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Two Weston Women Publish Fairfield County Restaurant Guide

From left, Mica DeSantis, Aline Weiller, Artisan’s Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer and Elizabeth Menke gear up for the launch party for Entrée Nous, LLC and its first restaurant guide (Fairfield County edition).
From left, Mica DeSantis, Aline Weiller, Artisan’s Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer and Elizabeth Menke gear up for the launch party for Entrée Nous, LLC and its first restaurant guide (Fairfield County edition). Photo Credit: Andrew Dominick

WESTON, Conn. -- Elizabeth Menke is a foodie, while Aline Weiller is a writer. The two Westonites teamed up to create and publish "Entrée Nous," a go-to restaurant guide for Fairfield County.

Artisan, adjacent to Southport’s Delamar Hotel (both included in Entrée Nous), will host the book launch event on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring light refreshments and cocktails.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by emailing info@entreenous.net by Monday, Feb. 8. Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase.

“Entrée Nous celebrates local cuisine, a community Artisan is a part of. Chefs are farmers’ ambassadors, so I prefer to source many ingredients nearby, from resources like Westport Farmers’ Market and Sport Hill Farm -- also included in this guide," said Frederic Kieffer, executive chef of Artisan.

"Food commands respect, and I’m proud to support 'Entrée Nous' by hosting its kick-off event,” he said.

The restaurant is located at 275 Old Post Road, Southport.

Menke is an investment banker with over a dozen years of experience. But she has always had a penchant for all things culinary, and a recent two-year stint in Germany confirmed her appreciation for interesting food and in creating a value-added restaurant guide.

Upon her return to the U.S., Menke embarked on compiling an informational restaurant guide to include -- and celebrate -- eclectic, local cuisine. But she needed help.

Enter Weiller, a public relations pro and owner of the Weston-based Wordsmith who brought her 25 years of writing experience to the project.

“I love to write and to discover new places to dine, so the project has been a complete win-win,” said Weiller.

The two also secured the nonprofit partner, Norwalk-based Community Plates, a national organization committed to ending food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. A portion of the book's proceeds will help Community Plates.

The lineup in "Entrée Nous" includes: The Spread, Barcelona, Café Chocopologie, Elm, Artisan, Kawa Ni, The Little Pub, Martel, J House Restaurant, Cotto, The Goose, and Bernard’s & Sarah’s Wine Bar.

The guide provides descriptions of the establishments and their cuisine. "Entrée Nous" is a passport-style guide to use while dining out for two. When eating at a featured restaurant, bring your book for stamping and one guest will receive a free entrée.

To purchase the Entrée Nous Fairfield County edition for $58, place orders at www.entreenous.net or email info@entreenous.net.

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