Leeanne Griffin

Writer

Leeanne Griffin is a multimedia food and dining reporter for the Hartford Courant, covering openings and closings, events, trends and general news from the Connecticut dining scene. She’s been with The Courant in several capacities since 2006, starting as an online producer for courant.com. She earned a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University, where she first discovered the magic that is New Haven apizza.

Recent Articles

  • Small Bites: Dining News & Events

    Small Bites: Dining News & Events

    Farmington Gardens (999 Farmington Ave., Farmington) hosts the first Taste of Farmington event on April 27 at 6 p.m., featuring fine food, wine, beer and cocktail samples from more than 25 local restaurants, mixologists and breweries. Participants include Cure, Apricots, 4 Eat and Drink, Taprock...

  • Thread City Hop Fest Returns To Willimantic

    Thread City Hop Fest Returns To Willimantic

    Thread City Hop Fest returns to Willimantic's Jillson Square April 30, featuring craft beer tastings from more than 45 local, regional and national breweries, live music and fare from local food trucks and vendors. Food options include A Cupcake For Later, Brasato, Cafemantic, EZ StrEATS, Greekin’...

  • Local Panera Bread Franchisee Introduces Delivery Option

    Local Panera Bread Franchisee Introduces Delivery Option

    Howley Bread Group, a local Panera Bread franchisee, now offers delivery of its entire menu to customers ordering from its Connecticut cafes. Participating Panera restaurants are in Hartford (State House Square), Manchester (Shoppes at Buckland Hills,) Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Enfield, Farmington,...

  • JJ's Italian Kitchen Of Hamden To Appear On 'Rachael Ray Show'

    JJ's Italian Kitchen Of Hamden To Appear On 'Rachael Ray Show'

    A Connecticut restaurant couple is bringing their Parmesan proficiency to national TV. Joseph and Julie Dusa, the owners of JJ's Italian Kitchen in Hamden, will appear on "The Rachael Ray Show" April 19, in a "Parm-Off" competition. The episode will air at 10 a.m. on ABC.  "Two couples with delis...

  • Farmington Gardens Hosts Taste of Farmington

    Farmington Gardens Hosts Taste of Farmington

    Farmington Gardens (999 Farmington Ave., Farmington) hosts the first Taste of Farmington event on April 27 at 6 p.m., featuring fine food, wine, beer and cocktail samples from more than 25 local restaurants, mixologists and breweries. Participants include Cure, Apricots, 4 Eat and Drink, Taprock...

  • Mohegan Sun Hosts Sun Whiskey Union

    Mohegan Sun Hosts Sun Whiskey Union

    Mohegan Sun hosts the Sun Whiskey Union April 21 from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring tastings of bourbon, whiskey, rye and Scotches in its Uncas Ballroom. Exhibiting brands include Balvenie, Cody Road, Four Roses, Glendalough Distillery, Glenfiddich, Glengoyne Distillery, High West Distillery, Hudson,...

  • Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Waterbury

    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Waterbury

    The Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana legacy keeps growing, as the iconic family-owned pizzeria opens its ninth location April 17 at 130 Reidville Drive in Waterbury. The 3,400-square foot space has seating for 90 and offers the same menu of classic coal-fired Neapolitan pizza, salads, beer, wine,...

  • New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

    New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns for its spring edition April 2 to 7, with two-course prix-fixe lunches and three-course dinners at more than 30 eateries in the city. Participants include 116 Crown, Adriana's, Atelier Florian, Barcelona Wine Bar, Basta Trattoria, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Caffe Bravo,...

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