Getting Served

Photograph: David Webster
Above: Stephanie Webster

The woman who signs off her emails with the tag line “Life is too short for bad food” has been preparing for her ten-year (and counting) role as founder and Editor in Chief for CTbites (ctbites.com) her whole life. Stephanie Webster was born and raised in NYC by parents who professionally design restaurants. She discovered a knack for finding out-of-the-way gems during weekly trips to Chinatown and frequent trips abroad. She started her own career in the city as a photo editor, followed by strategy, brand development, website architecture and content development work for top consumer brands. During her seven-year stay in Seattle, she adopted the city’s casual yet innovative approach to food. When she relocated to Connecticut, she began searching for great food. We asked this pro to name twenty foodies everyone in Westport, Weston and Wilton must know—no easy challenge. Here’s what she served up.

1. LLOYD ALLEN
Owner of Double L Market in Westport and a fierce advocate for local farming and sourcing

2. JENN BALIN
Owner of the café Sugar & Olives

3. JESS BENGSTEN
Chef at Terrain Garden Cafe and supporter and advocate for sustainable local sourcing

4. TIM LABLANT
Chef/owner of Schoolhouse Restaurant

5. NORM BLOOM
Owner of Norm Bloom and Son Oysters

6. ELLEN BOWEN
Founder of miabites.com, a partner of ctbites.com

7. LORI COCHRAN
Director of Westport Farmers’ Market

8. ANDREW DOMINICK
Food writer

9. ANNIE FARRELL
Farmer at Millstone Farm

10. RAMIN GANESHRAM
Cookbook author

11. CHEF ALISON MILWE GRACE
Chef/owner of AMG Catering

12. BRIAN LEWIS
Chef/owner of OKO and The Cottage

13. FARAH MASANI
Owner of Farah’s Farm, farmer, supplier to local chefs and supporter of local food community

14. MARINA MARCHESE
Founder of Red Bee Apiary

15. PATTY POPP
Farmer at Sport Hill Farm in Easton

16. LIZ RUEVEN
Author of the blog Kosher Like Me

17. PIETRO SCOTTI
Owner/chef of Da Pietro’s and community advocate

18. RICK SMILOW
President and CEO of The Institute of Culinary Education

19. MATT STORCH
Chef/owner of Match Burger Lobster, chef ambassador for Food Rescue US, advocate for farmers’ markets and local farms, and winner of Chopped

20. BILL TAIBE
Chef/owner of the restaurants Jesup Hall, The Whelk and Kawa Ni, all in Westport

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