Food for Thought

Executive Chef, Matt Foley, shares stories and his experiences with food, food sourcing, and influences on his cooking.

My Favorite Local Farms

I first sat down with Shane Smyth in early summer 2013 to discuss the possibility of becoming Head Chef of his new restaurant opening in Downtown Crossing. This was before the buildout had even started, and I needed to know what the concept was going to be to see if … Continue reading

Sky 8 Shrimp Farm

The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks is proud to be working with Sky 8 Shrimp Farm out of Stoughton, MA, about a half hour from the restaurant. There are many reasons why I am excited to be working with them. After trying a small sample, I quickly realized that these shrimp … Continue reading

Why Do We Buy Day Boat Fish?

When it comes to buying fish, there are a few basic rules I have learned to follow over the years to ensure we serve you incredibly fresh fish. I once read a quote from Chef Masa Takayama (of the Michelin 3-star sushi restaurant Masa in NYC) that really opened my … Continue reading