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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

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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Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

If you’re tired of all the traffic in Connecticut and the potholes and bumps that dot the roadways and wreak havoc on our tires, there is some good news: the governor and the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) feel your pain.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

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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Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Joel Viehland, one of three Connecticut chefs nominated this spring for a James Beard Foundation regional best chef award, announced on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that May 10 would be his last day at the acclaimed restaurant Community Table in Washington, Conn. My last day at Community...

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Craft Beer Festival Season Heats Up With Big May Events in Connecticut

Craft Beer Festival Season Heats Up With Big May Events in Connecticut

May will see a variety of big outdoor festivals touchdown in Connecticut that will have beer lovers licking their lips in anticipation.

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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

Willimantic Orchestra Free Spring Concert

May 3, 2015

Sunday May 3 at 3:00 pm the Willimantic Orchestra, a not-for-profit community orchestra, presents its free Spring Concert at Shafer auditorium, David Vaughan will conduct the orchestra as it performs: Brahms  -  Symphony No. 4 in e minor Walton  -  Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Mvt. 1 Dora DeCaprio, Winner Windham Regional Arts Council Competition, is the viola...

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East Haven Welcomes Ireland’s “A Musical Journey of Ireland With Cahal Dunne”

May 3, 2015

East Haven welcomes this extraordinary “A Musical Journey of Ireland With Cahal Dunne” coming to the Irish American Community Center- 9 Venice Place, East Haven, CT  06512 (203-469-3080) for one show only Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3pm.  Tickets are $15. In advance and $20. At the door.   For tickets, please call John O’Donovan at 203-281-3563.  His new...

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Afro-Semitic Experience

May 3, 2015

The Afro-Semitic Experience (www.afrosemitic experience.net) will be performing a benefit concert for Christian Community Action (CCA) at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. Legendary jazz critic Nat Hentoff once called The Afro-Semitic Experience a "lyrically powerful fusion of Jewish and jazz souls on fire." Co-sponsoring the event,...

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The Afro-Semitic Experience

May 3, 2015

Christian Community Action (CCA) is proud to announce a benefit jazz concert by the nationally known / locally based ensemble, The Afro-Semitic Experience   www.afrosemiticexperience.net   Co-sponsoring the concert, in addition to the Unitarian Society of New Haven, are New Haven’s Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ and Leary Counseling and...

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The Wiz Auditions

May 3, 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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Suicide Prevention Event

May 3, 2015

  We will be having a suicide prevention event at The Red Door Bar, 675 Main Street, Watertown CT. It will be on May 3 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. We will have presentations by The Jordan Porco Foundation (Fresh Check Days) and The Northern Connecticut Suicide Prevention Chapter. Music from Sound57 D.J., pasta buffet and a day of community and well being. Beverages may be...

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Line Dancing Workshop

May 3, 2015 - Dec 25, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

LEARN HOW TO LINE DANCE!! If you can walk, you can line dance!  Professional and patient instructor...not just country - we dance to all genres of music.  No partner required!!  Great exercise for both the body and the mind....all levels, beginners ALWAYS welcome, come early: Absolute beginner lessons 5-6 Advanced beginner/Intermediate lessons 6-8 FUN, FUN,...

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

May 3, 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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Guys and Dolls

May 3, 2015 - May 10, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

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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“Middle Kingdom” in Middletown - A Night of Chinese Music

May 3, 2015

The Chinese Music Ensemble presents their spring semester concert including music from traditional and contemporary repertoire. Co-directed by graduate students Joy Lu and Ender Terwilliger.

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