Trustees of Reservations' Dinner Series Connects Local Land and Foods

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JoAnn Beck
Education & Outreach
978.921.1944 x4020

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Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager

Ipswich, MA – Back by popular demand, the Boston Celebrity Chef Series returns to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate this fall. Dinners, prepared by four of Boston’s most renowned Chefs, will be held at The Inn at Castle Hill and are 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 nonprofit 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, a volunteer and 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!

Boston’s celebrity chefs preparing the series’ culinary delights include: Marco Suarez, of Eastern Standard Restaurant, September 18th; K.C. O’Hara, of Gibbet Hill Farm, October 2nd; James Hackney, of L’Espalier, November 6th; and Barbara Lynch, of No. 9 Park, December 4th.

Dinner will begin with cocktails and hors d?oeuvres served fireside in the Inn’s Tavern at 6PM, followed by a four-course dinner in the main dining room at 7PM. Prix Fixe four-course menu, with two wine pairings, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including tips and taxes, is $135 per person.

The dinners will be held on Thursdays, beginning September 18th, followed by October 2nd, November 6th, and December 4th. Reservations, which are limited and required, may be made by contacting The Trustees’ Northeast Education and Outreach office at 978.921.1944 x8815. 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 Reservations.

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 North Shore magazine’s August/September 2008 Issue. For rates and availability please contact, 978.412.2555,

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.

More 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. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for nearly 100 special places called “reservations.”

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 nearly 100 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all open to the public – Trustees properties are tremendously diverse and include mountains and hilltops, open meadows, parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, beautiful country inns, 70 miles of stunning coastline and beaches, and five National Historic landmarks.

In addition to protecting and caring for its many properties, The Trustees also provide hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, appreciate history, nature and culture, and take advantage of the iconic landscapes and landmarks our beautiful state has to offer. Most events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.

A leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees have both served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to preserve open land and the character of local communities statewide. In addition to its reservations, The Trustees hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres – more 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 of Reservations is one of the largest nonprofits in the state of Massachusetts, employing 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 find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member and/or volunteer, please visit