When I was just 12 years old, I worked at a local farm near my hometown in Connecticut. It was here that I first learned the process of growing food, picking food, and what it means (and what it takes!) to eat from ground-to-plate. I worked there on the farm until taking my first restaurant job at 15.
Starting with these early experiences and throughout the career I have created, I have believed strongly in the merits of supporting local, organic farms and the philosophy of ground-to-plate as the best way to eat. Simultaneously, my love for travel has taken me around the world, and small European restaurants in particular have inspired me. I brought those many fine meals experiences back home stateside with the dream of replicating them here in the Boston area.
In 2002, I founded Ten Tables and opened my first location in the Jamaica Plain ("JP") neighborhood of Boston. I was the only waitress for those initial ten tables, with a vision to create a space where every aspect of the dining experience had been carefully considered with passion and care. I opened a slightly larger second location just outside of Harvard Square in Cambridge in February of 2009, and on New Year's Eve 2009 I opened my third venture in the space directly adjacent to the original Ten Tables JP: a homey but stylish bar. The bar space at Ten Tables JP serves our dining room cuisine and also offers its own delicious bar menu focused on our homemade charcuterie, pastas, and cheeses.
Over the summer of 2010 I jumped at the opportunity to acquire and renovate space in a Victorian home on the tip of Cape Cod, creating Ten Tables Provincetown.Then, in 2012, I opened a burger bar in JP, 2 doors down from my original Ten Tables location, called Grassfed.
I am ecstatic that Ten Tables has become so loved, and I am deeply grateful for the national attention we have received in Food and Wine, GQ, and on the Rachel Ray show, as well as plenty of local accolades that include being a three-time "Best of Boston" winner in Boston Magazine.
My goal from the beginning was to create and sustain authentic "neighborhood spots" with a relentless focus on local and organic foods combined with the highest level of service. Thank you for supporting my Ten Tables ventures, and for those of you with whom we've not yet had the opportunity to dine, I extend a personal welcome to join us soon in one of our spaces in JP, Cambridge, or Provincetown.
Photo Credit: Laura Barisonzi