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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

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro-North is facing a record fine of $250,000 in punitive damages for retaliating against an injured worker, who secretly recorded a supervisor threatening him if he reported the accident.

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 Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

A new criminal case once again puts Connecticut and the state’s connection to national military secrets at the center of a possible instance of international espionage.

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Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

The Ebola epidemic is spreading mostly among people who are closely associated with one another in “social clusters,” according to a new Yale University study.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

Basta Trattoria on Chapel Street in New Haven, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 2004, offers delicious food that’s “authentic Italian with a modern twist.” It's also the sister restaurant of the legendary Claire's Corner Copia next door, which began its 40th year this past September. At the helm of both is the incomparable Claire Criscuolo.

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‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

A delicious, iconic diner in Connecticut's semi-official antiques 'capital', Woodbury, has moved—almost literally across the street. Dottie's Diner, which has long been a beloved breakfast and lunch haven for folks in Litchfield County, and gained renowned when owner...

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Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

You might have seen the public service TV commercial emphasizing the nation’s support for members of the military in which celebrities like Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker say “I've got your 6.” In the military, numbers used in a certain context indicate...

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Arts & Entertainment

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

A small group of gaily dressed long-time Saybrook “residents” have returned to Hartford, where they are once again fulfilling their traditional seasonal responsibilities.

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5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of Connecticut events this weekend that will help you be of good cheer.

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See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

The Women’s Club of Woodbury will host its 20th Annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring five homes that are festively decorated for the holidays.

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Style & Shopping

Holiday Open House at Boutique Jeweler With NW Connecticut Client Base

Holiday Open House at Boutique Jeweler With NW Connecticut Client Base

McTeigue & McClelland, the luxury boutique jeweler, is holding its annual holiday open house from 1 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 13.

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Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Gentlemen, this is your golden opportunity to acquire a glistening holiday gift of unparalleled beauty and integrity for you loved one—at a bargain price.

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New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

When it comes to wonderful holiday events in Litchfield County, one of the best is the annual Winter Stroll in New Preston, a village of Washington, Conn.

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Health & Wellness

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Sierra Preveza, 7, is in the running to be named the Sprout Chief Kindness Officer for her work helping cancer patients. Voting in the Kindest Kid Contest closes tomorrow, December 3.

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Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

A Branford family that successfully campaigned to require newborn screening for a rare but potentially fatal disease in Connecticut is hoping to repeat its success on the national level.

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Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Growing up, Jonah Feldman needed to be fed every three hours to survive. Today, his condition has inspired a nutrition product with the potential to revolutionize fitness drinks.

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History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour explains the history of the holiday season in Connecticut.

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New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

A new exhibit at the New Haven Museum honors Deane Keller, a Yale professor who helped preserve Italy’s cultural heritage.

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Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley has written a book entitled “The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut”.

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Connecticut Magazine

Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Dec 18, 2014 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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Proof Positive

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015

Please join us for the opening reception of Proof Positive on November 16, 1-3pm. This is a special event for artists, friends and the public. Free, all are welcome. On Saturday, December 13, 1:00 - 4:00 pm there will be demonstrations of various printmaking techniques, by PNSNE artists, will be held at the Norwich Art School in the top floor studio spaces. This event is free, and...

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Deck the Walls and Work by Newly Elected Artists

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features over 200 works of art in all sizes and mediums by member artists.  This exhibition is a great place to find gifts for family and friends. Take advantage of tax-free shopping from 5 – 7pm on November 21 and from 10am – 5pm on November 22.    

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Franklin Street Works Presents: “About Like So: The Influence of Painting”

Dec 18, 2014 - Feb 22, 2015

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is a group exhibition that explores how the histories, forms, materials and other qualities associated with painting inform conceptual art practices today.  The show is on view at Franklin Street Works from November 22, 2014, through February 22, 2015.  The exhibition, curated by Terri C Smith, aims, in part, to...

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Holiday Decorating

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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The Holiday decorating committee has been hard at work and is pleased to announce a splendid lineup of trees that will grace the Museum lobby and galleries. In conjunction with the our celebration of American quilts, with the exhibition Let Me Quilt One More Day in the McKernan Gallery, the Museum Lobby will feature a 14-foot quilt Christmas tree decked out with handmade quilt-themed ornaments,...

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Christmas at Santa Claus Station. A New Musical

Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents the merriest musical of the season, “Christmas at Santa Claus Station” by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg.  Christmas is full steam ahead for the fantastical passengers on the Holiday Express. But a quick stop at Santa Claus Station brings Santa and the Elves some unexpected surprises! Can they make it back to the North Pole in...

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6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop

Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014

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Santa and his LIVE reindeer - Dancer, Dasher, Prancer and Blitzen, are coming back to town for the 6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, Greenwich, Connecticut from November 28 to December 24, 2014.  The community is invited to McArdle’s for a welcoming “We’re Back Party”...

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Let Me Quilt One More Day

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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

American quilting has dramatically been transformed over the past 250 years. Let Me Quilt One More Day showcases a history of the artistic practices, reinterpretations, and innovations of this age-old craft. Let Me Quilt One More Day explores the long-standing practice and art of quilt making in the United States. This exhibition, curated by Dr. Douglas Hyland, brings together an...

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New Media: John O'Donnell

Dec 18, 2014 - Feb 8, 2015

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Psychedelic Pantry, a new media installation created by John O’Donnell, points to moments of everyday life while highlighting the bazaar and mysterious moments we often overlook while shuffling to the toaster or coffee maker in the morning. Appearing as a simple representation of a kitchen area or pantry, further inspection reveals there is more happening than food...

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Nelson Agustus Moore: Connecticut Water, Hills, and Sky

Dec 18, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

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Nelson Augustus Moore’s exquisitely beautiful 19th-century paintings of the Connecticut landscape reveal the mastery of this Kensington artist. During the 19th century, photography was positioned to compete with the efficacy of naturalistic painting. Nelson Augustus Moore (1824–1902) embraced both mediums to capture his beloved hometown of Kensington, Connecticut, where...

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