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Behind the Scenes at the Taste of Westport

CLASP Homes hosts tenth annual event

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Westport, CT | Added on May 02, 2014 At 06:02 PM

Reporter Diana Blass takes a look around behind the scenes at A Taste of Westport.

Chef Pietro Scotti, who actually helped to start this event, explains how it began, "...It was a friend of mine from New York, who said they do the Taste of New York.  So, I said why don't we do the Taste of Westport," he described.

And now a decade later, the event it still going strong, evolving into an extravagant foodie fundraiser, with all proceeds going to CLASP Homes. 

Explain to me, what do we have here?

"The salad, first of all.  Is a Spring salad, so people will love it.  And then, we  have a little bit heavier: the meatballs.  And together, it makes a nice meal," he said.

Are you almost out?

"No never.  I am the last person here," he said.

Around 300 Westporters uniting here at The Westport Inn, which has become the go-to-host for the event.

"We are just happy to be hosting it again and make a small contribution to the community," said the general manager Nora Gomez.

But despite the traditions alive in this room, for some there are still some firsts: These two try sushi for the first time, while Chris Hickey shares his cuisine for the first time with the Taste of Westport.

"Different things tonight.  One is ricotta gnocchi and that's with brazed veal breast," described Hickey, owner of Spread in Norwalk.

And the biggest first? Selectman Jim Marpe officially designating the event as Taste of Westport Day.

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