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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

  • Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week Returns

    Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week Returns

    The Taste of Middlesex County promotion runs Jan. 16 through Jan. 23, with fixed-price three-course meals for $20.17 at a variety of eateries. Participants currently include Amici Italian Grill, Eli Cannon's Tap Room, El Pulpo & Tapas Bar, Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar, First and Last Tavern, Herd,...

  • Bear's Blind Pig Pizzeria Opens

    Bear's Blind Pig Pizzeria Opens

    Admit it: You've possibly dreamed about Bear's Smokehouse barbecue meat atop a pizza crust. With the official opening of Blind Pig Pizzeria in Hartford, those dreams become reality. Jamie McDonald and the team from the Kansas City-style barbecue restaurants in Hartford, Windsor and South Windsor...

  • Savoy In West Hartford Offers Half-Priced Lunch Pizza This Week

    Savoy In West Hartford Offers Half-Priced Lunch Pizza This Week

    Max Restaurant Group's Savoy Pizzeria & Craft Bar is now open seven days a week for lunch, offering a pizza promotion this week. Enjoy 50 percent off any red, white or gluten-free pizza during lunch hours (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) through Jan. 13. Savoy is at 32 Lasalle Rd. in West Hartford. 860-969-1000,...

  • Olives And Oil Opens In New Haven

    Olives And Oil Opens In New Haven

    Fork Hospitality, the owners of New Haven's Elm City Social, have opened Olives and Oil at 124 Temple Street, featuring a menu of "electric Italian" cuisine. Olives and Oil features chef John Brennan's "modern take on rustic Italian cuisine, wine, and life in a vintage setting," according to a...

  • Little River Restoratives Owners Open Bob Ramen In Hartford

    Little River Restoratives Owners Open Bob Ramen In Hartford

    The team that brought vintage cocktails to a former Hartford coffeehouse space is expanding again, this time into Asian cuisine. Chris Parrott and Patrick Miceli, who introduced Little River Restoratives to the city in November 2015, officially open Bob Ramen next door to the cocktail bar at 399...

  • Onyx Moonshine Hosts Beer Barrel-Aged Whiskey Tastings

    Onyx Moonshine Hosts Beer Barrel-Aged Whiskey Tastings

    Connecticut whiskey meets Connecticut beer for a second affair this year, as Onyx Moonshine prepares to reveal its beer barrel-aged whiskey at upcoming tasting events. After Onyx Moonshine's summertime Secret Stash Beer Bash, at which Connecticut breweries showcased beer barrel-aged in the distillery's...

  • 'A Glimpse Into Christmas' Holiday Dinner With Billy Grant

    'A Glimpse Into Christmas' Holiday Dinner With Billy Grant

    Billy Grant Restaurant Group hosts a holiday-themed dinner at Hartford Flavor Company (30 Arbor St., Hartford) Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The event is a glimpse at Grant's family holiday menu, with stationed and passed hors d'oeuvres; Venetian-style seafood salad with calamari, octopus, sea scallops;...

  • Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar Opening

    Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar Opening

    Flavortown, meet Foxwoods. Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar, by celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri, opens Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. on the casino level of the Grand Pequot Tower. The 9,800-square foot, 258-seat restaurant showcases an open kitchen design and a 42-foot wooden-top bar with...

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