FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — After a successful launch in 2015, Entrée Nous is back with another passport-style restaurant guide featuring a dozen popular Fairfield County eateries — just in time for the holidays.
A play on the French term for “between us,” Entreé Nous doubles as an invitation to discover new culinary destinations with friends and family, while helping a good cause: At least $1 from each book sale will be donated to Norwalk-based Community Plates, a national food rescue organization.
The idea sprang from Weston resident Elizabeth Menke, who was living in Germany when she noticed restaurant goers using a kind of passport to try new places and get discounted meals.
“I thought this was a really cool idea,” the investment banker said at Entrée Nous’ launch in 2015. “It gets people together over food.”
So when she got back to the States, she decided to launch her own enterprise, Entrée Nous, a go-to restaurant guide for Fairfield County that she hopes will give local foodies a reason to step outside their dinner comfort zones.
The handsomely bound guide features 12 restaurants — from Westport’s Terrain Garden Cafe to Mezón Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Danbury to Bridgeport’s Walrus + Carpenter. Each has a two-page spread, including space for a passport stamp.
Simply bring your copy of the book with you to the featured restaurant and receive a complimentary companion entree with the purchase of another. The book sells for $53 and is available online and at select shops.
“The positive feedback and support from the community since our initial launch one year ago has been tremendous,” Menke said. “Our hope is that customers will share their dining experiences via social media and connect in new ways over food. Those who register their books and collect a stamp from every restaurant will receive a special gift.”
Each restaurant partner is hand-picked for its diverse menu, varying price points, range of geographical location and overall experience, with the goal of offering something for everyone. Other restaurants in the 2017 edition are: Harvest Wine Bar in Greenwich, Nom-Eez in Bridgeport, Elm in New Canaan, Artisan in Southport, Fortina in Stamford, Brasitas in Norwalk, Match in South Norwalk, The Fez in Stamford and Bobby Q’s in Norwalk.
“We’re excited that Entrée Nous is once again, helping to support our mission to rescue food and end hunger in Fairfield County and beyond,” said Community Plates Executive Director Kevin Mullins. “With ongoing support from organizations like Entrée Nous, we will continue to have a real impact on hunger here in our own neighborhoods.”
The 2017 edition is valid from now through Dec. 31, 2017. To learn more, visit www.entreenous.net .