After seven years of running applewood and getting to know a multitude of amazing farmers personally, owners Laura and David Shea have decided to move out of the city and try their city hands at country living. They have, quite literally, bought the farm, and are transitioning from restaurateurs to farmers. The Sheas will be living in East Chatham, New York, beginning July 1st of 2012. They will travel back and forth to applewood, delivering produce and animals and hauling applewood's compostable materials back up to the farm.
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Executive Chef, Kyle McCarthy, kicked off his culinary career after graduating from Johnson and Wales in 2010. Starting at small, French restaurants in Connecticut and Rhode Island, his love of working with local, seasonal ingredients began. He found his way to New York City where he worked at the Standard Hotel, experiencing the corporate side of cooking. While that experience gave him many important tools and skills, his real passion was to be more closely connected to the food on a smaller, more intimate scale. Kyle came to applewood as Sous Chef and has embraced our philosophy of working with the best possible local, seasonal foods grown sustainably by farmers we like. His daily-changing menus are innovative and delicious and we couldn't be happier to have him running the show!
Sous Chef Edwin Quino hails from Antigua, Guatemala, and started as a dishwasher at applewood in September of 2010. After four months, he proved himself so hardworking and dedicated, he was trusted to start handling receiving, organize inventory, and learn to be a prep cook. Within the first year of his applewood tenure, Edwin was learning whole-animal butchery and bread baking from Chef Shea.
Outside of work, Edwin began a study of non-restaurant English in earnest. His verbal communication skills improved greatly in a short period of time, which earned Edwin yet another in-house promotion--he was now a weekend brunch cook. He fully managed his own station and excelled at the high demands of the fast-paced position. By March of 2014, he had been promoted once again, this time to dinner line cook. Just over a year later, Sous Chef Kyle McCarthy was promoted to Executive Chef. Chef Kyle's only staffing request was that he be able to make Edwin his Sous Chef.
Now, the two work together to make one of the best applewood kitchen teams to date.
For more information, feel free to e-mail applewood. Reservations, however, cannot be accepted via e-mail. To make your reservation, call applewood at 718-788-1810.