The Riverside BBQ Series is very excited to have Chef Joe Gatto join us for the final session of the summer. Chef Joe is the host of his very own cooking show “From Scratch”, which had been described as “equal parts Alton Brown and MacGyver with a splash of Epic Meal Time thrown in. He takes some of the most iconic dishes in the American repertoire and shows us how to not only make them 100% from scratch, but does so in a way that’s informative, exciting, and occasionally outright hilarious.” (J. Kenji Lopez-Alt | Chief Creative Officer, Serious Eats).
Chef Joe’s life in the kitchen started at a very young age, helping his mom prepare family meals in their kitchen. His mother is also where his passion for preparing meals from scratch comes from. “She made everything from scratch and that just carried over. I realized that from scratch food far superior,” Gatto said. “That’s what I liked to eat, and I wanted to make it that way myself. First I did sauces and stuff and then went further to make-complicated things like sausages and bacon.”
Before becoming a full time chef, Gatto was an independent film maker in Los Angeles. His new show allows him to combine his two passions in a format that is unlike any cooking show on TV today. We are exciting to have Chef Joe join us this Sunday! He will be roasting a full pig for all in attendance, as well as bringing along some other delicious items for us to try. Grab your tickets today and join in on the fun!
There have been a number of great acts to grace our stage this year, and we have one more great musician in store for this weekend. The Riverside BBQ Series is very excited to have Boston’s own Jesse Dee headline the final session of the season!
Jesse was first exposed to soul music through local oldies station WODS at the young age of eight. From then on he was hooked, diving deep into the collections of The Drifters, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke and more. Though he was singing all his life in church and the school theater productions, Jesse did not pick up a guitar until he was 18. As soon as he picked up the guitar, Jesse immersed himself in the music of Otis Redding, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Etta James. Less than a year later, he was proficient enough to perform out on his own.
After college, Dee spent a few years playing in different bands including the ten-piece soul ensemble “Decifunk” and rock n roll band The Dirty Whites. In 2008, Jesse released his first solo album, Bittersweet Batch. The success of this album allowed Jesse to travel far and wide, playing stops in Washington, DC, Nashville, Chicago, and a few stops in the Netherlands and the UK. In 2013, Jesse released his follow up album On My Mind / In My Heart with his new label Alligator Records.
“The young neo-soul and R&B singer from Boston has put out an album of self-penned songs that are so well-written, so amazingly arranged and performed, you’ll wonder why this guy doesn’t just own the music business.” David Wiegand, The San Francisco Gate
Don’t miss out on what is sure to be one of the best shows of the summer! Grab your tickets below and catch Jesse Dee at the final session of the season!!
It’s been another great summer of fantastic BBQ, created by chefs from some of the best restaurants Boston has to offer. It’d be impossible to pick a favorite, but we feel we have saved some of our best for last. With that being said, we’d like to welcome Chef Brian Reyelt from Citizen Public House in Fenway to the BBQ Series!
Chef Brian’s love for cooking began while assisting his mother at her local catering company in Larchmont, New York. After excelling through culinary school, Brian became sous chef at the Hotel Manisses on Block Island, Rhode Island. Three years later, he left the island life to pursue the cutting-edge cuisine of Boston. After spending some time working at Aujourd’hui, in Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel, Chef Brian moved over to the Franklin Restaurant Group, where he has since worked his way up the ranks to become partner and head chef.
If you find yourself in the Fenway area, make sure to stop into Citizen Pub for a great cocktail, dinner, or just some raw oysters! Recently named one of the top 150 bars in America by the Daily Meal, this is one spot you don’t want to sleep on!
Grab your tickets to Session #4 of the Riverside BBQ Series today and catch Chef Brian Reyelt there grilling up some fresh BBQ takes!
Here at the Riverside BBQ Series we would like to take a moment to recognize one of our newest partners: Downeast Cider House! Started in 2011 by soon to be college grads Ross Brockman and Tyler Mosher at their family farm, Downeast has quickly grown in popularity and become a staple in many restaurants and bars across New England.
Part of their success is the commitment to integrity. Downeast Cider House has a firmly established policy of NO SHORTCUTS. “No matter the cost, we are fully committed to using only fresh-pressed juices and pure, natural ingredients in our cider. When it comes to flavor, there’s no substitute for the best, and that’s what we stand by: simple, honest, authentic.”
We have enjoyed having Downeast Cider at every session so far and look forward to having another one of their amazing ciders at Session #4 on August 16th. Make sure to grab your tickets for our last session of the season today and grab a 4 pack of Downeast the next time you are out. You won’t regret it!
We’ve got another great pair of chefs ready to serve up some awesome and unique BBQ takes for Session #3 this Sunday! Chef Jonathan Kopacz (Brass Union) & Chef Robert Preciado (Naco Taco) will be in the house, building off what has been a great start to the summer!
Brass Union opened in the Spring of 2014, replacing the music venue Precinct in Union Square in Somerville, MA. The front of Brass Union is reminiscent of a New York City-style tavern with a 24-seat bar. The back area will be a lounge with a 30-seat bar, live DJ and games. Since opening its doors, Brass Union has earned a number of rave reviews, including being named Best Neighborhood Bar in Union Sq. by Improper Bostonian.
An outdoor patio strewn with bright umbrellas and strings of twinkling lights, where staffers sling tacos and a rainbow of salsas from a painted trailer, a slice of Austin style in Central Square. That’s the idea behind Naco Taco. Opened in May 2015, Naco serves up its own twists on classic Mexican dishes. Make sure to check it out the next time you are in Central Square!
We are excited for some unique offerings from Chef Jonathan and Chef Robert this Sunday! Check out the menu below.
Brass Union – Brass Union’s signature TLT (smoked tofu, arugula, tomato, kewpie), Pork Cheeks (with tomatillo) and sweet treats from Gilly’s Throwback Snacks
Naco Taco – Al pastor tacos (essentially a Mexican version of BBQ pork) with burnt pineapple salsa and grilled BBQ cactus taco, kimchee corn, zucchini slaw.
We are very excited to partner with our good friends at Tweed River Music Festival to bring you a fantastic line-up for Session #3!
Tweed River Music Festival is less a showcase for bands and more a celebration of everything great music embodies: the deeply personal link between artist and fan, the spirit of community and cooperation, and yes, the magical atmosphere of a great show in an indescribable setting. After taking a breather in 2014, this year’s music and arts camping festival — the sixth overall — arrives this summer revitalized, re-imagined and packed with incredible performers. Of course, loyal patrons will still find a boutique festival offering an experience that major music festivals simply cannot achieve.
Set on a bucolic swath of land nestled between the Green and Northfield Mountains in the Mad River Valley in Waitsfield, VT, the 2015 Tweed River Music Festival will host more than 30 acts, including staples such as Bow Thayer, Tim Gearan, Andrea Gillis, White Dynomite and The Curtis Mayflower, while also welcoming Bloodshot Records recording artist Lydia Loveless, Vermont natives Waylon Speed, Alligator Records recording artist (and Boston native) Jesse Dee. Other great musical acts include Joe Fletcher, JP Harris and The Wrong Reasons, Caitlin Canty and ANTI Records recording artist Christopher Paul Stelling.
Headlining Session #3 is Bow Thayer! Bow has been singing and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Making music is who he is. He has lived up to his “reputation as a sublimely gifted artist” by pursuing a creative vision that seeks to lead Americana music into the future. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter Magazine says this “onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years.”
Rocking out the middle of the day is the incredibly talented Josh Buckley! First premiering his talents in Austin in 2011 fronting the critically acclaimed alt-country band Gilded Splinters, Buckley took the local music scene by storm. Playing a multitude of venues, events, and showcases, Buckley has built a solid and dedicated local fan base in a span of only a few short years.
We are also excited to have the newly formed band JMC joining us! JMC is a new project lead by Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T. Jones, The Curtis Mayflower) which focuses on instrumental rock and soul music featuring members of The Curtis Mayflower, The Blue Ribbons and Township.
Can’t wait for another fantastic Sunday filled with great music! Don’t miss out!