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

  • Taste of Hartford Returns For Summer 2016

    Taste of Hartford Returns For Summer 2016

    Taste of Hartford, with special prix-fixe menus at a variety of city eateries, is back for its summer edition July 18 to 31. Restaurants will serve multi-course meals for either $20.16 or $30.16 (unless otherwise specified.) Participating restaurants include Agave Grill, Bin 228, Black Eyed Sally's,...

  • Goldberg's Gourmet Opens In West Hartford's Blue Back Square

    Goldberg's Gourmet Opens In West Hartford's Blue Back Square

    Goldberg's Gourmet is now open in West Hartford's Blue Back Square at 38-44 Isham Road, offering house-baked bagels, sandwiches, salads and a full coffee bar with juices and smoothies. The restaurant replaces Posh Tomato, a fast-casual pizzeria franchise, which was also operated by Goldberg's owners...

  • Connecticut Wine Festival At Goshen Fairgrounds

    Connecticut Wine Festival At Goshen Fairgrounds

    The annual Connecticut Wine Festival returns July 23 from noon to 7 p.m. and July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Goshen Fairgrounds. The event features tastings of Connecticut wines and locally-produced specialty foods, live music and craft displays. Participating wineries include Bishop’s Orchards,...

  • b Restaurants Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

    b Restaurants Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

    On July 13, 2006, the first Plan B Burger Bar opened in West Hartford, introducing the region to its "burgers, beer, bourbon" concept. Throughout the next decade, that format would eventually expand to multiple Connecticut outposts and locations in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington D.C. Now...

  • Iconic Anchor Spa Reopens In New Haven

    Iconic Anchor Spa Reopens In New Haven

    Beloved New Haven watering hole Anchor Bar closed in January 2015, but has found new life, thanks to a New York restaurateur and Yale alumnus. Karl Franz Williams, a 1997 graduate of the university, has officially reopened the College Street institution as Anchor Spa, offering globally-inspired...

  • July 4th Weekend Dining Specials

    July 4th Weekend Dining Specials

    Staying home for the long holiday weekend? Take advantage of these dining deals at Connecticut restaurants: Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., Hartford, offers a $20.16 three-course menu through July 4. Options include choice of New England clam chowder or salad; entree selections of barbecue chicken,...

  • 'Farm To Street' Dinner Transforms Hartford's Trinity Street

    'Farm To Street' Dinner Transforms Hartford's Trinity Street

    Under a breezy summer evening sky and strings of twinkling lights, Hartford's Trinity Street was transformed into an open-air dinner party for about 200 guests Saturday, as the annual Farm to Street event returned for its second year.  The unique "bring your own dinner" gathering (with appetizer...

  • Blue Plate Kitchen Hosts City Steam Beer Dinner

    Blue Plate Kitchen Hosts City Steam Beer Dinner

    Blue Plate Kitchen, 345 N. Main St., West Hartford, hosts a City Steam craft beer dinner with brewmaster Sam Pagano on its patio June 30 at 6 p.m. Courses and beer pairings include: Pork belly sliders, espelette mustard, collards on brioche (Broker's Brown Ale)Ostrich chili in a grain bread bowl...

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