Interview with Menton's Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch
Opening a luxe restaurant in a former industrial zone that’s experiencing a gradual rebirth sounds like a hazardous venture, but Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch beat the odds last year with her latest project, Menton. With chef Colin Lynch (no relation) manning the kitchen, the establishment earned a spot on many 2010 “Best New Restaurant” lists, and it’s up for another accolade at the JBF Awards on May 9. Read on for our interview with Barbara Lynch about Menton's risks and rewards.

JBF: Menton is named after a small French village that’s very close to the Italian border. How is that specific place expressed in the food?

BL: Many of my restaurants are influenced by my sense of nostalgia for places I've been to. Menton is one of them. It’s a beautiful place and very French, but it shares a border with Italy so you can't help but feel that Italian soul.

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Best New Restaurant

Beard Awards: Readers' Choice To get an early start on the upcoming festivities, we're bringing back our Readers' Choice Awards, in which our audience gets to cast votes for their favorite JBF nominees. It's simple: we set up a snazzy poll and you make your pick. Our first category is Best New Restaurant. This year's BNR noms are especially impressive, and likely backed by passionate legions of fans on their home turf, so we're expecting this contest to be pretty intense. So size up the contenders below and vote! We'll close this poll at noon tomorrow, then launch another round in the afternoon. [poll id="12"] Note: these results have absolutely no bearing on who will win a bona fide Beard Award. (You can read about the Awards nomination and voting procedure

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Recipe: Colin Lynch's Butter Soup with Shellfish and Honey

Colin Lynch's Recipe for Butter Soup with Shellfish and Honey Emulsion In this stew-like dish from Menton's Colin Lynch, sweet seafood is suspended in a rich beurre monté, a butter sauce that holds its emulsification. It's like the classic lobster-and-butter duo, but with the volume turned way up.

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On the Menu: November 28 through December 4

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, November 29, 7:00 P.M. French Fall Harvest As the leaves turn and the days shorten, our cravings tend toward heartier fare. At Menton—JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch’s latest venue—chef Colin Lynch (no relation) preserves the best of summer’s harvest and combines it with autumn’s bountiful produce to create French cuisine the Boston Globe said delivers “maximum pleasure.” Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 P.M. East End Elegance If you didn’t make it out to the Hamptons this past summer, fret not. Join us in tasting the flavors of the East End with chef James Carpenter (who previously honed his skill at Aquavit) and his luxurious,

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