You may be most familiar with Joshua Smith from his work at Tico, Sweet Caroline's, and Battery Park, but he's heading out on his own with a new project in Waltham that will be an "Italian Carnegie Deli meets Dean and DeLuca," he tells Eater. Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions is heading towards an early September opening on Waltham's restaurant hotspot, Moody Street. What to expect: a breakfast/lunch deli and gourmet shop in the front and a USDA facility for curing meats in the back. Also, weekly farm-to-table dinners with guest chefs are on the docket.
The deli will feature "everything from unique sandwich combinations to simple pastrami on rye," says Smith, and all meats will be created onsite. The meats will also be available for retail and wholesale under the New England Charctuerie label, and an "extensive catering program" will offer meat and cheese displays, smoked fish platters, and more.
Smith's intense interest in charcuterie began while he was working as a butcher at Dean & DeLuca in the late 90s under French chef Charles Semail, who introduced him to the world of pates, terrines, and sausages.
Aside from charcuterie, Smith plans on offering domestically sourced olive oils, jam and jellies, and the other goodies you'd hope to find at a high-end grocery shop.
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