Chef Michael Scelfo and his friends have long talked about collaborating on an event that fuses their love of food with their love of hip-hop. Enter Chef Matt Jennings of Townsman Boston and his acclaimed Biggie Brunch, and they have the perfect idea. With Jake Rojas of Rhode Island’s Tallulah on Thames and Sam Monsour of The Future of Junk Food, as well as Pastry Chef Brian Mercury of Harvest, each chef will create two a la carte brunch dishes for guests to enjoy with a soundtrack of the savior of East Coast hip-hop at this special pop-up event. Alongside a trimmed version of Alden & Harlow’s brunch menu, this will be proof that collaboration like this isn’t just limited to Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Throughout his career, Chef Michael Scelfo always took the time to examine his personal culinary perspective: if given the opportunity to take off the reins and cook for people in a restaurant of his own, what would he make? He found the answers in his home kitchen, surrounded by his wife and three children. Creating a medium in which people connect with other people is what Chef Scelfo excels at. Incorporating elements that have personal meaning while weaving together family recipes with his own, translates into simple, elegant dishes inspired by what he would want to eat with his family at home.
At Alden & Harlow, Chef Michael Scelfo takes this idea and figuratively extends his family’s kitchen table into his first owned and operated restaurant. Located in the iconic Casablanca restaurant space in Harvard Square, Chef Scelfo will pay homage to his roots, make each ingredient shine, and ultimately, cook from his heart.