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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 

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Connecticut Today

Yale Officer Who Pulled Gun on Times Columnist Charles Blow's Son Cleared

Yale Officer Who Pulled Gun on Times Columnist Charles Blow's Son Cleared

The Yale Police Department has found that the officer who drew his firearm as he stopped a student fitting the description of a burglary suspect was in compliance with its policies.

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February Was Coldest Month Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

February Was Coldest Month Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

This may not be a record-setting snowfall season, but it is for freezing temperatures. If the current pattern continues, this February could break the record and be the coldest winter month in Connecticut history.

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Hartford’s Double-A Baseball Team Could Get a Craft Beer-Inspired Name

Hartford’s Double-A Baseball Team Could Get a Craft Beer-Inspired Name

The New Britain Rock Cats are running a “Name the Team” contest that will help decide the team’s new moniker and one fan is lobbying for a name that pays homage to Connecticut’s brewing industry.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Sixpence Pie Company Competes in ‘Restaurant Startup’ on CNBC Tuesday

Sixpence Pie Company Competes in ‘Restaurant Startup’ on CNBC Tuesday

Sixpence Pie Company, honored for best pie in Best of Connecticut, will compete in "Restaurant Startup" on CNBC Tuesday at 10 p.m.

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Three Top Chefs in Connecticut Will Deliciously Battle in Ridgefield

Three Top Chefs in Connecticut Will Deliciously Battle in Ridgefield

This event, to be hosted by our friends Amy Kundrat (who's on our most recent list of 40 Under 40 overachievers) and Stephanie Webster of CTbites, is one of the most mouthwatering culinary battles we've heard about. In a Battle of the Chefs at Founders Hall in Ridegefield on...

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Delicious BBQ, Ultra-Thin Pizza, & More Taste of Stamford Highlights

Delicious BBQ, Ultra-Thin Pizza, & More Taste of Stamford Highlights

Foodies got a chance to bite into some of Stamford’s best culinary offerings at the 22nd annual Taste of Stamford, held Feb. 26 at the Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa.

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Arts & Entertainment

Maple Syrup & Sugaring Festivals Across the State Signal Spring is Near

Maple Syrup & Sugaring Festivals Across the State Signal Spring is Near

It may not feel like Spring is coming any time soon, but these maple syrup festivals promise that it's on its way.

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5 Best Things to Do: Chowder Competition, Chili Festival & Irish Music

5 Best Things to Do: Chowder Competition, Chili Festival & Irish Music

The five best things to do this weekend include two great food festivals, an Irish music festival and shopping options.

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Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Turns Lens on Native American 'Tribal Justice'

Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Turns Lens on Native American 'Tribal Justice'

Award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace is turning a lens on a “different kind of justice” in her latest project. The documentary in progress, whose working title is “Tribal Justice,” explores collaboration involving state courts and Native American tradition in pursuit of a more positive outcome.

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Style & Shopping

'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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Ricky Da'Vista's Fashion Show Will Show Connecticut Has Style, and Fight Breast Cancer

Ricky Da'Vista's Fashion Show Will Show Connecticut Has Style, and Fight Breast Cancer

Ricky Da'Vista's Trendy Walk Fashion Show Gala is Sunday, March 8, at Aria in Prospect.

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Hazel & Harmony's Hashtag Bracelets Go to Hollywood in Oscars Swag Bags

Hazel & Harmony's Hashtag Bracelets Go to Hollywood in Oscars Swag Bags

Bracelets by the Connecticut jewelry brand Hazel & Harmony will be included in the gift bags and the celebrity gift suite at this year's Oscars ceremony.

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Health & Wellness

Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research on Road to Boston Marathon

Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research on Road to Boston Marathon

Runner Jessica Fine Sowalsky is raising funds for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on her way to the Boston Marathon in April.

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Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware

Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware

Lisa Saunders never heard of congenital cytomegalovirus—a lot of people haven’t—and for pregnant women that lack of knowledge can be dangerous and sometimes tragic.

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Night of Wine and Fun Supports Brain Tumor Alliance in Connecticut

Night of Wine and Fun Supports Brain Tumor Alliance in Connecticut

The 3rd Annual Wines of March event on March 14 supports the CT Brain Tumor Alliance, which helps people currently fighting the disease.

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History

CT Historical Society Is Looking for 50 Objects to Define Connecticut

CT Historical Society Is Looking for 50 Objects to Define Connecticut

From books and art to Mark Twain's bicycle and a mummified hand, the Connecticut Historical Society is accepting suggestions to help tell the story of our state.

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New Book Looks at Man Who Launched Nuclear Navy From Connecticut

New Book Looks at Man Who Launched Nuclear Navy From Connecticut

In the 1950s the U.S.S. Nautilus nuclear submarine was launched from Connecticut waters and changed the face of modern warfare thanks to Hyman G. Rickover.

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The CT Files: The Legend of the Winsted Wildman

The CT Files: The Legend of the Winsted Wildman

Was Connecticut's unofficial Bigfoot legend a man or the mythic beast? No one knew for sure but that didn’t stop it from becoming a sensation.

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Connecticut Magazine

Gallery Opening - 100@100 Exhibition

Mar 5, 2015 - Mar 5, 2015

The WCSU Department of Art will host a gallery opening for the "100@100 Exhibition" in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at which time attendees can preview 100 works of art by 100 artists, to be sold for $100 each at the...

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Full Moon Labrynith Walk

Mar 5, 2015

Join us for our monthly Full Moon Labyrinth Walk on Mercy Center’s seven-circuit labyrinth, with breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound. Please wear comfortable outdoor clothing, bring a flashlight and check in at our front desk when you arrive. We gather for a brief introduction to the labyrinth and centering prayer before viewing the moon rise and walking the labyrinth. We then...

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The Invisible Woman

Mar 5, 2015

A lecture/recital organized by board president and musicologist Penny Brandt will feature a discussion of the ways in which women's contributions to music have historically been overlooked, accompanied by performances of music that would not exist without the contributions of women. Topics include the recently controversial claim that some of Johann Sebastian Bach's music was composed...

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Pillow Talk

Mar 5, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015

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

The Hygienic’s Annual Artist in Residence show will open with a reception 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Join Hygienic’s resident artists for a slumber party theme  – pajamas are welcome, but not mandatory.  Our six resident artists are Kim Abraham, Troy Zaushny, Casey Moran, Susan Hickman, Justin Anderson, and Travis Gibbs.  The exhibit will be...

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Senior Recital - Ben Zucker

Mar 5, 2015

A senior music recital by Ben Zucker, “Poetics in Motion.”

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MxCC Professor Reads from His Historical Novel about 1960s Cuban Exiles on March 5

Mar 5, 2015

Middlesex Community College History Professor Victor Triay will host a book reading and discussion of his newly published historical novel On Freedom’s Shores on Thursday, March 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the College’s new Pavilion at Founder’s Hall.  The book, which is available at amazon.com, completes the gripping trilogy of the León family, freedom fighters living...

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WCSU Theatre Production: "You Can't Take It With You"

Mar 5, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015

Feb. 25 - Mar. 8 THEATRE PRODUCTION - "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU": The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "You Can't Take It With You" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 & 26; 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 & 28...

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VOICE OF THE PARADE! KARAOKE CONTEST!

Mar 5, 2015

ARE YOU THE BEST SINGER IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY? Come on down to Karaoke Heroes in New Haven and show us what you’ve got!! Join us for the Voice of the Parade Contest! The winner will take home a Golden Microphone Award and will also win the honor of marching in the 2015 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  Judges: Jon McMillan (professional singer) and Fiona Stewart,...

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Introduction to Screenwriting with Katie Torpey

Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 9, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday.

Katie Torpey is an award-winning Writer / Filmmaker with a Masters from UCLA Film School. She has worked for numerous studios & networks, sold several scripts, as well as written & directed for both TV and film. Some of her credits include writing the studio film “The Perfect Man,” writing & directing the award-winning independent film "Truth About Kerry,”...

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Al Fenton Big Band

Mar 5, 2015

This event occurs monthly, on the first Thursday of February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

The Al Fenton Big Band performs at the Marco Polo Restaurant in East Hartford the first Thursday of every month.  For "soft and sultry" to "get on your feet and dance!" the Al Fenton Big Band brings the sounds of the big band to life.

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