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The Best of Times

A photographer, food stylist, art director, chef, and editor walk into a diner … five hours, four stunt burgers and several milkshakes later, we had a magazine cover. Conceiving and shooting a cover is not necessarily an easy project but it’s certainly always fun, especially for this, our annual “Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut” issue. The possible subjects were endless — from karate kids to cakes. But in the end we chose to showcase City Limits Diner, winner of the Best Diner and Best Breakfast on the entire Gold Coast of Connecticut.

For a photographer the hardest thing about shooting food is getting the lighting exactly right in order to make the food jump off the page. For an editor, at least this one, the hardest thing is to not eat the props. Standing around piles of french fries for hours on end forced me to exhibit a self-control I quite honestly didn’t know I had. In the end, however, my restraint was rewarded by Chef Mike Urato, who put out a lunch spread that would make any caterer green with envy.

You can meet Chef Mike and the 187 other winners at our Best Of party on Wednesday, August 6, from
6 to 10 p.m. at the Greenwich Hyatt (tickets are available online at bestofgoldcoastct.com).

Now in its fourth year, the event has gained serious momentum. Each time, I’m amazed when the empty ballrooms and hallways of the Hyatt are transformed into a bubbling bazaar of free food, drinks and products. Not to mention the fabulous entertainment — from bands to a handwriting analyst. Flip to page 100 to read about all the winners. In fact, I suggest keeping this issue as a resource guide throughout the year. I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to past issues.

We hope to see you on the 6th. I’ll be the one with the bloodhound hunting down the fries.

- Cristin Marandino

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