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

  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum Hosts Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Martini Competition

    Mashantucket Pequot Museum Hosts Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Martini Competition

    The annual Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Martini Competition to benefit CPTV/WNPR returns June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at a new venue: the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. Guests will sample food and cocktails from several restaurants and vendors as mixologists compete for top honors, with...

  • Freedom Beer Fest In Shelton June 18

    Freedom Beer Fest In Shelton June 18

    Shelton’s Veterans Park hosts the Freedom Beer Fest June 18, featuring more than 50 breweries and cider producers, live music, food trucks and specialty vendors. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate; attendees will receive an ID wristband and tasting mug. The festival begins at 1 p.m.;...

  • Treva, Àvert Partners Plan West Hartford Mediterranean Restaurant

    Treva, Àvert Partners Plan West Hartford Mediterranean Restaurant

    The site of the former Plimpton's store, a West Hartford destination for stationery and office supplies, will soon be home to a new restaurant by the operators of two other popular town eateries. Later this year, Dorjan Puka's DORO Restaurant Group will open Zohara, with a Mediterranean and Israeli-inspired...

  • Cure In Unionville To Host Orlando Fundraiser

    Cure In Unionville To Host Orlando Fundraiser

    In response to Sunday's mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, Unionville's Cure Restaurant will host an all-day fundraiser, "More Love Less Hate," Wednesday. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales and a portion of tips to support shooting victims and their families. The...

  • Foxwoods To Add Celebrity Restaurants This Fall

    Foxwoods To Add Celebrity Restaurants This Fall

    Foxwoods  prepares to welcome several new restaurants by celebrity chefs and TV personalities later this year. This fall, the resort casino will debut eateries by Food Network star Guy Fieri, "Iron Chef" and TV host Cat Cora and Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's "Fast n'Loud," along with an...

  • Broad Brook, Cigar City Brewing Collaborate On 'Made In The Shade' IPA

    Broad Brook, Cigar City Brewing Collaborate On 'Made In The Shade' IPA

    For centuries, Connecticut has been home to shade tobacco. Tampa, Fla. has a long history of cigar production. A new collaboration beer, produced by breweries representing both regions, bridges the "unlikely" historical connection. Later this month, Broad Brook Brewing is set to release its project...

  • Memorial Day Dining Specials, Events In Connecticut

    Memorial Day Dining Specials, Events In Connecticut

    Restaurants and venues offering Memorial Day specials for the long weekend: >>Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, features Memorial Day specials May 30 at its Fresh Salt restaurant: a New England clam bake (whole lobster, clams, mussels, red skin potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, linguica...

  • Jonathan Rapp Opens Wright's Steakhouse In Centerbrook

    Jonathan Rapp Opens Wright's Steakhouse In Centerbrook

    Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern and OTTO Pizza in Chester - and the yearly Dinners at the Farm benefit series - has opened Wright's Steakhouse in Centerbrook, taking over the former Gabrielle's Restaurant space in the village in Essex. Wright's is described as "a vibrant take on the traditional steakhouse,"...

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