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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

February May Be Coldest Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

February May Be Coldest 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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More Earthquakes in Plainfield; 14 & Counting, 70+ With Micro Quakes

More Earthquakes in Plainfield; 14 & Counting, 70+ With Micro Quakes

Information gathered from four portable seismographs set up in Plainfield during January’s earthquake swarm reveals more earthquakes then previously recorded and gives insight into the source of the disturbances.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Top Connecticut Chefs Plan Amazing Dishes for Savor Fine Wine & Food Celebration

Top Connecticut Chefs Plan Amazing Dishes for Savor Fine Wine & Food Celebration

Connecticut's top chefs will be bringing delicious dishes to Savor, A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, at the Connecticut Convention Center in April.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Up for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Up 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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8 February CT Craft Beer Events You Don’t Want to Miss

8 February CT Craft Beer Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Febtoberfest takes over Mattatuck Museum, Cottrell Brewery turns 18 and drinkers get a first taste of Kent Fall Brewing.

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Arts & Entertainment

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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'Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney' Makes Stamford 'A Land Apart'

'Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney' Makes Stamford 'A Land Apart'

Best known for The New York Times bestselling fantasy series Dinotopia—a utopian island where humans and dinosaurs coexist—artist and author James Gurney created a fantastical world rendered in realistic detail for readers. He published the first novel, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from...

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Style & Shopping

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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The Brothers Crisp Making Stylish Artisan Shoes for Men in Hartford

The Brothers Crisp Making Stylish Artisan Shoes for Men in Hartford

In March 2013, a young man named Joshua Westbrook revived the shoemaker’s art—once a mainstay in New England—by launching a footwear company called The Brothers Crisp in a loft space in a former tire factory on Park Street in the Parkville section of Hartford.

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Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls  Via Madison

Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls Via Madison

There’s a new girl on the Shoreline, and her name is Roxy Grace.

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Health & Wellness

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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Governor Malloy and Tenet End Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal--Again

Governor Malloy and Tenet End Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal--Again

The Texas-based hospital chain has not resubmitted its Connecticut applications but company representatives are talking with the governor’s office, which is the first step, say proponents of the Tenet hospital mergers.

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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

“Ear Candy”: An Earring Show at Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop

Feb 27, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015

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

 “Ear Candy”: An Earring Show at Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop, February 4 – March 15, with work by twenty-six jewelers who have created a innovative assortment of earrings. This show will feature one of a kind pairs of “ear candy.” If you are looking for a gift for your Valentine, or for someone equally sweet, the Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop staff will help...

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Animal Feeding at Earthplace

Feb 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015

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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"Chroma is Key" (free from the grey)

Feb 27, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015

The chroma of a color is a measure of how pure or intense it is, how saturated the color is. You reduce the chroma of a paint color by adding a neutral gray with the identical value as the color you want to change. In art, color can depict the natural world or express inner feelings of the artist. It can also be used in a separate scientific way of visual exploration. This exhibition explores...

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"Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery"

Feb 27, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015

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

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery, to be held February 21ththrough April 11th.  This is Danowski’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature her most recent body of work.  The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 28th, 1-5 pm. Danowski translates personal situational...

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Frenetic Composure: A Solo Sculpture Show by Robert Greene

Feb 27, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

Robert Greene’s solo exhibit, Frenetic Composure, represents his interest in the figure and is inspired by, as he states, “…the activity of the human mind…” and “…deals primarily with the human condition…”. Robert lives in Ledyard, Connecticut and currently teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT where he...

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"Home" Show

Feb 27, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

MAC’s annual open juried show will feature the theme, “Home.” The theme is open to the artist’s interpretation. All artists and media welcome. Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

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NextGen: A Millennial Exhibition

Feb 27, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

MAC seeks to broaden our young artist community and better represent the scope of the art world today by introducing our newest exhibition, NextGen. The NextGen Exhibition is a juried, all media show and will feature Millennial artists, ages 16 to 35, the next generation to sustain the art community. We seek artists who have a unique style, process, and vision. We encourage high school...

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Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm

Feb 27, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

This winter, the New Britain Museum of American Art proudly showcases the Hamm’s labor of love in the exhibition, Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. Ninety-three of the Hamm’s American coastal collection will be on view, including works by noted artists Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), William Braford (1823–1892), William...

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“A Body in Fukushima”

Feb 27, 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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“Picture/Thing”

Feb 27, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015

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

“Picture/Thing” presents ten artists—Kendall Baker, Isidro Blasco, Rachel Harrison ‘89, Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, Anouk Kruithof, Marlo Pascual, Mariah Robertson, Erin Shirreff, and Letha Wilson—who make hybrid objects that challenge the limits of photography and sculpture at a time when the definitions of the two media continue to evolve. These artists take...

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