Harvest’s The Book and the Cook:  Battersby

Harvest Restaurant is nestled down in one of Harvard Square’s little nooks and has a fabulous patio for this time of year.  I was lucky to attend one of Harvets’ “The Book and the Cook” evenings a while back and loved it.  The setup is great, you sit with other guests side by side and are served dinner “narrated by” the guest chef and author.

The upcoming cookbook dinner is with Chef Walker Stern with a menu inspired by his cookbook entitled Battersby: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Kitchen.  The evening includes a reception and four course meal as well as a chance to chat with Harvest’s Chef Tyler Kinnett, Pastry Chef Joshua Livsey and guest chef Walker Stern.  You will also leave with a copy of the cookbook.  I think this is a great gift for someone’s birthday or graduation, or an extra special date night out.  The Book and the Cook dinner is $70 per person and includes a signed book, reception, seated dinner, beverage pairings, tax and gratuity as well.  Not a bad deal!!

For the Battrrsby dinner, Guest Chef Walker Stern is stepping out of his tiny NYC four foot by six foot kitchen and into Harvest’s Harvard Square digs to prepare your meal side by side with Harvest’s Executive Chef Tyler Kinnett and pastry chef Joshua Livsey.  Stern is co-owner and chef of Battersby, a small New York eatery that opened in Brooklyn in 2011.

I won’t give away the whole menu here right now, but a nice chilled class of Rosé and some gougères with moray sauce sounds just about perfect to me.  I have been invited as a guest to join diners for The Cook and The Book on June 25th.   

The Cook and the Book is at Harvest at 44 Brattle Street (tucked in between Brattle and Mount Auburn Street) on Sunday, June 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 617.868.2255 directly to book seats. Or visit Eventbrite to purchase tickets.

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