Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Culinary Tent - Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Nantucket, MA 02584
It's all about food and fun! Come have a taste of the Culinary Tent!
With Artisan Purveyors, Restaurants, Chefs, Gourmet Delicacies, Spirited Cocktails, Interesting Libations and Vendors selling unique gifts... You won't go hungry! Enjoy non-stop Entertainment- Chef Demos up on our Culinary Stage and music to keep it all lively!
Culinary Demonstrations Include:
- Jeremy Sewall of Les Sablons
- Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang
- Tyler Kinnett of Harvest
- Brian Mercury of Oak + Rowan and paired with a tasting of Dolce from Napa, CA
Karen Akunowicz, Executive Chef/Partner, Myers+Chang
Chef Karen Akunowicz is a 2015, 2016 James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northeast. She competed on Season 13 of Bravo TV’s Top Chef-California, and she is the Executive Chef/Partner at Myers+Chang in Boston, MA.
She co-authored the Myers+Chang at Home Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin 2017) and was called one of the “ 21 Badass Women Changing the Food Word” by Marie Claire Magazine.
A New Jersey native, Karen graduated from UMass Amherst and moved to Boston. For years, she studied the art of hospitality as she bartended and managed restaurants. Drawn to the heat, pressure and hustle of the kitchen she enrolled at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
She worked for Chef Michael Schlow and Christopher Myers at Via Matta in Boston’s Back Bay and helped to open the eclectic Beehive restaurant.
Throwing herself though a cracked window of opportunity, she packed her knives and moved to Modena, Italy. She found a red bicycle, inspiration and renewed passion for preparing even the simplest of food. Armed with a fool’s artillery of very little Italian, and no place to live, she staged at a small osteria, made pasta with little old ladies, and finally became the Chef at L’Avion blu Enoteca.
On return to the States, Karen had the opportunity to work for Chef Ana Sortun as her Sous Chef at Oleana restaurant in Cambridge. Karen embraced the farm to table mentality and studied Sortun's creative spice-driven cuisine.
A twist of fate landed her at UTEC Lowell, where created the Fresh Roots Culinary Program. She worked with Lowell’s most disengaged youth to teach them culinary skills and help them find employment. She was able to combine her passion for cooking and her desire to create community while teaching young people valuable job skills in a difficult economy.
As Executive Chef at Myers and Chang, Karen strives to create powerful, addictive, crave-able dishes that keep Myers+Chang at the top of everyone's go to list. She is married to her sweetheart LJ, who is an awesome vegetarian.
Matt Drummond, Executive Chef, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Growing up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, chef Matt Drummond fell in love with the culinary arts at an early age. Throughout middle and high school, he immersed himself in the kitchen culture at restaurants ranging from a Greek-Italian pizzeria to a French-style B&B and a classic American bistro. From the ages of 13 to 17, he worked his way from dishwasher to food prep to busser to line cook and finally Junior Sous Chef before taking his passion for cooking to the hallowed kitchens of Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.
Not content with simply hitting the books, Drummond started working in catering and restaurant service at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. From high-volume to fine dining, Drummond also spent two summers in Williamstown as the first American-born chef allowed in the kitchen of German Master Chef Swen Boehm at Yasmin’s Restaurant in The Orchards Hotel. Upon graduating with degrees in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, Drummond decided to follow his childhood dream of living in Boston. He moved to the city in 2008 to become the Sous Chef and eventually Chef de Cuisine at The Colonnade Hotel.
In the summer of 2013, Drummond joined the talented team at the Grafton Group as Executive Chef of Temple Bar, where he gave the menu at the beloved Porter Square institution his own classic-New-England-meets-contemporary-Europe twist. In the spring of 2015 Drummond headed to Southie to head up the kitchen at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar.
Tyler Kinnett, Executive Chef, Harvest
Tyler Kinnett currently helms the kitchen at Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Executive Chef. 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. Next, 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 Michelinstarred Per Se (New York City). 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.
Brian Mercury, Executive Pastry Chef, Oak + Rowan
As executive pastry chef for the opening team of Caswell Restaurant Group’s third restaurant Oak + Rowan, Brian Mercury’s vision for the pastry program largely focuses on “seasonal ingredients, locality, and redefining the modern New England table.” His notable contributions to the menu include a selection of house made ice creams and sorbets in unconventional flavors, as well as an in-house bread and butter program. The talented chef comes to Oak + Rowan directly following a successful tenure as executive pastry chef for Himmel Hospitality’s acclaimed restaurant Harvest in Cambridge, where he garnered local and national recognition including Food & Wine “People’s Choice Best New Pastry Chef, East Region 2013,” Boston Magazine “Boston’s Best Pastry Chef 2014,” and Improper Bostonian “Boston’s Best Desserts 2013.”
Hailing from Rochester, NY, Brian grew up surrounded by a big family that placed importance on getting together and sharing good food. As a kid, he developed a sweet tooth by helping his grandmother make cookies and desserts, and spent most of his allowance on candy. A suggestion from his father lead Brian to pursue a culinary education, and he received his Associates in baking and pastry arts from the Culinary Institute of America, along with a Bachelors in food management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Brian arrived in Boston in 2004 and landed a job working for Peter Davis, Executive Chef of The Charles Hotel, where he worked under the guidance of Executive Pastry Chef Dan Angelopolus and closely with Rialto’s Executive Pastry Chef Susan Abbott.
When he’s not concocting new desserts, Brian enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Denise, daughter Mia, and son Mason.
Jeremy Sewall, Chef and Partner, Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Les Sablons
Jeremy Sewall may have been born in upstate New York, but he’s had the heart of a true New Englander since childhood summers spent in Maine with his family, feasting on lobsters, clams and other New England specialties. The water, too, plays a large role in his lineage; fishing has been a Sewall family livelihood for generations. Today, Jeremy sources his fresh lobsters from cousin Mark Sewall, who captains his 38-foot boat out of York Harbor, Maine. Regardless of his original zip code, few embody New England more than Jeremy.
He began his professional career in Maine at the Relais & Chateau White Barn Inn. Wanting to spread his wings, he moved to Europe, working for Albert Roux in London and Amsterdam before returning to Boston and a position at L’Espalier. From there, Jeremy moved to San Francisco, where he was immediately recognized for his flawless technique and passion for seafood the Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, California. In 2000, as Executive Chef of Lark Creek Inn, Jeremy was one of five chefs in the country nominated as a Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation. He moved back to the Northeast in 2003 as opening Executive Chef at Great Bay restaurant (present day Island Creek Oyster Bar), where he garnered accolades from The New York Times, Esquire and Gourmet, among others.
Jeremy left Great Bay to follow his dream of opening his own restaurant. In February 2006, Jeremy and his wife Lisa, a former pastry chef at L’Espalier, opened Lineage. Their appreciation for fresh ingredients and Jeremy’s authentic approach to modern American cuisine evolved into the present day market-driven menu. The restaurant has been recognized by many publications over the years including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Boston Magazine and most recently when Devra First re-reviewed the restaurant for The Boston Globe in 2013 and awarded it three-stars. Said First, “Lineage’s seafood dishes are as strong as Island Creek’s... Its service is gracious. Its cocktails are excellent …Seven years after it opened, it glides along, quiet but sure.”
In 2009, Jeremy’s friendship with Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks owner Garrett Harker led to a stint as Collaborating Chef of the heralded Kenmore Square hot spot. In 2010, they teamed up with Skip Bennett, the founder of Island Creek Oysters, to bring the Island Creek Oyster Bar to the city of Boston. In the fall of 2013, the trio opened their second restaurant, Row 34, an approachable and convivial neighborhood-focused restaurant and bar continues the team’s mission of celebrating New England’s rich seafood traditions and the farmers, fishermen, and lobstermen who inspire them. In 2015, the Row 34 team opened a second location at 5 Portwalk Place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, just a few blocks from the bustling waterfront. In the fall of 2014, Jeremy released his first cookbook, James Beard Award nominated The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes, with co-author Erin Byers Murray. In 2016, Jeremy co-authored a second book, Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw, with Marion Swaybill; the book presents a wide-ranging visual exploration of the iconic shellfish, including stunning portraits of more than fifty oyster varietals. Also in 2016, Jeremy and his partners opened a second Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington, MA. A new restaurant concept in Harvard Square called Les Sablons, is set to open in 2017.
Through his restaurants, Jeremy is dedicated to celebrating the diversity of New England seafood and the passion of the people who bring it to us. For Chef Jeremy Sewall, it’s in his blood.
Paul Chevalier, Wine Director, Château D'Esclans
Paul was educated in winemaking and viticulture at the University of Reims and the University of Bordeaux. He then went on to acquire his practical knowledge of wine at Château Margaux, making wine at the side of one of the great masters in œnology, Emile Peynaud, and later with Louis Latour in Burgundy.
After acquiring a wealth of experience working for some of the greatest names in the wine world, Paul is now the National Fine Wine Director at Shaw-Ross International Importers. He works with Sacha Lichine and Patrick Léon in the development of the 4 unique rosés from the Château D'Esclans estate.