Today I live and work in Roslindale, one of Boston’s many diverse neighborhoods — just 65 miles from Portsmouth, N.H., where I was raised. As in Wisconsin, I find much here that inspires me to connect through food.
Through advocacy, networking, consulting, and hands-on culinary support, I work to encourage farmers, home cooks, and food professionals to cook creatively with local foods throughout the year.
A member of the 1960s–’70s back-to-the-land movement, I got an early start at cooking local and indigenous foods during my high school years on a sustenance farm in New England. When I moved to Wisconsin and opened L’Etoile in 1976, I was inspired by nearby farmers and supported in countless ways by my colleagues. Our combined efforts helped spark a local food movement and the growth of a vibrant regionally reliant food systems in Southwest Wisconsin.
In 2005, I sold L’Etoile to my then chef de cuisine, Tory Miller, and his sister and business partner, Traci Miller. They have since relocated their L’Etoile and added a lively gastropub, Graze. Tory and his team continue to build upon L’Etoile’s original roster of farmers and artisans to create a delicious regionally sourced cuisine.