MUSCATINE, Iowa–In the dead of winter, it’s hard to get out much at all. When there’s a day of good weather, especially on the weekend, I like to hit the road and take a day trip. Sometime soon, I have to get over to West Liberty and check out Savor by Chef D Serving Sweet Life by Stacie! It’s brand new and just opened Jan. 4.
Growing up in the south, Donna Alberti found it ironic that she did not enjoy cooking. However, after she moved to Iowa, things changed for her and she decided to earn a culinary degree from Kirkwood Community College. For years after that, she and Stacie Teel had talked about pairing their cooking and baking skills to start an event catering business, but shifted their focus to opening a restaurant. Wanting to support their home community of West Liberty, they got to work setting up shop there, bringing Savor by Chef D Serving Sweet Life by Stacie to life.
A classic small town eatery, Alberti and Teel’s restaurant has many tasty choices. Anyone looking for lunchtime staples like burgers, sandwiches, salads, and (one of my favorites) mac n’ cheese, can find them here. If yummy breakfast items or delectable desserts are more your thing, Savor by Chef D Serving Sweet Life by Stacie has the treats for you. Whether you need a cinnamon twist to get the day started, or a gourmet cupcake as a perfect evening treat, you will find the exact pastry to get your mouth watering.
Though starting a business during a global pandemic is no easy feat, Alberti and Teel have been making a go of it. They offer carry out for diners to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes and can do curbside pickup if requested.
Right now, Savor by Chef D Serving Sweet Life by Stacie serves breakfast and lunch Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Located at 100 West Third Street in West Liberty, they’re just a quick trip away from Muscatine and a great place to stop on your way to or from Iowa City.
So, the next time I’m feeling hungry, both for what, Alberti describes as a, “friendly and relaxed atmosphere and delicious food,” and for a good reason to go for a drive, I’m heading over to West Liberty to pick up some Savor by Chef D Serving Sweet Life by Stacie to take home with me!