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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

  • CT Loves PR Restaurant Fundraiser To Benefit Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

    CT Loves PR Restaurant Fundraiser To Benefit Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

    Connecticut restaurants will participate in a special CT Loves PR promotion Oct. 21 to 28, raising funds for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. About 60 restaurants, food trucks and vendors throughout the state have signed on for the fundraiser. Participating locations will present special dishes or...

  • Small Bites: Dining News & Events

    Small Bites: Dining News & Events

    Hog River Brewing, 1429 Park St., Hartford, hosts a Southern-style pig roast with b Restaurants at the brewery Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The menu features hors d’ouevres like boiled peanuts, pimento cheese canapes and deviled eggs; roasted pork with barbecue sauces; family-style sides of mac and cheese,...

  • Millwright's Tyler Anderson To Join 'Top Chef' Cast

    Millwright's Tyler Anderson To Join 'Top Chef' Cast

    Tyler Anderson, the chef-owner of Millwright’s in Simsbury and co-owner of The Cook and the Bear in West Hartford, is about to add “Cheftestant” to his extensive resume.  Anderson has been announced as one of 15 competitors on the newest season of "Top Chef," debuting Dec. 7 on Bravo. He is the...

  • Connecticut Restaurants Hosting Fundraisers For Puerto Rico

    Connecticut Restaurants Hosting Fundraisers For Puerto Rico

    Connecticut's restaurants are pulling together to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. A list of events and dining opportunities: Back East Brewery, 1296 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, hosts a fundraiser Oct. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. For each pint of beer sold on Friday, 100 percent of sales...

  • Eight Connecticut Pizzerias Land On Daily Meal's '101 Best' List

    Eight Connecticut Pizzerias Land On Daily Meal's '101 Best' List

    Connecticut pizza is the best in the country, The Daily Meal acknowledges again, with the recent release of its 2017 “101 Best Pizzas In America” rankings. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, with multiple locations in Connecticut, New York and greater Boston, predictably landed at the top of the list...

  • Connecticut Restaurant Week Returns For 10th Year

    Connecticut Restaurant Week Returns For 10th Year

    Connecticut Restaurant Week, hosted by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, returns for its 10th year Oct. 9 to 15 with specially priced meals and discounts at more than 30 participating venues. Restaurants across the state will offer a variety of choices, which may include a three-course fixed-price...

  • Big E Announces 'Big Eats' Awards

    Big E Announces 'Big Eats' Awards

    In a year that brought a deep-fried cannoli sundae, chocolate-covered strawberry "waffle bombs" and tater tots loaded with chicken pot pie filling, how do you choose 2017's top Big E fair foods? We gave it a shot. The Big E's Big Eats awards returned this year, honoring the best concessions of...

  • Thali To Close In New Haven

    Thali To Close In New Haven

    Prasad Chirnomula has announced he will close Thali, his renowned New Haven Indian restaurant, on Sept. 30. "There are so many restaurants and just not enough people," Chirnomula said in a written statement.  "We had a really good run in New Haven and I am proud and honored to have worked alongside...

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