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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

February May Be Coldest Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

February May Be Coldest Ever in Connecticut; Snowfall Total No Record

This may not be a record-setting snowfall season, but it is for freezing temperatures. If the current pattern continues, this February could break the record and be the coldest winter month in Connecticut history.

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Hartford’s Double-A Baseball Team Could Get a Craft Beer-Inspired Name

Hartford’s Double-A Baseball Team Could Get a Craft Beer-Inspired Name

The New Britain Rock Cats are running a “Name the Team” contest that will help decide the team’s new moniker and one fan is lobbying for a name that pays homage to Connecticut’s brewing industry.

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More Earthquakes in Plainfield; 14 & Counting, 70+ With Micro Quakes

More Earthquakes in Plainfield; 14 & Counting, 70+ With Micro Quakes

Information gathered from four portable seismographs set up in Plainfield during January’s earthquake swarm reveals more earthquakes then previously recorded and gives insight into the source of the disturbances.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Delicious BBQ, Ultra-Thin Pizza, & More Taste of Stamford Highlights

Delicious BBQ, Ultra-Thin Pizza, & More Taste of Stamford Highlights

Foodies got a chance to bite into some of Stamford’s best culinary offerings at the 22nd annual Taste of Stamford, held Feb. 26 at the Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa.

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Top Connecticut Chefs Plan Amazing Dishes for Savor Fine Wine & Food Celebration

Top Connecticut Chefs Plan Amazing Dishes for Savor Fine Wine & Food Celebration

Connecticut's top chefs will be bringing delicious dishes to Savor, A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, at the Connecticut Convention Center in April.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Up for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Up for James Beard Award

Three Connecticut chefs, Tyler Anderson at Millwright's, Joel Viehland at Community Table, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, are nominated for a James Beard Foundation best chef award.

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Arts & Entertainment

5 Best Things to Do: Chowder Competition, Chili Festival & Irish Music

5 Best Things to Do: Chowder Competition, Chili Festival & Irish Music

The five best things to do this weekend include two great food festivals, an Irish music festival and shopping options.

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Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Turns Lens on Native American 'Tribal Justice'

Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Turns Lens on Native American 'Tribal Justice'

Award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace is turning a lens on a “different kind of justice” in her latest project. The documentary in progress, whose working title is “Tribal Justice,” explores collaboration involving state courts and Native American tradition in pursuit of a more positive outcome.

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'Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney' Makes Stamford 'A Land Apart'

'Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney' Makes Stamford 'A Land Apart'

Best known for The New York Times bestselling fantasy series Dinotopia—a utopian island where humans and dinosaurs coexist—artist and author James Gurney created a fantastical world rendered in realistic detail for readers. He published the first novel, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from...

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Style & Shopping

Hazel & Harmony's Hashtag Bracelets Go to Hollywood in Oscars Swag Bags

Hazel & Harmony's Hashtag Bracelets Go to Hollywood in Oscars Swag Bags

Bracelets by the Connecticut jewelry brand Hazel & Harmony will be included in the gift bags and the celebrity gift suite at this year's Oscars ceremony.

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The Brothers Crisp Making Stylish Artisan Shoes for Men in Hartford

The Brothers Crisp Making Stylish Artisan Shoes for Men in Hartford

In March 2013, a young man named Joshua Westbrook revived the shoemaker’s art—once a mainstay in New England—by launching a footwear company called The Brothers Crisp in a loft space in a former tire factory on Park Street in the Parkville section of Hartford.

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Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls  Via Madison

Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls Via Madison

There’s a new girl on the Shoreline, and her name is Roxy Grace.

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Health & Wellness

Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware

Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware

Lisa Saunders never heard of congenital cytomegalovirus—a lot of people haven’t—and for pregnant women that lack of knowledge can be dangerous and sometimes tragic.

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Night of Wine and Fun Supports Brain Tumor Alliance in Connecticut

Night of Wine and Fun Supports Brain Tumor Alliance in Connecticut

The 3rd Annual Wines of March event on March 14 supports the CT Brain Tumor Alliance, which helps people currently fighting the disease.

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Governor Malloy and Tenet End Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal--Again

Governor Malloy and Tenet End Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal--Again

The Texas-based hospital chain has not resubmitted its Connecticut applications but company representatives are talking with the governor’s office, which is the first step, say proponents of the Tenet hospital mergers.

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History

CT Historical Society Is Looking for 50 Objects to Define Connecticut

CT Historical Society Is Looking for 50 Objects to Define Connecticut

From books and art to Mark Twain's bicycle and a mummified hand, the Connecticut Historical Society is accepting suggestions to help tell the story of our state.

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New Book Looks at Man Who Launched Nuclear Navy From Connecticut

New Book Looks at Man Who Launched Nuclear Navy From Connecticut

In the 1950s the U.S.S. Nautilus nuclear submarine was launched from Connecticut waters and changed the face of modern warfare thanks to Hyman G. Rickover.

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The CT Files: The Legend of the Winsted Wildman

The CT Files: The Legend of the Winsted Wildman

Was Connecticut's unofficial Bigfoot legend a man or the mythic beast? No one knew for sure but that didn’t stop it from becoming a sensation.

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Dancing With the Stars 2015

Feb 28, 2015

A Gala Benefit for ElderHouse, Adult Day Center in Norwalk, CT Come support local business leaders in a star studded dance competition to benefit ElderHouse Cocktails, Dinner, Live Auction, Fun & Fabulous Dance Competition Emcee and Auctioneer, David Smith

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Dances with Winds

Feb 28, 2015

The WCSU Symphonic Band will perform at 7 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. WCSU faculty performers will include Gina Cuffari, bassoon; Chris Cullen, clarinet; Mark Snyder, oboe; and Kerry Walker, flute. The concert will include music of Villa-Lobos, Frank Ticheli, and...

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Pillow Talk

Feb 28, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015

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

The Hygienic’s Annual Artist in Residence show will open with a reception 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Join Hygienic’s resident artists for a slumber party theme  – pajamas are welcome, but not mandatory.  Our six resident artists are Kim Abraham, Troy Zaushny, Casey Moran, Susan Hickman, Justin Anderson, and Travis Gibbs.  The exhibit will be...

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“The Visiting Room” Thesis Theater Production by Sara Guernsey

Feb 28, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

Directed by Sara Guernsey ’15, “The Visiting Room” is a senior thesis production based on testimonials and interviews with five inmates that takes the audience inside the walls of state prisons. The inmates share rarely heard stories about the path they have taken, the reality of life in prison, and their very personal struggles toward release. Presented in partial fulfillment...

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WCSU Theatre Production: "You Can't Take It With You"

Feb 28, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015

Feb. 25 - Mar. 8 THEATRE PRODUCTION - "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU": The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "You Can't Take It With You" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 & 26; 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 & 28...

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Amercian Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert

Feb 28, 2015

Saturday, February 28 at 8 PM.     The American Chamber Orchestra presents its Winter Concert on Saturday, February 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield at 8:00 PM. The program features the Prelude to an Afternoon of a Fawn by Debussy, the Elgar Enigma Variations and the Dvorak Violin Concerto. Deborah Wong will be the violin soloist. Music Director Christopher...

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Paula Poundstone

Feb 28, 2015

Over the span of her remarkable career, Paula Poundstone has amassed a list of awards and accolades that stretch the length of a great big tall guy’s arm. Poundstone is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and has won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic. In 2010, Poundstone was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of...

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The Lyons

Feb 28, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Friday and Saturday.

Set in an ordinary hospital room, Ben Lyons lies dying. Rita, his wife of forty years, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room makeover. It's clear Ben and Rita have been at war for many years, and that Ben's impending demise has brought no relief. When they're joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye are...

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“Chappelle’s Show” Star Donnell Rawlings Takes On Comix at Foxwoods For Three Nights Starting February 26th

Feb 28, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

Comix at Foxwoods will welcome in “Chappell’s Show” star and hysterical stand-up act Donnell Rawlings for a three-night, four-performance event beginning Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m. Rawlings is an overnight success story a decade in the making. In a period of just six months, Rawlings evolved from a making his initial splash as local headliner at D.C. comedy clubs to...

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“Old School” and “The Hangover’s” Comedic Music Sensation The Dan Band Takes The Stage at Fox Theater February 28th

Feb 28, 2015

Comix at Foxwoods presents the The Dan Band – the musical sensations featured in “Old School” and “The Hangover” - for a one-night-only performance at the Fox Theater on Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. Dan Finnerty caught America’s attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash hit, “Old School,” performing his...

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