On today's episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Louis DiBiccari grew up in a suburb of Boston, cooking Sunday suppers as all good Italians do. Upon eating in campus dining halls during college, Louis realized how spoiled he was by his family's scratch cooking, so he taught himself how to cook. His signature dish: calzones. He then went to culinary school, eventually working at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel, which launched the careers of such Beantown chef legends as Lydia Shire, Jasper White, Jody Adams, and Todd English. Louis himself became a personality in town, with his Iron Chef inspired "Chef Louie Nights", where guests would vote on dinner themes and ingredients to be revealed the morning of, in preparation for 5-course meal that night. But maybe even more so than food, it was the artists in his life, starting with his Uncle Adio, a master sculptor, that added another creative POV. In 2013, Louis opened Tavern Road in the Fort Point area, which he lived in during early aughts, and was surrounded by artist studios. This is why he began CREATE BOSTON, an annual event that brings together "6 artists, 6 chefs, 1 canvas" to bridge gap between visual and culinary arts, of which he still cooks at it's epicenter. This program was brought to you by Edwards Ham.
"Chefs work with one side of their brain and artists work with a similar side...when you put them together they both start to think differently." [21:00]
"These guys are ready to push envelopes [Artists working with chefs]" [23:00]
-- Louis DiBiccari on The Food Seen