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

  • Hartford Baking Company, CT Breweries Host ACLU Fundraisers

    Hartford Baking Company, CT Breweries Host ACLU Fundraisers

    Hartford Baking Company, 625 New Park Ave., West Hartford, hosts "Carbs for a Cause," an all-day fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union  on Feb. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., when 100 percent of the day's sales will be donated to the ACLU, according to a press release. hartfordbaking.com...

  • Connecticut Chefs To Compete In New '86'd' Culinary Battles

    Connecticut Chefs To Compete In New '86'd' Culinary Battles

    Connecticut chefs are slated to join a new battle series, 86'D: A Culinary Collision, which launches Feb. 6. The 10 p.m. event will be held at a yet-undisclosed venue with two surprise participants. Dueling chefs will not be announced before each competition, and each location (within a 5-mile...

  • Taste Testing Taco Bell's New Naked Chicken Chalupa

    Taste Testing Taco Bell's New Naked Chicken Chalupa

    There’s no tortilla in sight for Taco Bell’s new Naked Chicken Chalupa. The chain’s latest novelty item went national Thursday after test-marketing in Bakersfield, Calif., and Kansas City, Mo., in 2015 and 2016.  The "naked" chalupa features a piece of fried, seasoned boneless white-meat chicken...

  • Connecticut Restaurants Host Chinese New Year Celebrations

    Connecticut Restaurants Host Chinese New Year Celebrations

    Celebrate the Year of the Rooster this weekend with special menus and cultural events at these Connecticut restaurants. Shu Restaurants in Fairfield and West Hartford, and Han Restaurant in Hartford, present the essence of Sichuan opera with special performances of Chinese face-mask changing, in...

  • Bob Ramen Plainville Hosts Grand Opening

    Bob Ramen Plainville Hosts Grand Opening

    Bob Ramen hosts a grand opening at its new Plainville location (50 W. Main St.) Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Plainville's expanded menu features four ramen bowls, three rice bowls (salmon poke, tofu rice, beef bulgogi kimchi rice) and small plates like duck fat-cooked chicken wings with sake barbecue...

  • Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week Returns

    Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week Returns

    Mohegan Sun hosts Restaurant Week promotions Jan. 22 to 26 at several of its eateries. Special fixed-price menus are available at: Bar Americain (3-course menu with wines for $35) Todd English’s Tuscany (3-course menu for $35) BALLO Italian (3-course dinner for $29.95, available at 4 p.m.) Michael...

  • Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes To Appear On Cooking Channel's 'Sugar Showdown'

    Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes To Appear On Cooking Channel's 'Sugar Showdown'

    Tune in tonight: Hardcore Sweet, the Oakville-based bakery known for its unique and creative "classy to crazy" cupcakes, cakes and other sweet treats, returns to TV for a competition appearance on the Cooking Channel's "Sugar Showdown." The episode airs at 10 p.m. This is the latest TV spot for...

  • b Restaurants Host 'Tour d'Pappy' Bourbon Series

    b Restaurants Host 'Tour d'Pappy' Bourbon Series

    Your Pappy hunt ends at b Restaurants (Plan B Burger Bar), which recently announced a series of special events spotlighting the super-elusive bourbon. The "Tour de Pappy" series at the restaurant group's locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. features seven Pappy van Winkle...

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