Local All-Star Chefs Rock the Sinclair for ‘Eat Your Heart Out’

At this culinary mashup, chow down on music-themed small plates and catch a Bad Rabbits show—all for a good cause.

Tiffani Faison and Jamie Bissonnette

Tiffani Faison and Jamie Bissonnette at EYHO 2014 / Courtesy photo

Sticky floors, sweaty patrons, heaving bodies, deafening noise…The general rule of thumb is, a great rock show experience makes for a lousy dining experience. But there are plenty of rulebreakers—notably the Sinclair, which boasts as much talent in its kitchen as on its club stage.

Fitting, then, that the Sinclair is where you can catch the latest installment of Eat Your Heart Out, an event that pairs top-rate local chefs with a headlining band. This Sunday, watch Boston Music Award winning party band Bad Rabbits and chow down on small plates whipped up by a dozen of Boston restaurant rockstars, all to benefit local charities Future Chefs and Girls Rock.

The list of participating chefs is a veritable culinary Coachella. On the marquee:

Keenan Langlois (The Sinclair)
Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road)
Matt Jennings (Townsman)
Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow)
Suzi Maitland (Trina’s Starlite Lounge)
Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama)
Tim Cushman (Hojoko)
Will Gilson (Puritan & Company)
John DaSilva (Spoke)
Michael Serpa (Select Oyster Bar)
Tara Bresnick (Blackbird Donuts)
Francisco Millan (Row 34)

Matt Jennings

Matt Jennings at EYHO 2014 / Courtesy photo

In the spirit of this sensory crossover, every dish on the menu is music-themed. Here’s a sneak preview:

Tiger Mama

Dish: Brownie & Chocolate Universe
Inspiration: David Bowie’s “I’d Rather Be High

Spoke Wine Bar

Dish: White Rabbit Porchetta Sandwich (featuring local mozzarella, fennel, pecorino aioli)
Inspiration: Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit

Blackbird Donuts

Dish: Two flavors of mini doughnuts, The Elvis (with a peanut butter base and banana mousse with a peanut topping) and She’s My Cherry Pie, a cherry pie/doughtnut hybrid
Inspiration: Elvis (famed for his love of the PBB&B) and Warrant’s “She’s My Cherry Pie


Dish: Donald Duck Pozole
Inspiration: The funk and R&B band, Booker T & the MG’s—specifically, Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played with the group until his death in 2012

Row 34

Dish: Smoked Tilefish Headcheese with Piquillo Pepper Relish
Inspiration: Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die


Eat Your Heart Out: $50 per person general admission ($75 per person VIP), Sunday, February 28, 6 p.m. (5 p.m. VIP), The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge, 617-547-5200, sinclaircambridge.com and eatyourheartoutboston.com.