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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Island Hopping - Cocktail Luncheon
11:30am - 1:30pm
17 S. Water Street
From San Juan, Puerto Rico to Nantucket Island - Join these two award winning chefs for a liquid art luncheon as they celebrate the flavors of San Juan paired with cocktails thoughtfully crafted and worthy of these chefs' creations.Jose Enrique, Chef/Owner of the bustling San Juan restaurant, Jose Enrique joins forces with Michael Scelfo, Chef /Owner of Cambridge restaurant, Waypoint combining their forward thinking approach to coastally-inspired cuisine.
Seth Friedus, Beverage Director at Waypoint will be delighting guests with a Cocktail demonstration and pairings for each course.
An afternoon of big personalities and unexpected tastes!
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.
Michael Scelfo, Chef/Owner, Alden & Harlow / Waypoint
Chef Michael Scelfo’s career path has never been a linear one. He has had twists, turns and many travels in between which have brought him to this moment. His second restaurant project, Waypoint signals a natural next step along his culinary journey. The menu reflects his forward-thinking approach to coastally-inspired fare - marrying his time spent along the Atlantic and Pacific shores.
At his award-winning Alden & Harlow, he extended the concept of the domestic kitchen table into his first owned and operated restaurant. Located in the iconic Casablanca restaurant space in Cambridge, Alden & Harlow pays homage to its chef’s roots by making each ingredient shine, and ultimately, cooking from his heart. In September 2016, Conde Nast Traveler named Alden & Harlow one of the Best Restaurants in the World. In 2016, the James Beard Foundation honored him as a semifinalist for Best Chef Northeast. In 2016, Boston Magazine honored Alden & Harlow with Best Restaurant: General Excellence.
In his Boston Globe review, Mat Schaffer wrote about Waypoint that business appears to be booming. Scelfo’s fans are on board for the next stage of the journey. In The New York Times, writer Jason Tesauro said Waypoint is vibrant enough for a happy hour pop-in, yet intimate enough for after-dark canoodling over caviar and cocktails. In January 2017, Boston Magazine awarded Waypoint a three-star review boasting with full-bore flavors and opulent ingredients, [Waypoint] gives pristine seafood and everything else on the menu the Midas touch.
Seth Freidus, Beverage Director , Alden & Harlow / Waypoint
In Seth’s opinion, when it comes to a restaurant experience, the food and beverage should always be perfect, but the laughs and conversations should be the star of the show.
A native of Bolton, Massachusetts, Seth grew up eating a combination of his father’s favorite New England fare like fresh lobster and homemade seafood stew and his mother’s traditional family Italian recipes. He attended Suffolk University in Boston and graduated Cum Laude with a business management degree. Throughout his schooling, he worked at the flagship location of Legal Sea Foods in Park Square, where he worked as a server, and was promoted to a bartender quickly thereafter. From 2007 until 2010, he was fortunate to train under the legendary Patrick Sullivan (B-Side Lounge), where the seed for cocktail culture was most certainly planted.
After graduating from school, Seth travelled throughout Spain and Italy and fell in love with the culture and most particularly, the style of eating. From that experience, he knew that working in the hospitality industry was what he wanted to do when he returned.
In 2010, Seth was thrilled when he accepted a position to work behind the bar at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks as a bar back. In this crucially supportive role, his mentors, Jackson Cannon and Kevin Martin, saw a lot of promise for growth in his work ethic, disposition and technique. The environment at Eastern Standard was infectious – education is paramount above all else. Seth paved the apprentice program into the restaurant, which gave him the opportunity to experience all front of house positions. With much hard work and dedication, and inspired by other pillars of the wine and cocktail community, Seth was promoted to a bartender, overseeing the infusions program at the acclaimed bar.
After his time at Eastern Standard, Seth joined the team at Alden & Harlow, where he strived to create a relaxed environment that felt like an extension of his own home. Seth excelled as Bar Manager Alden & Harlow, where he won Boston Magazine’s 2015 Best of Boston Best Bar Program award for his ambitious use of surprising seasonal ingredients. He was also lauded in Zagat’s 2014 “30 Under 30” people redefining the industry in Boston.
When Waypoint, Chef Michael Scelfo’s sophomore Cambridge restaurant, opened in the summer of 2016, Seth spearheaded the new restaurant’s bar program as Bar Director. In addition to a seasonal and dynamic cocktail list, Seth curated Waypoint’s innovative absinthe program, including 20 varieties of absinthe served through copper faucets as an old-fashioned drip. This, along with the extensive list of world-class cocktails, is geared to complement Waypoint’s coastally inspired cuisine. Seth’s passion for casual, family style meals, big flavors, smaller plates and local produce, make him a natural fit for Michael Scelfo’s vision for Waypoint’s shareable, thoughtfully sourced, honest American food.
In his spare time, Seth seeks adventures in the great outdoors, enjoys tasting and trying local beers (with intermittent whiskey) and always an end-of-evening “brown and down” cocktail.