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Photograph by Bob Capazzo

I’ve been a fan of the “Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut” since Moffly Media premiered it five years ago. I’d carry my dog-eared copy in my car and use it as an insider guide to hot spots around Fairfield County. Many a hidden gem—in Stamford and elsewhere—was discovered that way.

So it was with happy curiosity since becoming editor of Stamford Magazine that I anticipated being part of the “Best Of” editorial project, particularly since Stamford readers would now have their own edition of the trend-setting poll. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reviewing this year’s picks as much as I enjoyed learning what you chose.

But that’s not all there is to share. New this year is the first ever “Best of Stamford,” a compilation of all the Stamford winners in the various categories as selected by you. Now we can all check out the myriad choices and make sure to add some of these destinations to our summer go-to lists, whether plans call for a short road trip or staying close to home.

Another sure thing I love in summer is the movies. So it was with special delight that I sought out Kevin Segalla and Bruce Heller, founders of the Stamford-based Connecticut Film Center, the business that draws many of the film productions spotted around town in recent years. I wanted to hear their story and asked Beth Cooney to get the scoop on future plans, knowing many of you are curious too. My guess is that some of you had little idea of the depth of Stamford’s burgeoning entertainment industry.

Also growing in Stamford is its eating culture. Since the “Best Of” polling closed in April, several new eateries have opened that are worth checking out—Chinese Mirch (reviewed in this issue), Sandella’s Flatbread Café and Tengda, to name a few. Consider these for dinner before you head to a theater near you.

So there you have it all. Enjoy. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for Moffly Media’s annual “Best of the Gold Coast” celebration on Thursday, July 22, at the Stamford Hilton. Hope to see you there. It’s bound to be a fantastic party.


Hit the Ballot Box

Here’s your chance to honor those who give back. Help us celebrate Moffly Media’s third annual light a fire by nominating the individuals and organizations you feel make the biggest difference in the lives of others. Honorees will be featured in the November/December issue
of Stamford Magazine.

Click here to cast your vote.

Stamford Agenda

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    2014.09.20

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • OPEN STUDIOS 2014

    2014.10.24

    LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES the PUBLIC to its 36th ANNUAL Open Studios EVENT Friday October 24 - 6 to 9 PM Saturday October 25 -...

  • Crawl-o-Ween

    2014.10.24

    Free costume pub crawl with check in at the Holiday Inn 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport and visiting the Bijou Square Neighborhood, then ending a...

  • Getting Into Work- An Improv performance by Sea Tea

    2014.10.24

    Adults have been asking you since first grade what you want to be when you grow up. Just because you're a teenager doesn't mean work...

  • ASTRONOMY NIGHTS: Pluto: The Battle for a Planet

    2014.10.24

    Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Pluto, followed by a visit to view the night...

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Slithery, Slimy, Creepy, Crawly

    2014.10.24

    Celebrate Halloween a little early! Meet some of our live scaly and crawly friends. Touch Connecticut's longest snake, meet a tarantula up...

  • Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

    2014.10.24

    Songbook Cabaret Series  Upstage @ The Palace Multi-award winners for their recordings and performances, jazz artists Eric Comstock and...

  • Tales of Horror and Death

    2014.10.24

    One Night Only—REAL Halloween Terror! Experience Halloween colonial style this October with a chilling tour of an authentic site...

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Way We Worked

    2014.09.20

    September 20 through November 4, 9am – 5pm The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in...

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • The Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks

    2014.10.25

    FOOD NETWORK’S TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE SCOURING THE NATION IN SEARCH OF AMAZING HOME COOKS! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market)

    2014.06.14

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm and...

  • Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

    2014.10.25

    Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, November 2 Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, November 2 for the 13th season of the...

  • Ick Fest @ Overbrook

    2014.10.26

    Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual "Ick Fest @ Overbrook." After Trick-or-Treating on the Farm, visit the Overbrook...


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