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

    Taste of Hartford returns Feb. 20 through March 5, with multicourse menus at a variety of city restaurants priced at $20.17 and $30.17. Visit ctnow.com/tasteofhartford for information on participating venues and menus. The Bonefish Grill locations in Newington and South Windsor, as well as the ...

  • West Hartford's Besito Celebrates National Margarita Day

    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. 22 with two-for-one Besito Patron (Patrón Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, pomegranate and tangerine juices, fresh lime) and La Casa (house frozen, pomegranate...

  • Hog River Hosts Beer Dinner With Brasato Italian Street Cuisine

    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. The menu includes passed appetizers, root vegetable minestrone, burrata with prosciutto, roasted beets and sage and hop pesto; braised beef short rib,...

  • Craft Sippin' Returns To New Britain Museum of American Art

    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. Participating breweries include Brooklyn Brewery, Goose Island/Golden Road/Elysian/Blue Point, Long Trail/Otter Creek, Relic, Lagunitas,...

  • Hartford Baking Company, CT Breweries Host ACLU Fundraisers

    Hartford Baking Company, CT Breweries Host ACLU Fundraisers

    Hartford Baking Company, 625 New Park Ave., West Hartford, hosts "Carbs for a Cause," an all-day fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union  on Feb. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., when 100 percent of the day's sales will be donated to the ACLU, according to a press release. hartfordbaking.com...

  • Connecticut Chefs To Compete In New '86'd' Culinary Battles

    Connecticut Chefs To Compete In New '86'd' Culinary Battles

    Connecticut chefs are slated to join a new battle series, 86'D: A Culinary Collision, which launches Feb. 6. The 10 p.m. event will be held at a yet-undisclosed venue with two surprise participants. Dueling chefs will not be announced before each competition, and each location (within a 5-mile...

  • Taste Testing Taco Bell's New Naked Chicken Chalupa

    Taste Testing Taco Bell's New Naked Chicken Chalupa

    There’s no tortilla in sight for Taco Bell’s new Naked Chicken Chalupa. The chain’s latest novelty item went national Thursday after test-marketing in Bakersfield, Calif., and Kansas City, Mo., in 2015 and 2016.  The "naked" chalupa features a piece of fried, seasoned boneless white-meat chicken...

  • Connecticut Restaurants Host Chinese New Year Celebrations

    Connecticut Restaurants Host Chinese New Year Celebrations

    Celebrate the Year of the Rooster this weekend with special menus and cultural events at these Connecticut restaurants. Shu Restaurants in Fairfield and West Hartford, and Han Restaurant in Hartford, present the essence of Sichuan opera with special performances of Chinese face-mask changing, in...

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