The duo behind the [oink] pop-ups are hosting a special three night pop-up February 23-25, at Ribelle in Brookline, Massachusetts with fellow Connecticut chefs Matt Wick of River Tavern, James Wayman of Oyster Club, and Tyler Anderson of Millwrights Restaurant respectfully. Each night will feature a different five course tasting menu for $69, and will be available during multiple seatings with ticket sales occurring in advance. Castle Island Brewing will be exclusively poured and wines will be available off the Ribelle wine list.
Ribelle earned the coveted four stars from the Boston Globe in 2013, and Chef/Owner Tim Maslow went on to win Food and Wine's Best New Chef Award in 2015. [oink] co-chef Craig Hutchinson was the first Chef de Cuisine at Ribelle before returning to his home state of Connecticut to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant with business partner and co-chef Alex Lishchynsky.
The duo were offered the restaurant by Maslow for three days to feature [oink] and they immediately reached out to fellow chefs that they admire. "There's a ton of talent in Connecticut and I really want to show my old stomping grounds what my home state is made of. I busted my ass at Ribelle to help give Boston a new look at food in 2013, and I'm excited to show what I think is going on in 2016," Hutchinson says of the three day showcase, "I truly believe that collaborating, when it comes to menus, is so much more special than one person trying to show off to a dining room."
Chef Matt Wick is no stranger to collaborating with the [oink] team. The three held a successful pop-up at River Tavern back in November. "It's certainly a great opportunity for those of us who haven't cooked in big cities to cook for a new and different audience. To share our ideas and experiences with other cooks and also learn a great deal from them is very special. I think it will make us collectively better cooks."
And while the diners of Boston should be excited, the participating chefs are as well. Lischchynsky notes "I'm excited for my mentors to finally see what we are up to. For [oink] it means we get to cook food for a city with an already established food scene. We get to see how our food stands up to their standards. Part of me is nervous, but all of me is excited for this opportunity!
Menus have been released and tickets are now on sale!
To view the menu and purchase tickets to Matt Wick's Italian themed dinner on Feb. 23, click here .
To view the menu and purchase tickets to James Wayman's Stonington themed dinner on Feb. 24, click here.
The menu for Tyler Anderson's Feb. 25 dinner is a secret (kidding, it will be released soon). But you can still purchase tickets here.