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On the Road with Tonia's Kitchen - Food and Wine Events


Celebrated Boston restaurateur Thomas Kershaw has added another neighborhood gem to his successful "75" restaurant collection in Boston's dynamic Seaport, his second in the district. The new bar and grill - 75 on Courthouse Square-Seaport - is the largest of the three "75" restaurants and will reflect the warm, hospitable tradition of Kershaw's original Beacon Hill location, 75 Chestnut. It will anchor the three-level, mixed-use complex, One Seaport, a new 250,000 square-foot project by WS Development featuring retail, dining, entertainment, fitness facility, and more than 830 luxury residential units. Kershaw's restaurant fame is far-reaching. After purchasing the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill, he opened the Bull and Finch Pub in the basement in 1969. That inspired the hit Hollywood sitcom "Cheers," and launched Kershaw and his restaurant business into the spotlight.

"We are excited to be opening our next restaurant and bar operation in the new WS Development retail, restaurant, and recreation destination at the entrance to the Seaport District," said Thomas Kershaw, Hampshire House Corporation founder and chairman, owner of the 75 restaurants, the Hampshire House, and the famed Cheers bar.

Overlooking Courthouse Square, the dining room features a contemporary menu offering a broad selection of salads, pastas, sandwiches, burgers and entree items, including steamed mussels, Atlantic cod, fish & chips, Nantucket seafood stew, charbroiled Atlantic salmon filet, Meyer lemon chicken breast, marinated sirloin tips, BBQ sirloin steak sandwich, and tenderloin medallions. These regular items are complemented by daily specials inspired by local and seasonal ingredients. Like its Beacon Hill sister location, 75 on Courthouse Square will reflect an elegant yet comfortable ambiance of rich woods and glass with copper finishes.

Thomas Kershaw Markus Ripperger

Listen to Tonia's interview with Thomas Kershaw

and Executive Chef Markus Ripperger





Boston Seafood Festival

Tonia's Kitchen covered the annual Boston Seafood Festival, the biggest and tastiest seafood event of the summer, on Boston's historic Fish Pier.

Boston Seafood Festival
Tonia's Kitchen Producer Santina King getting ready for the competition.






The Boston Seafood Festival is hosted annually thanks to the Boston Fisheries Foundation (BFF). The BFF is made of seafood professionals from all around Boston.

Boston Seafood Festival Boston Seafood Festival

Boston Seafood Festival Boston Seafood Festival








Tonia attended the Boston Wine Expo on Feb. 18th & 19th at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston. Tonia interviewed Tim Hanni, keynote speaker for the Expo, who hosted one of the seminars called "Why You Like The Wines You Like."

Tim Hanni is an internationally renowned flavor maven. A professionally-trained chef, he is one of the first two resident Americans to successfully complete the examination and earn the title Master of Wine. He is a Certified Wine Educator accredited by the Society of Wine Educators. He has been involved with wine- and food-related businesses, education and research for over thirty-five years. Hanni has a unique perspective on food and wine, providing a modern and innovative approach to the subject.

Listen to Tonia's interview with Tim


Boston Wine Expo







Tonia covered the10th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival


A two-day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines on the lawn of Marble House.

Celebrity chef appearances and cooking demonstrations by national and regional personalities.

Seminars with leading wine experts.

Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this is a remarkable weekend experience not to be missed this year!

Listen to Tonia's interviews with Chef Lou Rossi - Executive Chef at Rhode Island's Castle Hill Inn - and Chef Ben Pollinger - Executive Chef at NYC's Oceana seafood restaurant - about what they'll be cooking for the Festival.

Chef Lou Rossi
Chef Lou Rossi



Chef Ben Pollinger
Chef Ben Pollinger









That Place, Ogunquit, ME

Tonia's Kitchen had the pleasure of visiting That Place in Ogunquit, Maine. We were treated to an amazing array of the freshest seafood including Oysters, Mussels, Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Scallops. The menu is modern, creative and everything was just plain delicious!





That Place, Ogunquit, ME

The owner, Rick Dolliver, goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The bar and lounge area is always bustling and gives you the feeling that everybody knows your name. This is one destination not to be missed in Ogunquit.









New Your Wine and Food Festival




Join Tonia's Kitchen at the New York Wine and Food Festival, October 16-19.


Listen to Tonia's interview with Chef Michael Ferraro who is hosting The Burger Bash Friday night.


Michael Ferraro


Chef Michael's interest in food began around his family's kitchen table. His Southern Italian parents exposed him to cooking that fused fine Mediterranean flavors with the quality and freshness of Southern Italy's ingredients, paving the road to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America at the young age of 20. Ferraro’s experience in New York's most prestigious kitchens includes: Beacon Restaurant, Jean-Georges restaurants, and the Four Seasons Hotel NY. In 2013 Ferraro was published in The Best Chef's America as being recognized as one of the country's top chefs.




Tonia's Kitchen also attended the Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic. Friday night's Elyse Winery Dinner at Seranak featured Ray Coursen, Winemaker/Owner, pairing his wines with 3 courses by Ian Just, Chef/Owner of Society on High in Boston and a cheese course from Maitre Fromager Max McCalman.


Halibut Ceviche, Fennel, Citrus, Shallots, Cilantro Paired with Elyse 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma County

"The crisp citrus taste of the Halibut Ceviche was wonderful."


Warm Escarole Salad, Duck Breast, Black Mission Figs, Radicchio Paired with Elyse 2009 Le Corbeau Hudson Vineyard

"The Duck breast was so moist and the addition of the figs was a perfect complement."


Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops, Ratatouille, Mint Lemon Couscous Paired with Elyse 2009 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel

"The mint lemon couscous added a refreshing taste to the lamb chops."

"The Elyse wines paired beautifully with each course."

The Following day we attended The Grand Tasting

We sampled some amazing wines from around the world along with locally sourced foods. The squash soup from Sweet Basil in Needham was one of the best we have ever tasted. The fresh garlic and herbs used really stood out in the soup. Don't miss this event next year in the incomparable setting of Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.




On The Marsh, Kennebunk, Maine



Tonia's Kitchen had a wonderful meal at On The Marsh, in Kennebunk, Maine. This gem of a fine dining bistro, led by Executive Chef, Jeffery Savage, James Beard House Presenter 2011, has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Using locally sourced ingredients, Savage turns out fresh and delectable seafood and more. From Salmon Mousse to Mussels, all dishes are created seasonally and encompass both local as well as European influences. The result: On The Marsh is one of those places that once you find it - you'll keep going back, time after time. http://onthemarsh.com/

Listen to the interview with Jeff Savage.




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