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

  • 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,"...

  • Two Roads Hosts 'Gathering of the Bines' Hops Festival

    Two Roads Hosts 'Gathering of the Bines' Hops Festival

    Two Roads Brewing Company, 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, hosts its first Gathering of the Bines beer festival May 21 at 2:30 p.m., a "celebration of all things hops." The event features tastings of beer from more than 25 breweries and a "hub" of 10 local food trucks, including Caseus Cheese Truck,...

  • Prospect Cafe Hosts Patio Party

    Prospect Cafe Hosts Patio Party

    Prospect Café, 345 Prospect Ave., West Hartford, hosts a patio opening party May 12 at 6 p.m., with a pig roast and specials on Black Hog beer. The patio menu features two sandwiches for $7 apiece, including BBQ pulled pork and a banh mi. Cans of Black Hog's SWAG, Easy Rye'Da, Ginga Ninja and Granola...

  • Barcade Brings Retro Arcade Games, Craft Beer To New Haven

    Barcade Brings Retro Arcade Games, Craft Beer To New Haven

    In New Haven, it's on like Donkey Kong. And Ms. Pac-Man. And Frogger, and other vintage arcade games of a bygone era. Barcade, a retro-style arcade with a restaurant and bar, officially opens its sixth location at 56 Orange Street Sunday at 6 p.m. The 21-and-over spot features 50 token-operated...

  • Barcelona Wine Bar's Adam Greenberg Is 'Chopped' Grand Champion

    Barcelona Wine Bar's Adam Greenberg Is 'Chopped' Grand Champion

    Tardivo, cardoons and a dessert requiring caramelized onions were no match  for longtime Barcelona Wine Bar chef Adam Greenberg. The 36-year-old West Hartford native won the finale of Food Network's "Chopped Champions" Tuesday, which came with a big prize: $50,000. Greenberg, presently the executive...

  • Black-Eyed Sally's Hosts Crawfish Boil

    Black-Eyed Sally's Hosts Crawfish Boil

    Black-Eyed Sally’s, a Hartford staple for barbecue and Southern fare, hosts its first crawfish boil April 30, starting at 4 p.m. The $24.95 plate includes one pound of spicy boiled crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes, and the bar features specials on Abita beer on draft and in the bottle. Live...

  • Iron Chef Elm City Competition Returns

    Iron Chef Elm City Competition Returns

    Top Southern Connecticut chefs will battle it out May 1 for the title of Iron Chef Elm City. The 9th annual competition at the Omni Hotel at Yale features a showdown between firefighter-chefs Danny Brelsford (Consiglio’s Restaurant, Bridgeport Fire Department); Whitney King (personal chef, Norwalk...

  • Willimantic's Thread City Hop Fest Features 45+ Brewers

    Willimantic's Thread City Hop Fest Features 45+ Brewers

    The Thread City Hop Fest in Willimantic's Jillson Square May 1 features craft beer tastings from more than 45 New England breweries, live music and fare from local food trucks and vendors. Brewers include several representatives from Connecticut and New England, and food options include A Cupcake...

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