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

It's Labor Day Weekend Hartford! Play! 9/2/2015
It's that time of year again, oh my heavens "where did the summer go" time. Yep, Labor Day weekend has nearly arrived  so if you haven't done some summer things by now, better get going! It's a three-day weekend and that means extra fun and extra time to enjoy them all.

Italian Celebrity Andrea Mainardi Comes To CT 8/30/2015
They call Andrea Mainardi "The Atomic Blond," because of his signature platinum blond spiked do. He is one of Italy's most popular chefs and reality show stars.

Valin Gone From NBC CT 8/30/2015
It's bye bye again for Jeff Valin over at NBC Connecticut WVIT.

A Sweet Night: Knox Dinner Under the Stars And Gabriella's Scoop Night 8/28/2015
There were a couple of "summer sweet" events going on in Hartford and West Hartford Thursday night, and they both boasted quintessential summer goodness.

Teen Singing Sensation Jackie Evancho To Perform At The Bushnell 8/29/2015
She won everyone's heart when she competed on the 2010 season of the popular reality show "America's Got Talent." People were mesmerized by the angelic-looking youngster who sang so sweetly that no one was surprised when she finished as first runner-up.