Celebrity Chef Series Returns to Castle Hill

Dinner Series Makes Connection with Local Land and Foods

Contact Information

JoAnn Beck
Education & Outreach Manager
978.921.1944 x4020

Bob Chok
The Inn at Castle Hill

IPSWICH, MA-  Back by popular demand, the Celebrity Chef Series returns to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate this fall, beginning on September 17th. Dinners, prepared by four of Boston and North Shore’s most renowned Chefs, will be held at The Inn at Castle Hill and is open to the public. The “connection with local land and foods” is a simple but important theme of the dinner series; a unique blending of the freshest local produce, seafood and meats, prepared by the area’s most imaginative and creative chefs, resulting in regional cuisine that is unsurpassed anywhere! 

The Trustees of Reservations, the non-profit organization who owns and operates The Inn at Castle Hill, are committed to supporting local farms and sustainable agricultural practices. Another Trustees’ property, Appleton Farms, a 1,000-acre farm also located in Ipswich, operates a popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program where fresh, organic vegetables and grass-fed beef are offered to over 500 shareholders. “It is a natural progression from “seed to table”, and the best of fresh ingredients and talented chefs that will make this series special”, says Julie Viola, committee member who has spearheaded the celebrity series based on The Trustees interest in promoting sustainable practices -- and enjoying great food at the same time! 

The Series will kick off on September 17th with Chef Robert Grant, and Cheese Director, Stephanie Santos, of The Butcher Shop, a Barbara Lynch Gruppo restaurant (www.thebutchershopboston.com). Chef Grant offers menus that emphasize rustic French and Italian cuisine – a tribute to the old world European Boucheries.  

Dinner will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served fireside in the Tavern at 6PM, followed by a four-course dinner and special cheese course in the main dining room of the Inn at 7PM. Prix Fixe 4-course menu, with two wine pairings, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including tips and taxes, is $135 per person for Sept. 17th, Oct. 1st, and Oct. 22nd. The price for November 12th, will be $145 per person and will include a signed copy of Barbara Lynch’s new cookbook, Stir, Mixing it Up in the Italian Tradition.

The Series dinners will be held on Thursdays, beginning September 17th, followed by October 1st with Paul Callahan of High St. Grill, October 22nd with Richard Morin, executive sous chef, from Eastern Standard, and on November 12th, award-winning chef Barbara Lynch, the force behind No. 9 Park, B&G Oyster, The Butcher Shop, Sportello, and more, will join us for a special evening of dishes from her eagerly-awaited first cookbook Stir, Mixing it Up in the Italian Tradition. Reservations, limited and required, may be made by contacting The Inn at Castle Hill at 978.412.2555. For more information on future dinners go to http://www.thetrustees.org/the-inn-at-castle-hill/. Many of the services and products have been donated and the proceeds from the dinner series will go toward the continuing conservation efforts of The Trustees of Reservation.

About The Inn at Castle Hill
Managed by The Trustees of Reservations and located in the heart of The Trustees’ spectacular Crane Estate, The Inn at Castle Hill is a bed and breakfast offering 10 rooms of understated elegance in an environment of peaceful serenity. All the rooms are uniquely appointed and many feature stunning views over the salt marshes, sand dunes, and Atlantic Ocean. Receiving highest ratings from national and international luxury travel guides, the Inn has most recently been rated Best Place to Spend A Night by Northshore magazine August/September Issue 2008. For rates and availability please contact theinn@ttor.org, 978.412.2555 http://www.thetrustees.org/the-inn-at-castle-hill/

About The Trustees of Reservations in the Northeast
On the North Shore, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) own and manage some 20 reservations in Essex County including: Agassiz Rock, Appleton Farms and Appleton Grass Rides, Castle Hill, Crane Beach and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Coolidge Reservation, Crowninshield Island, Greenwood Farm, Halibut Point, Long Hill, Misery Islands, Mount Anne Park, Old Town Hill, Pine and Hemlock Knoll, Ravenswood Park, Stavros Reservation, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Ward Reservation, and Weir Hill. Encompassing 5,794 acres, these properties contain some of the most spectacular natural, historic and cultural resources in Massachusetts and offer woodlands and hilltops, coastlines, great estates, historic houses, and gardens as well as programs such as outdoor concerts, farm days, summer camps, and plant sales throughout the region. To find out more about The Trustees in the Northeast, please call 978.356.4351.

About The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values — a love of the land, the outdoors, and the distinctive charms of New England—as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting these special places for everyone, forever.
Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees of Reservations are the nation's oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. With 101 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres—all open to the public—Trustees properties are tremendously diverse.  From mountains, open meadows and parks, to working farms, stately homes and gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline, and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees reservations offer something for everyone. 

The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres—a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts—permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000+ acres around the state.

The Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for nearly 100 places of cultural, natural, and historical significance, called "reservations."  

Statewide, The Trustees employ 165 full-time, 46 regular part-time, and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To apply for employment opportunities, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, and/or interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, please visit www.thetrustees.org.