This Week's Top Boston Restaurant and Food News

May 9, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

This week the James Beard Foundation Awards were doled out in NYC - and two Boston chefs were among the winners.  Barbara Lynch took home the 2014 "Outstanding Restaurateur" honors for her empire, which includes Menton, No. 9 Park, and Sportello, among others. Meanwhile punk rock toque Jamie Bissonnette (pictured) was named "Best Chef: Northeast" thanks to his work at Toro and Coppa. Head here to check out our slideshow of photos from the awards. [Zagat Boston]

Providence mourns and Boston celebrates the news that Rhode Island's esteemed farm-to-table restaurant Farmstead Inc. is closing on June 1. The good news: it's because chef and owners Matt and Kate Jennings will open a Boston restaurant, Townsman, in late 2014. The "native to place" eatery is slated to inhabit the new Radian building at 120 Kingston Street, neighboring Chinatown Park. Matt Jennings is a decorated toque who scored three consecutive wins at Cochon 555. He's also a three-time finalist for James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Northeast" award. [Zagat Boston]

This week saw the opening of Liquid Art Housean ambitious new restaurant-art gallery hybrid. Former Asana chef Rachel Klein is commanding the kitchen, and she gave us an insightful interview that covers all the bases of this innovative project. Among the highlights: how her own background running in artsy NYC crowds (and painter father) has informed her perspective, the "street art" meets "street food" program at the bar, and dish on a future retail element of Liquid Art House that could allow guests to take home everything from fine art to flatware. [Zagat Boston]

Our recent 30 Under 30 honoree chef Josh Lewin is moving on from Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. This week's news was accompanied by a chat with Eater in which Lewin shared some of his plans for the future. Among them: expanding on his Bread and Salt pop-up series (a collaboration with Katrina Jazayeri, one of our Up-and-Coming Bartenders to Know), food writing, and scouring locations for a future brick and mortar spot. [Eater Boston]

Somerville butcher M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats is expanding. Talking to Boston Magazine, Dulock reveals that he's purchased a former pizza shop in Malden that will allow him to produce and sell additional items like pates, terrines and charcuterie. Also exciting: He's going to make use of that pizza oven to introduce a "streamlined" menu of back-to-basics "pizza party pizza." [Boston magazine]

This fall the Museum of Science will feature a photography exhibit from Nathan Myhrvold's 2,438-page encyclopedia The Modernist Cuisinea James Beard winner for "Cookbook of the Year" in 2012 that is now regarded as a seminal work of food lit. Myhrvold is a scientist who has worked alongside Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, and though dates for the exhibit aren't yet announced, Boston Magazine offers a few more tidbits. The MOS is dedicating more energy to food-related exhibitions; you have until May 26 to check out the current installation, Innovation in the Art of Food: Chef Ferran Adrià. Or just click through our tour here. [Boston magazine] 

This week in round-ups, we celebrated Mother's Day by asking local chefs to share us plates that were inspired by their mom's recipes. The result? 7 Plates Straight from Chefs' Moms, which includes some fun facts along the way. (Did you know everything on the Nebo menu was created by its owner's mother? We didn't, either.) If you're not spending Sunday with mom, you might want to head to one of the city's most popular weekly art and food markets - we scoured it last week, for a guide to the 6 Best Things We Ate at the SoWa Open Market. But first: it's Friday! And though Boston doesn't allow for alcohol-based Happy Hour deals, we took a look at the next best thing: Boston's Best Happy Hour Deals for food. (Still thirsty? Don't worry. We also gathered up a list of Boston's Biggest Beer Lists for your sudsy pleasure and partaking.) 

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