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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12:00pm - 2:00pm
White Elephant Village
19 N Water St,
Nantucket, MA 02584
Women leaders in the world of food and wine unite for an extraordinary lunch featuring the talented Chefs Jody Adams, Karen Akunowicz and Carolyn Johnson, Sommeliers Lauren Daddona and Marika Vida, Winemakers Laura Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Family Vineyards, Laurence Feraud of Domaine du Pegau and Megan Mcclune of Domaine Jessiaume. The afternoon includes an array of fabulous females including honored guest Chef Barbara Lynch and a special glass of La Grande Dame to toast the inspiring Madame Clicquot - the "Grande Dame of Champagne" who paved a path of success for Women in Wine and revolutionized the industry.
Jody Adams, Chef and Owner, Porto & TRADE
A James Beard award-winner, Chef and Co-Owner of TRADE and Porto, Jody Adams has been praised for her creativity, support of local farmers, continuous charitable work, and business acumen by local and national publications from The Boston Globe and Boston Business Journal to Gourmet, Food & Wine and The New York Times. She was a contestant on the second season of Top Chef Masters, BRAVO TV’s popular culinary competition, where she prevailed through cooking challenges like off-site wedding wars, preparing a meal for a Lisa Simpson, and feeding the cast and crew of the television show Modern Family, before finally meeting her nemesis in the form of a frozen goat leg. In November 2012, Jody was inducted into the Massachusetts Hospitality Hall of Fame.
Jody’s commitment to supporting local farms and purveyors extends beyond her restaurants’ doors. In 2008, she launched an internal educational program, Guerilla Grilling, designed to connect her staff (both front and back of the house) to the farmers and artisan producers that supply the restaurant. As a team, Rialto’s Guerilla Grillers have visited local vegetable farms, cheese producers, an oyster farm and even a chocolate factory.
Jody is actively involved in organizations that support child’s advocacy and hunger relief both domestically and internationally. She is committed to supporting The Greater Boston Food Bank, Share Our Strength and Partners in Health. In October 2010 Jody was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award by Share Our Strength.
Jody’s culinary career began after graduating with a degree in Anthropology from Brown University. She began as a line cook at Seasons restaurant in the famed Bostonian Hotel under chef Lydia Shire in 1983. Three years later, she helped open Hamersley’s Bistro with Gordon Hamersley as his sous chef. In 1990, she took the executive chef position at Michela’s in Cambridge. While at Michela’s, Jody developed her reputation for carefully-researched regional menus that combined New England ingredients with Italian culinary traditions. And, in 1993, Food & Wine Magazine named Jody “one of America’s ten best new chefs.” In September 1994, Jody opened Rialto. Four months after the new restaurant’s opening, The Boston Globe awarded Rialto four stars, the newspaper’s highest rating, proclaiming that, “eating Jody Adams’ food at the stunning new Rialto is like stepping into a winter greenhouse just at the moment a spectacular hothouse orchid bursts into bloom, filling the senses.” The public quickly took notice, with awards and press accolades streaming in over the years. In 1997, Jody received the James Beard Foundation award for The Perrier-Jouet Best Chef Award: Northeast.
In 2012, Jody opened TRADE, where she serves as executive chef. TRADE was named one of The Boston Globe’s best new restaurants in Greater Boston in 2012 and was nominated for one of Bon Appetit magazine 50 best new restaurants. In July 2016, Jody opened her latest venture Porto alongside partners Sean Griffing and Eric Papachristos which was recently named one of the top 25 New Restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine.
Jody Adams has also published a cookbook, In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant (Harper Collins Publishers; January 2002). She co-wrote the book with her husband, Ken Rivard.
Karen Akunowicz, Executive Chef/Partner, Myers+Chang
Chef Karen Akunowicz is a 2015, 2016 James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northeast. She competed on Season 13 of Bravo TV’s Top Chef-California, and she is the Executive Chef/Partner at Myers+Chang in Boston, MA.
She co-authored the Myers+Chang at Home Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin 2017) and was called one of the “ 21 Badass Women Changing the Food Word” by Marie Claire Magazine.
A New Jersey native, Karen graduated from UMass Amherst and moved to Boston. For years, she studied the art of hospitality as she bartended and managed restaurants. Drawn to the heat, pressure and hustle of the kitchen she enrolled at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
She worked for Chef Michael Schlow and Christopher Myers at Via Matta in Boston’s Back Bay and helped to open the eclectic Beehive restaurant.
Throwing herself though a cracked window of opportunity, she packed her knives and moved to Modena, Italy. She found a red bicycle, inspiration and renewed passion for preparing even the simplest of food. Armed with a fool’s artillery of very little Italian, and no place to live, she staged at a small osteria, made pasta with little old ladies, and finally became the Chef at L’Avion blu Enoteca.
On return to the States, Karen had the opportunity to work for Chef Ana Sortun as her Sous Chef at Oleana restaurant in Cambridge. Karen embraced the farm to table mentality and studied Sortun's creative spice-driven cuisine.
A twist of fate landed her at UTEC Lowell, where created the Fresh Roots Culinary Program. She worked with Lowell’s most disengaged youth to teach them culinary skills and help them find employment. She was able to combine her passion for cooking and her desire to create community while teaching young people valuable job skills in a difficult economy.
As Executive Chef at Myers and Chang, Karen strives to create powerful, addictive, crave-able dishes that keep Myers+Chang at the top of everyone's go to list. She is married to her sweetheart LJ, who is an awesome vegetarian.
Carolyn Johnson, Chef, 80 Thoreau
After growing up in Northern California, Carolyn headed east to attend Wellesley College where she graduated with a degree in Economics and Studio Art. From there it was a leap into her true passion of food, cooking and restaurants.
She has cooked at many top restaurants in the Boston area. Carolyn rocked the wood grills cooking Stan Frankenthaler’s Asian-inspired cuisine at Salamander in Cambridge. She then spent time in the kitchen at Icarus, Chris Douglass’ New American restaurant in the South End. There was even a stint as sauté cook at the famed Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine known for its on premise herb and vegetable garden.
Before opening 80 Thoreau in the spring of 2011 Carolyn held the position of Chef-de-Cuisine at Rialto Restaurant in Harvard Square. Carolyn worked her way up through the ranks at Rialto over the course of a seven year tenure under Jody Adams. Working closely with Chef Adams on the 2007 re-concepting of the restaurant was a highlight of her time there, and gave Carolyn a deeper appreciation and understanding of regional Italian cuisine.
Laura Catena, Vintner, Catena Zapata
Laura Catena is a fourth generation Argentine vintner, physician and author. Catena's great grandfather founded the Catena winery in Mendoza in 1902 after emigrating from Italy. Her father, Nicolas Catena Zapata, often referred to as “the Robert Mondavi of Argentina,” helped facilitate the ascent of Argentine wine onto the world stage.
Laura graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1988 and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. She is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata and her own Luca Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as a practicing Emergency Medicine physician in San Francisco.
In 2010 Laura Catena released her book Vino Argentino, An Insider’s Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina (Chronicle Books), the first book about Argentine wine by a U.S. publisher. Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post writes: "Vino Argentino is a mouthwatering introduction to the wines and culture of Argentina."
Jasmine Hirsch , Sales and Marketing , Hirsch Vineyards
Jasmine Hirsch was born and raised in Northern California. She and her sister Jessica were baptized in champagne by their wine-loving parents David and Rebecca Hirsch, and they spent their childhoods at Hirsch Vineyards. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Jasmine spent five years living in Europe followed by two years in New York at JP Morgan Private Bank. She escaped from corporate life to take over sales and marketing at Hirsch Vineyards in 2008. She is involved in all aspects of the wine production.
Laurence Féraud, Owner/Winemaker, Domaine du Pégau
Domaine du Pégau was created in 1987 when Laurence was back from her first step of Oenology School and second step of Trading Wine and Spirits School in Paris. Laurence and her father, Paul Féraud, decided it was time to leave Paul’s parent’s winery to build one of their own, and to develop their brand Pégau. Together they were able to produce the same traditional Châteauneuf du Pape style of the Féraud family.
Megan McClune, Director, Domaine Jessiaume
As one of the very few American women influencing Burgundy today, Megan McClune’s story is a unique one - forging new territory in a Côte d’Or wine world. And it was her finance background that led to her position at the helm of Domaine Jessiaume.
Born in New Hampshire, she was raised there till the age of 11, before moving with her family to California. And it was those early years on the west coast that piqued her curiosity about the world of wine. “I got my first real glimpse of vines when I was 14.” Positions held before crossing the Atlantic included finance director for the widely popular gastronomic restaurant: Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts - named one of the Top Ten New Restaurants in the World by Food & Wine magazine. Earlier financial positions were held with a number of New England eateries and retail establishments.
Meeting Alex Gambal in Boston in 2003 was the game changer. McClune started working for Gambal’s Burgundy wine business stateside as a financial consultant. This led to the move to Burgundy in 2004, where the Beaune-based Gambal project was to continue for just another 6 to 12 months. Becoming Gambal’s director of finance and sales, she held that position for 10 years before coming to Domaine Jessiaume in 2014.
Today, with owner Keith Murray, Megan McClune and William Waterkeyn are ushering in a 21st century philosophy grounded in organic practice and dedicated to the purest expression of terroir. They are striving to create the most beautiful, authentic and expressive wines possible from exceptional estate parcels.
Lauren Daddona, Wine Director, L'Espalier
Lauren Daddona is the Wine Director at L'Espalier in Boston and holds her Advanced certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers. She joined the L'Espalier sommelier team in 2012 after spending six years at Lower Falls Wine Company, a fine wine shop in Newton, MA. Prior to finding wine, Lauren studied Romance Languages and Art History at Bowdoin College, concentrations that led to her studies in France, as well as work at Christie's auction house in New York. Her travels since have sent her to vineyards throughout Europe and the US with additional time spent in South America and Asia.
As one of just six Advanced Sommeliers in New England, Lauren is at the forefront of wine education in Boston. She is a Director Emeritus of the Boston Sommelier Society and was a regional finalist in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 TopSomm competitions. She was named a StarChefs Rising Star in 2015 and has been cited in a range of publications, including Food & Wine, SOMM Journal, and Robb Report, as well as our very own Nantucket Magazine.
Marika Vida-Arnold , Wine Director , The Ritz Carlton-Central Park
For the past decade, Marika Vida has been one of the most in-demand, highly respected wine professionals in the business. She has served as Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park New York; Sommelier of the top-rated Laurent Tourondel Bistro BLT Market; Sommelier for the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton with ‘Top Chef’ Winner Kevin Sbraga. She also developed the opening wine program at 10Arts with Chef Eric Ripert and Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Carroll. Under the auspices of her new consulting firm Vida et Fils, she currently works as the Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park. Her most recent project there is the critically acclaimed Phenomenal Femmes Program, which features female winemakers from around the globe, including a popular dinner series. Marika has served as Wine Director for the James Beard Foundation Book Broadcast and Journalism Awards. She is a member of the Full Circle Sommelier Network, working with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein on projects for Wines of Argentina, Brazil, Portugal and Monterey programs. Additionally Marika consults for the Architectural Digest and has served on Eric Asimov’s Tasting Panel for the New York Times.
Barbara Lynch, Chef and Author, Barbara Lynch Gruppo
James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of the world’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. After working under some of Boston’s greatest culinary talents in her early twenties, Barbara traveled to Italy where she learned about the country’s cuisine firsthand from local women. She returned to her native Boston and became the executive chef at Galleria Italiana, bringing national acclaim to the tiny trattoria when she captured Food & Wine's “Ten Best New Chefs in America” award.
In 1998, Barbara opened a restaurant of her own, No. 9 Park, in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Now at the helm of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Barbara oversees seven celebrated culinary concepts including No.9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Stir, Drink, Sportello, and Menton, and employs a staff of over 250. Barbara is also the author of Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition, which received a prestigious Gourmand award for “Best Chef Cookbook” for the United States. Barbara is currently working on her second book, a memoir, which will be published in 2017. Barbara has received numerous accolades over the years. In 2014, she received her second James Beard Foundation Award, this time for “Outstanding Restaurateur”; she is the second woman ever to receive this honor.