Tabouli Grill is owned and operated by Judith Roll. Judy grew up in a family that loves food. As she recalls, "During breakfast we talked about what we would have for lunch, during lunch we would talk about dinner, and you guessed it, dinner conversations were about the next day's meal. My memory of many things is just terrible, but the one thing I can always recall with complete accuracy is what I ate."
Judy is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and has worked in the food industry for more than 25 years. Before attending cooking school, Judy worked, saved her shekels and traveled to Israel, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. During her travels, Judy was smitten (bitten?) with the foods of the Middle East - the creamy fresh dairy products, the crisp fresh cucumbers, the sweet ripe tomatoes, the olives and, of course, the falafel "bars" where they hand you an empty pita picket and you are welcome to stuff it as you please with gorgeous vegetable salads, fried eggplant, hot sauce, pickles…Simply Fantastic!
After returning home, Judy completed her studies at the CIA (graduating first in her class - her mom made us include that) and moved to California. There she knocked on the kitchen door at Wolfgang Puck's Spago Restaurant in LA and asked for a job. She returned the next day for a trial run where she "whisked" her way into a job for the next four hours in the pastry kitchen. After Spago, Judy moved back to the East Coast, married her Israeli husband David, moved to Stamford, had two daughters, and opened Sweet On You Bakery and Cafe in the Stamford JCC. The accolades for her first restaurant led to an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show and on ABC Channel 7 News.
Tabouli Grill is the culmination of Judy's years of eating, experimenting and dreaming of what would be her ideal restaurant. Tabouli Grill uses only fresh, wholesome ingredients - no trans fats, no preservatives, lots of veggies, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, simple grilled meats, and fish - food you can feel good about eating! And one more thing, please don't leave without having dessert, you won't regret it. So eat, drink, have fun and while you are here start thinking about what you will eat at your next meal at Tabouli Grill.