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A Taste of Worcester History

April 4 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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 on Saturday, April 4th. Five 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; 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.

In addition, this event will be focused on awarding a prominent figure in Worcester’s food history, through the first Mass Food & Wine Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.


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.

Meet the Chefs

Executive Chef Tim Russo was born and raised in Worcester, MA and received his Associates of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. His work experience includes a variety of restaurants in the Worcester area, as well as Providence, RI and Nantucket Island. As a Chef, Tim introduces his customers to exciting ingredients and unique cooking techniques discovered throughout his career. Through this exposure, he has elevated the expectation for quality dining in the Worcester area. Tim feels his biggest accomplishment and proudest moment was when he competed in the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition where he won 1st place Judge’s Choice, 2nd place People’s Choice, and was named Worcester’s overall Best Chef 2015!
Jared Forman from deadhorse hill on Main Street in Worcester, MA (Photograph by Alex Belisle)

Born and raised in Brooklyn as a diehard Mets fan, Jared’s earliest memories of food was the diversity the city had to offer. From Sunday red sauce Italian dinners at home with the family, to Chinese, Thai, and Indian in Queens, to french and upscale restaurants in Manhattan, he couldn’t get enough of how varied the flavors and experiences were there.

As a chef, William Nemeroff sees it as his job to not only provide honest crowd favorites and reinvented comfort food, but also to inspire and educate the guests that come to BT’s Smokehouse. After attending Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, Chef Nemeroff worked for several restaurants and country clubs up and down the east coast. He then settled in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where he opened acclaimed Cedar Street Restaurant. After several wonderful years, he decided to root in a more metropolis area to bring his talents to a broader audience. After a 6 years as the co-executive chef of Niche Hospitality, the four diamond Beechwood Hotel, and The International Chef, Nemeroff embarks on a new mission: to join forces with culinary powerhouse Brian Trietman of BT’s Smokehouse where he will make a mark and bring his southern roots to the BBQ world.


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Single Admission ATWH
$ 60.00


April 4
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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