Babson College's entrepreneurs-in-residence and TV stars Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) and Gail Simmons (Top Chef) were at Needham's Volante Farms last night for Culinary Experience on the Farm, part of Babson Food Sol's Food Day festivities. An all-star crew of chefs — Rialto's Jody Adams, O Ya's Tim Cushman, West Bridge's Matthew Gaudet, Menton's Kristen Kish, Tico's Michael Schlow, and Alden & Harlow's Michael Scelfo — cooked dishes with veggies straight from the farm for a hungry crowd of food industry luminaries. Island Creek Oysters also had a stand. We caught up with Zimmern for a few minutes, who declared Scelfo's beef neck with spaghetti squash "amazing" and proudly posed with his custom-designed orange and purple glasses.
On a local note, Scelfo was happy to say that his much-anticipated Alden & Harlow, under construction in Harvard Square's old Casablanca space, will probably open the first week in December. Across the room, Michael Schlow crowed about upcoming plans to launch a brand-new Tico in his dad's hometown of Washington, D.C., at the very cool corner of 14th & U streets, while Top Chef winner Kish chatted with Simmons over turnip risotto.