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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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New Exhibit! Tribal Highlight, The Florida Seminole

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a vibrant community with a rich and unique history. The cultural descendants of Native Americans who lived in the southeastern United States as early as 12,000 years ago, the tribe’s population increased in the 18th century as escaped slaves and free blacks settled in the area, bringing with them the Gullah culture of the South Carolina and Georgia coastal...

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Goatboy Soaps Holiday Open House

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

Holiday Open House Every Saturday and Sunday 10-3 from Thanksgiving until Christmas Come visit the home of Goatboy Soaps. Shop our large selection of Holiday Soaps as well as your regular favorites. We will also have a couple of local crafters merchandise available. Bring your list and we will ship out your gifts from here or just stop by and say Hi to the goats and enjoy a cup of Hot...

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Deck the Walls and Work by Newly Elected Artists

Dec 20, 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.  Opening reception on Friday, November 21 from 5pm to 7pm. Take advantage of tax-free shopping from 5 – 7pm on November 21 and from 10am – 5pm on November 22. ...

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All Paintings Great and Small

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

Considered the "kick-off to the holiday season in Old Lyme", The Cooley Gallery's holiday exhibition is in its 28th year and boasts over 250 historic and contemporary little paintings by artists from around New England and the United States. Opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 20th, 5-8 p.m. November 20th, 2014 -  January 10th, 2015. Visitors are welcome and encouraged...

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ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8)

Dec 20, 2014 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

Students learn to express their creativity using varied art methods and materials to create personal works of art. New themes will be explored each month with different projects weekly. Artist Suzy Jorsey Balay leads Art Explorers. Suzy is a fiber artist who hand spins wool, knits and sews and had received her BFA from Paier College of Art. She has been a dedicated teacher of Art Explorers...

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Know Your Connecticut Farmer: Photographs by Jack McConnell

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

A photographic journey featuring Connecticut farms and farmers by Jack McConnell. Jack McConnell invites visitors to become more aware of the need to protect Connecticut farmland and support working farmers. Jack McConnel will give an artists talk on December 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm. Music by Collins and Bradley. Food by Wind Hill Community Farm. Sponsored by Highland Park Families Foundation....

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Dec 20, 2014 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and teaches at the Noah Webster House, here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and in pre-K through 8th grade classrooms...

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Creative HOLIDAYS at the Luckey + Merrill Studio

Dec 20, 2014

Celebrate HOLIDAYS 2014 at the Luckey + Merrill Studio on Saturdays through December for a series of creative Open House events, 12-4 p.m. at 181 Main Street (back entrance) in Branford. On December 20, cheer with eggnog and find last-minute treasures for the holidays! Luckey + Merrill Studio is a collaboration between artists Owen Sea Luckey and Kristin Merrill, who are joined this year by...

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Holiday Open House

Dec 20, 2014

The Center For Holistic Empowerment is hosting a FREE OPEN HOUSE in Bloomfield, CT on Saturday December 20, 2014 from 12 noon—3:00 pm. All are invited to experience a free afternoon of Live Healing Music, Free Samples of Energy Therapies, Reiki, Hypnosis, Past-life Regression, Body Coaching, Re-connective Healing, Access Consciousness, Holistic Artwork, Door Prizes, and Refreshments....

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Holiday Market Finale featuring old Fashioned Honey Butter Making

Dec 20, 2014

The Goshen Farmers Holiday Market has become THE PLACE TO BE on Saturdays. The Farmers' Market consists of all locals offering everything from live Jazz, fresh roasted and brewed coffee, hot foods, all natural meats, honey, syrup, baked goods, breads, soaps, jewelry.... every kind of gift and craft you can imagine. This weekend our feature is making Honey Butter the old fashioned way. We...

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