Too many cooks in the rock club? Never. On Sunday local bands and chefs will fuse their creations to give guests mouthfuls (and earfuls) of fun—all to benefit local charities Zumix and Future Chefs.
Eat Your Heart Out Boston began three years ago when Dave and Erin Murray and Nicole Kanner got together to support local musical and culinary talent, as well as small, Boston-based, philanthropic organizations.
“I jumped at the chance to be a part of it,” says Jamie Bissonnette, head chef at Toro and Coppa, who has participated all three years. “I’m going to show my roots as a New England punk-rock fan,” he says—chefs are required to create dishes inspired by music.
Known for slicing and dicing an animal in unthinkably delicious ways, Bissonnette is a mammal laureate of sorts, and won’t deviate from his signature style on Sunday. As a tribute to Slayer’s Reign in Blood, he’s serving up blood sausage bocadillos—a change from last year’s open-faced heart and brain sandwich for his favorite band, the Bad Brains.
Bissonnette also plans to take his theme all the way through to the design. “You know when you go to see a band, there’s a table selling shirts and whatever. I want to make mine look like a merch table,” he says.
On the other end of the table, Laura Henry-Zoubir (of Regal Beagle and Church) will prove that vegetarians can rock just as hard. After getting requests at Regal Beagle for vegetarian and gluten-free fare, she’s dishing up a veggie-style Bolognese. “We put a lot of textures in there, like lentils and roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes, so it looks like it’s a meat sauce,” she says of the already-popular fall menu item.
The sauce is paired with ricotta gnocchi, which was perfect dish-naming fodder for Henry-Zoubir’s colleagues. “I kind of took the back seat,” she says of creating a musical tie-in. “I said, ‘You guys have to name the dish unless you want it to be a Rihanna song.’”
The result? “Gnoch, Gnoch, Gnocchi on Heaven’s Door.”
More participating chefs include Tiffani Faison of Rocca, Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother, Seth Morrison of The Gallows, and Matthew Barros of Myers & Chang, among others.
“We’re all friends,” says Bissonnette of Boston-based chefs. “It’s such a small community here in Boston that we want to do something that makes the other chefs say, ‘Oh, well that’s cool,’ and we also want to express ourselves.”
Once the stuff-your-face part ends around 8pm, the mouthgasm turns to an eargasm. Local musicians Magic Magic, You Can Be a Wesley, Brenda, and Dwight & Nicole featuring chef Tim Weichman of TW Foods will take the stage until midnight.
Proceeds benefit Zumix, a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and arts, and Future Chefs, a program that helps students foster education and work within the field of culinary arts.
“I’m looking forward to having a student help us and inspiring them to go out and make their career as well,” says Henry-Zoubir.