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

Katie Couric Brings Voice To CT 10/2/2015
Her "voice" arrived when she was elected student council president in elementary school. "That's when I knew I had the power to make change," said award-winning journalist Katie Couric, who was the keynote speaker Friday, Oct. 2, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford's "Voices" fundraising...

HSO Opens Season With A Party 10/2/2015
There might be disagreements over a contract, but the show went on and the 2015-16 season opened as planned for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, which presented "New World Visions'' as the first performance in its Masterworks Series with guest artists Caroline Goulding and Christopher Gerson at...

HBJ "Under 40"Bash Turns Into Wedding Proposal Place 10/2/2015
Geography forced the question, a big one, for Quentin "Q" Phipps Wednesday at the Ct Convention Center. The Middletown city treasurer and Charter Schools for Excellence manager was there with a host of others to be honored by the Hartford Business Journal at its annual "40 Under 40" bash, recognizing...

October Arrives With A Fairs To Fashion Weekend In CT 9/30/2015
Yep it’s a new month believe it or not, so everyone, buckle up, we are now officially headed into the busy autumn season that includes parties, fairs, shows and more. Let’ start with something a bit musical, the kick-off of the Hartford Symphony’s 2015-2016 season Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Bushnell....

Singer Melanie Renews Her Ties With Connecticut 9/29/2015
Singer Melanie Safka-Schekeryk, professionally known as just Melanie, hit her professional stride here in the United States after she sang at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, then released hits including "What Have They Done To My Song, Ma," "Brand New Key" and "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)." ...