Fred Cantor just finished reading noted food writer (and former Westporter, and Weston High School graduate) Alexander Lobrano’s memoir, My Place at the Table.
It’s mainly about his experiences as a food critic in Paris.
But, Fred says, Lobrano does not neglect his childhood here.
The book opens with excerpts from a 2nd grade writing assignment (saved by his mother). His teacher, Miss Armitage, asked students to write about one of their “very favorite things.”
Lobrano’s essay was called “The Very Best Sandwich.” Miss Armitage gave him an A. She also rates “thanks” in the Acknowledgments.
Lobrano also writes about his elementary school cafeteria cooks: “…hardworking women…(who) cooked some off the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten—spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce and meatballs, handmade pierogi filled with potato purée or cheese topped with crisp fired onions, and moussaka slathered with bechamel sauce. They made everything from scratch…”
He also praises the fresh produce at Rippe’s and Wakeman’s farms.
High praise indeed, from someone who has eaten at the finest restaurants around the world.
It’s still September. But the Westport Woman’s Club is accepting donations for its November clothing tag sale.
Tax-deductible donations of new or gently worn women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, plus accessories like shoes, handbags, scarves, hats and jewelry, are welcome through October 27.
Items can be dropped off weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon, or 1 to 4 p.m., at the WWC (44 Imperial Avenue).
Funds raised from the clothing tag sale help support the town’s food closet, charities throughout Fairfield County, and need -based student scholarships. For more information, call 203-227-4240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The opening for George Billis Gallery‘s current show was held during a hurricane.
So the artists will enjoy a (hopefully more serene) closing reception. It’s set for this Wednesday (September 29, 4 to 7 p.m.), at the 166 Main Street space.
Burying Hill Beach is seldom crowded. With summer gone, it’s even emptier. But those who love it — like Wendy Levy — are rewarded with “Westport … Naturally” scenes like this:
And finally … happy 37th birthday, Avril Lavigne!