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The Sunday Sauce

Sunday Sauce aka. Family Meal is a a fabulous new dinner series started by chef Bill Taibe at Le Farm, Westport.

Chef Bill Taibe and his new Chef de Cuisine at Le Farm, Geoff Lazlo, have launched a scintillating new monthly dinner series called the The Sunday Sauce aka. Family Meal.  Traditionally, it is the meal shared by the restaurant staff before the dinner service begins.  A simple family style meal shared by the team in a friendly and relaxed setting.  Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it?  How fabulous that the team at Le Farm is now willing to share that experience with all of us! 

Now, when Bill Taibe is behind an event - we know that it will be a memorable experience and so we all rush to be a part of it.   His success with Souterrain is proof enough of that.  Just think, how often do you find cases in Fairfield County or even in the entire state of Connecticut when an event sells out in less than 45 minutes?!!!   Last few times, I had made the mistake of thinking twice before signing up for Souterrain, and lost the chance to get in.  Lesson learned.  So this time, when the email hit my inbox announcing a new monthly dinner series at Le Farm, I knew that I should not even pause to check my calendar – because no matter what, I WAS going to this event. 

I was ecstatic to receive a response within hours telling me that I was in! YESSSS!!!!! 

An intimate dinner setting with a huge family style table set up to accommodate no more than 20 some diners.  My dining partner and I did not know anyone at the table as we settled in and yet we were all chatting and laughing together (like old friends) by the end of the meal.  That is the beauty of a Family Meal

I half expected a one-dish dinner, as would be the case if the staff was enjoying the meal in its traditional sense.  Not so at Le Farm.  Chef Lazlo generously and lovingly prepared a multi-course, and rather lavish meal for us.  We started off with a homage to nature’s wondrous bounty. Chef Lazlo showcased each ingredient in all its glory.  He simply roasted whole garlic, to bring out its natural sweetness as we squeezed its meat on crisp slices of bread.  Onions were caramelized whole and they were absolutely divine as we savored them.  We enjoyed a delicious pumpkin seed dip (dying to learn how Chef Lazlo made it).  The most astounding dish of all was a platter of raw vegetables.  How bold and how refreshing, I thought!  It was a celebration of the naturally delicious flavors in unusual veggies like watermelon radish and kohlrabi.  

The next course was quick-roasted shrimp served on farro cooked in red wine.  It was garnished with fried lemons and garlic as well as olives.  I loved those crunchy and tart fried lemon slices.  Hearty and delicious, this dish made a lasting impression on me! 

A light and crunchy salad of cabbage, winter squash, fennel and dates came next.  It was dressed with a delicate date and mustard vinaigrette.  It was a perfectly timed course as we were all feeling full and needed that light refreshing taste and crunch to cleanse our palates for the next course. 

The salad had set the stage for braised lamb with mint and salsa verde served next.  I could not believe how tender the lamb meat was.  Falling off the bone as it should, with a delicate braising broth that successfully enhanced the lamb flavor rather than overpower it.  Genius!

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Fairfield County Foodie February 20, 2013 at 04:06 PM
So very excited about the nominations. Both well deserved! :-)
Sanchez February 22, 2013 at 05:10 PM
We made it a point when our son was growing up to eat at the dinner table with no tv on almost every night. Our son is now a law abiding productive member of society and a responsible adult with a nice girlfriend. She does very little cooking and they eat in the living room or out mostly. I guess our cooking was the issue!
Glen K Dunbar February 22, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Wish I could have a normal Family life. But, w/the poverty I have been thrust into because of this New Canaan that will never bee. Good for You Sanchez. Wish my life was as nice as yours and my life turned out like Your Sons. right now. I am in a deep abyss
Leslie Yager February 22, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Congratulations to Bill Taibe on nomination for James Beard nomination. That's quite an honor!
Sanchez February 22, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Hang in there Glen. I don't think there is a "normal" family life any longer. We ended up divorced but still good friends with each others house keys. If you need real help Glen go to a neighborhood church. They never turn down helping in any way they can.

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