I opened Aux Délices in Riverside, Connecticut, in 1995 with the idea of offering finely crafted specialty foods and freshly baked desserts. My husband Greg and I really like the idea of making people’s lives easier by providing healthful and convenient foods for take-out.

Debra Ponzek Riverside Aux Delices Store

I opened a second location in downtown Greenwich in 2000, followed by the Darien shop in 2004. By 2012, I decided to open a fourth store in Westport. At the Westport location, we have a bistro in the evening. Since I opened the first stores, Greg and I have also established a large, commercial kitchen in Stamford for catering and where we offer adult and children’s cooking classes.

All four shops offer my culinary creations, company-branded prepared foods and a small and carefully selected collection of specialty foods, many produced locally and others imported from France, Spain and Italy.

Before opening Aux Délices, I was executive chef at New York City’s Montrachet Restaurant.  While there, I am proud to say, we maintained a three-star status for seven years. I was the first female chef to be awarded three stars by the New York Times. Pretty cool!

I attended the Culinary Institute of America, where I got my formal training. Greg went to the CIA, too, and before we got together he owned several successful restaurants in California and Connecticut.

I have written four cookbooks: French Food, American Accent, The Summer House Cookbook, Family Kitchen, and, most recently, The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook.

Greg and I live in Greenwich with our three children. And a two dogs.

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