About Us

Fred and Michele Bialek are life long residents of the Valley. Over 10 years ago they opened up Liquid Lunch – serving sandwiches and soups made with love as well as Fred’s brilliant culinary skills. In 2014 a devastating fire destroyed the flagship Liquid Lunch spot in downtown Shelton. But out of those ashes…Grow was born. It was also born out of the passion, commitment and love Fred and Michele have for community, the local economy,  and the power of great food to bring people together.


Farm To Table

Fred is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He has a rare talent for combining flavors to create food that is out of this world! Put a pile of odds and ends ingredients in front of him and he’ll make magic. Grow’s Head Chef Alberto Felix brings an amazing international flair that beautifully compliments Fred’s comfort food offerings. But at Grow…it’s about more than just delicious  food.

We source as many ingredients as possible from local farms and other small businesses.  So — you’re not only getting the highest quality and healthiest food —  you’re building the strength of your own community.


Our Local Partners include:

Jones Family Farms Shelton, CT

Laurel Glen Farm Shelton CT

Pasta Fina Shelton CT

Castle Beverages  Ansonia CT

The Farmer’s Cow Dairy a farm collective based in Lebanon, CT

Plus…Local musicians! Our Souper Saturdays feature live music from 11:30 – 1:30 every Saturday afternoon. Check out who will perform on any given Saturday by visiting our Facebook page.


Because of our commitment to buy local, at Grow you’ll always find:

  • Local Cuisine
  • Healthy Daily Specials
  • Organic Produce
  • Fresh Meat, Poultry & Fish

How It All Began…

Fred and Michele stumbled upon each other when they were both pratically still kids, working at the Shelton Bertucci’s, where everyone told them they would eventually run their own place — Fred in the back, and Michele in the front. It seems those folks knew their stuff! Today, with their kids, Jacob, Jackson, Sarina, Samuel, Bridget and Rowan as their inspirations for success, and their Jack Russells, Monday and Rocky as their nagging reminder to get a bigger house, the Bialeks are determined to make Grow your go-to.

A mid-week dinner out, a romantic date, some comfort food take out, a happy hour glass of wine, a family celebration or a great healthy lunch. Whatever the occasion…Grow is the spot.

We are so proud of what we have created and are amazed at the amount of love that flows through our door every day.  Thank you for being a part of our community. We hope to see you — and feed you — very soon!

Fred and Michele