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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

  • 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,...

  • Community Table In Washington To Close May 15

    Community Table In Washington To Close May 15

    Community Table in Washington has announced it will close on May 15. The celebrated Litchfield County restaurant opened in 2010, almost instantly receiving national press and accolades for its dedication to innovative local cuisine, including multiple James Beard Award nominations. In a note on...

  • Bob Ramen Introducing Free 'Ramenritos' On Cinco De Mayo

    Bob Ramen Introducing Free 'Ramenritos' On Cinco De Mayo

    Greater Hartford is no stranger to Asian-fusion style mashups, like phorritos, ramen burgers and Kung Pao chicken tacos. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Bob Ramen in Hartford and Plainville has answered with its own "ramenrito,"  which wraps (nearly) all of the ingredients from its Japanese noodle...

  • Thread City Hop Fest Returns To Willimantic

    Thread City Hop Fest Returns To Willimantic

    Thread City Hop Fest returns to Willimantic's Jillson Square April 30, featuring craft beer tastings from more than 45 local, regional and national breweries, live music and fare from local food trucks and vendors. Food options include A Cupcake For Later, Brasato, Cafemantic, EZ StrEATS, Greekin’...

  • Local Panera Bread Franchisee Introduces Delivery Option

    Local Panera Bread Franchisee Introduces Delivery Option

    Howley Bread Group, a local Panera Bread franchisee, now offers delivery of its entire menu to customers ordering from its Connecticut cafes. Participating Panera restaurants are in Hartford (State House Square), Manchester (Shoppes at Buckland Hills,) Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Enfield, Farmington,...

  • JJ's Italian Kitchen Of Hamden To Appear On 'Rachael Ray Show'

    JJ's Italian Kitchen Of Hamden To Appear On 'Rachael Ray Show'

    A Connecticut restaurant couple is bringing their Parmesan proficiency to national TV. Joseph and Julie Dusa, the owners of JJ's Italian Kitchen in Hamden, will appear on "The Rachael Ray Show" April 19, in a "Parm-Off" competition. The episode will air at 10 a.m. on ABC.  "Two couples with delis...

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