Some of Boston’s brightest young culinary talents join forces on Sunday, January 27 for a Simcha pop-up brunch at The Townshend in Quincy Center.
The pop-up will preview the Sunday brunch menu at chef Avi Shemtov’s pending new fine-dining modern Israeli restaurant Simcha in Sharon. Simcha is slated to open in February.
Guests at Townshend’s Simcha pop-up brunch will also find sweets from star Boston pastry chef (and Townshend alum) Kate Holowchik plus innovative craft cocktails from Townshend bar manager Palmer Matthews.
Chef Avi’s menu will include, among other options:
• His signature traditional shakshuka (image here), plus ‘nduja sausage-and-goat-cheese shakshuka
• Braised lamb belly hash with truffle-roasted garlic and potatoes
• Holowchik-baked babka French toast stuffed with sweet-and-nutty baklava filling
Simcha will feature internationally inspired versions of contemporary Israeli cuisine, specifically those that reflect Chef Avi’s Sephardic Jewish heritage.
“Most Americans, when they think of Israeli or Jewish food, think only of Ashkenazi cuisine,” said Shemtov. “The classic dishes you find in the Jewish delis of New York or Brookline, brisket, matzah balls, bagels & lox. Sephardic food is quite a bit different and less well known here in America. It’s influenced by Turkish, Persian, Arab, Iberian and North African cuisine and culture.”
Simcha will be the region’s only fine-dining Sephardic restaurant. The intimate eatery will feature:
• custom-built wood-fired oven serving fresh-baked pita bread and roasted savory dishes
• contemporary Mideast urban street vibe, including graffitied Jerusalem limestone walls
• nose-to-tail cooking using locally raised lamb, venison, beef, chicken and pork prepared by master butcher Joe Henry (@joethekiwibutcher)
• herbs and produce from celebrated Sharon neighbor Ward’s Berry Farm
• innovative, world-class beer list with a focus on top New England breweries
“My goal is to tell the global story of the Israeli people through my food, while highlighting the best in locally sourced New England ingredients,” said Shemtov, a first-generation Israeli-American of Turkish descent.
The Simcha concept was inspired by a successful series of Simcha pop-up brunches and dinners Shemtov hosted across Greater Boston in late 2017 and early 2018. He recently hosted a Simcha pop-up at The Swoop House in Austin, Texas.