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Star Chef Evan Mallett

Editors Note: This Event is postponed due to a schedule conflict. We will keep you posted on a new date as soon as we can confirm. 

Chef Evan Mallett is a steward of history. His restaurant, Black Trumpet Bistro, in Portsmouth, NH resides in a building that dates to at least the early 1800’s, and is now on its third incarnation as a restaurant since 1970. Chef Mallett and his wife, Denise, opened Black Trumpet Bistro in 2007, and quickly became noted for their menu highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. 
Star Chef Evan Mallett

Chef Evan Mallett and Chef Matt Varga – Photo by JWessel Photography

As any good historian will tell you, though, the best way to honor history is to learn and create a better future. This is why Chef Mallet sits on the boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and The Heirloom Harvest Project. His dedication to local, seasonal foods is rooted in the idea that “people have to see the impact they have as individuals.  Food is a necessity.  Fine dining is a luxury.  We need both to make us happy, but our daily actions must be committed to changing the way we eat if we want a healthy world for our grandkids.” 


Chef Mallett is joining us on Monday, April 20, as our next star chef in our 2015 Star Chef Series. He is a three time James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast, and MSN Travel calls his dishes “uniformly inventive and healthy.” Adam Richman, of Man vs. Food, called Black Trumpet one of the 12 best places to eat in America. 
Star Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro

Star Chef Evan Mallett – Photo by JWessel Photography

We asked Star Chef Mallett a few questions about food, cooking, and guilty pleasure food. We also discovered something about the wooden spoon. 


Do you have a favorite cookbook? 
I have a few books about food that I love (I’ve been reading The Third Plate by Dan Barber), but not one favorite cookbook.  Mastering the Art of French Cooking was probably the best researched cookbook ever, so if I had to pick one… A close second is the one I am working on now, which is scheduled to hit bookshelves in 2016.  It’s a very exciting project that tells the story of Black Trumpet, my restaurant, and the food community that evolved around it. 


What was your inspiration for using local/regional ingredients when you opened Black Trumpet Bistro?
 I have always used local ingredients since I began cooking. I am hard-wired that way.


What is your favorite kitchen tool? 
Hmm.  Wooden spoon or Vita-prep. It’s a toss-up.


What is your guilty pleasure food?
Route 11 Dill Pickle Potato Chips dipped in gravlax pimento cheese.


Join Us and Star Chef Evan Mallett On April 20


Star Chef events include a cocktail reception with passed canapes, a five-course seated tasting menu, and wine pairings. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets for this very special dinner are $125 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Contact or call 401.272.7811 to reserve your seat at the table.


Passed Canapes - Photo by JWessel Photography

Passed Canapes – Photo by JWessel Photography


Planning - Photo by JWessel Photography

Planning – Photo by JWessel Photography


Photo by JWessel Photography

Photo by JWessel Photography

Photo by JWessel Photography

Photo by JWessel Photography

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