thoughtfully sourced scratch kitchen and cocktails
Dorothy was onto something when she said “there’s no place like home!”. Those famous words have never rung more true in chef Chelven’s life as he returns for his second tour of duty here. Previously the Sous Chef at our former concept, Zebras Bistro & Wine Bar, Chelven has taken over the reigns here at Nosh & Grog following successful stints as Sous Chef at chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette owned restaurants, including Little Donkey and Coppa Enoteca. Following those ventures, Chelven briefly left the restaurant industry, working as a culinary expert and product developer for the Ninja company, designing air fryers and other small kitchen appliances.
In 2020, Chelven returned to the service industry by reviving his private catering business and starting his pop up restaurant concept, Southern AvantGarden. Part history lesson, part culinary artistry, Southern AvantGarden tells the story and rich culinary history of African diaspora through the eyes of an African descendent raised in northern New England.
Now back with a whole new set of tools in his arsenal, Chef Chelven is excited to not just continue the high standard of quality, creative and yet approachable culinary standards here at Nosh, he’s ready to redefine it. Working almost exclusively with local farmers, purveyors, and vendors, Chelven is helping to lay the foundation for something truly special and unique. A place that’s always been home.
Outside of the kitchen, Chelven is a father first. His son & daughter, Anderson and Carlinda, are not only regulars here at Nosh, they’re practically pseudo employees.
Matty is a classically trained master bartender who honed his skills in the pre-prohibition style of craft at Fluid Lounge (Gainesville, FL). Matty is Master Cicerone, and BarSmarts certified.
Favorite Drink: Blood & Sand
When Not Working: Reading Comics
Fun Fact: Can make over 100 different Old Fashioned recipes
Tony started bartending at 18 in mainstream bars then came to Nosh & Grog for the opportunity to apprentice with Master Bartender Matty Alexander. Toni loves creating perfectly balanced cocktails.
When Not Working: Going to concerts and discovering new music
Favorite Food: Grandma’s Chicken Soup
Goal: Travel the world
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