Executive Chef Kevin Wood has been charged with developing the seasonal New England-style menus at the Brenton Hotel on America’s Cup Avenue.
The Living Room, the waterfront restaurant on the second floor of the new property, will feature shared plates made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Diners can expect fresh oysters, stuffed little neck clams, and cheese and charcuterie boards, along with heartier fare like grilled lamb chops with rosemary-jalapeño drizzle.
The menu will be complemented by a regionally focused list of craft cocktails, artisanal beers and fine wines curated by food and beverage director Emily Brakenhoff.
Andy Ross, the hotel’s managing director, announced the appointments of Wood and Brakenhoff on June 23.
“Kevin and Emily are the perfect team to bring to life every culinary touchpoint at the Brenton,” he said. “As local Newporters, they are tapped into the finest, freshly harvested and artisanal products in the area, delivering a distinctively Newport experience in every bite and sip.”
Wood was the former executive chef at The White Horse Tavern, Café Zelda and Le Bistro in Newport. Brakenhoff was restaurant manager at Newport Vineyards, and also served as restaurant manager for Gurneys Newport Resort & Marina, managing all property dining outlets, including Scarpetta.
The 57-room boutique hotel is slated to open in July. The restaurant is meant to reflect elegant comfort, a brass bar crowning the convivial space with its breathtaking harbor views and intimate groups of sofas, armchairs and coffee tables.
“The Living Room was purposely designed to evoke the same lively and laidback feeling of when close friends and family gather at home over good food, tall drinks, and spirited conversations,” said Ross. “Kevin’s versatility and explicit attention to detail have heightened the menus to effortlessly match the casual and social atmosphere of the [restaurant], a concept we believe fills a niche currently missing in downtown Newport. Emily is passionate, with a forward thinking edge. Her ability to infuse fun into upscale libation pairings will be felt throughout the hotel.” — Wendy Logan