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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

Will Blizzard Colbie (or Juno) Outdo Blizzard Nemo of 2013 in Connecticut?

Will Blizzard Colbie (or Juno) Outdo Blizzard Nemo of 2013 in Connecticut?

We woke up this morning wondering not only about the details of the storm but also whether it would be as bad, or worse, than Blizzard Nemo in early February 2013.

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Goodbye Gandhi-Bot: Beer Name Will Be Changed After Controversy

Goodbye Gandhi-Bot: Beer Name Will Be Changed After Controversy

New England Brewing Company announced that in light of concern from the Indian community, both here in Connecticut and elsewhere, the beer’s name and label will both be changed over the next three months.

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Mario Batali Coming to Yale to Talk Sustainable Food in Free Event

Mario Batali Coming to Yale to Talk Sustainable Food in Free Event

Celebrity chef Mario Batali to speak with the director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Mark Bomford, in free event tomorrow, Friday, January 23.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Brick + Wood Brings Artisan Pizza, Neapolitan Street Food to Fairfield

Brick + Wood Brings Artisan Pizza, Neapolitan Street Food to Fairfield

The new addition to the Fairfield dining scene is not “just another brick” in the pizza wall.

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World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio Opening Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford

World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio Opening Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford

World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio is opening Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford.

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Fine Wines and Celebrity Chefs Pair Nicely at the 2015 Sun WineFest

Fine Wines and Celebrity Chefs Pair Nicely at the 2015 Sun WineFest

The 2015 Sun WineFest will bring together an impressive array of fine wine, beer and food over the course of next weekend, Jan 23-25.

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Arts & Entertainment

Play by 'Walking Dead' Actress Danai Gurira Premeries at Yale Rep

Play by 'Walking Dead' Actress Danai Gurira Premeries at Yale Rep

When playwright Danai Gurira claims that she’s driven to write by an ache to see herself onstage, there is nothing narcissistic about it.

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New London Gallery Marks 36 Years With Art, Music, Fashion and More

New London Gallery Marks 36 Years With Art, Music, Fashion and More

Hygienic Art XXXVI will bring more than 500 artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers and performers together in New London over the course of two weeks.

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Weekend Best Bets: Bargain Shoreline Dining, ‘Downton’ in Connecticut, Litchfield Wines …

Weekend Best Bets: Bargain Shoreline Dining, ‘Downton’ in Connecticut, Litchfield Wines …

Make the most of the weekend by planning well and punctuating the hibernation with strategic excursions. Here’s our weekly sampling of some of the most interesting things happening in different parts of the state.

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Style & Shopping

Connecticut Teens Show Promise in ‘Project Runway’ Spinoff ‘Threads’

Connecticut Teens Show Promise in ‘Project Runway’ Spinoff ‘Threads’

Two Connecticut teenagers starred in the 'Project Runway' spinoff series 'Threads,' and one walked away with top prize.

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Westport Tailor Sews a Punctuation Mark on His Career After 38 Years

Westport Tailor Sews a Punctuation Mark on His Career After 38 Years

After decades of tending to the tailoring needs of people throughout Fairfield County, Antoni Michalowski is finally going to sew up his career.

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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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Health & Wellness

Governor Malloy and Tenet Back in Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal

Governor Malloy and Tenet Back in Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal

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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Innovative Connecticut Addiction Recovery Program Has High Success Rate

Innovative Connecticut Addiction Recovery Program Has High Success Rate

Aware Recovery Care's success rates are the subject of a recent paper that appeared in the health journal Connecticut Medicine.

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College Scholarships Give New Haven Students Promise of a Bright Future

College Scholarships Give New Haven Students Promise of a Bright Future

New Haven has made a promise to its students in order to help them sculpt a better life as they become adults—that if you work hard and excel in school, you will be supported through college.

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History

Amelia Earhart's 'Secret' Connecticut Wedding

Amelia Earhart's 'Secret' Connecticut Wedding

Famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart was married in Connecticut, but it was far from a classic love story.

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With Blizzard Colbie Coming, a Look Back at Wicked Connecticut Winters

With Blizzard Colbie Coming, a Look Back at Wicked Connecticut Winters

As we suffer through the first storm of the season, here's an opportunity to look back on some memorable blizzards in Connecticut's history.

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The CT Files: The Double Life—and Dealings—of Philip Musica

The CT Files: The Double Life—and Dealings—of Philip Musica

The story of how one man fooled thousands and pocketed millions.

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Holiday Exhibit: Fine and Folk Art of China

Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

This show will allow guests to take a look back at the previous Chinese artists who have displayed in the space while incorporating the traditions and history of artisanal work from Xi'an, the oldest city in China. All pieces will be reasonably sized and priced, though larger works can be ordered if desired. The artwork will include scrolls, Chinese traditional puppets, paper...

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Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect: Photographs by William Frucht

Jan 26, 2015 - Mar 27, 2015

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

Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect is the first solo exhibition of photographs by Danbury resident William Frucht. The 12 black-and-white landscape photographs in the show find beauty in decay of manmade objects and their reclamation by nature. In his artist’s statement, he says, “Over time, the things we discard and forget have grown larger and more complex. Once...

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As We Were - 1889

Jan 26, 2015 - May 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

The New Canaan historical Society opened its latest costume exhibit, As We Were, featuring the fashions of our founding year, 1889. The exhibit connects two historical events, the first meeting to found the Historical Society and the wedding of two prominent founders, Edna Hoyt Rogers and Henry Benjamin Rogers.

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One-Day Adventures in Learning

Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 13, 2015

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

Adults over the age of 50 are invited to join Lifetime Learners Institute, which holds classes and social events at Norwalk Community College.  This is a worthwhile organization where members have the opportunity to learn, converse, laugh, discuss and philosophize along with other members in many varied courses and presentations throughout the year. During our Winter Session, members...

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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 17, 2015

The magic returns with the 21st Annual Holiday Train Show.  The family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.  Visitors are challenged to complete the I SPY Scavenger Hunt of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set...

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Small Wonders Art Exhibition, January 13 through February 17, 2015

Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 17, 2015

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

Small Wonders Art Exhibition, January 13 through February 17, 2015 Karen Silver Bloom: “Small Wonders”: Collectible shadow boxes filled with vintage toys, ephemera, and artwork. The boxes are three-dimensional illustrations that draw the viewer in to make a personal connection upon their own fond memories. Appealing to the child in all of us, thankfully, some of us never grow up!...

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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Jan 26, 2015 - May 10, 2015

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

The exhibition features thirty-four works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters, and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. More puzzling than Kaye’s work, which is steeped...

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"Home" Show

Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

MAC’s annual open juried show will feature the theme, “Home.” The theme is open to the artist’s interpretation. All artists and media welcome. Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

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Frenetic Composure: A Solo Sculpture Show by Robert Greene

Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

Robert Greene’s solo exhibit, Frenetic Composure, represents his interest in the figure and is inspired by, as he states, “…the activity of the human mind…” and “…deals primarily with the human condition…”. Robert lives in Ledyard, Connecticut and currently teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT where he...

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Visiting Artist Lecture

Jan 26, 2015

Painter Stanley Lewis will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8403. For a complete list of similar SVPA...

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