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

New Avery's Soda: Deflated Ball Brew 1/26/2015
By now everyone knows New Britain's historic Avery's Beverages has great fun when it comes to creating new soda flavors off the news.

Blues Brothers Excite Black & Red Ball Crowd 1/26/2015
It was a gala visual Java couldn't get out of her head long after she left the Bushnell Saturday night.

Blues Brothers Planning To Get Black & Red Crowd On Its Feet 1/22/2015
Hartford Hospital's annual Black & Red ball will definitely be anything but staid this year thanks to some special guests who will bring their comedic pedigree and famed musical talent to The Bushnell stage Saturday, Jan. 24.

Say ' I Love You' On Valentine's Day With Rocky, The New Britain Rock Cat's Mascot 1/22/2015
Before you know it, it will be that day of lovers, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. For those looking for a gift that is well, a bit unusual, The  New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, offers a sweetheart package...

Cabin Fever Hartford? We've Got The Weekend Cure 1/20/2015
Winter blahs? Come on, yes it’s winter in New England but that’s no reason to stay inside. The weekend is here and the options are diverse!