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The Boston Public Market Debuts “Chef Hero” Program

The Boston Public Market (BPM) will debut its “Chef Hero” Program this month, inviting local chefs to partner with BPM vendors and engage with customers during monthly pop-up sampling events using BPM-sourced ingredients.

The program also includes onsite sales of cookbooks and other restaurant merchandise, and an Instagram takeover to give BPM fans a look behind the scenes in each chef’s respective kitchen.

“Our mission at the Boston Public Market is to support our small business vendors, and much like the Boston chef community, they are entrepreneurs who are so important in growing our local food industry, economy, and culture. This program will bring chefs, BPM vendors, and our customers together around an appreciation of good food.” – Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market

The monthly series will kick off in April with Matt Jennings of Boston’s Townsman, whose first cookbook, Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots, was recently nominated for a James Beard Award. On Monday night, April 23rd from 5-7pm, Chef Jennings will sample a dish from his cookbook at the BPM using proteins and produce from BPM vendors, including Red’s Best, Stillman’s Farm, and more. Chef Jennings’ printed recipe will be available for BPM shoppers to take home throughout the month, and his cookbook will be sold at the Info Desk, located in the Market’s southwest corner across from the Red Apple Farm space.

The Boston Public Market’s Chef Hero program participants will include:

April: Matt Jennings
Chef/Owner at Townsman
Sampling event: Monday, April 23rd from 5-7pm

May: Jody Adams
Chef/Owner at Trade, Porto and Saloniki
Sampling event: Thursday, May 17th from 12-2pm

June: Nicco Muratore
Chef de Cuisine at Commonwealth
Sampling event: Monday, June 25th from 5-7pm

July: Jeremy Sewall
Chef/Partner at Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Les Sablons
Sampling event: Monday, July 23rd from 5-7pm

August: Jamie Bissonnette
Chef/Partner at Toro, Coppa, and Little Donkey
Sampling event: Monday, August 27th from 5-7pm

September: Tony Messina
Chef/Partner at UNI
Sampling event: Monday, September 24th from 5-7pm

October: Tony Maws
Chef/Owner at Craigie on Main and Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Sampling event: Monday, October 22nd from 5-7pm

November: Karen Akunowicz
Chef/Partner at Myers & Chang
Sampling event: Tuesday, November 27th from 5-7pm

December: Irene Li
Chef/Partner at Mei Mei
Sampling event: Monday, December 17th from 5-7pm

March 2019: Michael Scelfo
Chef/Owner at Alden & Harlow, Waypoint, and the forthcoming Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow
Sampling event: Monday, March 25th 2019 from 5-7pm

For additional information about the Boston Public Market’s Chef Hero lineup, follow the Market on Instagram at @bostonpublicmarket, or subscribe to the BPM’s monthly email newsletter by visiting