Join Chef Barbara Lynch for the newest installment of our Full Plate lunch series in 2017

Full Plate Lunches began in 2012 as a forum for guests to gather, eat, network and learn over an open discussion with extraordinary guest speakers. We're reinvigorating the series in 2017 with a focus on the people who inspire us, especially those hailing from our home city of Boston.  

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11:30am - 1:30pm
three-course lunch
Menton  | 354 Congress Street, Boston MA 02210
Please call 617.737.0099 or email us to reserve 
(reservation requests received via email are not confirmed until a reply from Menton is received)

Alison Nolan, principal/General Manager OF Boston Harbor Cruises

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 | $95 per person
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(Includes lunch, program, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Tax & gratuity additional)

A Boston native, Alison oversees the daily operation of BHC's 53‐vessel fleet serving 2.5 million passengers annually. As fourth generation principal and general manager of Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC), she is responsible for the development of new products, public bidding and procurement, contract management, establishing and maintaining standards for customer service, product design and delivery. Alison manages all major accounts for BHC including the MBTA, MassDOT, Cities of Boston, Salem, Lynn and Provincetown, the New England Aquarium and Boston Harbor Now.  She also developed and manages the marketing, public relations and digital profiles for BHC. 

Alison is on the board of numerous organizations including the Passenger Vessel Association, Sail Boston and its Executive Committee, the USS Constitution Museum, Boston Harbor Now, and the Boston Museum of Science and its Young Leadership Committee. She was awarded the Boston Business Journal’s 40‐under‐40 award in 2012, and was named a Boston Business Journal 2016 Woman of Influence. In 2015 Alison was awarded a proclamation by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston in recognition of her contribution to “Boston’s historic community and tourism industry.”


Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 | $120 per person
(Includes lunch, signed copy of Barbara’s memoir, “Out of Line,” program, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Tax & gratuity additional)

Two-time James Beard Award-Winner and Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of the world’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. 

After working under some of Boston’s greatest culinary talents, Barbara traveled to Italy, where she learned about the country’s cuisine firsthand from local women. Inspired by this formative trip, Barbara earned a spot among Food & Wine’s “Ten Best New Chefs in America” in 1996 as executive chef at Galleria Italiana.

In 1998, Barbara opened a restaurant of her own, No. 9 Park in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Now, as Chef/Owner of Barbara Lynch’s Gruppo, Barbara oversees seven celebrated culinary concepts, No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Stir, Drink, Sportello, and Menton. 

Barbara’s cookbook, “Stir: Mixing It Up in The Italian Tradition” received a Gourmand Award for Best Chef Cookbook. Her memoir, “Out of Line” was published in April, 2017. 


Tuesday, march 28th, 2017 | $95 per person
(Includes lunch, program, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Tax & gratuity additional)

Born and raised in Boston’s neighborhood of Dorchester, Mayor Walsh was sworn in as the city’s 54th mayor in 2014.  He previously served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he was a leader on job creation and worker protections; substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness; K-12 education; and civil rights. He played a key role defending Massachusetts’ pioneering stand on marriage equality.

As a child, Mayor Walsh survived Burkett’s lymphoma, thanks to the extraordinary care he received at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His recovery from alcoholism as a young adult led to his lifelong commitment to the prevention and treatment of addiction.  

Since taking office, Mayor Walsh has focused on strengthening Boston’s schools, developing Boston as an innovation hub, creating opportunity for low-income workers, implementing initiatives to prevent and treat substance abuse, and investing in parks, libraries, and public safety.


Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 | $95 per person
(Includes lunch, program, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Tax & gratuity additional)

As President and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, Kathy is focused on championing the economic, social, and environmental contributions of Boston Harbor with an emphasis on equity and sustainability.  

Kathy has lent her extensive experience in government and non-profits while CEO at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Interim President and Executive Vice President at the Trustees of Reservations, CEO of the Boston Harbor Alliance, and the first Vice President for Program at the School for Field Studies.  Her career began in state government as the first Assistant Secretary for Land Conservation in the Dukakis Administration, creating the Division of Resource Conservation under Governor Weld.  Kathy later was the first Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Kathy’s volunteer efforts have always focused on children, mentoring and tutoring in Boston and Cambridge Public Schools, as well as volunteering for the Big Sister Association and New England Home for Little Wanderers where she helped launch a pilot college prep program.


Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 | $95 per person
(Includes lunch, program, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Tax & gratuity additional)

Lauren currently serves as the First Lady of Massachusetts alongside her husband Governor Charlie Baker. Lauren grew up in Westport, Connecticut and Kenilworth, Illinois. After earning her masters from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, she worked in advertising account management and training development in New York, then later at Hill Holliday in Boston. In 2010 and 2014, Lauren joined her husband Charlie to campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, founding and chairing a coalition and campaigning daily. She currently spends her time volunteering for a number of organizations, on the board of directors for American Red Cross of Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders. Lauren is a long time member of the board of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, where she led the organization’s rebranding effort and coordinates the annual fundraiser.