Closing out our 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, Evan Mallet, the chef and owner of Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, shared his presentation entitled "How the Pandemic Could Save Our Local Food System." Mallet's presentation culminated the gathering's theme "Harvesting the Momentum: the Power of Local in Building a Reliable Food System." Watch his full presentation and read more about Mallet below. Check out the Black Trumpet website and social media, @blacktrumpetnh, for updates and more.
Chef and restaurant owner Evan Mallett arrived in his mother’s hometown of Portsmouth, NH in 1998 after a brief career as a food writer led him to dine in the restaurant space he and his wife Denise now own. The Malletts opened Black Trumpet, their flagship “farm to table” restaurant, at 29 Ceres Street in March of 2007 with the intention of building a resilient community around local food sourcing. The property at 29 Ceres is a local historic landmark, having once housed a colonial-era ship’s chandlery and, more recently, the legendary restaurant Blue Strawberry, an early pioneer of New American cuisine. In 2020, the James Beard Foundation bestowed a great honor to Black Trumpet, nominating it for the prestigious national Best Hospitality award. The foundation has also named Chef Evan a semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast six times. He is actively involved and has sat on the boards of Chef's Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater New England Seacoast region. In 2016, Evan wrote an award-winning book published by Chelsea Green Publishing entitled Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey through Eight New England Seasons. In 2017, Evan partnered with farmer Josh Jennings to create Abundance, a company that produces and packages soups and sauces from surplus and/or ugly farm produce. He lives with his family in southern Maine.