Paul Wahlberg Leads a Locavore Cooking Demo at the Boston Public Market
If Paul Wahlberg wanted to rest on his family name and connections, the chef probably could. Alma Nove, his Italian restaurant, has his famous brothers Donnie and Mark as co-owners, names that would likely bring in guests whether the food was worth a visit to the Hingham shipyard or not.
But since it debuted six years ago, Alma Nove’s potato-crusted calamari, wood-grilled sirloin, pillowy gnocchi, and other Mediterranean-inflected specialties have proven Wahlberg is serious about serving fine ingredients, prepared fresh with old-school techniques. Wahlburgers, too, the fast-casual burger chain founded by Dorchester’s famous family, also showcases real ingredients: grilled-to-order Creekstone Farms black Angus beef, Hearth Artisan Bread rolls from Plymouth, seasonal produce.
Next month, Wahlberg is visiting the Kitchen at the Boston Public Market to share the bounty of New England during a cooking demonstration and three-course dinner.
“This market and the teaching space the Kitchen brings to it represent a much-needed and unique opportunity to support the regional farms, farmers, and small businesses that are so important to the health and sustainability of our local economy and food movement,” Wahlberg said via a press release.
With ingredients straight from the vendor stalls outside the Kitchen, Wahlburg will prepare a seasonal, locally-sourced meal for ticketholders, during an hour-long demo.
“Paul is not only a talented and creative chef but also a generous community partner and advocate for locally sourced food,” says Barbara Erickson, president and CEO of the Trustees, a conservation non-profit and founding partner of the Boston Public Market, which leads programming at the on-site Kitchen.
A portion of ticket sales will support Alma Cares, a Wahlberg family charity that helped feed 1,500 families last year.
An Evening with Paul Wahlberg at the Kitchen, $68-$85, Wednesday, April 13, 7-9 p.m., the Kitchen at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, 978-578-5867, thetrustees.org.