285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT
06115
860-241-3717/860-209-8147
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

WFSB's Scot Haney Adjusting To City Life In New Digs 6/29/2015
Gone are the rooster emblazoned kitchen café curtains and rooms full of oversized oak antiques. There's no trace of the once revered "good" china, nor the expected assortment of Pottery Barn accoutrements in conservatively colored rooms.

It's A Boy For WTNH's Teresa Dufour 6/28/2015
He arrived a few days early but not without making his mom and dad work at it a bit.

Martini Madness In Simsbury 6/25/2015
The liquor was flowing and the food was divine at the Fifth Annual Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Martini Competition Thursday night at The Riverview in Simsbury.

Wethersfield High Grad Makes 'Kinky Boots' Tour Debut At Bushnell 6/24/2015
If you are going to make your big tour debut, there is no better place when it comes to moral support than your old neighborhood. And no better production to do it in than "Kinky Boots."

West Hartford Woman, Twin Sister On 'Today' Show with Jenna Bush 6/22/2015
A Connecticut woman and her identical twin sister will be featured on a "Today'' show segment Tuesday, June 23 with show correspondent, Jenna Bush Hager.