We are a North Shore based pop up restaurant inspired by modern cooking techniques, focused on supporting local producers, and influenced by the flavors of Vietnam.
CHEF/OWNER RACHEL MILLER
Rachel Miller first fell in love with cooking while working at a small restaurant on the coast of Virginia. It was there that she discovered the profound sensory impact of terroir, since the restaurant sourced ingredients from nearby farms and local fishermen. She also discovered a love for butchering and charcuterie, which quickly propelled her to move to Boston to pursue her talents with the knife. Over the next eight years, Miller worked her way into some of the best kitchens in Boston, taking on the role of Executive Sous Chef at Bondir Restaurants, Chef de Cuisine at TW Food, Coppa, and most notably Clio, Ken Oringer’s award winning flagship restaurant. She also was named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30: Boston’s Hottest Up and Comers.
In the spring of 2017, Miller unveiled her pop up restaurant Nightshade, a fine dining experience that offers coursed meals with wine and beverage pairings, focusing on local producers, modern cooking techniques, and flavors of Vietnam. Miller has attracted audiences to Nightshade with her creative and elegant culinary style and stellar team of collaborators including Sommelier Sarah Marshall and Pastry Chef Giselle Miller. She currently works as Executive Chef at Soall Bistro in Marblehead, and is happy to be expanding her knowledge of Vietnamese cooking while living close to the ocean.
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SOMMELIER LAUREN FRIEL
Lauren Friel is a freelance writer and sommelier living in Boston. She is a wine and lifestyle columnist with both ChefsFeed and Boston.com, the Boston Globe’s digital vertical, and her writing has appeared with Eater, The Kitchn, Terre Magazine, Bravo TV's The Feast, Thrillist, GOOD, Wine Advocate, and Gear Patrol.
In addition to the freelance hustle, Lauren is the creative brain behind VinDrop, a beverage consulting and content development company she founded in 2014. VinDrop is fueled by Lauren's drive to bring good wine to everyone's table, and she's lucky to have written wine programs for retail and restaurant establishments up and down the East Coast, including Committee Restaurant, The Wine Bottega, BAR New Haven, and Michelin-recognized Dirt Candy NYC. Lauren’s wine programs have been featured in Food & Wine, Forbes, Elle Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Eater, VinePair, and Serious Eats, and she’s proud to say that the all-female wine list she developed for Dirt Candy is currently the only existing program of its kind in the US.
Previously, Lauren held the position of Executive Beverage Director at James Beard Award-Winning Sarma and Oleana restaurants, where her eclectic beverage programs received local and national recognition. including Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants Award in 2015 and Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award in 2013. She is as enthusiastic about Baga as she is about Barolo, and though she learned more about wine in Christian Venier’s kitchen than she has in any classroom, she does hold Advanced Certification with Distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
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PASTRY CHEF GISELLE MILLER
Giselle Miller imbues the element of surprise in her showstopping desserts, from ice cream made from foraged mushrooms to violet ganache flecked with flower petals. The Cordon Bleu grad’s impressive pedigree reflects esteemed Boston spots (she has passed through Radius, Deuxave and Liquid Art House) and is currently the pastry chef at Cafe ArtScience. She has staged alongside Michelin-starred national legends Philip Foss's EL Ideas and Grace in Chicago. But Miller’s individuality really shines in techniques that represent her long-standing interest in the juncture of food and science. You might find her using a Cryovac machine to aerate chocolates for “space rock” shapes, or compressing apples to create glass noodles. She likes exploring science in the kitchen — and science fiction on the couch. Miller is a “space geek” with a serious love of Sci Fi movies and GOT. In her free time she loves reading cookbooks, traveling and cooking at home.
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