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

    Grano Arso Restaurant, a seasonally inspired Italian restaurant, is now open at 6 Main St. in Chester. Chef-owner Joel Gargano "mills native New England grains in-house to create an old-world approach to his pastas and breads," according to a press release. An opening menu features small plates...

  • Whey Station Hopes To Replace Its Totaled 'Cheesy Chariot' By Spring

    Whey Station Hopes To Replace Its Totaled 'Cheesy Chariot' By Spring

    The Whey Station's "cheesy chariot" is out of commission after a weekend crash in rainy weather. The popular food truck specializing in grilled cheese, owned and operated by husband and wife team Joshua and Jillian Moskites, suffered damage after a Sunday afternoon collision in Coventry.  Jillian...

  • New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Fall Edition

    New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Fall Edition

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns Nov. 5 to 10, with two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $17 or three-course dinners for $34. Participants include 116 Crown, Adriana's, Atelier Florian, Au Chalet, Barcelona Wine Bar, Basta Trattoria, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Caffe Bravo, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro,...

  • New Haven's Thali Too and Oaxaca Kitchen To Close

    New Haven's Thali Too and Oaxaca Kitchen To Close

    Just about a month after announcing the closing of his famed Thali restaurant in New Haven, Prasad Chirnomula will close his remaining restaurants in the city: Thali Too and Oaxaca Kitchen. Oaxaca Kitchen at 228 College St., Chirnomula's take on authentic fare from the Oaxaca state of Mexico, will...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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