Though Rio de Janeiro native Alexandre Alvarenga grew up in Brazil, he spent his formative culinary years perfecting Italian, French, and Portuguese culinary techniques. After two decades of learning in other people’s kitchens (including Sweet Basil in Needham), he opened Chef’s House, where he prepares a predominantly Italian menu full of dishes such as lobster ravioli made with handmade pasta. There are hints of South American flavors as well—diners can order beef stew with yucca, and the dessert list includes passion-fruit mousse and vanilla flan. Chef’s House is just as adept at creating breakfast and lunch favorites. Patrons can come by as early as 7 a.m. for omelets and cinnamon french toast or stop by for lunch boxes that might be packed with pork loin or breaded tilapia.
The Chef’s House team also caters events with a variety of lunch and dinner entrees. Clients can outfit midday meetings with lunch boxes stuffed with premade sandwiches, salad, and cookies, or a sandwich buffet with assorted breads, meats, and veggies. The extensive entree list harkens back to Italian classics such as chicken riva with sausage and sweet peppers.
Geoff & Drew's team of talented bakers excite the senses, enliven celebrations, and spoil dinners with rich, chewy gourmet cookies and brownies forged using generations-old recipes. The hardworking cookie crafters place a high value on freshness, shunning preservatives, trans fats, and decade-old play-dough, while only shipping right-out-of-the-oven treats that are made in small batches each day, gaining them national acclaim. Their tempting treats serenade sweet teeth of all kinds with varieties including their double-fudge cookies, which send endorphins rushing throughout bodies with their heavy doses of velvety chocolate. When they're not stuffing still-warm cookies and brownies into colorful, festive boxes, Geoff & Drew's owners and employees give back to the community through their support of nonprofits and charities such as Share Our Strength.