In the year and a half since we’ve opened The Corner Table Café and Nantucket Culinary, we’ve learned a lot. Mostly we’ve learned that our “family” includes not just our two kids, Max and Zella, but an island family of daily visitors, summer residents and tourists. We try every day to check in with people, just like we check in with our kids. We talk about what makes them happy and how we can continue to change and grow.
Speaking of Growing – Meet Max
Max was born happily at home in Madaket on Nantucket during a stormy winter night in 2008. Since then he has been happy and stormy! Full of vim, vigor and vitality, Max is frequently seen at the café sneaking Congo bars and playing Connect Four with whatever kids he can find. He attends Nantucket Lighthouse School and in the summer loves camps, sports, and being barefoot.
Zella Jane was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the time that we tried to live off-island. After a hot and beautiful summer, Zella was born in a Steamboat Springs landmark – the Ski Fence House in 2010. Zella (who has recently changed her name to Sydonia) is quite an amazing girl. She loves to dance, play and run around 22 Federal. She has lots of hiding places and loves to show visiting kids the elevator.
Greg was born into a culinary family where chefs were revered and family dinners consisted of Julia Child and Jacques Pepin in the PBS series “Great Chefs”. At seven, Greg received his first omelet pan, and by 14 he had found his first job in a restaurant – peeling carrots by the 50lb bag, and learning the basics of ‘back of house’ work ethics in the kitchen and then ‘front of house’ smarts.
Same Picture of Joy
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Greg would spend the next ten years working as a private chef on Nantucket and GM at several restaurants (both here on Nantucket and in Steamboat Springs, CO) before returning to the island with his wife and two young children in 2011. He has previously worked at Moors End Farm and Topper’s Restaurant at the Wauwinet Inn. He served as General Manager of Met on Main, and in 2013 co-founded Dinner Parties Nantucket.
Greg believes that cooking is a fabulous way to bring people together, and is committed to sustainability, food, families, community and best of all, Nantucket.
Raised in Central Washington State, in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, Joy grew up riding horses, selling apples at Pike Street Market and learning the ins and outs of a small town “corner” store. She studied and worked in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, participating in the first Community Mapping Project and learning the value of partnerships, networking and building community. Joy has worked with many not-for-profits and travelled to the coasts of North, Central and South America. While working in a family-run restaurant in upstate New York, Joy met Greg, a culinary intern and student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. They moved to Nantucket and celebrated their wedding on Surfside Beach on a blustery and wild October day in 2005. She continues to work in the community as an organizer, event planner, project manager and mom-manager to Max (5 y/o) and Zella (4 y/o).