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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 the Nation Hartford Returns Nov. 3

    Taste of the Nation Hartford Returns Nov. 3

    Taste of the Nation Hartford returns to The Riverview in Simsbury Nov. 3, featuring a multi-course dinner prepared tableside by chefs. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger through several platforms,...

  • New Haven Restaurant Week Returns Oct. 30

    New Haven Restaurant Week Returns Oct. 30

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, with three-course, prix-fixe lunches for $20.16 or dinner for $34. Participants include 116 Crown, Adriana’s, Atelier Florian, Barcelona Wine Bar, Basta Trattoria, Caffe Bravo, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, Cask Republic, Christopher Martins, Elm...

  • Cure Hosts Fundraiser For Haiti Hurricane Relief

    Cure Hosts Fundraiser For Haiti Hurricane Relief

    Cure has announced plans for Haiti relief efforts, hosting a fundraiser and urging donations for the residents of the country in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  The Unionville restaurant and bar plans to donate 5 percent of its sales from Oct. 12 through 14, and will also accept additional monetary...

  • New Britain Museum of American Art Hosts Art of Wine & Food

    New Britain Museum of American Art Hosts Art of Wine & Food

    The New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, hosts its annual Art of Wine and Food event Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., with tastings from more than 20 local restaurants and vendors, specialty wines and spirits. Participants include b Restaurants, Bella Bella Gourmet, Belvedere Cafe,...

  • WeHa Whiskey Festival At Hartford Golf Club

    WeHa Whiskey Festival At Hartford Golf Club

    The 4th annual WeHa Whiskey Festival returns Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at its new location: Hartford Golf Club. The event features samples of more than 200 bourbons, whiskeys and Scotches from around the world. Five local restaurants (Rooster Company in Newington, Ideal Tavern in Southington, The North...

  • Bear's Smokehouse Owner To Open Hartford Pizzeria

    Bear's Smokehouse Owner To Open Hartford Pizzeria

    Burnt-end pies will soon be a reality in Hartford, as Jamie McDonald, owner of Bear’s Smokehouse, has announced plans to move into pizza. The as-yet-to-be-named pizzeria will occupy the space of his current Bear’s outpost at 89 Arch St., as the barbecue restaurant moves to its new, larger space...

  • Scenes From The Greenwich Wine & Food Festival

    Scenes From The Greenwich Wine & Food Festival

    The waterfront of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park became a gourmand's playground Saturday as the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival returned for a sixth year. Saturday's Grand Tasting offered samplings from more than 150 food and beverage vendors. Two stages and a demo tent presented several cooking demonstrations...

  • Rooster Company Presents Oktoberfest Menu

    Rooster Company Presents Oktoberfest Menu

    Newington's Rooster Company gets into the Oktoberfest spirit with a special menu, running Sept. 23 to 30. Chefs Matt Backe and Rich Jurman designed the German-inspired dishes, including a salad with pickled local beets, fennel, and herbs with homemade birch tree vinaigrette ($6); a trio of housemade...

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