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Sweet! Ridgefield College Student Compiles List Of County's Epic Desserts

Emma Glubiak of Ridgefield authored an article that lists top dessert choices in Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Chocolate from Deborah Anne's Sweet Shop in Ridgefield was one of the choices on the list in a story written by Emma Glubiak of Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Instagram/Deborah Anne's Sweet Shop

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Colleges thrust a lot of research projects on their students. Ridgefield’s Emma Glubiak, a junior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, took on a project unrelated to her studies that was probably the most enjoyable, and certainly the sweetest, research endeavor she’ll ever experience.

Glubiak authored a story for Spoon University, “The 25 Most Epic Desserts To Eat In Fairfield County Before You Die.” Spoon University is a national website that claims to be the “food resource for our generation.” Click here for the link to the story.

  • Who: Emma Glubiak, Ridgefield
  • What: Wrote a story for Spoon University on  “The 25 Most Epic Desserts To Eat In Fairfield County Before You Die"
  • The list: Click here to read the story 

Glubiak’s list includes the basic, such as the Vanilla Soft Serve at Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop, the decadent, such as the 12 Layer Chocolate Cake at Vespa in Westport, and familiar names, such as Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown and its Cow Trax ice cream and Stew Leonard’s, where Glubiak recommends the Pistachio Soft Serve.

Glubiak said she traveled during her winter break to sample some of the treats. For others, she relied on reviews on websites and input from family and friends. 

“Most of the places I’ve been to and have loved them,’’ Glubiak said from Amsterdam in The Netherlands, where she is studying abroad for the spring semester. “I found some through Instagram. It was a hodgepodge of social media and reaching out to people I know and my own experience.”

Glubiak, a 2014 graduate of Ridgefield High, has written for Spoon since her freshman year. She is studying international affairs but is also considering pursuing a career in food media. She writes an average of two articles per month for Spoon.

“The editors pitch article ideas weekly,’’ Glubiak said. “One of their ideas was to write about a city that you’re from and write about 25 desserts. Instead of a city, I decided to write about Fairfield County. There are a lot of great dessert places and I knew a lot of people would be interested.”

Glubiak said there is no logical order to the list. She was surprised to learn, however, that her list included quite a few restaurants. They include Johnny Utah’s in Norwalk, The Melting Pot in Darien, Wuji in Greenwich and The Whelk in Westport.

“I was expecting a lot more ice cream shops and bakeries,’’ Glubiak said. “I was surprised at the number of places that had good food and great desserts.”

Glubiak said she’s happy with the final product, even though some excellent choices did not make the list. “There were two or three places that were great that I could not include,’’ she said. “I included every place that I really thought should be on the list.”

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