Fresh ingredients make the best dishes

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Our History

The First Bite offers fresh and artfully prepared cuisine for any catered event, wine tasting or dinner party. Chef, and Owner, Anne McClelland draws on her experience of 19+ years in the catering and personal chef arenas to provide you with casual or formal dining experiences. We pride ourselves on customizing menus to meet the needs of our clients. Chef Anne utilizes her formal culinary and wine educations to make your event one to remember starting with your first bite!

Chef Anne learned early on that “great food creates great memories”. From the time she was young, Anne’s Grandmother brought the family together every week for Sunday dinner. She hasn’t forgotten the smells of her kitchen and watching her create the most amazing foods from simple, fresh ingredients.

Over the years Anne’s passion for cooking and sharing her culinary creations fueled her interest in obtaining formal education to hone her craft. After completing her training at the Art Institute’s School of Culinary Arts in Denver, CO, Anne successfully ran Anne Noto Catering, LLC for over 10 years. Anne also directed a cooking school, served many personal chef clients, managed Garde Manger food prep for PGA golf tournaments, and spent several years in the wine industry. Having completed formal wine education classes, it has allowed her to enhance dining experiences by bringing food and wine together.

Since coming back to her home state of Connecticut in 2012, she couldn’t resist utilizing the farm fresh products that surround her and The First Bite was born!

We offer more than just delicious food!

Whether you are planning an intimate dinner party or family celebration, we can help.  Our wide range of services include, but are not limited to:

Wine Tastings/Pairings
Private Dinner Parties
Corporate Events
Teambuilding Events
Family Occasions
Personal Chef Services
Girl’s Night Out/In
Packaged Meals
Cooking Classes
Knife Sharpening
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    Cooking Classes

    Learn the art of cooking for friends & family, knife skills or design your own private class menu!


    Catering Menus

    We pride ourselves on excellent food that brings people together. Our service allows you to be a guest at your next event.


    Packaged Meals

    Contact us for information. We change our menu weekly and you can order serving sizes for 2-3 or 4-6. We also offer some frozen items you can so you can stock up your freezer with

    What our clients are saying

    What was so wonderful about Anne, is that she covers all the details regarding entertaining.The menu selection was surprisingly large and I had vegetarian restrictions, which Anne was so good about accommodating. I simply chose the menu and she did the rest including wine recommendations. The food was amazing; I recommend the chocolate dessert- Anne's specialty. As a hostess, rarely can you simply sit back and enjoy the evening, but with Anne at work I worried about nothing."

    Doug & Pam B, Smith Barney

    I would highly recommend Anne as a personal chef and caterer. She catered a wonderful picnic for me and met every detail with professionalism. Her experience and expertise was demonstrated in assisting with a great menu and very tasty food.
    She is a delight to work with and very flexible with food requests. The quality of the ingredients she used was excellent. I have now had the best Creme Brulee ever.

    Pauline G.

    Ask Us About Private Cooking Classes & Parties!

    Let's make tasty food & memories together!

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    Where To Find Us?


    540 Federal Road, Unit 4
    Brookfield, CT 06804 


    Business hours vary. Feel free to call us for an appointment.