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  - 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
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 www.ontwenty.com
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 🍦🏍🏒🇺🇸
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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