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

  • 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...

  • Farmington Gardens Hosts Taste of Farmington

    Farmington Gardens Hosts Taste of Farmington

    Farmington Gardens (999 Farmington Ave., Farmington) hosts the first Taste of Farmington event on April 27 at 6 p.m., featuring fine food, wine, beer and cocktail samples from more than 25 local restaurants, mixologists and breweries. Participants include Cure, Apricots, 4 Eat and Drink, Taprock...

  • Mohegan Sun Hosts Sun Whiskey Union

    Mohegan Sun Hosts Sun Whiskey Union

    Mohegan Sun hosts the Sun Whiskey Union April 21 from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring tastings of bourbon, whiskey, rye and Scotches in its Uncas Ballroom. Exhibiting brands include Balvenie, Cody Road, Four Roses, Glendalough Distillery, Glenfiddich, Glengoyne Distillery, High West Distillery, Hudson,...

  • Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Waterbury

    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Waterbury

    The Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana legacy keeps growing, as the iconic family-owned pizzeria opens its ninth location April 17 at 130 Reidville Drive in Waterbury. The 3,400-square foot space has seating for 90 and offers the same menu of classic coal-fired Neapolitan pizza, salads, beer, wine,...

  • New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

    New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns for its spring edition April 2 to 7, with two-course prix-fixe lunches and three-course dinners at more than 30 eateries in the city. Participants include 116 Crown, Adriana's, Atelier Florian, Barcelona Wine Bar, Basta Trattoria, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Caffe Bravo,...

  • West Hartford Hosting Inaugural Wine And Food Festival In June

    West Hartford Hosting Inaugural Wine And Food Festival In June

    The inaugural West Hartford Wine and Food Festival on June 17, a benefit for select town independent schools, will feature a showcase of fine wines and cuisine from area restaurants. The event, to be held on the grounds of Kingswood Oxford School, is presented by Maximum Beverage and JUSTIN Vineyards...

  • After 3 Years' Planning, West Hartford's First Craft Brewery Opens

    After 3 Years' Planning, West Hartford's First Craft Brewery Opens

    New Park Brewing opened to the public March 25 from noon to 10 p.m., becoming the first craft brewery in the town of West Hartford. The 2,500-square foot brewery and taproom at 485 New Park Ave., has been in the works for about three years, says John Doyle, a co-owner along with Alex Dee and Tom...

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