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Leeanne Griffin

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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

  • 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...

  • Connecticut Restaurant Week Returns For 10th Year

    Connecticut Restaurant Week Returns For 10th Year

    Connecticut Restaurant Week, hosted by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, returns for its 10th year Oct. 9 to 15 with specially priced meals and discounts at more than 30 participating venues. Restaurants across the state will offer a variety of choices, which may include a three-course fixed-price...

  • Big E Announces 'Big Eats' Awards

    Big E Announces 'Big Eats' Awards

    In a year that brought a deep-fried cannoli sundae, chocolate-covered strawberry "waffle bombs" and tater tots loaded with chicken pot pie filling, how do you choose 2017's top Big E fair foods? We gave it a shot. The Big E's Big Eats awards returned this year, honoring the best concessions of...

  • Thali To Close In New Haven

    Thali To Close In New Haven

    Prasad Chirnomula has announced he will close Thali, his renowned New Haven Indian restaurant, on Sept. 30. "There are so many restaurants and just not enough people," Chirnomula said in a written statement.  "We had a really good run in New Haven and I am proud and honored to have worked alongside...

  • Division West Bistro Opens In West Hartford

    Division West Bistro Opens In West Hartford

    Division West Bistro & Bar opens Sept. 14 at 36 Lasalle Road in West Hartford, offering "simple, modern and comforting" food with American, European and Asian influences. The restaurant is a partnership between Ermal Caushi, formerly of Peppercorn's Grill in Hartford, and Jimi Brahimi, a veteran...

  • Taste of Farmington Valley Runs Sept. 12 to 24

    Taste of Farmington Valley Runs Sept. 12 to 24

    The Taste of Farmington Valley promotion Sept. 12 to 24 features multi-course prix-fixe menus at a selection of restaurants in Avon, Collinsville, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury.  Participants include @ the Barn, Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar, Cure Restaurant, Galleria Restaurant, Lisa’s Crown &...

  • GoldBurgers On Capitol Hosts Grand Opening Party

    GoldBurgers On Capitol Hosts Grand Opening Party

    GoldBurgers on Capitol, 399 Capitol Ave., Hartford, hosts its official grand opening celebration Aug. 24 starting at 11 a.m. Specials include $1 hot dogs, $5 specialty burgers, $7 burger meals with fries and soda, and $3 cans of Boulevard beer. Keg beer is available from Hanging Hills Brewery,...

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