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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

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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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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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
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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8 February CT Craft Beer Events You Don’t Want to Miss

8 February CT Craft Beer Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Febtoberfest takes over Mattatuck Museum, Cottrell Brewery turns 18 and drinkers get a first taste of Kent Fall Brewing.

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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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Connecticut Magazine

A Journey- A Play | A Story | A Song

Feb 27, 2015

Actress, singer, poet Kimberly Wilson of Westport will present her original performance piece “A Journey . . . A Play/A Story/A Song at the Wilton Historical Society on Friday, February 27 in a special “luncheon theater” format from 12:00 – 2:00 in the Burt Barn Gallery.    It’s a tour-de-force of acting and song, as the statuesque Wilson modulates her...

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Andy Warhol Lives Again

Feb 27, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015

“ANDY WARHOL LIVES AGAIN”   Member Exhibition at The Loft Artists Gallery in Stamford   February 21 to March 22   Opening Reception Friday, February 20, 5:30 - 8pm To Feature Original Work from the  Stamford Museum & Nature Center Warhol Collection   Stamford, CT December 5, 2014 – Working on their own “fifteen...

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Gallery Opening - 100@100 Exhibition

Feb 27, 2015 - Mar 5, 2015

The WCSU Department of Art will host a gallery opening for the "100@100 Exhibition" in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at which time attendees can preview 100 works of art by 100 artists, to be sold for $100 each at the...

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Feb 27, 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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WCSU Theatre Production: "You Can't Take It With You"

Feb 27, 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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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series

Feb 27, 2015

Celebrated New York City architects Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio discuss the importance of context, culture, and performance in their work on Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall. The couple founded their eight-person studio ¾ Christoff : Finio ¾ in1999, and they recently were identified as “one of the twelve most creative young architects in New...

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Jazz Combos

Feb 27, 2015

The WCSU Jazz Combos 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. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Pillow Talk

Feb 27, 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 27, 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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Salsa Lessons

Feb 27, 2015 - Dec 4, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Friday.

Salsa Lessons for beginners, Intermediate and advanced learners. Fun music, friendly environment and experienced instructors. Every Friday from 7:15-8:15 pm No partner or experience necessary and walk-ins always welcome. Great time for singles and couples! Lots of restaurants nearby to extend a wonderful evening...

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