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MIKE ALMONTE'S HERB GARDEN DINNER
Since we have opened our kitchen Mike Almonte has tended to the herb garden that we use every day. We are having this dinner to thank Mike for lending tastes to every dish we put out.
Tonight, we will start the evening with a mint infused mojito, vichyssoise with sliced herbed buckwheat crepes, fennel roasted striped bass, loin of veal filled with Swiss chard, olives and roasted peppers and finish with a stone fruit and lemon thyme crumble. We will be dining outside along with Mike’s herbs!!
This special event will be held outside by our herb garden and is a BYOB event.
A little something about Mike…
Mike Almonte has lived on Cape Cod for over 60 years. He received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Western New England College. Mike retired after serving the Town of Yarmouth for 34 years as a police officer attaining the rank of Chief of Police. He has enjoyed gardening for over 30 years. He has been a member of the Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod since 2011. Mike lectures on various gardening topics and maintains the culinary herb garden at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Mike also enjoys cooking and has taken many adult education classes in the culinary arts.
CHEF JOSEPH CIZYNSKI
Born in New York, Joseph Cizynski almost immediately started gaining kitchen experience thanks to his mother and Aunt Dorothy who shared their passion and knowledge of food with him. Joseph attended Fairfield University where he played baseball and for two summers played in the Cape League, thus beginning his love for Cape Cod. Upon graduation from college, and a ball related injury, Joseph took to the Culinary Institute of America where at the age of 26, became Chef/Owner of Café du Bec Fin located in Old Greenwich, CT. Joseph immediately transformed it into a French Seafood restaurant and received three-3 Star reviews from the New York Times and was the first Connecticut restaurateur to receive the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years. Café du Bec Fin was the venue for numerous wine tasting dinners including the members of the Mondavi, Krug and Dujac families. Several years ago, Joseph, opened a boutique wine shop located in Westchester County and has shared his knowledge of wine and food pairings hosting numerous wine tastings, dinners and various other events. Joseph and his wife, Betsy, bought a home in Chatham ten years ago and are now making plans to live there year-round. He looks forward to sharing his experiences, food and wines with you!
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