Valentine’s Day at Russell House Tavern

Here is the menu for valentines day at RHT…It’s 59 dollars per person and you can call 617.500.3055 to book… or click here

Italian Wedding Soup
Milk Fed Veal & Pistachio Meatballs, Sage Crostini

Parsley & Potato Gnocchi
Braised American Lamb’s Tongue, Capers & Calabrian Pepper Pesto

Creamy Salt Cod & Potato Brandade
Castelvetrano Olive Puree, Radish Pickles

Foie Gras Custard
Dried Plum Preserve, Smoked Walnuts, Amaro Syrup

Tomato Braised American Lamb’s Neck
Crispy Aged Cheddar Grit Cakes, Wild Mushroom Gravy

Seared Gloucester Monkfish Loin
Saffron Stew of White Beans, Clams, & Escarole

Archer Farms Beef Trio
Marrow Bone, Petite Strip, & Tongue Cannelloni
Brioche Toast, Tangy Peppers & Artichoke Ragout

Cider Glazed Heritage Pork Shank
Apple, Celery Root & Guanciale Hash, Vinegar Greens

White Chocolate & Coconut Swirl Cheesecake
Dark Chocolate & Almond Crust, Salted Caramel Sauce

Red Velvet Cake
Vanilla Mascarpone Filling, Torched Meringue Frosting

Carrot Cake Bread Pudding
Cream Cheese Swirl, Toasted Walnuts, Golden Raisins

The New England Cheese Board
Three Local Cheeses, Seasonal Accompaniments
+Supplement add $9

January 18th Nose to Tail Menu

Here is the menu for our latest nose to tail dinner. I’m really excited to be welcoming friends from Brambly Farms, Island Creek Oysters & High West Whiskey for this epic meal. Not only will the great products of these folks be on display, but they will be on hand to discuss there passion, share their products, and enjoy an incredible night of food and drink…

I had a blast writing this menu & I hope it comes through! Join us at Russell House Tavern on January 18th at 6pm for courses of pig, oysters, and whiskey. 90 dollars per person.

Call RHT at 617.500.3055 to book now…

Amuse Plate-
A Picnic Lunch…
Oyster Shot, Smoked Pigs Foot, & Oat Whiskey Migonette
Liverwurst, Whiskey Mustard, Rye & Pickles

The Bits & Pieces. “Fried Chicken Style” on a Biscuit with Honey
Pork Rinds & Celery Ranch Dressing

Course 1-

Fried Oyster Club, Brambly Bacon, Pickled Tomato & Old Bay Hot Mayo

Course 2-

Pig’s Head Pierogis, Soured Cream, Spiked Apple Sauce

Course 3-
Oysters Rockefeller (Kind of), Spinach, Smoked Shoulder, Tarragon & Whiskey

Course 4-
“Manhattan” Brined Pork Loin, Baked Oyster & Pig’s Tongue Pie, & Honey Glace

Course 5-

Crispy Soy & Whiskey Glazed Pork Belly, Spicy Pickles, Yuzu & Oyster Finishing Move

Course 6-
Pig Sundae…
Pork & Peanut Brittle, Candied Pork Ice Cream, Smoked Pork Caramel, Whipped “Cream” & a Whiskey Punched Cherry

Here is the New Years Menu for Russell House Tavern…

RHT NEW YEARS EVE 2011 $59 per person

Course 1
Scituate Lobster Cream Soup
Lobster Hush Puppy, Fennel Oil

Foie Gras & Brioche Bread Pudding
Spicy Apricot Mostarda, Black Peppered Walnuts

Braised American Lamb Belly
Chick Peas, Roasted Tomato, Anchovy Toast

Smoked Brandt Farm Beef Tongue Terrine
Caper Crème Fraiche, Pickled Radish

Course 2
Grilled Petite NY Strip
Roasted Marrow Butter, Lobster & Potato Pierogi, Herb Salad

Gloucester Cod & Roasted Tomato Stew
Salt Cod Fritters, Verrill Farms Potato, Grilled Bread

Stuffed Brambly Pork Loin
Fig & Sage Sausage Stuffing, Parsnip-Apple Cream, Winter Greens

Gingered Duck Confit Ravioli
Crushed Duck Liver, Red Wine Reduction, Roasted Pears

+vegetarian option available…

Course 3
Vanilla, Black Pepper, & Mascarpone Cheesecake
Apple Caramel, Cinnamon Crumbles

Chocolate & Cherries…
Frozen Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cherries in Syrup, Laphroaig & Cherry Gelee

Thanksgiving menu…

$45 dollars per person…

contact russell house tavern @ 617.500.3055 or visit here

Acorn Squash & Asian Pear Soup
Stuffing Style Corn Bread Croutons, Fried Sage

Roasted Ruby Beet Salad
Berkshire Bleu Cheese Fritters, Fennel & Orange Salad

Hickory Smoked Salmon Terrine
Baked Apple Chutney, Chive & Dill Yogurt, Pumpernickel Crumbs

Baked Cremont Cheese en Croute
Spiced Duck Confit, Cranberry & Onion Marmalade

Peak Organic Ale Braised Beef Cheeks
Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke & Puree, Horseradish Gnocchi, Roasted Marrow Butter

The Turkey Duo
Brined & Roasted Breast & Crispy Confit of Thigh
Classic Apple Stuffing, Scelfo Family Mushroom Dressing, Pan Gravy, Sweet Potato Puree, Cranberry Relish

Pan Roasted New Bedford Scallops
Cauliflower Silk, Brussells Sprouts, Brambly Pancetta & Crispy Potato Hay

Roasted Verrill Farm Squash Risotto
Reggiano Crunchies, Walnuts & Grilled Scallions
Add 3 ounces Scituate Lobster +15

Chocolate Chili Cake
Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream, Salted Pepper Caramel

Apple Spice Layer Cake
Cinnamon Butter Cream, Ginger Anglaise

Nose to Tail at Russell House on Monday May 2…

I’m really looking forward to the nose to tail dinner we are hosting at Russell House on Monday, May 2.

My staff is super excited to go through the break down and fabrication of a beautiful Black Tamworth cross from Brambly Farms in Norfolk MA. Also, our resident drink master Aaron Butler is crafting some awesome drink pairings from Heaven Hills Distillery & Farnum Hills Cider will bookend the entire 90 dollar 6 course meal.

There are a few reservations left and they can be made by contacting RHT @ 617.500.5055

Here is the current status of the menu, of course it might change a bit as the season change is providing me with some last minute ideas…

amuse plate-

fennel, trotter and prune pie, pickled ramps
tongue, heart, & green garlic sausage with soured cream
ear, tail, & liver  terrine, ginger & maple

course 1-
head & cheek croquettes, broken caper & sweet pickle gribiche

course 2-
pork fat ravioli, shoulder & skin sugo, pecorino pepato

course 3-
pork belly prepared three ways

course 4-
brined & seared chop, warm belly vinaigrette,
smoked tomato jam & pork fat biscuits

course 5-
cotechino sausage stuffed loin, green grape & ramp crostada,
parmesan & chestnut custard

course 6
warm ginger, brown sugar & bacon bread pudding, maple ice cream

Thanks for the peek and well see you there-

New Years Eve at Russell House Tavern

Have you checked out are new snazzy web site? If not click here

Lots of cool stuff to check out there including my new years menu…

New Years Eve 2010

Course 1

Silken Parsnip Puree

Black Truffle & Salt Cod

Warm Smoked Duck Breast Salad

Potato Aioli, Dried Fig Mustard, Walnut Toast

Three servings of Lamb in Cassoulet

Merguez Sausage, Slow Braised Shoulder, Hickory Smoked Belly

in slow cooked tomato & white beans

Foie Gras & Laphroaig Terrine

Black Pepper Simple, Cherry Gelée, Smoked Almonds

Course 2

Duet of Beef…

Grilled Petite NY Strip & Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek

Porcini Butter, Cauliflower & Apple Puree, Horseradish Panade

Seared Wild Carolina Wreckfish Fillet

Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

Confit Saddle of Venison

Blackberry Jam, Molasses Glazed Turnips, Spicy Kettle Greens

Warm House Made Ricotta Crespelle

Artichoke & Roasted Tomato Stew, Petite Niçoise Salad


Course 3

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Anglaise, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Hazelnuts

Orange Creamsicle

Vanilla & Orange Mousse, Creamy Caramel, Candied Orange


Menu 59 dollars per person.

Giving thanks at work…

I get a turkey every year from Outpost Turkey Farm here in Holliston.  Once it’s ordered I still stand in line for hours to get it.  It’s a yearly rite of passage.

Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday for me.  It’s a perfect marriage of food and family although admittedly those are two volatile ingredients that when mixed can lead to interesting results. It’s ultimately supposed to be a time of reflection and in my family we always clink glasses to those not with us.  We also issue thanks for our perceived health and happiness and look forward to the year ahead. Now that I have children, Thanksgiving has taken on even more meaning because it’s a day of memories that I will hold on to, and hopefully they will too.

That memory could be that of a culinary tragedy–my cinnamon-thyme turkey brine from a few years back generated many a furrowed brow. Or it could be of a guest’s unfortunate (and accidental) decision to light a stovetop burner that had a crock of creamed spinach resting on it- a fun clean up. Or there is the memory of the tryptophan induced squabble that occured between an oddly even match up of 7 and 74 year olds around who knows what topic of importance. You laugh at the memories that are being created, writhe in pain from the gluttony, and try to keep one eye on the games as you plan your late night stalking of the leftovers.

As I did last year, I will once again work in the restaurant on Thanksgiving this year for a good portion of the day – something I thought I had sworn off many years ago. And while it may seem a chore, I actually don’t lament working this day anymore. Rising early with my cooks to prepare food for those eating out on this special day is actually nice and everyone is usually very chipper and upbeat.

But what it does make me realize is that I often spend more time with my restaurant family than I do with my own. And the people that I work with see a crazed side of me that honestly doesn’t exist outside of the building.  And as I reflect on Thanksgiving, I realize that I owe them many thanks for putting up with that alter ego – for allowing me my obsessions, forgiving my impatience at times, and ultimately respecting my vision.

I owe them my best on Thanksgiving.

During most of the year, I’m intense in the kitchen – focused on the product and maybe not quite as reflective.  So on Thanksgiving, I try to give the people I work with a chance to witness a relaxed version of me and a chance to see the thanks that I have that they are here for me, as I am here for them.

These people I work with are my second family.  And while I try to appreciate them every day of the year, on Thanksgiving I take just a bit more time to realize just how important they are to me.  And I try to make an extra effort to thank them for all they have done for me and my family.  Without them, I couldn’t succeed.  And I recognize that they too are sacrificing to be with me – every day of the year, but especially on Thanksgiving.

So on this day, it’s just a little bit easier to understand what makes me tick and what is really important to me.  And I also remind myself that food is a form of communication. Some of our most important memories come from sharing food and drink – whether in preparing it for others in the restaurant or sharing it with family at home.  Food is a community that I am fortunate to be a part of.  The restaurant business for all its all faults and dysfunction has given me some of the most memorable and meaningful times of my life. And I am lucky that not only do I have an amazing family at home, but I am also surrounded by fantastic, creative, talented and hard working people in my second home, the restaurant.