Annual Juried Art Exhibition of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club

Mar 28, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

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

Show Dates: March 22 – April 12, 2015 Opening Reception: March 22, 2015, 2 – 5 pm. Awards will be presented at 3 pm. Entry Rules:  Works must be original and executed by artists from the Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York) who can hand deliver their pieces upon acceptance. Media includes...

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U.S. Coast Guard Band Chamber Concert

Mar 28, 2015

This concert features the U.S. Coast Guard Band’s two participants in its annual Conducting and Leadership Program, Musician First Class Joel Baroody and Musician First Class Robert Langslet. This performance also features guest conductor Charles Peltz, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities at the New England Conservatory

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Birds of Prey Feeding at Earthplace

Mar 28, 2015 - May 30, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

Earthplace staff will answer all your questions while our Birds of Prey get their daily meal.   All Ages.

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Spend a weekend on the Sound with Author Chris Pramuk

Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015

Join author, theologian and musician, Chris Pramuk, for a unique celebration of the centennial of Thomas Merton's birth, exploring the beloved poet, peacemaker and mystic’s transforming contemplation of Sophia, "mysterious Unity and Integrity…Wisdom…Mother of all…the Gift of my Creator’s Thought and Art within me…".

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Ephemeral, Eternal:
Meditations on Nature by Shen Dawei and Gar Waterman

Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015

New Haven sculptor Gar Waterman and Chinese brush painter Shen Dawei will show their work side-by-side at the Silk Road Art Gallery’s newest East/West exhibit, “Ephemeral, Eternal: Meditations on Nature by Shen Dawei and Gar Waterman,” opening Saturday 2/28 at 4:00 PM.  

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Mar 28, 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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Tavern Night- An Evening at the Lay House

Mar 28, 2015

Craft Beers of Connecticut featuring Two Roads Brewery & Willimantic Brewery with drinking songs by Rick Spencer Join us for a lively 19th-century evening as the historic Samuel Lay House is transformed into a seaside tavern from the War of 1812. The evening will include a craft beer tasting, food pairings of early American cuisine provided by Catering by Selene,...

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WCSU Dinner and Opera Event

Mar 28, 2015

The WCSU Alumni Association will host a Night at the Opera at 5:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The cost will include dinner and a ticket to the Department of Music production of "The Tender Land." For more information or to make a reservation, call (203) 837-8298.

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Annual Kaleidoscope Ball: Benefiting Stepping Stones Open Arms progam

Mar 28, 2015

15 Years of Playing it Forward! Mark your calendar for a spectacular evening that is sure to delight and surprise. Black Tie Optional 6:30 pm Cocktails | Hors d'oeuvres 8:00 pm Dinner by Abigail Kirsch | Dancing | Stepping Up for Children Awards | Special Guest Host Jay Michaels, WEBE 108 STEPPING UP FOR CHILDREN AWARDS A salute to the 2015 Stepping Up for Children Award honorees...

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Senior Recital - Ming Zhu

Mar 28, 2015

A senior music recital by Ming Zhu,“Tunes of Ancient China: Ming’s Guqin Senior Recital.”

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