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Island Grown Farm
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ISLAND CHEFS | FARMERS & PURVEYORS | VISITING CHEFS | WINE PERSONALITIES | SPECIAL GUESTS
The chefs, pastry chefs, authors, wine personalities, purveyors, media and other experts come from all over the country to be a part of the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival and play a crucial role in the overall Festival experience. Learn more about each personality here, along with links to their businesses. The Festival Committee thanks everyone listed for their participation.
Below are the cornucopia of celebrity guests that participate in the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival. Contact us today about how you can participate in the upcoming Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival.
Bio: Chef Michael Brisson has been in the food industry since he was fifteen years old. His first job was at a butcher shop/fresh produce market in his hometown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He went on to the nearby Uncle Tony's Pizza where he got his first taste of the restaurant kitchen atmosphere. He was hooked. Michael went on to work at a Hungarian/Italian restaurant, starting as a dishwasher, moved into food prep, Viennese pastry baking and eventually ran the kitchen when he was only eighteen. He then moved to Martha's Vineyard and French cusine at Chez Pierre in the Charlotte Inn in Edgartown, where he became Sous Chef and expanded his repertoire into classic French baking. After travelling in Europe and considering attending culinary schools there, Michael ended up in Boston where he cooked simultaneously at the renowned Cafe Budapest and at the highly-rated l'espalier as Assistant Pastry Chef. He was at l'espalier for four years under Chef Moncef Meddeb and eventually held all positions in the kitchen, including Chef de Cusine. Upon hearing that the restaurant space in the Charlotte Inn was vacant, Michael and his partner opened l'etoile in May of 1986. The restaurant became well-known for it's consistently excellent cuisine and friendly, professional service. After twenty years, l'etoile and it's great staff moved to the current location at 22 North Water Street in the heart of downtown Edgartown. It is here that Michael has really spread his wings offering three menus nightly...an a'la carte, Chef's Tasting and an eclectic bar menu. Michael is still cooking on the line every night steering l'etoile in it's twenty-seventh year in business.
Bio: Jan Buhrman, M.S. Ed., has been working with island farmers and local fisherman long before the words “farm to table” and “sustainability” held meaning in the culinary world. She combines her passion for food with a love of teaching to enhance people’s understanding of their food through farm tours, cooking classes, and nutritional workshops. All programs are designed to connect people with local food systems.
Jan has felt a responsibility to the earth and her community, With an ideology handed down from her parents, she has felt a responsibility to the earth and her community, and has been running Kitchen Porch, a community conscious catering company on Martha’s Vineyard since 1985. She has used her business as a means of utilizing locally raised produce and creating shelf stable products. Jan has also found joy in raising heritage breed pigs utilizing food waste her kitchen produces. She is a founding leader of Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard, and has been working to educate the community on the issues surrounding GMOs and appropriate labeling. She regularly leads classes and workshops on healthy lifestyles and locally viable food systems.
Photograph by Eli Dagstino
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Bio: Bernadette Cormie lives with her husband and two children on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a Caterer and Private Chef. Her and her husband Leigh started Herring Run Kitchens and Provisions four years ago in order to incorporate her passion for the Island and its farmers with her love of cooking.
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Bio:Jeremy Davis is the executive chef at The Port Hunter. Originally hailing from Palm Beach Florida Davis began honing his craft at a young age working under many talented chefs at private clubs across the United States. Since his arrival on the Vineyard five years ago his entire culinary concept has shifted drastically. Long accustom to receiving produce and protein off a truck, he now has the privilege of meeting the farmers and fisherman whose bounty he transforms into the dishes enjoyed by patrons at The Port Hunter. Chef Davis highly values these relationships and takes pride presenting farm and ocean fresh goods in a simple, delicious manor. Due to the great diversity of his culinary background Davis enjoys fusing different styles of cuisine into one efficient, flavorful menu. Jeremy derives great satisfaction in making people happy with the food he creates.
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Bio: Chef Devivo is the head cook for the West Tisbury & Chilmark Schools on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Her passion for cooking healthy & delicious lunches combined w/ her commitment to source island-grown ingredients for the Up Island School's lunch menu earned her national recognition in Bon Appetit magazine.
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Bio: Chef and Farmer Chris Fischer grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, his family has lived on the island since 1670.
Fischer worked his way up in the kitchen at Mario Batali’s Babbo, before returning to the island to run his family’s 5-acre vegetable farm, Beetlebung Farm. He then spent time off the island—working at London’s River Cafe, St. John Bread and Wine and Alice Water’s Rome Sustainable Food Project.
In 2013, Fischer took over the kitchen at the Beach Plum Restaurant in Menemsha, MA; the restaurant uses a large percentage of produce from nearby Beetlebung Farm. After a successful first season, the Beach Plum team launched the pop-up restaurant Fish and Rose in Manhattan, to critical acclaim.
When he’s not cooking or farming, Fischer, a self-taught writer, contributes to the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette and has written for small food publications such as Diner Journal and Meat Paper. His forthcoming cookbook, The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, will be published by Little, Brown.
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Bio: Nathan Gould is the executive chef of Harbor View Hotel’s acclaimed fine dining restaurant Water Street and popular Edgartown gathering spot Henry’s Hotel Bar. Since joining the Harbor View culinary team in 2012 as executive sous chef, Gould has moved up in the ranks while creating gourmet seasonal fare that showcases the bounty of Martha’s Vineyard. He has also been an integral part of Harbor View’s “island to table” philosophy, as he recently launched the property’s Chef Gardens, which offer more than 600 feet of raised garden beds that include fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables.
Gould previously worked as a private chef and caterer in New Jersey, during which time he was recognized as a featured chef in Princeton’s Art Council Dream Dinner Auctions and featured in Bucks Life Magazine. He also consulted on the menu design and redevelopment of a variety of restaurants in central New Jersey.
An internship with the Food Network gave Gould the opportunity to work alongside celebrity chefs like Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray and Sarah Moulton, while cultivating a wealth of experience. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Gould enhanced his culinary education with wine training at the German Wine and Sommelier School of Koblenz.
Gould built relationships with local farmers and brought “island to table” cuisine to the historic Harbor View Hotel and the hotel’s clients. He worked hand in hand with The Good Farm, Cleveland Farms, Morning Glory Farm, Tabor Farms, Slip Away Farms, Honeysuckle Oyster Farms and many more. His goal is to create a menu in all outlets that utilizes the best ingredients native to Martha’s Vineyard.
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Bio: Judy Klumick was born and raised in Dorset Vermont and moved to Saranac Lake, NY when she was 10. Growing up as the youngest in a family of 10, Klumick said food was not always a glamorous event. She didn't discover my love for cooking until she was given the option in High School to join a Culinary Arts program. She excelled in school and went on her way to what has been a good go at it. She has now been cooking for 32 years and still loves it.
She has been on the Island for 17 years and has cooked at a few places but the one that stands out the most to her is Morning Glory Farm. She was there for 12 years and developed what is now their very expansive food selection. She is now at Black Sheep in Edgartown and has finally found a job that really fits.
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Bio: Jerry Marano, originally from New Jersey, is a graduate of Cordon Bleu culinary school of Orlando. Most recently, Marano worked for chef and owner of Innovative Dining, Jeremy Hammond-Chambers. Chambers, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, worked in London for the Sugar Club with world renowned New Zealand chef Peter Gordon and for the award-winning restaurant, Dakota; and in New York with internationally-recognized chefs Douglas Rodriguez (Patria), Mario Batali (Babbo) and Daniel Boulud (Daniel, DB Bistro). Chambers was the Chef de Cuisine at Public, a James Beard award-winning New York restaurant known for its innovative fusion cuisine. (More on Chambers at http://innovative-dining.com/thechef.htm)
During Marano’s three years with Chambers as executive sous chef, Marano prepared private wine dinners for elite customers such as Martha Stewart. Marano recently returned from Thailand where he honed his Thai cooking skills, a central theme of BBOB @ Beatlebung’s innovative small plates menu debuting this Spring.
Marano joined BBOB @ Beatlebung last summer as Chef of its coffee house in Menemsha, a fishing village located near Chilmark. There he fine-tuned and augmented the breakfast and lunch menus, introducing the summer hit “Curry Lobster Sliders” featuring local lobster meat blended with subtly complex spices and house-made pickled cucumbers.
In collaboration with owner John Molinari, Marano is focusing his personal culinary experience on helping conceive and launch BBOB @ Beatlebung’s small plates menu that draws unconventionally on numerous non-western culinary traditions including Thai, Indian, Moroccan, Korean, and Japanese. Service at BBOB @ Beatlebung’s new evening mixology lounge, this “new rules” menu will delight and amaze guests who for the most part have had American and Continental dining traditions to choose between elsewhere on the Island. Marano has also helped design the new commercial kitchen in Oak Bluffs.
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Bio: Chef Justin Melnick trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, with on-the-job experience alongside celebrated chefs Todd English at Olives and Barbara Lynch at The Butcher Shop. Chef Melnick then spent six years (including four as executive chef) at Southborough’s Tomasso Trattoria, where he garnered awards and accolades from Zagat, USA Today, Yankee and Boston magazines, among others. During a three-month sabbatical in Italy, Chef Melnick and his wife, Emily, an accomplished pastry chef, honed their considerable skills working in restaurants, wineries and farms throughout the country, gathering inspiration along the way.
The chef’s dedication to fine cuisine, impeccable service, and a warm, sophisticated ambience pairs perfectly with the Charlotte Inn. The elegant conservatory dining room of The Terrace – with its crisp white linens, Limoges china, polished silver and brass accoutrements, and soft candlelight – offers old-world ambience at a leisurely pace. Soak up the romance and attention to detail in an atmosphere of Edwardian-era elegance, as you savor The Terrace restaurant’s exceptional cuisine and fine wine selection.
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Chef Joe Monteiro is an enterprising and conscientious culinary professional with a flair for exquisite dishes. Since breaking into the business in the early 90’s, he has worked with and mastered Northern Italian, French, Asian, New American, and Southwest cuisines. His experience, like his food, speaks for itself. Everything that he knows, he learned in the business. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the best chefs at some of the most respected restaurants in the United States.
During his twenty-two year career in the restaurant industry he has worked with Emeril Legasse, trained under one of the Top 10 Best Chefs of 1996, Kevin Rathbun, cooked at the James Beard House Foundation in 1996, assumed the role of Chef de Cusine for one of the Top 10 Best Restaurants according to Zagat magazine, served as Executive Chef at Giants Stadium and the top seafood restaurant in South Beach from 2002-2009.
When Chef Monteiro moved to Martha’s Vineyard in February of 2011 to become Executive Chef at Atlantic Fish and Chop House, he immediately recognized the opportunity to pursue his dream right here in the state of Masschussets . He has participated in charitable events like Taste of the Nation, Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina Relief, March of Dimes, and many more.
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Bio: Our goal is for the students in the Culinary Arts Program to participate successfully in a standards-based, diversified educational program in which student and instructor benefit from criteria and performance-based assessment, successfully integrated with instruction, and to be prepared to successfully gain employment in a variety of occupational opportunities in the food service industry, or to pursue further studies at a culinary college.
Our mission is:
- To provide a safe, active, teaching/learning environment in our vocational technical program, in which students strive for excellence with the high level of skills necessary for success in a culturally diverse society .
- To provide a vocational educational experience for each student that will prepare him or her to be a self-confident lifelong learner, able to set and achieve goals, and to become a contributing member of a humane and democratic society.
- To develop responsible individuals who are aware citizens, lead healthy lives, make successful personal choices, demonstrate ethical behavior, function effectively as members of a team, and appreciate the value of diversity in the vocational department and the school population.
- To develop competent learners who pursue knowledge, demonstrate a variety of disciplines and skills, communicate effectively, can employ various forms of technology, and hold high expectations for their own future.
- To develop complex thinkers who solve problems critically and analytically, create original ideas and solutions, are willing to accept constructive critism, and are willing to take responsible intellectual risks.
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Bio: For some islanders, the off-season on Martha’s Vineyard means taking a break. But for Dan Sauer, it means menu development, planning gardens, and searching for potential new products for his business, 7a Foods. It’s a technically precise, inspired, soul-and-belly satisfying sandwich shop, bakery, and fine-foods store.
Sauer is a CIA-trained chef, who cooked at Oceana and helped open both Hearth and Craft in New York City (a far cry from his stadium days slinging nachos in Billings, Montana), before he moved his skills and polish to the calmer, wild-rose covered terrain of Martha’s Vineyard.
His mission is to support the island’s food growers and provide expertly prepared sandwiches that are accessible to all. Through his involvement with Island Grown Foods, the Wild Food Challenge, and his own 7a Suppers, Sauer is changing (and bettering) the food-lives of his friends, family, and neighbors on every day.
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Bio: Chef Martin began his involvement in the culinary arts at age 15 in Old Downtown, Las Vegas. After high school, he enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu and began his professional career. Two semesters into culinary school, he landed an apprenticeship at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, at the MGM Grand Hotel in the Las Vegas strip, that turned into a 4 year career path. After years of working at Emeril’s he went to work for Mario Batali to expand his culinary ability. Apprenticing for Vegas chefs such as Michael Mina, Guy Savoy and Wolfgang Puck he learned the ropes of successful kitchens and moved to Martha’s Vineyard to work more closely with fresh seafood and local farms. Chef Martin has been the Executive Chef of the Boathouse Restaurant for 3 years and enjoys working to please the demanding palate of the Vineyard community.
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Bio: Everett Whiting grew up around food from the farm and has worked in excellent kitchens on Martha’s Vineyard his entire life. In summer of 2010, Everett Whiting of West Tisbury and Tim Laursen of Vineyard Haven joined efforts to bring the Local Smoke. It began as a small catering business specializing in the smoking of local chicken, pig, fish, and even lamb, if requested.
Cooking since he was a boy of 12, Mr. Whiting has taken on restaurant positions on and off for years. Mr. Whiting has full control over the food and Mr. Laursen specialized in constructing a smoker and managing their time restauraints.
Cooking and smoking is not all Local Smoke offers. They have a plethora of fresh side dishes that are also locally harvested from the Island, specifically from farms that they have relationships with. In the summer, they offered potato salad, vegetable slaw, corn and tomato salad, all with no mayonnaise. For fall pig roasts, Local Smoke will offer ingredients that are in season from farms close by, including corn, potatoes, broccoli, and cabbage to create healthy slaws with raw vegetables.
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Bio: The young and talented Christopher Coombs pursued an education at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, and got his first taste of upscale dining while working at Blue Ginger under award winning Chef Ming Tsai upon graduation. Soon after, he headed to Nantucket to work for Relais & Chateau property Toppers at the Wauwinet where he impressed Executive Chef Patrick O’Connell and was hired on the spot. O’Connell took Coombs under his wing and put him to work at The Inn at Little Washington, Virginia, where he prepared special dinners for Laura Bush at The White House and for “Le Club des Chefs de Chef”.
Coombs returned to Boston in 2005, and in August of 2006 came in contact with Brian Piccini, owner of dbar. The duo joined forces to start Boston Urban Hospitality Inc., with a focus on fresh, local, seasonally inspired menus.
In 2010, Coombs opened his first restaurant with Piccini, Deuxave, located in Boston’s Back Bay. Since then, Coombs’ success has been grabbing the attention of both local and national media, including an appearance on Food Network’s Chopped, and being recognized by Forbes magazine for their 30 Under 30 Awards in the food & wine industry. In early 2013, Coombs opened Boston Chops, located in the heart of Boston’s South End. Chops is Boston’s first urban steak bistro studded with the panache that steakhouses are known for, but tailored with a refined, casual twist. Most recently, his recipe for rib eye steaks appeared on the cover of Food & Wine magazine and Boston Chops was included in America’s Best New Steak House recipes.
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James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim Cushman is Chef Owner of o ya, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, in Boston. o ya was named by New York Times as the #1 new restaurant in the U.S. in 2008 and was awarded a rare food score of "29" in the 2011/12 Zagat Guide. Cushman was also picked as a Best New Chef in 2008 by Food & Wine magazine. Food & Wine also selected o ya as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the world. Bon Appetit and Details magazines have recognized o ya as one of the top 10 sushi restaurants in the U.S. In 2012, Eater recognized o ya as one of nine exceptional omakase menus across the U.S. In 2013, Headline News featured o ya as one of Travel & Leisure's top 3 sushi restaurants in the U.S.
Chef Cushman has spent the last 30 years cooking around the world in Japan, France, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, London, Mexico and Taiwan. He served for seven years as a Corporate Chef with Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago where he developed menus for new concepts. In 1994, Cushman launched a consulting business to develop menus for restaurateurs, from independents to large operators. Presently, Cushman is Chef Owner of o ya and consults on various restaurant projects.
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Bio:Dante de Magistris is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the award winning Restaurant dante in Cambridge, Massachusetts, il Casale Cucina Italiana + Bar in the Boston suburb of Belmont and il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar in the Boston suburb of Lexington. Dante is the consummate Italian-American chef and has perfected century-old family recipes that are equal parts traditional Italian comfort food and exclusive family classics. Dante has earned the attention and praise of national and local culinary critics alike and has received numerous awards for his innovative technique and deft touch with simplicity.
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Bio: In 2005, Rachel Klein is quoted as saying: “Food is the purest form of art because it appeals to all the senses.” Now the award-winning chef comes full circle with her passion for art as Executive Chef of Liquid Art House in Boston. The Brooklyn native and former student of The Art Institute of New York City took a detour from an art pursuit to study culinary arts at New York Restaurant School. Since then, Klein has never looked back, enjoying a stellar career spanning nearly two decades, beginning in NYC celebrity kitchens of Peter Hoffman’s The Savoy and Anita Lo’s Michelin-starred Anissa. A move to New England found her at the helm of the X.O. Café and Lot 401, garnering an " America’s Best New Restaurant" award (for X.O.) from Esquire magazine's John Mariani, who called her one of America's wonder chefs. A "Top Chef Under 30" nod followed by Spirit magazine. From there it was on to Boston to headline OM in Harvard Square, where she help secure a coveted spot on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List and Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants in America” (2006). The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine named her Boston’s “Best New Chef,” making "Rachel Klein" a household name in Boston's culinary scene. In 2010, she was the youngest to join the ranks of Julia Child, Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire as Boston's "Most Influential Women" in food by Esquire's John Mariani. An in-demand Klein accepted an offer to be part of Seaport Hotel's multi-million dollar renovation, where she re-concepted the food and beverage program and honed her craft to encompass in-room and private dining. Klein was wooed away to become Executive Chef of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, one of Boston’s only 5 star luxury properties, where she where she won praise from kings, celebrities and rock stars — cooking for, and catering to the likes of Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Adele, Bill Clinton, Adam Sandler, Sting, and Warren Buffet.
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Bio: Catalyst Restaurant’s Chef/Owner William Kovel’s interest in food “sparked” at an early age and led him to travel in pursuit of delicious food. A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, William Kovel cooked in a variety of cities and countries before settling back down in New England. Kovel received his degree in Culinary and Hospitality Studies at Southern New Hampshire University prior to moving out West to San Francisco where he was able to broaden his knowledge of cuisine and technique beyond the East Coast.
Kovel’s culinary career has brought him overseas to London and across the United States before he decided to settle in Boston.
"The food I prepare comes from a passion for fresh, simple flavors cultivated in California, Boston, and Europe, threaded together with classic French techniques," says Kovel. Citing his time at Jardinière and Northern California cooking as his biggest influences, Kovel dedicates himself to using the best and most responsible seafood, produce and other products locally available.
During Chef Kovel’s time in San Francisco, he secured an entry-level garde manger position where he learned from one of the best chefs in the country, Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière. Under Chef Des Jardins, Kovel worked his way up to a Chef de Partie position while learning about local and sustainable cooking from one of America's most influential culinary leaders.
Kovel came back to New England and being an admirer of Restaurateur Michael Schlow, he soon joined his team at Radius where he worked his way up to Sous Chef and helped run Schlow's flagship restaurant for three years.
Kovel then yearned for a new challenge and accepted a position abroad at the Michelin-starred Orrery in London. This time overseas refreshed his focus on French technique and the demands of a Michelin kitchen. Most recently, Kovel was in charge of the esteemed and award-winning restaurant, Aujourd'hui. When the Four Seasons announced that they would be shutting the doors of the Grande Dame of the Boston restaurant scene in June of 2009, Kovel was ready for a fresh start. Grateful for his time spent in the kitchen amongst his passionate and talented team, and for the unique opportunities the position provided, he approached the closure with a mixture of melancholy and excitement for what lies ahead. His next focus brought him to his own restaurant, which he spent a year planning and building- Catalyst in Cambridge.
During his tenure at the Four Seasons, Kovel was recognized by Boston Magazine and was named one of a talented group of upcoming "Chefs to Watch". He was also honored with Boston's Top Restaurants by Chaine des Rotisseurs and he achieved the revered status of the AAA Five Diamond Award.
An enthusiastic member of the Chef's Collaborative; an organization that promotes sustainable and local cuisine; he applies his down-to-earth approach to his own restaurant where he focuses on local, sustainable food in a refined, neighborhood setting. Catalyst embodies the expertise and cooking techniques that Kovel is known for and opened in August 2011 in Cambridge’s Technology Square. Kovel offers American cuisine with undertones that incorporate classic French techniques.
Since opening, Kovel and his team have earned rave reviews including a coveted 3 star review from The Boston Globe as well as being named The People’s Best New Chef New England by FOOD&WINE magazine in March 2012.
Kovel lives in Milton with his wife Sara. His interests include reading, traveling, tending to his little urban "garden" and fishing.
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Bio: “It is not easy to give the responsibility to someone to represent one’s name ---But I am very confident in Leonardo’s abilities to make sure that Westend by Eric Ripert will deliver good food. He is not only a great technician and manager but he understands the soul of our food,” says Le Bernardin executive chef and co-owner Eric Ripert. (2007)
Leonardo, a New Jersey native born in Hoboken, is of the Italian descent. Both of his parents immigrated from Italy to the United States in the early 70’s. Out of high school, Leonardo decided to head to The Culinary Institute of America in 1996, graduating in 1998. He got his start working for Traci De Jardin at Jardiniere in 1999. Then he moved back to New Jersey to work for James Haurey at The Dining Room at the Short Hills Hilton up until 2002. In 2002 he joined the team of Le Bernardin where he started at the bottom and worked his way to Lead Sous Chef. During his tenure, Le Bernardin had maintained its 4 stars, by the New York Time, and also received 3 stars from, Le Guide Mchelin. He worked under the mentorship of Eric Ripert for over 5 years until he was appointed, Chef de Cuisine of Westend a bistro by Eric Ripert, in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. During his time at the Bistro he received 3 stars by Todd Kleinman of The Washingtonian, 2 ½ stars by Tom Seizsma from The Washington Post, also nominated for “Best New Restaurant 2007/2008 by The R.A.M.M.Y. association.
After he moved back to New Jersey he took on a consulting project at a Market in Englewood, NJ called Bartolomeo Cucina Italiana. That was a six month project and it is still thriving today. In June 2009 he joined the team of David Bouley at both Bouley and as the Chef of Bouley Upstairs, which was a small intamite open kitchen. In February 2010 he decided to get back into a four star restaurant scene by joining Jean George as his Executive Sous Chef at his flagship restaurant at Columbus cirlcle. He then was asked by Jean George to become the Executive Sous Chef at The Mark by Jean George and held this position for 2 years. In the spring of 2012 he took a postion as a consultant at Napa & Company in Stamford, Connecticut a small farm to table restaurant where then he became Chef de Cuisine and maintained this position for 1 year. In April of 2013 he met with Marcus Samuelsson and would eventually begin to work for the group in May as one of the Chefs for Red Rooster and the Marcus Samuelsson Group assisting in the opening of Uptown Brasserie. He currently holds this position as is very involved in the charity benefits and special events. Leonardo is also very involved in mentorship assisting in the evolution of young aspiring students who are training to become cooks, Sous Chefs, and Chefs.
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Bio: Chef Jason Santos likes to have fun.
You can tell by his trademark blue hair, and more importantly, you can tell by his food. Liquid nitrogen salsa that smolders like a disco when it hits the plate? Check. Orange gel that forms into noodles when it hits hot broth? Got it. Black Truffle Dippin Dots Ice Cream that arrives tableside smoking? Absolutely.
The presentations of Santos’ dishes are whimsical and inventive, but the flavors on his plates keep diners coming back for more. Jason’s cuisine seamlessly combines Asian, French and traditional American flavors with dazzling visual and textural twists that wow diners at Gargoyles on the Square in Boston (Somerville). His cooking style has been referred to as “Julia Child Meets Willy Wonka”.
Santos defies expectations by challenging diners with unique flavor and texture combinations. “You have to systematically create complexity,” he says of his thought process. “It sets creativity free." Jason takes his guests on a culinary adventure with his whimsical gastronomy.
Santos’ name is familiar to foodies. Known as “Jay” on the seventh season of Fox’s hit television show “Hell’s Kitchen”, Santos has been regularly complimented by one of the industry’s toughest critics, Chef Gordon Ramsay.
He cut his teeth at Andy Husbands’ Tremont 647 and quickly rose through the ranks before assuming the role of executive chef at Gargoyles on the Square in 2005. In his years there, his cuisine has transformed the restaurant from neighborhood stalwart to out-of-town destination dining hotspot. His fusion of new techniques and exotic ingredients into bistro fare has earned plaudits from The Boston Globe (including the cover of the Food Section), chowhound.com, Improper Bostonian, and most notably, Stuff Magazine (where he appeared on the cover twice).
Jason is now the owner and executive chef at both Abby Lane in Boston’s Theater District which opened in November 2012 and Blue Inc. which is located at 131 Broad Street in Boston’s Financial District and opened in June 2011. Blue Inc. is open for lunch and dinner and has become popular for its innovative menu and “smoking cold” milk shakes. Abby Lane, open for lunch and dinner, is a two floor restaurant known for approachable cuisine in an upscale setting. Jason is set to open his third restaurant, Back Bay Harry’s this Fall in Boston’s South End.
It’s not just nights on the line, though – Santos gets around a little bit. He teaches culinary courses at both Boston University and Cambridge Rindge and Latin’s culinary programs. He had the honor of cooking to a sold-out crowd at the James Beard House in 2005 and 2010, and was invited to the Star Chefs Molecular Gastronomy conference in 2007, where he hobnobbed with the likes of Jose Andres, Wylie Dufresne and Grant Achatz.
Each year Santos donates his time to Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline, an organization dedicated to educating disadvantaged families on nutrition, and serves as the restaurant chair for “Taste of the Nation,” Share Our Strength’s benefit to eliminate childhood hunger. He was also awarded second place in the country at the National Pork Board’s Annual “National Taste of Elegance” event in Baltimore. Jason appears regularly on Boston’s local Fox affiliate doing cooking demos and has recently appeared nationally on the CBS Early Show and The Talk. Jason is a graduate of Newbury College with a Culinary Arts degree in Newton, MA.
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Bio: Born in Nepal, Chef Mandeep Shankar, came to the United States in 2005 on a student visa. Mandeep started as cook at Jacob Wirth to pay for his education in 2006. He fell in love with food and moved to Management of Jacob Wirth in 2010. In spite and because of his business background Chef Shankar was drawn to the back of the house operations and worked to become the Executive Chef of Jacob Wirth in 2012.
He enjoys a close friendship and working relationship with the owners of Jacob Wirth who have encouraged him to broaden the menu with his own talents and palate for spice. He has worked to maintain the German traditions while presenting a menu for the modern clientele that come for the history, the beer and most of all the food.
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Bio: Inspired by the ingredients and culinary techniques of the Midi region in France, Executive Chef/ Partner Robert Sisca presents modern, ingredient-driven creations that are at once refined and approachable. From carefully conceived crudo selections to the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables, Bistro du Midi brings the simple, clean and bold flavors of Provence to Boston.
Influenced by his time cooking in New England, Chef Sisca has tremendous respect for all things seafood, and an immense appreciation for local product. Seasonality is where Provençal cooking begins and ends for Sisca. There is no culinary trickery, it is simple food done beautifully.
A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Sisca worked his way through New England, including Gracie’s in Providence and Bosun’s Bistro in Nantucket. He then honed his culinary skills in New York City at One If By Land, Two If By Sea before becoming Sous Chef at the renowned Le Bernardin. During his tenure, Le Bernardin earned the coveted Michelin Three Star award and Four Stars by the New York Times.
Chef Sisca, a resident of Rhode Island, has been well received in Boston with numerous awards and increased activity in the culinary community. In 2011 & 2012, Sisca was nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef New England. Sisca is constantly striving for excellence to keep Bistro du Midi at the forefront of Boston’s dining scene. Menu highlights include Black Bass crudo with grapefruit and squid ink rice puffs, spicy lamb tartare served with a quail egg and an authentic Mediterranean Bouillabaisse.
Sisca and his team celebrate local produce whenever possible and the freshest vegetables and seafood in dishes such as Loup de Mer with hearth bread, seared prawn and confit fennel. Another star on the menu is the roasted chicken for two with ricotta and lemon. For guests that enjoy a truly inimitable dining experience, Sisca offers tasting menus at Table 100 at Bistro du Midi, which overlooks the kitchen and includes tableside service.
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Bio: Pastoral’s Todd Winer has been the driving force behind the launch of several of the region’s most successful concepts. He has opened more than a dozen award-winning restaurants in his tenure that have become nationally known for their inspired and delicious menus. His newest solo venture is as chef and owner of Pastoral, which is located in Boston’s hottest neighborhood, the Fort Point neighborhood.
Chef Winer has worked under many of the country’s most renowned chefs including: Charlie Palmer, Bobby Flay, Nancy Oakes, and Todd English. Under English, Chef Winer wore many hats from Executive Chef, Culinary Director and was the point person at many special events for Chef English. Winer was an active part of helping English to open many of his restaurants around the country. He turned heads as the Executive Chef at Olives Charlestown with his complex flavor profiles and his layering techniques. One of Winer’s most impactful experiences under English was when he traveled to Japan to open Olives Tokyo.
Winer's passion for food was first ignited during his teenage years when he began a part time job in the kitchen of an Italian bistro. That led him into his interest in cooking where he learned the fundamentals of fine cooking at the New England Culinary Institute.
In 2006, Winer became the Culinary Director of The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill under owner Kathy Sidell Trustman where he brought a variety of influences and styles to this role. His tenure with Metropolitan Club included helping to create new concepts and new locations including Massachusetts’ first burger bar at the MET Bar and Grill in Natick, as well as the MET Bar and Grill in Dedham. He then opened MET Back Bay on Boston’s posh Newbury Street. More recently, Winer launched MET on MAIN which is located on the island of Nantucket.
Todd’s taste for full-bodied, rustic flavors and eye-appealing presentations is a reflection of his training and personal style. With a unique combination of fearlessness and respect for tradition, Todd’s passion for rustic food can be found on the menu at Pastoral.
Winer has been invited to cook at the James Beard House several times, he has received many awards and accolades for his cooking under English and with MET Restaurant Group, and he participates in several annual charitable events including the Foundation to be Named Later’s Hot Stove Cool Music, Boys and Girls Club, and Lovelane Special Needs Horse Riding Program. Winer became a certified Pizzaiolo by the VPN to continue the authentic Neapolitan pizza technique at Pastoral. Chef Winer has also participated in a number of nationally recognized events such as the Mohegan Sun Winefest, Epcot Food and Wine, Nantucket Wine Festival, Bermuda Food and Wine and the Bangkok international food festival. He has also appeared on many television and radio shows, including: Martha Stewart Radio and TV, NECN Morning Show, TV Diner and 24 hours with Kate. His food have been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, the Improper Bostonian, and the New York Times.
Opening in 2014 in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, Pastoral features an innovative dining destination featuring rustic yet refined food, creative cocktails, communal dining, lounge area, late-night dining, delivery, take out, and a café with European seating. Pastoral will offer an entertaining and welcoming atmosphere for guests to enjoy quality food and service. Pastoral is a home, a restaurant, and a community and a dream that is dedicated to food and its direct connection to celebration, community, and culture. Pastoral runs on a system of organic processes that are built on a foundation of relationships with a community of friends and teachers, hunters and farmers, importers and foragers, wine and beer makers, fishermen, builders, and artists. The restaurant will work to celebrate food and the daily nourishment it provides.
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Bio: Chef Wong was born in Managua, Nicaragua. His dad opened seven restaurants, mostly Chinese cuisine, with his mom working alongside of him. They lived in Costa Rica for twelve years before moving to Boston in the 80’s.
Chef Wong went to Le Grand Diplome, the most comprehensive program in French culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. He completed an internship in pastry with Pierre Herme, one of the best chefs in the world, and another in cuisine at the luxurious Le Meurice hotel. He made his way through the ranks to become Chef de Partie at the Restaurant Le Meurice, one of the most prestigious fine dining restaurants in Paris.
When Rachel Klein called Wong, he was exploring opportunities in Bora-Bora, Malaysia and Lebanon. He ultimately chose to return to Boston to open Liquid Art House, which shows how much he loves working with Rachel Klein.
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WINE & SPIRITS PERSONALITIES
Bio: The New York Times called Joseph Carr “A producer to watch.” Mr. Carr began his career as a sommelier in NY and passed the initial Master Sommelier exams before he was 25. He later went on to work for wineries in France, Italy, Spain, Australia and Napa Valley.
In 2009 at age 39, he was named President of Mildara Blass USA, the international wine division of the Foster’s Brewing Group. Mr. Carr along with his wife and daughter began an eponymously named Napa Valley négociant firm in 2005, producing Napa Valley Cabernet, Merlot and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. In 2009 Mr. Carr worked with grower/winemaker Tom Larson to produce a Sonoma California brand dedicated to his father.
Dylan’s Ghost, Mr. Carr’s latest project was created, after a long walk with celebrated winemaker Aaron Pott, down a vineyard road, in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. “ We discussed winemaking, art and literature, and both realized that the iconic terrior, which surrounded us, was the place to capture all of this,” states Carr. Wine Writer Ken Hoggins call’s Dylan’s Ghost Hell Hollow, in a phrase “simply amazing; 92 points” and Wine Blogger Joe Roberts professes that Dylan’s Ghost SLR Vineyard as “Dylan is alive and well in the inky depths of this silky, rich red.”
Destined to be another cult wine classic, with less then 800 cases produced, the Dylan’s Ghost portfolio is only available on line and at a few select luxury retailers and restaurants.
Mr. Carr divides his time between Napa Valley and Cape Cod Massachusetts.
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Bio: Jim Carleton is the Master Brewer and General Manager of Bad Martha Famer’s Brewery in Edgartown, MA. Prior to this position, he was Assistant Corporate Brewer for Boston Beer Works, and helped open the Framingham location. He holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and his brewing career began rather inauspiciously when he started cutting classes to volunteer at Sweetwater Brewing Co. in Atlanta, stacking cases off the bottling line in return for a case or two of low fills. He later worked his way up from washing kegs to brewing at Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, now known as the Ipswich Ale Brewery.
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Bio: With over fifteen years of experience, Drync Director of Marketing, Aimée Cronin prides herself as a well-seasoned wine marketer who has worked in nearly every facet of the beverage industry.
Beginning her wine career as the Marketing Director at a boutique winery in Long Island, Aimée later moved west to New York City to run the wine division for luxury Food and Wine PR agency, Deussen Global, which she grew to be the largest grossing team in the company. Aimée spent several years building brands and developing national sales and marketing programs at the supplier level for producers big and small, such as Pernod-Ricard (Perrier Jouët, Mumm, Jacob’s Creek, Brancott), Moët Hennessy (Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Ruinart), Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Sandeman Ports, San Felice, and Erie Vineyards. Most recently, she worked for Martignetti Companies, the seventh largest distributor in the United States, where she first managed a portfolio of over 200 prestigious California wine producers and developed her position to oversee all corporate communications for the company.
Aimée has been a guest speaker at the Culinary Institute of America and the Aspen Food and Wine Classic and is a Certified Specialist of Wine, as well as WSET Certified with distinction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University’s School of Communications. When she is not trying to revolutionize the wine industry for the greater good of mankind, Aimée is happily spending quality time with her husband and three young children.
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Bio: Nancy Cushman’s passion for sake was sparked over a decade ago in her hometown of Chicago. After her first sake experience, she became fascinated with it and made studying the beverage her mission. She left her career as an advertising executive and in 2006, she completed the Sake Professional Course in Japan with John Gauntner, who is recognized as the world’s foremost sake expert. In Boston in March 2007, she opened o ya, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, with her husband Tim Cushman.
o ya has received numerous awards, including being named by the New York Times’ Frank Bruni as the #1 new restaurant in the U.S. outside of New York and the top Zagat rated restaurant in Boston in 2012. In 2012, Nancy travelled back to Japan to complete the Advanced Sake Professional Course and is now one of less than 100 people in the world to have this certification.
As o ya’s sake sommelier, Nancy enjoys serving and pairing an extensive selection of premium sakes with the cuisine. She also regularly teaches sake courses at o ya and for private organizations.
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Bio: A West Tisbury native, Sam Decker is the sommelier and beverage director at Atria in Edgartown. He and his wife divide their time between the Vineyard and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, where they own Oko, a restaurant that features Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. His involvement in the burgeoning winemaking scene in the central Mexican highlands over the past several years, mainly at Cuna de Tierra, has lead him to pursue a degree in enology from UC Davis. When he's not focusing on wine, he writes: he is currently seeking publication for his first novel.
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Bio: Alyssa fell in love with Japanese beverage culture with her first sip of sake. Nancy Cushman, co-owner and sake sommelier of o ya in Boston MA, offered her a taste of Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo from Akita while Alyssa was a hostess at the restaurant. That moment began her studies of Japanese sake.
Over 5 years later, she manages the restaurant and its beverage program. She loves being on the floor every night, telling the stories of the brewers and distillers who have been practicing their craft for hundreds of years. She sees herself as a storyteller, educating each guest on the history of the bottle and how it pairs with the exceptional food from James Beard Award Winning Chef Tim Cushman.
In 2011 she passed her Certified Sake Professional Course in New York City where she was thrilled to meet sake industry folks who share her passion and in 2013 she passed her Advanced Sake Professional Course in Tokyo. Alyssa’s passion for sake and Japanese beverage culture was recognized by Eater National in June of 2013 when they presented her with an “Eater Young Gun” award. Since then, she has furthered her education by studying Japanese spirits. She enjoys teaching about sake and spirits in addition to her responsibilities at o ya. In February 2014, she led a sake tasting at Harvard’s Microbial Sciences Initiative.
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Bio: As Eastern Division Manager for Vine Connections, Mark Fine is responsible for marketing, promotion, education, and sales for their portfolio of wines from Argentina and Chile along with Japanese Sake.
With more than 20 years experience, Mark holds his Advanced Sommelier Certificate as well as the Diploma of Wine. Mark is currently writing a book on wine for both novice and experts.
Marks other passion is running and cycling; three time Ironman Triathlon Finisher and has completed over 100 marathons and ultra-marathons (including 100 milers)… one of Marks goals is to run a marathon in every state. “The more I run, the more I can eat… and I love to eat… and fortunately I get to eat at some of the best restaurants while drinking great wine.”
In a past life, Mark was a professional magician and comedian performing in Clubs, Cruise Lines, and TV throughout the world… quite often he brings a “bag of tricks” entertaining wine enthusiasts.
Mark brings a different approach to presenting wine to both consumers and trade. He is invited as a guest speaker for multiple Wine & Food Festivals, Cruise Lines, TV, and Radio. It is always educational, enlightening, and entertaining… “EDU-TAINING”.
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Bio: Dan moved to Mass in 1986 after a number of years working in the restaurant business and traveling extensively. He has been with a family operated wine distributor and importer since first arriving (Ruby Wines Inc.) where he is the Director of Special Events and a Fine Wine Specialist. Outside of work, he currently chairs the Boston University Wine School Founding Advisory Board and still travels to wine country around the world.
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Bio: Lisa Kaplan began her career in the Food and Beverage business as a Pastry chef and line cook before transitioning to the front of the house. She held positions of Restaurant Manager and Sommelier, at fine dining establishments in Boston and on Nantucket. Ready for a new challenge, Lisa joined Ruby Wines in March, 2002, where she worked as a Sales Representative and Sales Manager. After nearly 10 years with the company, she made the transition to the Import side of the business and began anew with Domaine Select Wine Estates – 2010 Food and Wine Importer of the Year – as the New England Regional Manager. After a brief stint working in “the real world,” Lisa joined Charles Smith - 2009 Food & Wine magazine’s “Winemaker of the Year” – and his empire of highly acclaimed WA wineries. She currently oversees the business in the northeast, from Maine to PA.
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Bio: Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru™,” is one of the most premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders for restaurants and spirit companies. His signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in many of North America’s most upscale cocktail lounges and restaurants. With nearly 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, Jonathan shares his insights with the most influential publications from around the world, and contributes his unique talents to morning television shows and national radio. As the in-house mixologist for NBC’s “Weekend Today in New York,” Jonathan is able to “spread the good word…one cocktail at a time.”
Just as an Executive Chef may work their way up through the ranks “behind the line,” Jonathan has worked his way up from being a barback at The Russian Tea Room in NYC, to Owner and President of “The Cocktail Guru™,” a well-respected, full service beverage consulting firm. Jonathan was trained by cocktail luminaries Steve Olson, Gary Regan, and Albert Trummer. Throughout the years, a style emerged – that of a career bartender interested in studying technique, cocktail history, fresh ingredients, and seasonality. His inspiration lies in unique ingredients and quality ensuring that every beverage program he creates remains consistent and thrives throughout the years.
In addition, Jonathan and his Cocktail Guru team offer bartender services for special events, mixology classes and demonstrations, and signature drink development for weddings and occasions. The Cocktail Guru’s sister site, Wedding Cocktail Design, was created specifically for that couple-to-be seeking a unique specialty cocktail for their wedding.
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Bio: Patrick Ahearn, AIA, specializes in historically motivated architecture and interior design. Over the past 38 years, his volume of finely crafted and detailed residential work spans a multitude of classic styles of architecture from City Town Houses to Island Homes. With offices in both the Historic Back Bay neighborhood of Boston and on the island of Martha's Vineyard, these environments provide a rich and fertile background for the creation of classical timeless architecture, appropriate and in scale to each locale.
The firm's work covers a broad spectrum of projects in the United States including master planning, new construction, historic renovation and restoration. To each of his projects, Mr. Ahearn and his team of architects and designers bring a highly educated and schooled knowledge of classic architecture coupled with a keen sense of how people live today, which in turn produces homes that are timeless and responsive to the needs of today's lifestyles.
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FARMERS & PURVEYORS
About: The Allen Farm, one of Martha’s Vineyard’s oldest historic farms, is located on South Road in Chilmark, Massachusetts and is a successful model of a diversified family farm. Jonathan Allen originally purchased the farm in 1762, and his oldest son, Tristram built the still standing timber-framed farmhouse. The farm is about 100 acres of pastureland with only the South shoreÕs barrier beach and Chilmark Pond separating it from the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Mitchell, Clarissa, and their son Nathaniel have permanently preserved the land on the ocean side to ensure that this particularly beautiful view will always be a meadow by the sea. With a respect for its history, this family remains deeply committed to preserving and sustaining their farm.
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About: The FARM Institute is an educational non-profit institution committed to connecting people of all ages and all circumstances to agriculture through the diverse operations of a working farm.
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About: Flat Point Farm is a diversified family-farm in West Tisbury, Massachusetts on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. A working farm since the 1930’s, Flat Point Farm currently produces grass-fed poultry, lamb and beef as well as cutting several thousand bales of hay. Extensive gardens and a coop of laying hens rounds out the list of products on our 115-acre spread on Tisbury Great Pond.
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About: We were not farmers. And looking back we can tell you we really didn’t know what it would mean to own and run a small family farm. Eric, a graduate of The University of Chicago, worked in the corporate world for fifteen years and Molly, a graduate of Pratt Institute, was a designer. We were foodies before the word foodie existed. Once our two boys, Noah now nine and Jakie now eight, came along we became really interested in the source of our foods. When Eric decided to leave his job we were not really sure what we wanted to do and the idea of a farm started to percolate. We began working more in our garden and the entirely family truly enjoyed our three meter by three meter 'farm.' Over time our thoughts came together: we'd find some land, start a farm, raise animals and make cheese. Sounds great, right? But where?
Martha’s Vineyard? We had been coming to the vineyard for years in the summer months and we knew the island had a rich agricultural history. The vibrant core of small family farms was very apparent at the farmers market and our kids had been to The Farm Institute for a summer program. Whether we were correct or not, we felt the island had many great vegetable farms but local dairy and local meat were not as well represented at that time. We always enjoyed visiting the island because it is beautiful, has an outstanding arts community and a great local food scene. After visiting the island in the winter to see the schools we were sold. We knew this was the right place for our family.
Over an eight month period we worked on developing a plan for the farm. Our learning curve was beyond steep but it was really fun and exciting to dive head long into something we knew absolutely nothing about. Milking parlors, rotational grazing, chicken houses, foliar feeding, cheese school; the list went on and on. Then, in the summer of 2009, we purchased this farm and moved here on August 2nd.
The research continued and before we knew it, in March of 2010, our first three cows arrived on our farm, Thelma, Helen and Mary Nell. It was from that moment forward that there has been no time to look back. From cringing when learning how to castrate piglets on you tube to laughing hysterically when being drenched with milk because of a broken gasket, other farmers are right, there IS NEVER a dull moment.
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About: Moving to the island of Martha's Vineyard in 1989, Rusty Gordon started farming with Andrew Woodruff at Whippoorwill Farm. He spent 23 years at Whippoorwill running the farm operations and the large Community Supported Agriculture program. In 2011, determined to succeed and prove that a farming operation could work and support itself on the island, Rusty started Ghost Island Farm. He farmed a few small parcels of land on the side for the winter farmers market while still running the large Whippoorwill operation. Currently Rusty is looking to grow the farm to double its size to meet the needs of the co-op, farm stand and farmers market. Four more greenhouses are being put up on the farm to expand the tomato operation, house the seedlings and to grow more crops year round. With the buzz and excitement growing around the stand, Ghost Island Farm has a lot of momentum going into the second year. The addition of the co-op is a perfect fit for the farm and its steady growing base of local customers.
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About: Green Island Farm is a small family farm on Martha’s Vineyard. Our main product is delicious, very fresh eggs from our 500 laying hens, but we also grow more than 30 kinds of vegetables and herbs throughout the year. You can visit our self-serve farm stand in West Tisbury, directly across from the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair Grounds.
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About: Island Grown Farms is the newest program of Island Grown Initiative. At Island Grown Farms we will increase local food production and consumption for the economic and health benefits of the community of Martha’s Vineyard. We will support the island agricultural community by increasing local food production and the numbers of farmers within our community by providing access to agricultural land and infrastructure and provide outreach, education and training for producers and consumers.
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About: Founded in 1997, Mermaid Farm & Dairy is a 35 acre farm run by Allen Healy & Caitlin Jones and family. Chilmark’s Mermaid Farm has the only certified raw milk on the Island. They are also known for their produce, lamb and beef.
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About: Morning Glory Farm, started in 1975 by James and Deborah Athearn, grows about 60 acres of vegetables and small fruits, here on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Small successive plantings of a wide variety of crops supply the farmstand from May through December.
Crops include sweet corn, lettuce, carrots, beets, tomatoes, melons, potatoes, beans, squash, pumpkins, and more. Our morganically grown herb garden supplies a full assortment of culinary herbs. We also raise 2 acres of cut flowers, and small plantings of strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and beach plums.
We keep beef cows on pasture in Chilmark for whom we harvest 40 acres of hay and we also produce eggs, pork and fresh, pasture-raised chickens to sell in the farmstand.
Seven acres of our vegetable fields are farmed morganically (not certified) and we try to manage the rest of our land with a minimum of pesticides and with attention to the long- term health of the soil.
James and Deborah Athearn started Morning Glory Farm in 1975 on family wooded land on Meshacket Road. In the first years they cleared a small vegetable plot and room for a barn and pasture for milking cows. The yields of the small plot were sold at the farmhouse in a small shed, and at the Farmers Market in West Tisbury. The farm name grew from the vision of the sun rising over lush, green fields, cows with udders full of milk ambling past bountiful gardens and hedgerows lively with honeybees; true wealth of nature's glory.
Eventually they out grew the shed and seeking a greater market they moved to the end of Meshacket Road in the lot at Ed Tyra's locker plant in 1979. After two years there Jim and Debbie decided to build their own farm stand on the site where it is now. The original building, built in 1981, was a 18x20 foot post and beam. There have been several additions since then, more greenhouses, an employee residence, the vegetable barn with its two farm kitchens and an equipment maintenance building, among other improvements. The fields and crops grew and flourished, and at the present point are actively working over 120 acres and hire a staff of up to 100 employees. In 2010 a large post and beam barn replaced the original farmstand, which now houses our farm stand.
Jim and Debbie raised three children on the farm. Their daughter Prudence, a Registered Dietitian, along with her husband Josh Levy, also a Registered Dietitian, and their two boys Kyle, age 5 and Judah, age 2 are now back on the island after years in Boulder, Colorado and Portland Maine. Prudence & Josh are the owners of Vineyard Nutrition, a medical practice that offers nutritional counseling. Specializing in diet and lifestyle consultations, weight loss guidance, diet planning and related services. Prudence had previously worked on the farm for many years. She had become a specialist in the flower field and was the farmstand manager. Simon, after high school went to culinary school in New Hampshire and then to small business school at the University of Montana. Simon has become Chief of Operations for the farm. Simon married Robyn in April of 2011 they recently had their first child a daughter named Rose. They live on the farm in West Tisbury which has been in the Athearn family since the 1800’s. Robyn is the cut flower manager at Morning Glory Farm overseeing the cultivation of 2 acres of annual flowers and a half-acre perennial field. Daniel returned to the Vineyard and Morning Glory Farm after receiving a degree in aquaculture from The University of Maine. Daniel quickly became indispensable on the farm as a skilled machine operator, and the irrigation specialist although he spends many hours in the tractor seat working the soil and tending the crops, he still maintains his presence on the water in both commercial and recreational fishing. Meeghan Athearn, Daniel's wife, works at the farm farmer’s market and in the farm stand. Dan and Meeghan have three young children a daughter Clara, a son Zeb and a daughter Penelope Louise, they live on family land in Chilmark where the MGF Cattle graze in water view pastures.
The extended farm family is a large one, not only have many Athearn relatives have been part of the farm in different ways, but also many employees over the years have brought in their sisters, mothers, daughters, sons, mother’s in law, etc.
Each year we meet a new crew of farmers, bakers, growers, and farmstand staff that become part of the farm family. The farm has benefited from a variety of wonderful people who have endowed Morning Glory with their own special contributions. With the younger generation involved there is the expectation that the farm will continue to provide quality fruits and vegetables to the community and provide people with meaningful employment and memorable island experience.
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About: North Tabor Farm is a 6-acre family-run farm off of North Road in Chilmark. It specializes in organically grown salad greens, shitake mushrooms, blueberries and farm fresh eggs. It also sells fresh chickens and pork when available. It operates a self-serve farm stand year-round.
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About: Slip Away Farm is a small farm on a little island.
We are located on Chappaquiddick, an island separated from Martha’s Vineyard by a 574-foot ferry ride. As the only commercial grower on Chappy, Slip Away Farm provides the community with high quality, organically grown vegetables and eggs. We emphasize quality over quantity and believe in feeding our soils as much as our plants. We strive to offer beautiful, nourishing vegetables from vibrant and healthy land.
Our produce is available all summer at our on-site, historic farm stand, at the Saturday West Tisbury Farmer’s Market, and at several Vineyard restaurants and grocery stores.
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About: Whippoorwill Farm started the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) on the island in 1992. Since then, thousands of people have enjoyed the weekly trip to the farm to pick up their "share". We invite you to come by and enjoy some of the best tasting produce on island. From our field to your table.
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