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 All-Access - Saturday
9:00am - 5:00pm
White Elephant Village
19 N Water St,
Nantucket, MA 02584
The All-Access Culinary Tent Pass gives you admission to Harbor Breakfast and the Culinary Marketplace on Saturday. For a one-time fee , you can come and go as you please all day long!
Start your day off right with The Harbor Breakfast. Enjoy a Bloody Mary brought to you by Tito’s Vodka or a Mimosa as the NWF Chefs provide you with an incredible variety of breakfast delicacies. Enjoy freshly baked breads, pastries and gourmet bagels, along with fresh brewed coffee, teas, and juices. Don't miss the omelet bar hosted by culinary students from Nantucket and the Greater Boston area, and artisan samples from local and regional vendors. Guest chefs take the stage with cooking demonstrations featuring their favorite breakfast recipes. Join chef and cooking instructor Annie Copps as she emcees the morning and introduces the chef talent.
In the afternoon, visit Culinary Marketplace for an afternoon of cooking demonstrations, food sampling, libations, shopping and entertainment. Our interactive tent is host to live cooking demos from some of the NWF’s local, regional and national chefs; exhibitors and vendors offering artisan food samples; book-signings by major wine critics, chefs and authors; and engaging activations.
Culinary Demonstrations include: Celebrity Chef Linkie Marais, Chef Brian Mercury of Oak + Rowan, Chef Terence Feury of Forty 1° North, Chef Neil Hudson of Bartlett's Farm and Chef Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique.
Linkie Marais, Lifestyle Expert and Chef,
Beauty queen, award-winning baker and grill master are all extensions to her title, making Linkie Marais more than your average chef. With a love for exploring, cooking and the outdoors, her ‘will to grill’ stems all the way back to her unique blend of South African and Southern roots. Born in Evander, a town in northeastern South Africa, Linkie was raised in the kitchen, helping her mother prepare meals on a daily basis. With a lack of abundant fresh ingredients, she inherited her mother’s creativity, utilizing whatever they had available to create fresh and original meals. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1999, Linkie and her family settled in Tupelo, Mississippi where she began her culinary career piping cakes for a local catering company.
Upon obtaining a degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Arts from Mississippi University for Women, Linkie's career took off as she held various pastry and executive chef positions in Oxford, Mississippi before making the move to Massachusetts’ acclaimed Montilio’s Bakery.
After discovering her love for grilling during a Big Green Egg® competition, Linkie’s passion for grilling began to take her career in a new and exciting direction. It’s clear that her meat-filled and resourceful South African culinary upbringing has had a tremendous impact on her cooking flair, as Linkie is considered the best among the few females who have mastered the art of grilling.
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.
Terence Feury, Executive Chef, Forty 1° North
Feury, one of the East Coast’s culinary pioneers, has recently moved to Newport RI and is currently Executive Chef at Forty 1° North.
His pedigree combined with his standard for excellence and critical acclaim are sure to make any of his projects an important dining destination.
In 2015 he started a new venture at Forty 1° North a state of the art Hotel Resort and Marina located on the waterfront in downtown Newport. Feury utilizes organic and locally sourced selections with the precision of a classically trained chef, inventive and inspired. The menu features grilled meats, seafood, and raw bar.
In 2012 he opened Tavro 13 the menu showcased Feury’s deft hand with all that is aquatic. Philadelphia magazine anointed Feury one of Philadelphia’s brightest culinary stars with the title of Best Chef in 2010. Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Critic Craig LaBan dubbed him one of the city’s finest chefs. Feury’s professional path has taken him through some of the nation’s top kitchens, including NYC’s Le Bernardin (whose sterling national standing includes a long history of four-star ratings from The New York Times and a maximum three stars from the Michelin Guide). Feury parlayed what he learned at Le Bernardin to earn critical acclaim for his expertise with seafood at Philadelphia’s Striped Bass, another nationally renowned seafood destination. He continued his culinary pursuit at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. before returning home to Philadelphia to helm the kitchen at Fork, an American Bistro in the historic Old City neighborhood. Chef Feury’s talents have earned him countless accolades, including “Rising Star Chef, 2000” by Restaurant Hospitality and a 2004 Star Chefs Award for Rising Star Chef. In 2002 he was honored with a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef Mid Atlantic.
Chef Feury has served as consulting Chef at some of Philadelphia area’s most exciting restaurants including a kitchen+ bar and La Peg restaurants in Philadelphia
Neil Hudson, Executive Chef, Bartlett's Farm
Executive Chef at Bartlett’s Farm, Neil Patrick Hudson has excelled as a local farm to table chef, nurturing a chef’s need for fresh and local ingredients and applying his techniques to the organic culinary direction of Bartlett’s farm.
Chef Hudson has made his mark on the Nantucket culinary world over the past decade, earning top accolades from the Zagat Survey, Nantucket Today, In Style Magazine, N Magazine, and Cape Cod Life.
Jose Enrique, Chef, Jose Enrique
Chef Jose Enrique, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1998.
Jose Enrique worked in New York, Florida and Louisiana before he returned to his homeland. In 2007, he opened his first restaurant Jose Enrique, which was established at La Placita de Santurce and It’s personalized menu is prepared daily, incorporating natural and organic products, focusing on fresh Puerto Rican produce, which allows the climate and ingredients to direct Chef menu choices.
One year after opening, CondeNast Traveler magazine included Jose Enrique in it's list of 105 best new restaurants. Soon after, the Travel and Leisure magazine ranked San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, among the first in food selection, beverages and restaurants. These awards were just a few inspiring reasons for Jose Enrique to proudly continue mastering his culinary creations in his island. He hasn't strayed since.
Jose Enrique was chosen as a Semifinalist for the 2013 and 2014 James Beard Foundation award in the category of "Best Chef South", marking the first time in history a Puerto Rican chef has participated in this award. In 2013, Jose Enrique was featured in the 25th Anniversary edition of the Food & Wines Best New Chefs. His award carried him as one of the ten "Best New Chefs" across the U.S. It was the first time in history where a Puerto Rican had received this honor. In 2015 and 2016, Jose Enrique went through the James Beard Foundation semifinals and made it to the finals also making this the first time ever that a Puerto Rican recieved this recognition.
In December 2016, Jose Enrique opened the beach club by JE in the ST Regis in Rio Grande Puerto Rico.
Annie Copps, Chef & Cooking Instructor ,
Annie B. Copps is a Boston-based chef, cooking instructor, international culinary tour guide, journalist, and food activist with more than 30 years of experience in the local and international food, travel, and public health arenas.
Annie has built her life and career around her passion for food, wine, and travel. For more than three decades, she has worked in the international public health field and as a chef, magazine editor, television and radio show host and guest, food stylist, television producer, speaker, and consultant.
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 producedriven 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.
Will Gilson, Chef/Owner, Puritan & Co.
Will Gilson’s farm-to-table cooking is rooted in his work at The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s, the restaurant on his family’s farm in Groton, MA. Gilson was 17 when he began cooking there, and the experience served as inspiration for his current restaurant, Puritan & Company–a refined yet rustic neighborhood eatery in Cambridge’s Inman Square featuring farmers’ market fare. Gilson began making a name for himself in the Boston area in 2007, when he opened the Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge. He left in 2011 to launch a series of successful restaurant ventures, including Eat at Adrian’s, Cape Cod.
Johnny Sheehan, Executive Chef, Liquid Art House
Inspired by cooking in his home kitchen at a young age, Johnny took his first job in the restaurant industry washing dishes at age 14. As a young adult, he peered into the Boston restaurant scene while making deliveries all over the city as a tractor trailer driver. That experience reigniting his passion for cooking. When he courageously made a pivotal career turn and enrolled at the acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he earned his degree and had what he describes as “life-changing experiences” along the way.
While at Le Cordon Bleu, Johnny’s passion for culinary art impressed his instructors and took his education to a different level. They invested hours of their time beyond the school day teaching him about molecular gastronomy and raw ingredients in open Asian markets. Opportunity knocked while he was still in culinary school and post-degree when
he went to work under celebrated Chef Ken Oringer at Boston’s renowned French Modern American restaurant Clio. Johnny worked tirelessly to learn each station in the kitchen and moved up the line. Then he jumped at the opportunity to work alongside Chef Chris Gould at Clio’s notable sushi bar, Uni. His next chapter began on Boston’s South Shore when he took the reigns at The New World Tavern, a gastropub in Plymouth, Massachusetts. First, Sheehan elevated the cuisine to match the Tavern’s award-winning beer selection. The result? His menu along with The New World’s beer selection went on to win Boston Magazines “Best casual restaurant south of Boston.” During his time south of Boston, Johnny also brought together a group of respected South Shore chefs and organized a series of Chef Dinners featuring organic and sustainable ingredients from local farms and purveyors.
Johnny Sheehan’s passion for cooking and unwavering attention to detail combined with his unique take on Asian-inspired cuisine is evident when you speak to him and have the pleasure of sampling his dishes. Chef Sheehan is currently the Executive Chef of Liquid Art House. Constantly inspired by the ever-changing art installations brought into the restaurant/lounge/art gallery by owner Ruta Laukien, he creates modern American cuisine with world-class flavor and techniques.