A Sad Goodbye and a Sweet Hello

There was a sense of comfort felt the minute you stepped into the dinning room of Terre a Terre before a course was served, before Chef Todd Villani came to the table to greet you, even before a glance at the menu. It started with the locally sourced decor, some from local artists, some treasures from the ruins of Hurricane Sandy and some that may be growing in your back yard. When you sat down, you felt at home.

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Champion of local sourcing nearly everything you see and taste, Todd Villani closed the doors of Carlstadts Terre a Terre. Not before making local a priority, and in the forefront of the New Jersey food scene, not before sharing his culinary creativity in seasonal menus that blended some well served favorites with unique ingredients and flavors, not before making Supper Clubs cool again, not before getting top ratings from the food press including the Star Ledgers Bucket list and not before making history at the James Beard House being a New Jersey chef and selling out his Garden State Bounty debut. But definitely before making one of the most powerful debuts of his life and that is the role of Dad. As this goes to press, the Villani's are expecting their first, a boy, due any moment.

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But to quote Villani, this is not good bye, more like "see you later". His desire to be a "dad who is around" and his innate talent to create has lead to Villani partnering with Hudson Greene Market in Jersey City. Villani's new role includes in-home catering for any special event. Imagine Chef Todd catering in your kitchen. It is with tremendous gratitude and honor, I thank you Todd for giving me back stage passes into your kitchen. I await the news of your son's arrival and to both you and Beth Ann, enjoy the journey of parenthood. Thank you to your staff who always made me feel at home. Very special thanks to Auntie Lisa, I need to tell your story. Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in the story of your life.

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