March 8, 2012

Dining at The Whelk in Westport, CT

I’ve been enjoying Chef Bill Taibe’s cooking for many years.  He started his culinary career working in Manhattan under the celebrated Chef Larry Forgione at The American Place.  I later visited his Relish: Food and Wine, a highly rated restaurant serving refined comfort food in Norwalk, CT.  He then became executive chef at the acclaimed Napa & Co. in Stamford, CT, which serves new American cuisine using the freshest seasonal products, supporting Connecticut’s local purveyors and farmers.  After three years at Napa & Co., Bill was inspired to open leFarm in Westport, CT, where he continues his passion for locally sourced ingredients and found even more local farms to add to his list of suppliers.  I have enjoyed many fine meals at leFarm and Bill has made several appearances on my television show, including one coming up on March 15th, where he shares a couple of fantastic creations from his latest restaurant venture, The Whelk, serving sustainable seafood. Last August, my sister, Laura and her husband, Randy, invited me out for a birthday dinner.  For various reasons, that dinner never happened.  Then, Laura heard that Bill was opening a second restaurant and we decided to put the dinner off until March, after the opening, when we could celebrate our birthdays together.  We were joined by Laura and Randy’s daughter Sophie, son Charlie, and Sophie’s boyfriend Dan.  The dinner was so much fun and the food was sensational!  Great job, Bill Taibe and team!

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