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Mardi Gras Food, Drink Celebrations In Connecticut

Laissez les bons temps rouler like you're in New Orleans this Fat Tuesday, without leaving Connecticut. All Mardi Gras restaurant and bar specials are available Feb. 28 unless otherwise noted.

Black-eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum St., Hartford, offers festivities all day long: a $13.95 all-you-can-eat "Southern feast" lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m.

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Mercado Food Truck Owners To Open Wethersfield Chicken Restaurant

In its two years on the road, Mercado Food Truck has hooked fans throughout Hartford County and beyond with its boldly flavored Spanish-influenced tapas: duck fat potatoes with local farm eggs and bacon chimichurri, queso frito with truffle honey and fennel pollen, pork empanadas with sweet chili sauce.

Later this spring, the husband-and-wife team behind the business will turn their attention to chicken.

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Simsbury Chefs Anderson, Lizotte Named James Beard Semifinalists

Semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards were announced today, with two Connecticut chefs, perennial favorite Tyler Anderson of Millwright's and Jeffrey Lizotte of Present Company making the cut in the Best Chef: Northeast category.

Both Anderson's and Lizotte's restaurants are in Simsbury. This is Anderson's fourth straight nomination and Lizotte's first.

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Craft Sippin' Returns To New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, hosts its 4th annual Craft Sippin’ beer festival Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., with tastings and live music.

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West Hartford's Besito Celebrates National Margarita Day

What's better than a margarita? Two margaritas, for the price of one.

Besito, 46 S. Main St., West Hartford, celebrates National Margarita Day Feb.

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Hog River Hosts Beer Dinner With Brasato Italian Street Cuisine

Hog River Brewing Company, 1429 Park St., Hartford, hosts a beer dinner with Brasato Italian Street Cuisine in its taproom Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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