WHIM 2017 Dinner Series

Whim Dinner Series 2017

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2017 Schedule

Celebrating Our 7th Season!

Garden to Gourmet

Whim is a unique 10-week “pop up” dining experience held every Wednesday evening from June 21 to August 30 at Smolak Farms in North Andover.  Join some of New England’s finest Chefs as they cook you a multi-course dinner in the rough, in the Smolak Farms Pine Grove.  A “Farm to Table” experience, all produce is grown at our farm so you will experience the seasonal fresh fruits, berries and vegetables.  Menus will be posted at least 2 weeks before each dinner.  The Guest Chefs will create their menus on a “WHIM” based on the freshest produce available from Smolak Farms

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2017 WHIM Dinner Series:

June 21:  DAVIO’S BOSTON, Chef Danny Levesque and O’BRIEN ESTATE WINERY

June 28:  GASLIGHT LYNNFIELD, Chef Steven Morlino

July 12:  POST 390, Chef Nick Deutmeyer

July 19:  GRILL 23 & BAR, Chef Brian Kevorkian

July 26:  SWEET CHEEKS BBQ, Chef Dan Raia

August 2:  LOCO TAQUERIA & OYSTER BAR, Chef Matt Drummond

August 9:  OSTERIA POSTO, Chef Joe Cassinelli

August 16:  TURNER’S SEAFOOD, Chef Yale Woodson

August 23:  THE LANGHAM, BOSTONChef Mark Sapienza

August 30:  HARVEST, Chef Tyler Kinnett

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  • Check-In, Seating and Bar opens at 6PM.  
  • First Course is served at 7PM. 
  • Whim dinners take place under Event tent & are held RAIN or SHINE!
  • Beverages (Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine) are available for purchase at the Event.  
  • Please do not bring your own alcohol!
  • Menus are subject to change based on seasonal produce availability & Chef’s Whim!
  • Tickets are $75 + Tax.  Total with Meals Tax = $80.25.  
  • There is NO Service fee to purchase tickets through Event Bee.  (Smolak pays fee)
  • The Gratuity for your servers is NOT included in ticket price.  
  • NO ticket refunds after they have been purchased.  
  • Menus will be posted on website as soon as they are available.  

Visit www.smolakfarms.com for more details or call  978-.682.6332 (ext 0), and ask for Joanne when phoning regarding WHIM.  

Please Email Joanne at  whim@smolakfarms.com with any questions or special seating requests.  

Tickets are also available for purchase in the Farm Stand at SMOLAK FARMS Farms, 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA  01845. Our farm stand is open daily 7AM – 5PM.


 

Smolak Farms is honored to host these Celebrity Chefs…

June 21

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DANNY LEVESQUE, Executive Chef, DAVIOS

Executive Chef Danny Levesque started his career growing up in a French and Italian neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. This community revolved around food and wine. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, training his skills in Italy and France. Accordingly to Levesque, the experience was eye opening due to the differences of emphasis on cuisine and the seriousness of how peoples lives revolved around the preparations of food. In Nice, his class would go out to the gardens and pick fresh herbs and vegetables for the days lesson. It really was a lesson about the beauty of a lifestyle, according to Levesque. This enjoyment compelled him to study at the Cambridge School

For his first job, Chef Levesque started working for an Italian restaurant called Marino’s in Cambridge, MA. Climbing through the ranks he not only realized his natural talent but also enjoyed every minute of being in the kitchen. He dove into every aspect of the business, from bread baking and pastry making to catering. Everything was prepared from scratch and the restaurant owner owned a farm in Natick, MA where most of the produce was utilized from.

Upon coming home, Levesque decided to continue his training working at some of Boston’s top restaurants including two of Boston’s 4 star restaurants, Upstairs at the Pudding and The Bay Tower Room. Levesque then joined the Tavistock restaurant group working at Abe and Louie’s steak house in Boston and Aqua Knox in Las Vegas as well as being the executive chef at Boston best fish house, Atlantic Fish Company, where he was for the last six years, winning multiple awards and recognitions. The Atlantic Fish Co. delivers some of the most creative fish preparations in the seafood capital of the country.

As Executive Chef of Davio’s Lynnfield, Levesque is excited to bring his knowledge of Italian cuisine and seafood to the restaurant and team.

O’BRIEN ESTATE WINE PAIRING OPTION

O'Brien Estate WineryThe Davio’s Dinner offers a very special wine pairing option from O’Brien Estate (Napa Valley) which includes 4 different wines (1 per course).  The wine option is NOT included with the Whim dinner ticket price–It is available for purchase for an additional $50/person.   The wine will be poured and discussed by a wine Ambassador from O’Brien Estate winery.  These exclusive, award winning wines are not available in any retail stores throughout the world due to the limited quantities that are made each year.  They are only allocated to Members.  

O’Brien Estate is a family owned and operated estate winery located in the Oak Knoll Appellation of the Napa Valley. Set on 40 acres, it is a self-contained estate.  Located on the property is the winery, vineyard, home and gardens.

Our artisan, handcrafted wines are only sold at O’Brien Estate – they are not available at retail stores anywhere in the world due to the limited quantity we make each year and the amount of wine allocated to our members.

Our wines reflect the soil, air, and sunlight of Napa Valley. Traditional wine making techniques and aging in small French oak barrels allows our wine to express the nuances of our unique terroir, creating a signature of the vineyard in the bottle.

 

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 June 28

STEVEN MORLINO, Chef de Cuisine, GASLIGHT 

Gaslight Lynnfield Chef de Cuisine Stephen Morlino is formerly of  Sorellina, Mistral, Patina and Union Bar Grille.   

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July 12

Post 390

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NICK DEUTMEYER, Chef de Cuisine, POST 390

As the Chef de Cuisine of Post 390 in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Nick Deutmeyer, 34, heads the culinary team, maintaining and elevating the level of excellence that has been part of Post 390 since the restaurant’s inception in 2009.

Nick grew up on a dairy farm in Dyersville, Iowa, where he learned the skills and ethics that influence his work at Post 390. After spending time experiencing and researching cuisine in Rome, Italy and rural Austria, he attended culinary school at New England Culinary Institute in Vermont before moving farther south in New England, landing at Himmel Hospitality Group’s Harvest Restaurant, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After four years as Lead Line Cook then Sous Chef at Harvest – during which he was given the opportunity to showcase his craft at The James Beard House in New York City – Nick was brought over to the restaurant group’s newest restaurant, Post 390, as part of the opening team.

His work with the region’s top farmers – acquainting them with the restaurant and showcasing their products on his menus – has separated him from his peers and allowed him to grow within the kitchen team. Nick has a great passion for the ingredients he uses and works tirelessly to ensure the best, freshest and most seasonal items are delivered daily to Post 390’s kitchen.

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 July 19

Grill 23 & Bar

BRIAN KEVORKIAN, Executive Chef, GRILL 23 & BAR

Brian Kevorkian is the Executive Chef of Grill 23 & Bar, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

Most recently from New York City, Kevorkian is returning to his New England roots with more than 20 years of experience. Kevorkian brings unique set of skills, high level of service and passion for quality products, all while he maintains Grill 23 & Bar’s longstanding integrity and reputation as New England’s premier steak and seafood grill.

Brian grew up in Lenox Massachusetts. In Lenox, Brian had his first foray into restaurants and cooking when he began his career at the 5-star, Relais & Chateau property, The Blantyre. At The Blantyre he trained under the tutelage of Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Christopher Brooks. Continuing the Relais & Chateau theme, Brian had stints at The Little Nell in Aspen and Gary Danko in San Francisco. Brian then returned east to New York City and worked in various roles in some of the best restaurants in the city – Eleven Madison Park, The Modern, SHO and BLT Fish. These restaurants collectively boast six Michelin stars as well as twelve stars from the New York Times. After success in these roles, Brian became the Executive Chef of the Loews Regency Hotel. Here he oversaw six food and beverage outlets including the ultimate power breakfast scene in the city. Brian’s most recent role was Executive Chef for The Clocktower restaurant at New York’s EDITION Hotel, a venture of restaurateur Stephen Starr and British Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton.

When he is not in the kitchen, Chef Kevorkian enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, watching football, home brewing beer, playing golf and journeying the city via bicycle.

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 July 26

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 DANIEL RAIA, Chef de Cuisine, SWEET CHEEKS Q

Dan Raia was always going to be a chef. Aside from being the hardest working person you will ever meet, his passion for food and people that work in and around food is unparalleled. As a Boston area native, Raia began working as a dishwasher at the ripe age of thirteen, setting the pace of an incredible work ethic from day one.

After working his way through the kitchen at the Marriott Gables in Winchester, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, graduating with honors. Raia was the Vice President of the National Honor Society and President of the CIA’s Student Government, receiving various other accolades throughout his college career.

Upon graduating, Raia approached every new challenge and position with the same level of dedication, commitment and professionalism as he approached his academic career. After working his way through the kitchens of Jody Adams and Dante De Magistris, he committed himself to mastering the business side of being a successful chef. He focused his efforts with the Compass Group, sharpening his focus on managing the finer points of food cost and management.  Redoubling his efforts on a rounded approach to success in the food and beverage industry, he made himself an indispensable asset that leads with a global understanding of his industry.

Raia opened Rocca Kitchen & Bar under the direction of Michela Larson and Chef Tom Fosnot. Staking a claim in the upper echelon of restaurants in Boston was the natural evolution of his career. After three years, he then worked under Chef Tiffani Faison, earning a three-star review from The Boston Globe and placing Rocca into the national spotlight and onto the 50 best list of Boston Restaurants.

Chef Faison then selected Raia to be the Chef de Cuisine of her first solo venture, Sweet Cheeks Q. At Sweet Cheeks, he earned another three-star review from The Boston Globe, won consecutive years’ Best Barbecue from both the Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine and has been placed on the 30 under 30 list from Zagat Magazine.

Raia has emerged as a leader in his field, an integral partner to Chef Faison. He is the best guy you will ever meet.

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August 2

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MATT DRUMMOND, Executive Chef, LOCO TAQUERIA & OYSTER BAR

Executive Chef Matt Drummond started his career in the kitchen working as a dishwasher at age 12 (don’t tell child services) at his godfather’s pizza shop in his hometown of Williamstown, Massachusetts. After climbing the ranks to food prep, then busser, line cook, and eventually Junior Sous Chef in his tiny Western Mass town, Matt knew he wanted to pursue a culinary career and enrolled in Johnson & Wales University after he graduated from high school. During his time at Johnson & Wales Matt headed up the kitchen at the Dunkin Donuts center where he built skills as a leader and realized the importance of teamwork in the kitchen. After graduating Matt went on to build his career in some of Boston’s most prominent kitchens including spending five years at The Colonnade Hotel and on-site restaurant Brasserie Jo where he was Sous Chef and later Chef de Cuisine, and Executive Chef at Temple Bar in Porter Square.

Matt believes that keeping the fun Loco culture alive in the back of the house transfers to the guest experience. His passion for Latin American food led him to the Southie taco joint he now calls home, where he’s excited about creating dishes that appeal to people of all ages, where he works to maintain a menu balance between tacos and oysters – that is constantly surprising guests.

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August 9

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JOE CASSINELLI, Executive Chef, OSTERIA POSTO

Raised by a food-loving Italian family in Milford, Massachusetts, Joe Cassinelli has early memories of his Nonna’s handmade pastas drying in the kitchen and preparing meals at home for his encouraging parents. Cassinelli’s childhood interest in cooking and baking led to a job at a neighborhood steakhouse, where he worked as a busboy and dishwasher before trying his hand behind the line one night when the sauté chef failed to show up for his shift. He excelled in the role and was soon following in the footsteps of the restaurant’s head chef, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America himself in 1997, Cassinelli accepted a Garde Manger position at Boston’s formidable Seasons restaurant at The Regal Bostonian Hotel to further hone his skills under Chef Peter McCarthy. Moving from one Boston landmark to another, he took on the role of Poissonier at Mistral, the Columbus Hospitality Group flagship. After seven years at Mistral. he helped the group open sibling restaurant Teatro as the Executive Sous Chef, and eventually returned to Mistral to helm the kitchen as Chef de Cuisine. After more than a decade with Columbus Hospitality Group, he jumped at the opportunity to tackle his first Executive Chef position in 2005 on the opening team of South End restaurant Stella, which soon became one of Boston’s hottest restaurants, known for its sleek setting and upscale Italian menu.

In 2006, Cassinelli headed to the San Francisco Bay for a firsthand look at the vibrant West Coast food scene. He took the year to explore wine country in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, fully embracing local industry and viticulture and forging lasting relationships with many talented artisans and producers. Before long, he yearned for his East Coast roots, and in 2008 he found himself back in Boston to take the reins at the Columbus Hospitality Group’s Tuscan-inspired venture, L’Andana.

Inspired by his experience with Italian cuisine in various restaurant settings, Cassinelli set off on what would prove to be an invaluable culinary tour of Italy. He immersed himself in the country’s regional culture and cuisine, and was immediately enamored by the home-cooked food and warm hospitality that was such a part of daily life. He sought to bring that heartfelt approach to food and hospitality home to Boston, which he did with the founding of Alpine Restaurant Group in 2009 and bringing his first solo venture, Posto, to the burgeoning Davis Square neighborhood.

Cassinelli continued to expand his presence in the restaurant community and his culinary footprint with the opening of The Painted Burro, an upscale Mexican kitchen and tequila lounge in Davis Square in 2012. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, a laid-back restaurant in Somerville, soon followed. Casinelli expanded to the suburbs with the opening of Osteria Posto in Waltham in 2015 and then Brookline in 2017 with Burro Bar in Washington Square.

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August 16

Turners Seafood

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YALE WOODSON, Executive Chef, TURNER’S SEAFOOD

“Our team selectively sources and prepares food to please the full range of he senses, stimulating, and striving to create a memorable seafood dining experience for our guests … every visit, every time.”   

Growing up in the rich, culinary landscape of Manhattan, Yale experienced an expansive range of cuisines representing the county’s regional fare and abroad, pairing these interests with the history and cultural influences that define food everywhere.

While not a classically schooled chef and with a B.A. in Social Anthropology in tow, Yale continued to venture into the culinary world subsequently benefiting from two mentoring relationships, working closely with acclaimed Chefs Jasper White and Rich Vellante… informing his passion for and knowledge of the sea’s bounty, honing his approach to classic New England seafood that continues today.

As a New England Chef, Yale feels a responsibility to steward sustainably, and to creatively use underutilized local catch whenever possible…continuing to heighten his understanding, knowledge and talent for sourcing and preparing great quality seafood.

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 August 23

 Mark Sapienza The LanghamMARK SAPIENZA, Executive Chef, THE LANGHAM, BOSTON

Executive Chef Mark Sapienza began his career as a chef at a small Italian trattoria while attending Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon graduating with honors in 1984 with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, he became Chef Tournant of the nationally recognized Apley’s restaurant in the Sheraton, Boston, later joining Horizon Hotels as an Executive Sous Chef.

Traveling the nation with Horizon Hotels, Chef Sapienza worked at a number of properties including the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida; the Montauk Yacht Club and Inn in Montauk, New York; and Arrowood of Westchester in Rye Brook, New York. His career with Horizon later created an opportunity for Chef Sapienza to work at the world renowned Claridge’s hotel in London, England.

Upon his return from London in 1988, Chef Sapienza settled in Boston and began working at the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel. Following an 8-year career as Executive Sous chef for the hotel, he was appointed Executive Chef of Le Meridien Hotel, located in Boston’s bustling financial district. The hotel became The Langham, Boston in 2003, where Chef Sapienza continues to oversee the kitchen today.

As Executive Chef of The Langham, Boston, Chef Sapienza has honed his skills and wealth of knowledge directing three dining venues and numerous banquet events. His culinary creations, primarily made with fresh, in-season New England ingredients, span a number of cuisines such as New American, Italian and French. In BOND restaurant | lounge Chef Sapienza’s menu pairs modern American fare and creative cocktails with a stylish atmosphere while the menu in The Reserve features the signature Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. Café Fleuri features The Langham’s famous Saturday Chocolate Bar and Sunday City Brunch as well as breakfast and lunch during the week.

Chef Sapienza and his restaurants have received numerous accolades over the years. He has presented a dinner at The James Beard House in New York and was selected to prepare a dinner with Jacque Pepin for Julia Child’s Legion of Honor reception at Julien in 2000.  This is Chef Sapienza’s third year at WHIM.

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  August 30

Harvest

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TYLER KINNETT, Executive Chef, HARVEST

Tyler Kinnett currently helms the kitchen at Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Executive Chef. At the age of 16, Kinnett began his career the hospitality industry, working his way up at a restaurant inside The Golf Club of Yankee Trace in his home state of Ohio. At 19, he moved to Vermont, working part-time at various restaurants while attending the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier.

Upon graduating from culinary school in 2009, Kinnett began his career in Boston under the tutelage of Gordon Hamersley, where he served as garde manger intern at the city’s famed Hamersley’s Bistro. Following that, he worked at Fenway Park for the 2010 season as a cook in the EMC Club. He moved on to assume the role as chef de partie at Sel de la Terre in Long Wharf, eventually working his way up to sous chef in just eight months. Under Chef Geoff Gardner at Sel de la Terre, Kinnett learned to never stop pursuing greatness through high standards and hard work, as well as the skillset of running a kitchen and restaurant. In spring 2012, he returned to Fenway Park to help run the catering department for the season, where he was able to work with a number of talented Boston chefs.

Kinnett joined the team at Harvest in 2012 as a sous chef, where he was able to showcase his produce-driven cooking and fresh, regional ingredients to develop vibrant flavors in a seasonally rotating menu, and he quickly moved up the ranks. Throughout his time at Harvest, Kinnett took a short sabbatical to work at Paul Kahan’s Publican (Chicago) and also spent time in the kitchen of Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Per Se (New York City).

While holding the position of Executive Sous Chef, Kinnett played a major role in shaping Harvest’s new six-course tasting menu for the restaurant’s reopening after a brief closure in January 2015 for interior renovations.

In May 2015, Kinnett was appointed to the position of Executive Chef at Harvest, taking the reins of the New England culinary institution as it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Kinnett lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. In his free time, he likes to immerse himself in cookbooks, dig through his record collection, and check out Boston’s bustling restaurant scene.  

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