Follow The Food: Who To Follow in 2018

January 2, 2018


The culinary landscape in CT has changed drastically over the past 5 - 10 years, but 2017, in particular, was a big year for the Connecticut food and restaurant scene. Not only do we have more fantastic dining options we also have more experts, media outlets, and bloggers celebrating All Of The Things CT (see what we did there 😉).  What better way to stay on top of things than to follow the restaurant experts – the owners, chefs, and writers who are shaping the industry?


To be included on this list, one must be:

• A chef or restaurant owner.

• A restaurant professional.

• A restaurant consultant or photographer.

• A trailblazing food or restaurant celeb.

• A dedicated food blogger or instagrammer. 

• A reporter or thought leader in the food and/or restaurant industry.


There are mostly like lots of familiar faces on this list (it is a small state after all), but we think any of these that are new to you will be welcome additions to your timeline.



Alycia Chrosniak | @alyciachrosniak

Food blogging @cteatsout. Freelance food + travel writing. Hartford, Connecticut.


Anthony Kostelis | @akostelis

Chef @ The Whelk Westport, CT

Photo source: CT Eats Out



April Gibson | @aprilmelisa

Executive chef, cat lover, Sarcasm enthusiast



Benjamin Grippo | @bennbreaksbread

🍞🍴BENN GRIM  🍴 🍞



Carlos Baez | @chefcarlosbaez

Award winning innovative chef, best chef Connecticut



Carlos Perez | @chefcarlosperez

Executive Chef / Baker / Restauranteur La Palette Bakery - Watertown, CT Evolution [2018] - Litchfield County Birchwood Catering Co. - Woodbury, CT



Chef Plum | @chef_plum

Host of Restaurant Road Trip Friday's 9am and noon on WTNH, Plumluvfoods live 10pm Monday, award winning NYC/Montauk private chef, foodlover​





Connecticut Food & Farm | @connfoodandfarm

Winter Caplanson ~ capturing iconic images and stories of the local food movement




Connecticut Restaurant Association | @ctrestaurantassoc




Craig Ventrice | @craiven15

Bar/Beverage Manager - Jesup Hall, Kawa Ni and The Whelk. Treasurer - USBG-CT




 CTbites | @ctbites

Your guide to great food in Connecticut.


CT Eats Out | @cteatsout

Your guide to the best eats in the state. 






CT Now | @gotoctnow

The place to go for places to go in Connecticut




Dan Meiser | @danielmeiser3



 Ed Jones III | @bethlum74

Love & gratitude. Eats, Beats, Rum, Cooking. Chef @cookandthebear



Eric Stagl | @truckchef79




Erik Ofgang | @erikofgang

Connecticut Magazine senior writer



Jenna Kijowski and Jessica Bishop | @ctaintsobad

Best of Hartford Magazine 2016/2017 “Best Blogger”


 Jesse Powers | @jessep727

 Executive chef at On20​



Joel Gargano | @joelgargano




Kristin Eddy | @kristin1323

Pastry chef/ ct/ food is life/ Do what you love

Lora Karam and Beverley Canepari | @unlockingconnecticut & @unlockingfairfield

A fun & sassy Connecticut experience blog where Bev + Lora unlock the best in the area!



 Matt Storch | @chefstorch



Matthew Wick | @mechwick

Photo source: Connecticut Magazine




 Natalie | @new_england_foodie

•Food Blogger Living in CT •Chicago born/raised •Love family •Love Travel• 




Nick Caito | @nickcaitophoto

Photographer, writer, music, & food guy in Hartford CT. 




 Niles Talbot | @nilescooks

|MILLWRIGHTS| and some other stuff…




Scott Miller | @s_m_I_l_l_e_r




Sean Butler | @seanbutler0four

Francesca’s wine bar and bistro, chef/owner



Stacy | @blonde_and_starving

📍CT based •Food blogger ​


 Tommy Juliano Jr. | @tommyjuliano

Pastry Chef at @ontwenty in Hartford, CT. Father of two beautiful girls, husband to @bljuli. Trucker, Choppers, Ice Cream, Hockey, Cornwall, CT 🍦🏍🏒🇺🇸​

Photo source



Tyler Anderson | @potsandpans77

Dad | Chef and partner Millwright’s Restaurant/ The Cook & The Bear | 4x James Beard Semifinalist/ Top Chef Season 15 



 Xavier Santiago | @Xavierillusions

Illusions Culinary Santiago



Van Hurd | @vanhurd40

Chef at Taino Smokehouse 🔥🔪



weHartford | @wehartford

Your guide to amazing experiences in the local Hartford, CT area.






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