Jolyon Helterman'S latest stories

Letter from Bennigan’s

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a food snob at heart. Nothing whets my appetite more than the prospect of taking a delicately crafted plateful of precious farm-fresh, heirloom, artisanal morsels and scarfing it down in seconds. If the menu includes…

Chefs…They’re Just Like Us!

They… pay bills! They…work out! They…summer on Cape Cod! And, apparently, the Islands. You know that pesky pang-of-guilt that creeps up just as you’re jaunting off to P-Town or Vineyard Haven, thinking of your poor old favorite chef stuck Hub-side,…

Rant/Rave: Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

Especially in Boston, where chefs and restaurateurs tend to tiptoe down the safe route wherever possible, it’s refreshing to see the occasional spark of daring. Lounging al fresco on the fabulous square-front patio at Eastern Standard one recent evening, I…

Crafty PR Blitz Hard-Sells Patio Dining

Ah, those cunning marketing svengalis…they could make torturing puppies sound not-half-bad! Just when it was shaping up to be another harrowing season of avoiding the outdoor-dining experience—that irritating warm breeze, the hackneyed city skyline, the downright maddening sun-kist floral gardens—the…