This year’s Lowell Lecture series, Boston's Best, celebrates both our city and some of its most distinguished contributors in the arts, journalism, cuisine, literature, and business.
In this video, The Boston Public Library welcomes three enormously talented chefs—Jody Adams, Barbara Lynch, and Lydia Shire—for a roundtable discussion moderated by former Boston Globe dining critic Alison Arnett. These culinary experts will explore the evolution of their extraordinary careers, the launching of their groundbreaking restaurants, and the transformation of Boston dining scene. Jody Adams runs Rialto, in the Charles Hotel and has published a cookbook, In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant (2002). South Boston-born Barbara Lynch’s restaurants include No. 9 Park, which was named one of the "Top 25 New Restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit, and her acclaimed new fine dining restaurant, Menton. After opening Seasons and Biba, Lydia Shire restored the opulence and tradition of Locke-Ober. Her most recent venture, Towne, is a collaboration with chef Jasper White and Patrick Lyons. Moderator Alison Arnett is a restaurant and food consultant, freelance writer, and editor. She served at the Boston Globe’s restaurant critic and chief food writer for fifteen years.
The Lowell Lecture series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1836 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge. During the series’ long history, speakers have included Charles Dickens, William James, Margaret Mead, William Makepeace Thackeray and, more recently, Salman Rushdie, Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, and Dennis Lehane.
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