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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 

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Connecticut Today

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

In early May, Russell Barton and his business partners plan to resubmit an application to the Historic District Commission for multi-use redevelopment of the historic former Litchfield Jail, built in 1812 to house prisoners from the War of 1812, and, when it was operating, the only jail in the U.S. to share a common wall with a bank.

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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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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Beer’d Brewing Co. Finalist in Competition that Could Pay for Canning Line

Beer’d Brewing Co. Finalist in Competition that Could Pay for Canning Line

One of the most celebrated breweries in Connecticut was recently awarded $10,000 and could start canning beer by the end of the year.

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New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

Craft Beer Cellar, which opened in Feburary, is a shrine to all things craft beer and home to roughly 476 brews from 167 breweries across 69 different styles.

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Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Ted's Montana Grill

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Ted's Montana Grill

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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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

Sze Tsung Leong: Horizons

May 5, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015

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

KMR Arts: Gallery in Washington Depot, Connecticut, Showcases Established and Emerging Photographers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Sze Tsung Leong: Horizons” Opens with a reception Saturday May, 2, 2015. Aril 11, 2015-- Photography dealer Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly announce the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Sze Tsung Leong entitled...

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David Burdeny: Wanderlust. Photography Exhibition

May 5, 2015 - May 30, 2015

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

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at HGFA and will feature photography from his “Saudade” series.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artist to be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 4-6pm....

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New Exhibit: Ballots for Both! The Fight for Equal Voting Rights

May 5, 2015 - Aug 21, 2015

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

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield Historical Society will be presenting a new temporary exhibition examining the topic. Opening April 18th at the Litchfield History Museum, Ballots for Both! The Fight for Equal Voting Rights will explore the...

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“Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl”

May 5, 2015 - May 24, 2015

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

Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center. The exhibition “Personal Recollections” will highlight this fascinating gift, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from members of the Magnum Photos...

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“A Body in Fukushima”

May 5, 2015 - May 24, 2015

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

“A Body in Fukushima” is a haunting series of color photographs and videos presented in a groundbreaking exhibition across all three of Wesleyan’s galleries. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011...

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Thesis Art Exhibition

May 5, 2015 - May 23, 2015

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

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair....

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Fairfield Meditation Group

May 5, 2015 - Oct 20, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday.

This is a meditation group for the beginner or advanced meditator, who wants to take a break during their lunch hour and recharge and relax. Instruction will be given on mindfulness meditation, followed by silent meditation and time for questions at the end of the session. The meditation technique we'll be practicing is called "shamata" which translates as "peaceful...

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Fluid Acrylics or Watercolor class with Bob Noreika

May 5, 2015 - Jun 16, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday.

Robert Noreika shares his signature “fluid” painting method. Students are invited to work in either watercolor or acrylic, and will experience Robert’s relaxed teaching approach, which has been enjoyed by many students and professional artists through the years. Robert has an incredible ability to spontaneously see the big picture and transfer it onto paper by assessing...

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The Wiz Auditions

May 5, 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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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

May 5, 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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