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Mobile Chef Sweetens Up Downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – You can't miss Christophe Ensenat if you visit downtown Fairfield on a sunny afternoon. Maybe it’ll be the bright yellow paint of his truck that catches your eye. Or the hum of his portable generator could draw your attention. But most likely, the smell of Nutella and crepe batter is what will force you to stop.

“Some people don’t know what I’m doing,” Ensenat says as he flips a crepe just before loading it with bananas and chocolate-hazelnut spread. “But business is getting better.”

Ensenat is the owner and sole employee of Christophe’s Crepes, a food truck serving the titular dish that opened in Fairfield this past summer. Ensenat parks along the Post Road, right in front of the Fairfield Public Library, each afternoon, barring bad weather. There, he takes orders for sweet and savory crepes.

The native of Lyon, France, started his business four months ago, at his wife's suggestion. He had previously been a stay-at-home dad. But when his daughter started prekindergarten, he decided to get back to work. That’s when the former New York City chef developed a plan to get back to his passion.

“My wife proposed this idea, and I said, ‘Why not?’” Ensenat says. “I love to cook. If I can enjoy that and make money at the same time, it’s nice.”

Though you won’t find Ensenat’s truck outside in the pouring rain or falling snow, he says he’ll continue to park in his usual spot into the winter. He also plans to show up at large events around Fairfield. You can arrange to have him cater a private party by calling 646-596-6879. Otherwise, you can try to catch him between noon and 2 p.m. most days.

“I’m usually here about two hours,” Ensenat says. “Sometimes, if it’s beautiful out, I’ll move up a space and stay longer — but I have to obey the parking laws.”

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