Le Chapître d'Automne - Alden & Harlow - Tuesday November 17th

Le Chapître d'automne

Alden & Harlow

Tuesday - November 17th

Cambridge is a hotbed a culinary exploration these days and our second foray of 2015 into the so-called “Peoples Republic” brought the Boston Baillage to Chef-Owner Michael Scelfo’s highly celebrated Alden & Harlow. 

This Boston Globes 2014 restaurant of the year is wildly popular with and hot bar scene, long lines and hard to secure reservations but the wily officers of the Boston Bailliage secured space for 26 “Gastronaughts” in the aptly named Greenhouse area of the restaurant and we were off!

In creating his restaurant in the space formerly home to long loved Restaurant Casablanca, Chef Scelfo looked inward at his own personal culinary perspective finding inspiration from his home. 

The medium for his creativity is farm to table food interwoven with elements of personal style and meaning - simple yet elegant dishes he would want to prepare and eat with his family. 

While some of what we enjoyed were “classic” staples of his menu, including the exquisite Charred Broccoli and amazing Roasted Bone Marrow, the extensive and adventurous offerings he prepared were packed with seasonal specialties emphasizing top of the catch and super farm fresh elements. 

The evening began with a bubbly reception and tasty nibbles featuring the Alden & Harlow burger (quartered) that has been named Boston’s Best. So good in fact one must arrive very, very early in a typical evening to get your hands on one! 

Once seated for dinner proper we enjoyed a multitude of courses that pleased the carnivore and vegetarian alike and once the seemingly never ending cavalcade of delicious dishes was complete we trundled off into Harvard Square this fall evening, sated! 

Vive la Chaîne!


1. Chevalier Peter Georgantas, Mrs. Cesarina Templeton, Vice Chancelier-Argentier Elizabeth M. Georgantas, Ms. Catherine MacKinnon, Mr. David MacKinnon, Vice Charge des Missions Todd R. Saunders, Dame Linda Zhang & Mr. John Ding

2. Mr. Roger Polonsky, Ms. Dottie Sarno, Ms. Ellen Gaucher & Professional du Vin Stephen Gaucher

3. Chevalier William James O’Shea, Mrs. Sandra Patrick O’Shea, Dame Sally S. Patrick and Chevalier David E. Patrick

4. Ms. Tania Luzuriaga, Dame Margarita Medini, Chevalier Daniel B. Rosengarten, Dame Kerry Schaub Rosengarten & Officier-Maître Traîteur Kathy LaShay Berenson

5. Pair de la Chaîne Azmi Hajjaj, Chevalier Stephen Samuels and Grand Officier, Dame de la Chaine Delores Hajjaj

6. Bailli Honoraire Avram J. Goldberg, Dame Carol Goldberg and Vice Charge des Missions Todd R. Saunders

7. Mr. David MacKinnon, Ms. Catherine MacKinnon, Ms. Krassi Diehl and Vice Charge des Missions Todd R. Saunders

8. Chambelan Provincial Nord-Est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson and Officier-Maître Traîteur Kathy LaShay Berenson

9. Vice Chancelier-Argentier Elizabeth M. Georgantas, Alden & Harlow Chef-Owner Michael Scelfo, Chambelan Provincial Nord-Est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson and Vice Charge des Missions Todd R. Saunders

10. Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo, Compressed Pear, Malt Vinegar Ailoi and Crispy Parsnip

11. Chicken Liver Pate, Stone Fruit & Honey Mostarda, Calabrian Chili Oil, Crispy Skin and Rye Crumbs

12. Egg Raviolo, Parsnip, Grilled Greens, Smoked Cacio Cheese and Crispy Chicken Skin

13. Charred Broccoli, Butternut Squash Hummus, Bianco Sardo and Cashew

14. Whole Grilled Mackerel, Celery Root Remoulade and Pickled Green Tomatoes

15. Roasted Game Bird (Quail) with Liver Jus

16. Roasted Bone Marrow, Brioche Toasts, Pickled Pumpkin Jam and Parsley Salad

17. Stuffed Pumpkin with Pork Belly and Black Truffle

Vive la Chaîne!!

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