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Tuesday, April 17, 2018: Teranga Restaurant
Teranga Restaurant | 1746 Washington Street, Boston, Ma | 7 – 10 PM
Senegalese/West African Cuisine

Chef-Owner: Marie-Claude Mendy 

“Teranga fills a simply adorned space on Washington Street between Mike’s City Diner and Cru (a newish wine store) and offers equally funky option to South Enders who’ve had their fill of—or can’t get into—tapas hotspot Toro. Carved gourds decorate the tables, and colorful, West Africa-inspired paintings hang on the walls. There’s a small bar pouring beer and wine, and two rows of two-tops that can be pushed together to accommodate groups.The menu leans heavily on fish, lamb, and fried appetizers; on a quiet night, you can hear your order bubbling away in oil as you wait.”

“From a young age, [chef-owner] Marie-Claude Mendy knew she was destined to work with food. She first became aware of her passion for food and cooking when she was only 5 years old. She grew up preparing dishes from scratch, solely with fresh and local ingredients… Originally from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, Marie-Claude also spent some time in Paris. Upon graduating high school, Marie-Claude moved to London where she obtained her college degree, at which point she moved to Washington D.C., where she ran a small catering company… One trip to Boston was all it took for this chef-to-be to fall in love with the city which reminded her so much of London… Once she moved to Boston, Marie-Claude decided to take her cooking a step further… Today, she is the proud owner of Teranga in Boston’s South End.”

Sources: Boston Magazine and WGBH

Wednesday, April 18, 2018: LaFabrica Central

LaFabrica Central | 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Ma | 7- 10 PM
Latin Caribbean Cuisine
Owners: Hector Pina, Nivia Pina, Dennis Benzan

“Hector and Nivia Pina are behind La Fábrica Central, as well as Vejigantes in the South End, Merengue in Roxbury, and the recently opened Doña Habana in Newmarket Square. Former Cambridge vice mayor Dennis Benzan is also involved… The new venue follows in the footsteps of its 450 Mass. Ave. predecessors with a bar, lounge, and dining room in the front part of the space and a function room with a stage and bar in the back. There’s live music with a focus on Latin jazz. La Fábrica Central features food from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Jamaica and has a ceviche bar… Chef Giovanna Huyke is a cookbook author, television personality, and former executive chef of the now-shuttered Mio Restaurant in DC.”

“For years I’ve talked a lot about how important it is to have the local community represented in the business community,” said Benzan. “This is an opportunity for me to demonstrate what local folks are capable of doing when given the opportunity. Central Square has some of the greatest restaurants, but doesn’t have a restaurant that really represents the Spanish-Caribbean.”

Source: Eater Boston and Wicked Local Cambridge 

Thursday, April 19, 2018: To Be Announced
Friday, April 20, 2018: To Be Announced
Saturday, April 21, 2018: Savvor Restaurant & Lounge
Savvor Restaurant & Lounge | 180 Lincoln Street | 2 PM – 7 PM
Caribbean Cuisine
Owner: Eddy Firmin

“When Eddy Firmin was ready to start his own restaurant after spending years in the corporate world and as a restaurant co-owner, he created the kind of place he would want to go to… The menu at Savvor combines two types of food Firmin favors: the island flavors of the Caribbean and the comfort food of the American South. Customers craving Caribbean might choose the fried whole fish with escovitch salad, coconut curry stew or oxtail; those looking for southern soul will find it in dishes like chicken and waffles, gumbo, crawfish hushpuppies and mac and cheese.

Firmin’s family came to the U.S. from Haiti when he was 10, and he grew up in Dorchester. As the oldest of four siblings and as witness to his parents holding multiple jobs to support the family, he learned about hard work and taking responsibility, he says. Armed with a degree in economics [from UMass Amherst], he entered the world of banking and finance, working for State Street Bank and then Arthur Andersen consulting. All the while, the entrepreneurial bug kept him thinking about having his own business one day. His vision turned into Savvor, a welcoming ‘one-stop shop’ for many types of people, he says, describing it as a ‘restaurant-slash-lounge with great food, a great bar, a great drink list and a lounge with cool music.’

Savvor opened its doors in February 2014 downtown at 180 Lincoln Street, a short walk from South Station.”

Source: Bay State Banner