285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT
MaryEllen Fillo
Java/A La Carte Columnist, Blogger
My Role

As the daily Java columnist and blogger, I consider myself everyone's ticket into the parties they can't afford, get invited to or just want to hear about from the comfort of their homes, while offering an "up close and personal" look at local and national celebrities, even when they say "no media."

And as far as my A La Carte column each Thursday, please let me tell you what's new when it comes to dining out, special food events and what the new culinary trends are in the area.

Besides my columns at courant.com and my blog, courant.com/javablog, I can be heard daily on WDRC-FM at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on the Jerry Kristafer Show, and on Fridays at 8:20 a.m. on The Brad Davis Show on WDRC-AM. I also appear on the Fox CT morning news show on Thursdays at 8 a.m. and speak to non-profit and community groups when invited.

I welcome invitations, input, tips, suggestions and comments and hope you will be in touch! I am nothing without you!!!!

My Biography

I have been an award-winning reporter with the Courant since 1971, covering town news, education, business, breaking news, politics and for the past four years, the Java and A La Carte columnist, covering restaurants, celebrities and parties, with dashes of politics, radio, tv and sports thrown in.

I graduated from Hartford College for Women and Central Connecticut State University, have been an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and University of Hartford,and was a middle school English-As-A-Second Language tutor for many years.

My work is my life (no really!), and other than more time with my family(several children and grandchildren,) my never-ending quest is for the perfect, comfortable pair of high heels.

My Interests

Gardening and traveling, and organizing and cleaning (as only a possessed Virgo would do.)
My Recent Articles

Hartford In Running For New Monopoly Game Space 2/26/2015
The timeless Hasbro board game Monopoly turns 80 this year and Hartford, yes Hartford, CT, has a chance to be on the coveted Boardwalk space in the new anniversary version, Monopoly Here and Now.

'Amazing Race' Casting Call At Mohegan Sun 2/26/2015
Love the reality show “Amazing Race?”

CT Weekend Offers Plenty of Spring-Inspired Fun 2/25/2015
Spring is only a few weeks away and to get you in the mood, thank heaven, the clocks get turned ahead on March 8. At least we will feel like winter is nearly over.

Victory Lap For Joey Logano Includes A Stop At ESPN And Portland Restaurant 2/25/2015
Daytona 500 winner and Middletown native Joey Logano was beaming as he whipped through ESPN Tuesday to talk about his victory in Florida Sunday. The 24-year-old Team Penske driver, who raced his way into the winner's circle at one of the most prestigious and well-known car races, was "home."

Spilling The Beans: Mika Brzezinski On Taking Her 'Know Your Value' Tour Nationwide 2/24/2015
When former Connecticut television personality and MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika Brzezinski promoted the first "Know Your Value" women's conference in Hartford last spring, she suspected she would have a winner. She has.