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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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