Something for Everyone

Behind Taproot’s charm is the hardworking duo of Jeff Taibe and Steph Sweeney, familiar faces in the Fairfield County restaurant industry. Prior to opening taproot in Bethel in 2017, Taibe previously served as the Executive Chef of Kawa Ni (Westport), a Japanese izakaya serving globally inspired small plates and ramen, and Oak and Almond (Norwalk), a New American restaurant featuring farm-to-table wood-fired fare.

Prior to bringing his simple and seasonal cooking style to Connecticut’s burgeoning restaurant scene, Taibe earned his stripes all over the globe. His resume includes positions in Thailand, St. Pierre (Singapore), and Beaches (Turk & Caicos), as well as stints at Abigail Kirsch and Union Square Cafe in his native New York.

Steph grew up in Bethel and honed her food service experience at the Redding Country Club for a decade before spending several years in Westport working at Whelk, Kawa Ni, and Jesup Hall.Connecticut.

The founding duo behind Taproot, have a shared vision and commitment to the principles that define the Taproot experience: sustainability, local produce and a bespoke menu. Jeff and Steph are excited to bring their exceptional talents to taproot in South Norwalk.

glazed carrots