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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

  • Mohegan Sun Hosts Tequila Tasting

    Mohegan Sun Hosts Tequila Tasting

    Mohegan Sun hosts the Sun Tequila Tasting July 28 in its Uncas Ballroom from 8 to 11 p.m. The event features a variety of tequila samples, cocktails, Mexican-themed food like guacamole and tacos and DJ entertainment. Exhibitors include 1800, Avion, Cabo Wabo, El Jimador, Espolon, Herradura, Hotel...

  • Taste Of Blue Back Square And The Center Returns To West Hartford

    Taste Of Blue Back Square And The Center Returns To West Hartford

    The second annual Taste of Blue Back Square and The Center event on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. features tastings of appetizers, wine and beer from local West Hartford restaurants. Participants include Bar Louie, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen, Rizzuto’s Restaurant, World of Beer,...

  • b Simsbury Celebrates 10 Years With Retro Menu, Party

    b Simsbury Celebrates 10 Years With Retro Menu, Party

    b Simsbury (Plan B Burger Bar) celebrates its 10th anniversary at 4 Railroad Street with an all-day happy hour July 20 and a weeklong throwback menu with "retro" cocktails.   The menu of old-school fan favorites ($8.50 to $14) is available starting Monday, July 17, with dishes like three-cheese...

  • 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...

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