Boston Chef Puts Family History Into His Recipes

Executive Chef Jeremy Sewall to talk about his New England roots and his passion for cooking.

Boston, MA – October 4, 2012 – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston is pleased to welcome Executive Chef Jeremy Sewall on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss his early New England family roots and the influences they’ve had on his cooking. Sewall was so inspired by his family history that when he opened his Brookline restaurant in 2006, he named it “Lineage.”

"The history and storyline of how my family integrated themselves throughout New England is one that influences every element of my family and work life," explains Chef Sewall, who is also Executive Chef of Eastern Standard restaurant and Executive Chef and co-owner of Island Creek Oyster Bar, both in Kenmore Square.

Chef Sewall descends from John Sewall, brother of the famous Salem witch trial Judge Samuel Sewall. Author and historian Eve LaPlante will join Chef Sewall to discuss his family connections to the famous witch trials, as well as other early New England residents. After the talk, wine will be served with oysters, lobster sliders, and other items from Chef Sewall’s restaurants.

The event will be held at NEHGS, 99 Newbury Street, Boston, on October 16, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. To learn more or to register, visit the NEHGS Website at The fee for the event is $30.


Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other original artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. Our award-winning website,, provides access to more than 135 million searchable names in 3,000 collections.

Jeremy Sewall, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has enjoyed a long and noteworthy career in restaurants around the world, but returned to New England to reconnect with his roots and his family. Sewall is owner and Executive Chef of Lineage Restaurant in Brookline, Executive Chef of Eastern Standard in Boston, as well as co-owner and Executive Chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston.

Eve LaPlante is the author of Salem Witch Judge (HarperOne), the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction and a Boston Globe paperback bestseller, as well as the biography American Jezebel (HarperOne), also a Globe bestseller, and the award-winning Seized (Harper Collins). She has degrees from Princeton and Harvard and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, Country Living, and Gourmet. Ms. LaPlante has two new books coming out this fall, the dual biography Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother, and My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother, both from Free Press.