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Cultural Alliance Hosts Food is Art with Taproot Chef at Keeler Tavern

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is hosting the second annual “Food is Art” celebration at Keeler Tavern and Museum & History Center in Ridgefield on Sunday, June 23.

Jeff Taibe and Stephanie Sweeney, the owners of Taproot Restaurant in Bethel, will serve a dinner of Connecticut cuisine designed to support the event’s theme: “Nurturing the Creative Soul.”

“The Cultural Alliance supports every art form, and food as art is something we can create at home with friends or in a restaurant watching a chef create something beautiful and delicious,” said Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance. “In addition to enjoying a wonderful meal, guests will also be helping to support artists throughout the region.”

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with spirits tastings by Litchfield Distillery and complimentary wine soft drinks and live music. Guests will be able to explore the gardens and exhibits of the Keeler Tavern and Museum, a 300-year-old site that features the history of Ridgefield.

Dinner by Chef Jeff Taibe will follow. Before founding Taproot with Sweeney, Taibe served as the executive chef of Kawa Ni in Westport, a Japanese izakaya serving globally inspired small plates and ramen; and Oak and Almond in Norwalk, a New American restaurant featuring farm-to-table wood-fired fare. Before that he worked in restaurants in Thailand, Singapore, Turk & Caicos and in New York at Abigail Kirsch and Union Square Café.

Seats are limited. For more information and to register, visit bit.ly/FoodIsArt2. Tickets cost $100.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is the heart of the region’s creativity to help communities connect and thrive. We are a 501(c)3 and regional service organization serving 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. Our aspiration is to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy. The Connecticut Office of the Arts provides major support.

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