By RUTH HARTUNIAN-ALUMBAUGH
Tahj-Anthony Jean was making crĂŞpes and building his own computer before he reached his teens.
Fast forward to today, when he is a student at the University of Connecticut studying economics, resigned from the football team to pursue his passion in crĂŞpes.
He feels his experience on the field has given him good skills to lead his culinary team at Farmhouse CrĂŞpes. And at the age of just 19, Tahj is giving this venture all heâ€™s got.
Devoted to customer service, Tahj serves up some mighty amazing crĂŞpes. With a desire to use fresh, local ingredients and offer choices galore to customers, you canâ€™t go wrong with whatever you pick.
Unfortunately, youâ€™ll have to wait a bit before trying a crĂŞpe for yourself. Although the business just opened in October, Tahj closed up shop for design renovations on Nov. 28 and the Storrs Center eatery is expected to be shuttered until sometime during winter break, according to The Daily Campus.
I tried the Farmhouse chicken with the traditional crĂŞpe recipe as well as the honey ricotta crĂŞpes, made with a buckwheat, gluten-free recipe.
The buckwheat adds a nice dimension to the crĂŞpeâ€™s flavors, which are highlighted by lemon zest, honey-infused ricotta cheese and brown sugar. Sounds like breakfast to me.
Speaking of breakfast, if you show up between 8 and 9 a.m., you can get free coffee with your crĂŞpe. Sign me up, people.
All crĂŞpes are made fresh to order. In fact, you can watch the chefs make them while you wait. Itâ€™s a cool process that is fun to watch. Kids would love this.
Just when I thought things couldnâ€™t get better, Tahj tells me, every quarter, he donates a percentage of his profits to charity, especially focusing on places where people are hungry and homeless.
He â€śwants to make a differenceâ€ť and feels strongly his generation needs to learn to give back and realize the world doesnâ€™t revolve around them. OK, now Iâ€™m impressed and moved.
Capturing the entrepreneurial spirit of his mother, who hails from Haiti, Tahj is pursuing his dream and is intent on opening other establishments in the future. Heâ€™s a young man with a vision. This motherâ€™s heart is twitterpated.
Best of luck to Farmhouse CrĂŞpes and the team led by Tahj who bring yet another great tasting option to Storrs Center.
Hartunian-Alumbaugh is a volunteer field editor for TasteofHome.com and owner of Music and More International. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.