The 23rd Annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival: May 15-19, 2019

Carolyn Johnson


Mooncusser’s Fish House
Boston, MA

Over the last two decades, Carolyn has left her mark on Boston’s culinary scene. Before joining forces with partners Ian Calhoun and Vincent Vela to open 80 Thoreau in 2011, Carolyn held the position of Chef de Cuisine at the highly praised Rialto Restaurant in Harvard Square. Over the course of a seven-year tenure under acclaimed Chef Jody Adams, Carolyn climbed her way up through the ranks at Rialto and worked closely with Chef Adams on the restaurant’s re-conception in 2007. The experience helped define Carolyn’s understanding and appreciation of how to effectively run the kitchen at a bustling restaurant.


The opening of 80 Thoreau, a progressive New American restaurant located in historic Concord, Massachusetts, was met with great praise. The team earned a three star review from The Boston Globe’s food critic as well as countless awards, including Boston magazine’s “Best New Restaurant, West of Boston.” In addition, Carolyn’s attention to detail and passion for the craft earned her the recognition of a Food & Wine “People’s Choice” finalist for three consecutive years. Thriving to work closely with the people who grow and produce the food she serves, everyone from the small organic vegetable farmers and mushroom foragers to the shellfish growers, Carolyn is committed to preparing locally sourced cuisine. Under Carolyn’s expertise, 80 Thoreau’s menu consistently showcases creative, seasonal dishes that embellish New England ingredients and traditions with French technique. For the last six years, she has crafted fabulous menus for 80 Thoreau and is proud to bring this same level of dedication to Mooncusser Fish House.