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A Seaside Feast

A Seaside Feast
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I love being a food and home editor and I love working for Yankee. But recently, I had a “I really, really love my job!” moment when I was invited down to South Kingstown, RI, for a dinner at chef William Kovel’s family house by the beach. Kovel has been one of my favorite chefs in Boston, and he earned stacks of praise during his turn as executive chef at Aujourd’hui, where he brought fresh life into an old-school restaurant (the kind decorated with a forest of wood paneling, acres of floral fabric, and armchairs for seats). In 2009, the Four Seasons decided to shutter the restaurant—even Kovel’s efforts couldn’t make up for the fact that such formal dining had run its course, even in Boston. But their loss was our gain—sometime later this summer, he’ll finally launch Catalyst, a 284-seat restaurant of his own in Cambridge’s Technology Square.

The Beach in South Kingstown

To give some media folks a taste of what Catalyst will be, Kovel invited us down for a casual meal. You know, just a 7 course feast with wine pairings in the back yard. The food was gorgeous–a casual interpretation of the more refined fare he’ll be turning out once he finally gets into his kitchen.

We started with sashimi…

Toro sashimi


Then oysters.

Oysters with fresh lemon Oysters with fresh lemon

After these courses, we walked to the beach to see the sunset (see the photo above). There was a wonderful cool breeze and salt spray in the air.

When we returned, there was a fresh tomato salad with burrata (cream-filled mozzarella)…


plus grilled steak with chimichurri sauce, herb-grilled chicken, a beet salad, and this potato salad.

Herbed potato salad with capers

Soon it was too dark to take pictures. I couldn’t photograph it, but for dessert, we had a choice of strawberry-rhubarb crisp and root beer-cherry ice cream floats. We all chose both.

Dinner at dusk



Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !
Updated Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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2 Responses to A Seaside Feast

  1. Tinky July 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing an experience that looks delicious in many ways….

  2. joyce February 20, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    To bad their is no recipes for this menu.

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