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End Childhood Hunger in America
Boston No Kid Hungry Dinner
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
One Bennett Street, Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. - Multi-course seated dinner with wine pairings
Executive Chef and Owner of TRADE and Rialto
Cooking Matters Instructor, Share Our Strength &
Test Cook and Food Writer, Cooks Illustrated Magazine & America's Test Kitchen
President & CEO, Carpenter & Company, Inc.
Globe Columnist, Food Educator, Author & former
Executive Chef/Owner of Hamersley's
No Kid Hungry Patron
Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation
Nancy Adams & Scott Schoen
Annette Furst & Jim Miller
Mary Beth Pemberton & Jeff Shames
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play
Host Chef, Jody Adams
Jody Adams is a James Beard award-winning chef with a national reputation for her imaginative use of New England ingredients in regional Italian cuisine. Rialto, her four-star restaurant in Cambridge, has been named “One of the top 20 new restaurants in the country” by Esquire magazine and “One of the world’s best hotel restaurants” by Gourmet. Beginning her culinary career as a line cook at Seasons restaurant, she went on to open Hamersley’s Bistro as sous-chef and then served as executive chef at Michela’s in Cambridge, where Food & Wine listed her as “one of America’s ten best new chefs.” Soon thereafter, Adams opened Rialto in Harvard Square, collecting many honors as a result, including being inducted into the 2010 National Restaurant Hospitality Hall of Fame.
Adams has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, among many others. She was a recent contestant on the second season of Top Chef Masters, BRAVO TV's popular culinary competition, where she prevailed through cooking challenges like offsite wedding wars, preparing a meal for a Lisa Simpson, and feeding the cast and crew of the television show Modern Family, before finally meeting her nemesis in the form of a frozen goat leg. She has a strong commitment to hunger relief and is known for her loyal support of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Share Our Strength, and Partners in Health. In October 2010, Share Our Strength presented Jody with the Humanitarian of the Year award. Jody recently opened her newest venture TRADE restaurant, located on the ground floor of Atlantic Wharf in Boston’s historic Waterfront District.
Andy Husbands, Tremont 647 | Sister Sorel
Michael Scelfo, Alden & Harlow
Tony Maws, Kirkland Tap & Trotter | Craigie on Main
Chef/Owner Andy Husbands, the award-winning chef of Tremont 647, has been enticing patrons with his adventurous American cuisine at the South End neighborhood restaurant and bar for well over a decade. An established cookbook author, Husbands has also been working tirelessly to eliminate childhood hunger for the past 20 years. When he is not in the kitchen, Husbands is competing with his internationally recognized BBQ team: iQUE BBQ, the first New England Team to become world champions of BBQ by winning the Jack Daniels World Championships in 2010. Most recently, Husbands has published his third cookbook “Wicked Good Burgers” with co-authors Chris Hart of the iQUE team and Andrea Pyenson, which has received high accolades from both the food and entertainment industries.
Husbands has received attention both locally and nationally for his bold flavors, commitment to using the best, fresh ingredients and seasonality, receiving praise from both press and patrons alike. Including, but not limited to: James Beard Semi Finalist “Best Chef” – Contestant on Fox Television Network’s “Hells Kitchen” – Wine Spectators “Award of Excellence” – “Best of Boston” from Boston Magazine – “One of Boston nightlife’s most influential people” Stuff Magazine – One of five “Celebrated Chefs” National Pork Council
Chef Michael Scelfo has been drawn to the kitchen for as long as he can remember. With a storied lineage of cooks who came before him, namely his mom who cooked professionally for years, the bug bit him hard at a young age. As a child, when he preferred being in the kitchen with his grandmothers & aunts, watching cooking shows and leafing through his mother’ cookbooks, his family knew he was serious.
As a graduate of Western Culinary Institute, he spent a few dedicated years as a wide-eyed young cook in the James Beard Award-winning Wildwood Kitchen in Portland, Oregon. Traveling and touring along the west coast, his love for creating vibrant, ingredient-forward dishes was nurtured.
A few short years later at the age of 25, he found himself receiving a 2½ star review in The New York Times while at the helm of Long Island's sophisticated restaurant, Blond. Following that, he went on to expand his knowledge of neighborhood dining, overseeing the kitchens of several restaurants with cult-like local followings and bringing home many awards along the way, including Dedo, North Street Grill, Tea-Tray in the Sky and The Good Life in Boston.
In 2009, Michael took the helm at the Grafton Group’s neighborhood favorite Temple Bar, where his savvy use of whimsical, seasonal ingredients landed him critical praise, including the selection of his Merguez Sliders as one of The Boston Globe’s “2009 Favorite Things” and Best Restaurant - Harvard Square by Boston Magazine. He also introduced a Chef’s Vegetarian tasting menu that resulted in significant consumer and press interest; his passion for vegetables and lighter-style food will influence elements of the cooking style at Alden & Harlow.
In April of 2010, Chef Scelfo was selected as the opening Executive Chef of Russell House Tavern, the newest restaurant from Cambridge’s Grafton Group to open in the heart of Harvard Square. Balancing hearty tavern food with seasonally inspired sophisticated dishes, his menu at Russell House Tavern skillfully catered to locals, industry and out-of-town visitors, affording Harvard Square a unique dining experience. Built on strong partnerships with local purveyors, Chef Scelfo’s menu constantly featured contributions from Verrill Farms, Fiore di Nonna, The Food Project, and Island Creek Oysters, among others.
Under his purview, Chef Scelfo won many awards for Russell House Tavern, including a glowing two-star review from The Boston Globe. His six-course, nose-to-tail dinner in partnership with Brambly Farms was mentioned on CBS News in a discussion of whole-pig preparations in some of the best kitchens in the country. The signature dish of Russell House Tavern, the crispy, soft-poached, Chip-In Farm egg was labeled one of the 10 New Food Icons in Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants issue 2012. The restaurant was named the 2012 Best Restaurant - Harvard Square by both Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian. In 2013, he was the victor of the Boston Lamb Jam competition, hosted by the American Lamb Board. And in 2013, Chef Scelfo was crowned the "Prince of Porc" at the multi-city heritage pork competition Cochon 555.
While cooking in Cambridge, Michael took the time to really examine his personal culinary perspective: if given the opportunity to take off the reigns and cook for people in a restaurant of his own, what would he make? He found the answers in his home kitchen, surrounded by his wife and three children. Creating a medium in which people connect with other people is what Chef Scelfo excels at – and his serious style does just that. Incorporating elements that have personal meaning while weaving together family recipes with his own, translates into simple, elegant dishes that he would want to eat with his family at home.
At Alden & Harlow, Chef Michael Scelfo takes this idea and figuratively extends his family’s kitchen table into his first owned and operated restaurant. Located in the iconic Casablanca restaurant space in Harvard Square, Chef Scelfo pays homage to his roots, making each ingredient shine, and ultimately, cooking from his heart. The success of this formula is proven in the attention the restaurant has received. Boston Globe restaurant critic Devra First awarded Alden & Harlow a three-star review. They were honored to be the Best New Restaurant by Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian as well as being chosen as “The Best of the New” in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. They were also highlighted as one of the Best Restaurants in the Northeast by Arrive magazine. Lastly, in 2015, Alden & Harlow was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards in the Best New Restaurant category.
Photos by Rick Friedman