Allow me to introduce you all to James Beard Award-winning Chef Ron Suhanosky (*drumroll please*). Chef Ronsky is a big deal in the foodie world. He co-founded Sfoglia (which has locations in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Nantucket), not to mention his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia which won a James Beard Award for Best Cookbook in 2010. Bostonians may know him best for cooking at the delightful tapas restaurant Coppa in the South End.
Chef Suhanosky reached a level of success that ironically pulled him further from what he loved to do – which was to cook and interact with his customers. So after a decade working as Chef / Owner of Sfoglia, he moved to Chestnut Hill to be closer to his children and opened the intimate pop-up Ronsky’s! At Ronsky’s he’s back to cooking and being accessible to the customers. Ronsky’s is located next to Star Market at The Street in Chestnut Hill, MA, and will run through the end of 2016!
In addition to his caffe menu of paninis, zeppoli and baked goods (available 7 days a week), Chef Ronsky is now also hosting intimate private dinners! The coolest part is, to book a private dinner you can email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinners include 4 courses and can be booked for Thursday through Saturday at 7pm or later for just $75 per person (excludes wine). I was lucky enough to attend a preview of this private dinner – read on to see how much we enjoyed our meal and getting to know Chef Ronsky!
This table was Chef Ronsky’s great-grandmother’s table! Talk about history. Also, those paisley cloth napkins were the prettiest I’ve ever seen!
We started with antipasti consisting of cured Italian meats and imported Italian cheeses. Everything was as amazing and fresh as you could imagine. We also had delicious green marinated olives on the table.
This antipasti dish was made of pear, whipped ricotta, and honey bruschetta. The crunch of the pear was a great juxtaposition with the creamy ricotta!
Antipasti continues with spicy nduja and burrata bruschetta. Spice lovers, this one’s for you!
The salad included baby kale, roasted delicata squash, and toasted pinenuts – such a perfect fall salad! The produce is hyper local, originating from just outside the entrance at the Green City Growers.
This Umbrian minestrone soup was packed with healthy local ingredients like chard and kale.
This hearty and earthy dish featured black truffle and roasted cauliflower. Ours was gluten-free so it was made with comforting beans, and others noshed on ricotta cavatelli.
At this point we were getting pretty full, but everything was just so delicious! The next course was a halibut fillet, with wild chanterelle mushrooms and rosemary. This was probably the best halibut we’ve ever had – so fresh and scrumptious! The wine is from the Brookline Liquor Mart next door.
I’m a sucker for roasted potatoes! This course offered roasted Tuscan porchetta bursting with flavor, fingerling potatoes, and the cutest little brussels sprouts.
There’s always room for dessert! My sweet tooth loved this Italian style hot chocolate pudding, macerated blackberries, covered in fennel with whipped cream. I loved the tart fruit with the sweet pudding!
Our private dinner at Ronsky’s was a magical meal we’ll never forget. Chef Ronsky is truly humble and wants to get to know his customers. After the meal he even came to the table and talked with us about his life, his work and his passion for Italian cooking.
The combination of the intimate setting with impeccable, gourmet dishes makes for such a special feeling. I could see this being perfect for a birthday, graduation, engagement celebration, or just a treat for yourself, friends and family.
To book your private dinner and meet Chef Ronsky, email him directly at email@example.com. Dinners include 4 courses and can be booked for Thursday through Saturday at 7pm or later for just $75 per person (excludes wine).
Comment Challenge: Have you ever had a private dinner? What do you think of this one?