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A Taste of Worcester History *** Postponed ***

June 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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Because of concerns of the COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, this event has been further postponed until we receive guidance from the state. The event will happen in 2020, and all ticket holders will be admitted with the originally issued tickets. Once we have the finalized date, we will announce it here!

A Taste of Worcester History is created to pay homage to Worcester’s past restaurants and chefs through an interactive festival-style tasting with today’s chefs interpreting dishes of Worcester’s cultures hosted at the Worcester Historical Museum. Six chefs, known for their extraordinary culinary skills, will be highlighting a dish based on Worcester’s cultural heritage. Chef Tim Russo of Lock 50/Russo will focus on Syrian; Mark Hawley of Worcester Restaurant Group on Italian; Robert Fecteau, executive chef, baker and co-owner of BirchTree Bread Company will present Polish; Director of Operations Chef Bill Nemeroff of BT’s Smokehouse on Jewish; Executive Chef Chris Smigel of MGM Springfield preparing American; and Chef Jared Forman of deadhorse hill will prepare a dish inspired by the French immigrants. Each food tasted will be paired with a tasting of wine.

The tasting will conclude with a special award presentation of the first Mass Food & Wine Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, created to recognize a prominent figure or restaurant in the Commonwealth’s food history, will be presented to Naphie Samara on behalf of Worcester’s most iconic restaurant, the El Morocco. Naphie is one of the Aboody’s nine children and an integral part of the restaurant’s growth from its opening in 1943, its expansion in 1977, through its sale in the early 1990s. As the last surviving member of the Aboody family, it’s with great honor to be able to recognize the El Morocco, for being such an important part of Worcester’s cultural, and culinary, history, through her lifetime of work.

A portion of ticket sales will directly benefit the Worcester Historical Museum.

Please note that this is not a seated dinner with timed courses, but instead a walk-about event for each chef and pairing. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Fine Print: Last call 30-minutes prior to end of the event. No re-admission. Must bring printed or digital ticket for entry. Tickets are non-transferable and not refundable. 21+ event, with valid ID required for admission.


June 27, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609 United States
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