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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

Southbury Chef Competes on ABC’s ‘The Taste’, 3rd Episode Airs Tonight

Southbury Chef Competes on ABC’s ‘The Taste’, 3rd Episode Airs Tonight

Southbury chef Benjamin Burke competes in ABC's cooking competition 'The Taste,' which airs it's third episode tonight, Thursday, December 18 at 8 p.m.

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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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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
 Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

More breweries are coming to Connecticut in 2015, some are slated to open in the next few weeks and months.

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15 Great New Year's Eve Dining Experiences in Connecticut to Ring in 2015

15 Great New Year's Eve Dining Experiences in Connecticut to Ring in 2015

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 in style in Connecticut with great dining and fun.

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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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Arts & Entertainment

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

Our weekly roundup of best things to do in Connecticut, including the return of The Gambler, 'A Christmas Carol' and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

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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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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

Holiday Gift Show

Dec 22, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Visit Mystic Arts Center during our Holiday Gift Show and view original works of fine art and handmade artisan wares by local and regional artists. Support local artists and artisans and give something special to your loved ones this holiday. The Holiday Gift Show includes items such as: hand carved wooden spoons, bowls and cheese boards, jewelry, upcycled mirrors, chalkboards and frames,...

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Kent Holly-Days

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015

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

A month-long series of events to celebrate the holiday season.  Includes a Champagne Stroll (Nov. 28 & 29), St. Andrews Christmas Tree sale (Nov. 30 on), a Gingerbread Festival (Dec. 5 – Jan. 5), the Tree Lighting (Dec. 6), Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Dec. 7), Pictures with Santa (Dec. 7), Stuff-a-Truck and a Parade of Lights (Dec. 13).

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Dec 22, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

September 1 – 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...

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Art=Gift

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

Art = Gift  Hand-made holiday art & specialty crafts, created & priced with giving in mind. Opening Reception Saturday November 22nd from 7 tp 10pm Our annual holiday show is back featuring dozens of regional artists who created special pieces with gift-giving in mind. Works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season, so that individuals can present a...

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Art=Gift

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

Art = Gift  Hand-made holiday art & specialty crafts, created & priced with giving in mind. Opening Reception Saturday November 22nd from 7 tp 10pm Our annual holiday show is back featuring dozens of regional artists who created special pieces with gift-giving in mind. Works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season, so that individuals can present a...

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Nelson Agustus Moore: Connecticut Water, Hills, and Sky

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

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

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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Holiday Decorating

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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

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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NEW/NOW: Titus Kaphar The Vesper Project

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

Opening Reception Nov 1., 2014 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  ‘The Vesper Project’ is a massive sculptural statement— an encompassing installation, in which Titus Kaphar’s own work is seamlessly woven into the walls of a 19th-century American house. It is the culmination of an intense five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family, a 19th-century...

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Deck the Walls and Work by Newly Elected Artists

Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

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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Let Me Quilt One More Day

Dec 22, 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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