WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Originally from Jamaica Plain, Jennings grew up in Wellesley and Weston. While his childhood was fairly idyllic—it was a summer job in a café on Nantucket that sparked his interest in the restaurant trade. After attending The New England Culinary Institute, his storied career led him to the well-known Formaggio Kitchen, where he refined his knowledge and passion for artisan cheese and charcuterie. It's also where he met famed chef Julia Child and, more importantly, his wife Kate. Matt and Kate eventually opened the Providence-based restau- rant Farmstead. After ten successful years, the couple boldly decided to close Farmstead and shift their eatery focus to Boston. Opening in February of 2015, Townsman now offers locally- sourced, pristine ingredients from the Northeast growing region and waters. The name Townsman was born from the idea of being "native to a place," and not, as one might expect, as an homage to Wellesley's local newspaper. The 4,500-square foot restaurant is located in The Radian apartment high-rise at the junction of Chinatown and the Financial District. With a location in an up-and-coming area of Boston, it was impor- tant to Jennings to develop a neighborhood eatery that fostered a sense of community for locals and visitors alike. The result is an atmosphere that is decidedly unfussy, while still making a statement through bold choice of colors, textures, and overall design. The dimly lit cocktail lounge with its leather and granite-topped bar and living-room- inspired lounge section flows into a much brighter 10-seat crudo bar with a view of the kitchen. The modern, minimalist, Asian-infused, 75- seat dining room features the wares of local craftsman including Windsor chairs (painted fire engine red), and sustainably foraged wal- nut tables made by a Rhode Island furniture maker. The interior dining room walls are adorned with framed prints of various cuts of meat, and—in tribute to its Chinatown border—guests can view a unique bamboo topiary through the restaurant's plate glass back window. As a result, Townsman accommodates a wide variety of dining experiences, from the casual burger and beer after work, to an inter- active crudo bar with the kitchen staff, to an upscale, full-featured 174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 local cuisine "an atmosphere that is decidedly unfussy" P H O T O S B Y G A L D O N E S P H O T O G R A P H Y

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