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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

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

In early May, Russell Barton and his business partners plan to resubmit an application to the Historic District Commission for multi-use redevelopment of the historic former Litchfield Jail, built in 1812 to house prisoners from the War of 1812, and, when it was operating, the only jail in the U.S. to share a common wall with a bank.

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New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

Dishing out food metaphors and barbecue, New Haven announced an inaugural New Haven Food Truck Festival Wednesday at a press conference on the steps of city hall.

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Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

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

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Beer’d Brewing Co. Finalist in Competition that Could Pay for Canning Line

Beer’d Brewing Co. Finalist in Competition that Could Pay for Canning Line

One of the most celebrated breweries in Connecticut was recently awarded $10,000 and could start canning beer by the end of the year.

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New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

Craft Beer Cellar, which opened in Feburary, is a shrine to all things craft beer and home to roughly 476 brews from 167 breweries across 69 different styles.

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Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Ted's Montana Grill

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Ted's Montana Grill

May is National Burger Month, and May 28 is National Burger Day. We confess we're not entirely sure about the how or why with regard to those designations, but since Connecticut loves (and has lots of) great burgers, we decided to showcase some of our favorites In the spirit of burger month.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

There is lots going on this weekend in Connecticut, from a celebrity performance to an awesome community theater production, a beer fest, a swing music concert and a collection of outdoor family events.

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Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

The popular Little Pond trail at White Memorial in Litchfield is not the most intriguing trail—or the most mysterious. That's the one with the canal and the ruins of industrial age piers leading to Bantam Lake.

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Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Blossom festivals in Meriden and New Haven, carload weekend at Quassy Amusement Park and an Iron Chef cooking competition in New Haven are just three great options this weekend.

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Style & Shopping

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Historical fashions act as inspiration for new looks in the Connecticut Historical Society's upcoming event, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9 in Hartford.

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New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

We love Évocateur, the Connecticut-based jewelry brand whose fanciful cuffs (and everything else) are pure, beautiful artistry in motion. This is what we said in opening a September 2013 story: Katie Couric, Vogue Paris and InStyle magazine are among the internationally-branded...

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The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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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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History

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Is it a stretch to declare that this exhibit about Connecticut’s past and heritage will be exciting? We don’t think so. And it's certain to provoke some response; after all, if you could sum up the state through just 50 objects, what would they be? Ella Grasso’s gavel...

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Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

From 1933 to 1942 Camp Hadley was one of the 23 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Connecticut. And, the Madison Land Conservation Trust is working to preserve this site that otherwise could be lost forever.

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Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

In the 1970s, two Connecticut college students got an unexpected Cuban education.

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Connecticut Magazine

Figure Painting Class with Hollis Dunlap

May 6, 2015 - Jun 17, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

Paint the figure from life with Hollis Dunlap in a series of three to six hour poses. Students will focus on creating a strong sense of 3-dimensional form by looking closely at light effects, proportions, edges, and various methods of paint application. We will explore a practical use of proportion and anatomy, focusing on major anatomical landmarks, allowing students to study the way that...

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2015 Connecticut Mobile Summit

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 | UConn Stamford Campus www.2015ctmobilesummit.com EXPLORING MOBILE ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS: Opportunities and Challenges The 2015 Connecticut Mobile Summit is a mobile enterprise end user conference dedicated to peer to peer exchange on the opportunities and challenges of mobility solutions. Connecticut’s leading edge companies (emerging and established) will share their...

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Guys and Dolls

May 6, 2015 - Jun 17, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Wednesday.

Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square's most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of "Sit Down,...

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The Wiz Auditions

May 6, 2015 - Jul 31, 2015

Auditions will take place for The Wiz at the Performing Arts Academy of CT, 131 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT on Thursday, April 30th and May 1st from 4PM to 7PM, and on Saturday, May 2nd from 9AM to 1PM. Auditions will also be held on Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th from 4PM to 7PM, and on Saturday May 9th from 9AM to 1PM. The team has opened other dates for auditions...

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

May 6, 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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Brush & Bordeaux Painting Class

May 6, 2015

Join us in the JCC Living Room for a painting class--complete with wine and hors d'oeuvres--with local artist Betsy DeMarco. $30/person

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Family ReEntry Presents Danny Glover "Mass Incarceration & Racial Disparity

May 6, 2015

Family ReEntry invites you to an evening with the acclaimed actor and leading social activist, Danny Glover at The Klein on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00pm.   Mr. Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts with a particular emphasis on Mass Incarceration and the Racial Disparity in America’s prison system. Family...

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Cinderella Italiano!

May 6, 2015 - May 9, 2015

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

Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents a high energy, musical panto version of Cinderella, set in Italy. Perfect for all ages, this big fat Italian house party of fun features Prince Spaghetti, The Godmother and ‘bella, bella Cinderella.’ Ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom, it’s a ball! Performances are Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 25 at 2 & 5:30pm, Sunday,...

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Lauren Dinardo KEEP IT BADASS Fashion Show

May 6, 2015

Lauren DiNardo and Women that Rock present KEEP IT BADASS! A rock n' roll couture fashion show that celebrates our country's great heroes!  Join us for a high energy inspirational evening where our heroes, celebrity models & surprise guests will rock the runway in support of Help Our Military Heroes!  See more at:...

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Guys and Dolls

May 6, 2015 - Jun 18, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday and Thursday.

Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square's most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of "Sit Down,...

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