Growing up, Joe's dad was a butcher at the local grocery store, which was a real spark into the culinary world for Joe. His father used to teach him about different animals, cuts of meat and how to butcher. Joe studied at Newbury College, graduating with a Culinary Arts degree in 2001. While in school he studied a variety of different styles of cooking but found that his true passion was in French style cooking. One of his first jobs was at the Armani Café where he got his first taste of fine dining and hasn't looked back since. His life moved him to Portsmouth, NH and then eventually to Portland, ME. It was during his time in Portland where he started to spread his wings technically and started to push the envelope with his creativity. He became the Executive Chef at Mims Brasserie, a well-known French restaurant in Portland at the time. It was during his time in Portland that he gained a large appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, working closely with farmers and foragers who would visit his restaurant daily with their fresh products. Joe met his wife, Amanda, at a steak house in downtown Portland and would eventually move back to Massachusetts before starting a family and starting a restaurant of their own. It has always been a dream of Joe's to own his own restaurant where he can bring farm fresh ingredients and transform them into dishes that he is passionate about.
Amanda started her restaurant career at Macaroni Grill while she was attending the University of Connecticut. After graduating college she returned home and started working at Diamond's Edge restaurant on Great Diamond Island off the coast of Portland, Maine. It was here where Amanda was first introduced into the fine dining world. She started to take a strong interest in their wine and spirit program. After the end of the summer season, Amanda moved to Big Sky, Montana where she furthered her knowledge in the restaurant industry. Amanda returned back to Maine after the ski season and helped open the Grill Room, a local steakhouse in downtown Portland. Amanda worked there for years as a server and eventually was promoted into a management position. Amanda then moved on to Arrows, a critically acclaimed fine dining restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine where she worked with James Beard Award winning chefs, expanding her knowledge of food and wine further. Amanda moved to Massachusetts in 2013 where she joined the team at the Beehive in Boston. The Beehive focused on foods from all over the world and prided themselves on a unique and well thought out liquor and wine program. She and Joe moved to Hudson, Massachusetts in 2014 and starting their family in 2015 with the birth of their first daughter Nora and then Chloe in 2017.