Hungry Minds- Presenting An Evening of Storytelling on Culinary Tales

Hungry Minds- Presenting An Evening of Storytelling on Culinary Tales, Feb 1, 2016 5:30-7pm

The Worcester Center for the Crafts presents “Hungry Minds: An Evening of Storytelling.” Local culinary greats from different backgrounds and experiences come together for one night. 2 Chefs, 1 Food Publisher, 1 Culinary Photographer, and one Professional Story teller will present original culinary tales from their personal histories in a performance on Monday, February 1, 2016. All material is original and drawn from their life experiences into compelling culinary performances. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Krikorian Gallery at 25 Sagamore Road Worcester, MA 01605 and is free and open to the public.

On the roster for the evening are:

“The birth of an immigrant’s dream to start his own wine business.”

Domenic Mercurio, Publisher, Foodies Magazine,

Domenic is also the director of chains and key accounts for Global Wines, and has a background in, and real love for, Italian wines.  Domenic is also the managing director of Mercury Media & Entertainment, creator of the Worcester’s Best Chef competition, Foodies of New England TV, and publisher of Foodies of New England magazine. He will be generously be providing a wine tasting during his story telling.

Christopher Rovezzi, Rovezzi’s Ristorante  

Chef Christopher Rovezzi started in the restaurant Buisness at the age of 11 washing pots and pans at his dad’s restaurant in Worcester, MA. When his dad closed his restaurant it forced Chris out into the culinary world to continue his training. Chris reopened Rovezzi’s in 2002 in Sturbridge, MA and has provided the community with his take on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine ever since. He is know for his lusty, hearty dishes that at simply prepared and focus on artisanal hand made pastas.

“My most valuable tool in the kitchen is…”

Alina Eisenhauer, Sweet Bar and Kitchen

As the executive chef and owner of Sweet Bar and Kitchen on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester MA, serving up cakes and cupcakes during the day, and cocktails, appetizers, creative main meals and desserts in the evening has earned Alina Eisenhauer many accolades. In addition to being a successful chef and entrepreneur, Alina has been featured on three of Food Networks most popular competitions shows: Chopped, Cupcake Wars and most recently winning the premier episode of Sweet Genius.

“The Big Man Snack Man,” a snack truck for adults

Brendyn Schneider, Story Teller

Published writer and professional story spinner, Brendyn Schneider has been a featured storyteller at Club Passim, ImprovBoston, the Edith Wharton Estate, and other fine venues across New England. Making frequent appearances with Massmouth and the Moth, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing up.

“Why, oh why do these things fascinate me?” From childhood to foodie adult and back.

Donna Dufault, Professional Food Photographer

Donna Dufault has BFA degree in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been working, creating, and eating her way across all of New England as a commercial and editorial food and hospitality photographer.


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CULINARY IMAGININGS exhibit presents first solo show of Photographer Donna Dufault

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Worcester Center for the Crafts, Krikorian Gallery 

25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester, MA 01605 (Click for directions.)

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CULINARY IMAGININGS exhibit presents first solo show of Photographer Donna Dufault

Worcester, MA–Privileged to enter the inner sanctum (the kitchen) of chefs all over the East Coast, photographer Donna Dufault lets us discover the places where the chefs’ and the restaurateurs’ tools momentarily sit as they wait to be put into service.  Over 30 photographs, some in groups and representing two series from her work, CULINARY IMAGININGS is the first major solo show of Dufault’s work.  The show opens January 20 in the Center’s Krikorian Gallery with an opening reception on January 25, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm, a Monday evening so that those in the hospitality industry can help celebrate this remarkable work and photographer.

The exhibit is the culmination of many years photographing behind the scenes during breaks from the commercial photography work she does with photographer husband, Scott Erb through their business Erb Photography.  The show is on view through February 27.  Media sponsor is Mass Foodies, an online publication debuting this winter.

“I’m fascinated by the art of preparing food and the tools used to create it,” said Ms. Dufault. “The dents, scratches, cracks and patina all create beauty in their imperfections. I truly enjoy tracking down the tools, and documenting their vulnerability from human treatment.” The resulting images which are included in the show are sometimes very abstract imaginings, while others are more clearly about the objects themselves.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a program of culinary storytelling entitled “HUNGRY MINDS” will be held on Monday, February 1 at 5:30 pm.  In addition to Ms. Dufault, local culinary greats from different backgrounds and experiences will tell engaging and entertaining stories from their own culinary imaginings: Chef Chris Rovezzi (Rovezzi’s of Sturbridge, MA), Brendyn Schneider (professional storyteller), Domenic Mercurio (publisher, Foodies of New England Magazine), and Chef Alina Eisenhauer (chef and owner, Sweet Bar and Kitchen).  Mr. Mercurio will also provide a mini-wine tasting courtesy Mercury Media & Entertainment.

On February 27 to close the show, the public is invited to a Pasta Dinner where you eat the food and take your hand-crafted ceramic plate home with you.  A reimagined event from the annals of Craft Center history, the Pasta Dinner is sure to get you collecting plates!  Tickets ($40 per adult; children under 12, $10 paper plate) will go on sale for the Pasta Dinner in late January.

“Having Donna’s work here on view is a coup for the Crafts Center,” says Candace Casey, Krikorian Gallery Director.  “Photography is one of our craft mediums and creating beautiful things to serve food on and with is one of our passions.  It’s a natural.”

Ms. Dufault has over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry. She has a BFA degree in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked at some of the best photographic printing labs in the country and with some of the top art photographers in the world. This experience coupled with years of gallery experience, running art marketing groups, curating shows, and co-coordinating photo workshops has given her a unique perspective into the fine art photography world.

In addition to being fascinated by the tools of the chef, Ms. Dufault seeks out the food industry soldiers—tableware and vessels for storage.  “I am drawn to photograph the glass versions I find in my travels. Stacked, arrayed, or layered, the line and repetition of glass creates playful patterns of light and color,” says Dufault.  “Light, reflections and distortions revealed through the glass create beautiful, painterly abstractions. It’s a wonderful challenge to compose and capture an image before the light changes and the enchantment of color and luminosity is lost.”

Currently, Ms. Dufault collaborates with her husband, Scott Erb of Erb Photography, who has been a successful commercial photographer for over 17 years. Together they have been jet setting all over the U.S. taking photos for companies who use them on web sites, ads, brochures and in magazines. Their specialty is the hospitality industry working with restaurants, hotels, chefs, and others in the food art industry. Worcester Living Magazine voted their studio “The Best Photo Studio” several years in a row.

Together they also the founded the Worcester Alliance of Photographers, which has grown over the last 10 years into a wonderful care-free group of over 800 photographers. Both are founding partners in their latest endeavor, Foodies of New England Magazine, which was started in Oct 2012. The magazine is now in over 2200+ locations for sale all over New England.


About the Worcester Center for Crafts:

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States.  Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved over the past 155 years into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship.  In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio – an off-campus, 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility.  The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public.  Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University visual arts studios and partners in community outreach.

The Craft Center’s mission is “to sustain craft as a vital part of our community” by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through

advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, youth education and outreach programs, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, and major events.  The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and its WOO Pass program, and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Foodies of New England Magazine

Mercury Media & Entertainment


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