Ponzi Welcomes Chef Matt Howard!
Category: Private Events
Taking the helm at The Vineyard Home kitchen is Chef Matt Howard. We are so excited to have him on board and look forward to giving you a taste of all that he has to offer. Tailor the menu to your guests' tastes and offer perfectly paired Ponzi wines for any private event.
Chef Matt Howard began his career as a dishwasher in his hometown of Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod. Inspired by the Cape’s culinary scene he enrolled at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and graduated with an AAS in Culinary Arts. Following his studies, he spent a year in Atlanta at Murphy’s Restaurant, acclaimed for their American contemporary comfort food and extensive wine list.
Missing his home state, Chef Howard returned to Massachusetts and spent time in the kitchens of Sandrine’s Bistro, The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square and Henrietta’s Table.
In 2003, the West Coast beckoned and Chef Howard found a place at Pazzo Ristorante as Private Dining Chef and Tournant. Opportunities eventually lead him to the Executive Sous Chef position at Red Star Tavern & Roast House.
Having broad experience under his belt, Chef Howard struck out on his own, working independently with NW Wine Company, Grand Cru Estates, Union Wine Company, Innovative Change, Terra Nova Farm School and many individual clients. He found his niche in creating and executing tailored menus for a variety of clients and events.
The Pacific Northwest suits Chef Howard well, with access to an abundance of local, fresh products. As the private chef for The Vineyard Home at Ponzi Vineyard, he has enjoyed experimenting with new ingredients and recipes to create
interesting twists on classic recipes and to find perfect pairings with Ponzi wines. When he’s not in his vineyard-side kitchen at the historic Ponzi Estate, Chef Howard treasures spending time cooking at home with his wife, son and dog.