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

  • Tony Camilleri Joins Hartford's Firebox As Executive Chef

    Tony Camilleri Joins Hartford's Firebox As Executive Chef

    Firebox, in its ninth year as a premier farm-to-table restaurant at Hartford's Billings Forge Community Works, has a new chef at the helm.  Tony Camilleri, whose lengthy career includes a recent executive chef role at Rizzuto's in West Hartford and experience with Billy Grant's restaurants, began...

  • Savor's Second Year Features Rare Whiskey, Fine Food, Celebrities

    Savor's Second Year Features Rare Whiskey, Fine Food, Celebrities

    “Canned tuna” took on a whole new meaning at this weekend’s Savor event, thanks to the team from Elm in New Canaan. Executive chef Luke Venner presented his take on the pantry staple, with bites of tuna cured with bergamot and Meyer lemon, preserved tomato, basil seeds, basil sauce, dehydrated...

  • Barcelona's Adam Greenberg Advances To 'Chopped Champions' Finale

    Barcelona's Adam Greenberg Advances To 'Chopped Champions' Finale

    The opponents were tougher and the baskets of ingredients were certainly more bizarre than his first "Chopped" experience, but Adam Greenberg of Barcelona Wine Bar racked up his second win on the Food Network competition show Tuesday night. The 36-year-old West Hartford native, whose culinary career...

  • Thali Owner Prasad Chirnomula To Open Blue Back Square Restaurant

    Thali Owner Prasad Chirnomula To Open Blue Back Square Restaurant

    Prasad Chirnomula of Five Star Restaurant Group, known for his Thali and Oaxaca Kitchen restaurants in New Haven and Fairfield County, is branching out into Greater Hartford. The chef/owner announced Thursday that he has signed a lease in West Hartford's Blue Back Square, with plans to open a new...

  • Cook and the Bear Names Ed Jones III As Executive Chef

    Cook and the Bear Names Ed Jones III As Executive Chef

    As Tyler Anderson, Jamie McDonald and A.J. Aurrichio work toward a late summer opening of Cook and the Bear, their highly anticipated collaboration restaurant in West Hartford's Blue Back Square, another local culinary talent has signed on to join their team.  Ed Jones III, the current executive...

  • 30th Anniversary Menu At Costa Del Sol

    30th Anniversary Menu At Costa Del Sol

    Costa del Sol, a destination for fine Spanish cuisine, has been a fixture on Hartford's Wethersfield Avenue for 30 years now The Feijoo family celebrates its three decades of success with a special anniversary menu, offering three courses for $30. The menu features choice of appetizer, entree and...

  • Mohegan Sun Hosting Sun WhiskeyFest

    Mohegan Sun Hosting Sun WhiskeyFest

    Mohegan Sun hosts its Sun WhiskeyFest April 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Uncas Ballroom, featuring tastings of bourbon, whiskey, rye and Scotches along with batch craft cocktails and food. Exhibiting brands include Bulleit, Cody Road, Defiant Whiskey, Four Roses, Glendalough Distillery, Glengoyne...

  • New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring Edition

    New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring Edition

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns for its spring edition Apr. 3 to 8, with three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at more than two dozen eateries in the city. Participants include 116 Crown, Adriana’s, Atelier Florian, Barcelona Wine Bar, Basta Trattoria, Caffe Bravo, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro,...

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