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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.

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Stamford Agenda

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    2014.11.16

     The Stamford Art Association is presenting 3 artists exhibiting their work "Roots and Culture" & "Dual Visions"...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

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    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...

  • A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships!

    2014.11.22

    November 22 - January 25, 2015 LEGO® returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with its grand opening on Saturday, November 22....

  • "Paper & Stone" an exhibition by Ellen Gordon & Sary Backer at the Loft Artists Gallery

    2014.11.01

    Paper and Stone” An exhibition by Sary Backer & Ellen Gordon November 1 - November 30th Artists’ reception: November 8th from 4 – 6 PM...

  • Sunday Explorers

    2014.11.02

    Sundays, November 2 - 30, Noon - 4 pm Our popular Sunday drop-in programs return for November. Join us for hikes, field studies, live animal...

  • Wheels in the Woods Fall Activity Trail

    2014.11.02

    Sundays, November 2 - 30, Noon - 4 pm Our popular self-guided activity trail returns with new activities. Identify fall birds, do a mini...

  • 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...

  • The Mastersingers Chorus begins on Sept. 3!

    2014.09.03

    Join The Mastersingers Chorus, Fairfield County's newest community chorale group, where singing is our passion!!   Alll voices welcome, come and...

  • 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...

  • Restaurant: Family Night | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Every Sunday evening from 5:30PM - 8:30PM Bring the kids to enjoy our Magician, special kids menu, fun for the entire family!

  • Monday Morning Open House

    2014.06.02

    An advanced workspace, COMRADITY is a GOOGLE-style shared workspace with blistering fast Fiber Optic internet in furnished private and open...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...

  • Harbor Point Turkey Trot

    2014.11.27

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    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...

  • Paella 101 Cooking Class

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    Join Chef Scott as he demonstrates the steps to achieving a true Spanish paella -- crisp on the bottom with succulent rice, meat and seafood....

  • 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...


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