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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

  • 2017 Connecticut Wine Festival Returns To Goshen

    2017 Connecticut Wine Festival Returns To Goshen

    The annual Connecticut Wine Festival returns July 22 and 23 at the Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St. (Route 63), Goshen. The event features tastings of Connecticut wines from 16 local wineries, samples of locally produced specialty foods, live music and craft displays and a live grape stomp...

  • Besito In Blue Back Square Closes

    Besito In Blue Back Square Closes

    Besito in West Hartford's Blue Back Square has closed its doors, according to a statement on its website. "After nearly a decade and with a heavy heart, we are sad to announce that we were unable to re-negotiate our lease at Blue Back Square and are closing our doors in our beloved West Hartford...

  • Hartford's Riverfront Food Truck Festival Returns July 6-8

    Hartford's Riverfront Food Truck Festival Returns July 6-8

    The Riverfront Food Truck Festival will be held July 6 to 8 at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. The free event runs daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a wide selection of food trucks, live entertainment and family activities. Food vendors include Bear's Smokehouse BBQ,...

  • First West Hartford Wine & Food Festival Draws Enthusiastic Crowds

    First West Hartford Wine & Food Festival Draws Enthusiastic Crowds

    The timing seemed ideal for West Hartford, a booming Connecticut dining destination, to finally have its own culinary celebration. An estimated 1,000 guests attended Saturday's inaugural West Hartford Wine and Food Festival, a showcase of fine wines and upscale cuisine held outdoors on the grounds...

  • Bob Ramen Closes, Reopens As GoldBurgers On Capitol

    Bob Ramen Closes, Reopens As GoldBurgers On Capitol

    It’s in with cheeseburgers and out with ramen, as Newington-based GoldBurgers will take the place of Bob Ramen at 399 Capitol Ave. in Hartford on June 13. The new restaurant, to be called GoldBurgers on Capitol, is a partnership between GoldBurgers’ Matt Crowley and Tim Marotto and Patrick Miceli...

  • Mercado Owners Open El Pollo Guapo In Wethersfield

    Mercado Owners Open El Pollo Guapo In Wethersfield

    The couple behind Greater Hartford's unique "Span-ish" tapas food truck wants to make your busy meal times a little easier.  On Thursday, Heather and Roy Riedl of Mercado will open El Pollo Guapo at 1866 Berlin Turnpike in Wethersfield, their first brick and mortar restaurant. The storefront offers...

  • Butchers & Bakers Hosts Sierra Nevada 'Beer Camp' Dinner

    Butchers & Bakers Hosts Sierra Nevada 'Beer Camp' Dinner

    Butchers & Bakers, 270 Farmington Ave., Farmington, hosts an exclusive Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp” dinner Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m., featuring the full lineup of 12 beers created in collaboration with Sierra Nevada and top national and international craft breweries. The tasting dinner pairs courses...

  • Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen Opens In West Hartford

    Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen Opens In West Hartford

    Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen officially opens Wednesday evening at 991 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford.  The fourth eatery by Dorjan Puka's DORO Restaurant Group (Treva, Àvert Brasserie, Artisanal Burger Company), features a menu inspired by the flavors of Mediterranean countries, focusing on vegetables,...

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