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“I do what I do, because I love food. It's that simple,” explains Chef Welch. “However, great food is hard work. And the only way to consistently provide great food is to push to learn and grow every day. This is my challenge and I share it with my team.”
In reopening 1606 and presenting a brand-new culinary experience to its guests, Chef Welch is striving to make Beauport Hotel a truly elevated dining destination alongside its luxury waterfront accommodations. Chef Welch’s approach begins with working with the freshest, seasonally available and sourced fish, meat and produce from Gloucester, Cape Ann and New England suppliers. Dining guests will be treated to learn the creation story behind each dish, from ocean and harvest to table - including the origin of their ingredients, including farms, ocean waters and fisheries around the North Shore and coastal New England. Chef Welch’s culinary philosophy stems from a belief that a simple flavor profile is best to showcase the main ingredient as the star of the dish – “In simplicity there is elegance.” This culinary mantra comes to life on the new 1606 menu, with standout dishes such as Day Boat Scallops with local oysters, fingerling potatoes, leeks, celery root, applewood smoked bacon and sweet corn stew and North Atlantic Halibut with golden beets, asparagus, creamer potatoes and lobster butter.
Dining experiences are completed with shareable starters such as Hudson Valley Duck Risotto, Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and PEI Mussels, and casual fare such as Local Fried Oysters, Prosciutto di Parma Flatbread, Wagyu Sliders and Northeast Family Farms Cheese & Charcuterie. Chef Welch has also worked extensively with Director of Restaurant Operations, Kevin Minghella, to curate an extensive summer wine and cocktail list that offer complementing pairings for the menu’s starters, seafood, steaks and desserts.
These new culinary and beverage offerings, combined with the prime waterfront deck seating at 1606, are set to make Beauport Hotel Gloucester the ultimate summer dining destination - as well as a North Shore getaway that’s so close to home, but feels like “a world away.”