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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.

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Refugees Fleeing ISIS Terror in Iraq Have a Connecticut ‘Archangel’

Refugees Fleeing ISIS Terror in Iraq Have a Connecticut ‘Archangel’

Stuart D. Hirsch of Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury made a six-day trip to Iraq in early March.

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World War II Cemetery in Netherlands Seeks Connecticut Soldier’s Photo

World War II Cemetery in Netherlands Seeks Connecticut Soldier’s Photo

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, are reaching out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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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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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Magee's Curbside Is New Stamford Hotspot for Great Breakfast & Lunch

Magee's Curbside Is New Stamford Hotspot for Great Breakfast & Lunch

The hot new place to go for a great casual breakfast or lunch in Stamford is Magee's Curbside in the SoTo district of town, below I-95 and the Metro-North tracks.

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See What Top Chefs Are Cooking for Savor Fine Wine, Food Celebration April 10, 11

See What Top Chefs Are Cooking for Savor Fine Wine, Food Celebration April 10, 11

Chefs demonstrated their culinary magic as part of a special media preview Tuesday for the spring event Savor, A celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, to be held April 10 and 11 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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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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Arts & Entertainment

Luck Is a Lady at Goodspeed; Great Season of Musicals About to Launch

Luck Is a Lady at Goodspeed; Great Season of Musicals About to Launch

Staging first-rate musicals with Broadway-caliber talent is the mission of Goodspeed Musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House on the Connecticut River in East Haddam, and its 2015 season, which begins in April, looks outstanding.

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Actor, Comedian, TV Host JB Smoove Comes to Foxwoods

Actor, Comedian, TV Host JB Smoove Comes to Foxwoods

The comedian, actor and TV host is everywhere—Comix Present Smoove at Foxwoods Resort Casino on April 11.

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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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Style & Shopping

BrãeVal Sporting Apparel’s Scottish Roots Inspire Whiskey Distillery in Litchfield

BrãeVal Sporting Apparel’s Scottish Roots Inspire Whiskey Distillery in Litchfield

BrãeVal Distillery expects to launch this spring with its signature product, the BrãeVal Grand American Bourbon.

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Rossiter Gem in Litchfield Hills, Vaillant House, Gloriously Restored and Updated

Rossiter Gem in Litchfield Hills, Vaillant House, Gloriously Restored and Updated

Ehrick Rossiter, though long dead, remains one of the most famous boldface names in Washington, Conn., in which far more than a shaker’s worth of notables are salted among the verdant hills where Bill and Hillary sometimes spend weekends, and where The Rolling Stones famously came to...

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'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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Health & Wellness

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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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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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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Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Apr 1, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015

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

View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History:   Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 29, 2015 Works by Raphael Leitz, Nita Mukand, Luca Ameri, Derrick Qi Wang, and Dat Vu will be on display. Tuesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 5, 2015 Works by Joseph Strella, Genna DeGroot, Gabe Gordon, Nicole...

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“A Body in Fukushima”

Apr 1, 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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Mid-Day Music

Apr 1, 2015

The April 1 Mid-Day Music program features Chamber Music for Holy Week – Olav van Hezewijk and Marta Boratgis, Oboes; Sara Bennett Wolfe, Cello. The concert starts at its new time of 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.

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

Apr 1, 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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Reception - Senior Thesis Exhibition: Week Two

Apr 1, 2015

View the talents of seniors Joseph Strella, Genna DeGroot, Gabe Gordon, Nicole Dalessandro, and Hailey Sowden in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, on display from Tuesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 5, 2015.

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Apr 1, 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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Solar Jam - April 1st at Peabody Museum

Apr 1, 2015

Solar Youth’s Solar Jam is on Wednesday, April 1st at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.   When:                  Wednesday, April 1st from 6 to 9:30pm Where:                The Great Hall of the Yale Peabody...

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Tempest-Tossed Book Discussion with Jerry Geci

Apr 1, 2015

Isabella Beecher Hooker was an illustrious member of the Beecher family, who made a name for herself as a supporter of women’s suffrage and the abolition movement. She also had a bit of a wild streak. Join the Litchfield Historical Society for a book discussion of Susan Campbell’s new biography of this fascinating woman, Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker. Retired...

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Apr 1, 2015

With Special Guest Funky Dawgz Brass Band   Complimentary wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and reception with artist Carmelo Blandino in the lobby at 6:45pm   The “quintessential New Orleans institution” (The New York Times) brings the sounds of the French Quarter to Ridgefield!  The Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New...

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The Universal Flute - Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi

Apr 1, 2015

Asian Cutural Council Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 performs traditional music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), followed by a performance with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.

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