With a range of unique rooms and flexible floorplans, our Private Dining team is eager to create a custom dining experience tailored just for you and your guests. From intimate celebrations to large presentations and weddings alike there is almost nothing outside of our scope. Event space available for day or evening occasions.
Ryan MarcouxExecutive Chef
Ryan Marcoux is the Executive Chef of Grill 23 & Bar, Boston’s premier steakhouse and seafood grill.
Chef Ryan Marcoux has more than a decade of culinary experience working in some of the most notable kitchens in the area. Most recently, Marcoux was the Executive Chef at Boston Chops under noted chef Chris Coombs. Marcoux also spent time working as the Chef de Cuisine at Parsnip in Harvard Square which was known for their refined and elegant dishes and he was one of the opening chefs at Sel de la Terre under James Beard Award-winning chef Frank McClelland. He still considers McClelland to be one of his mentors.
Marcoux spent much of his life traveling and living in different countries which helped fuel his interest in cooking. As a child, he spent time in the British Virgin Islands and lived on St. Thomas.
It was when he went to Italy as a teenager that he began to think seriously about becoming a chef. He later traveled to Australia where he visited vineyards and farms which gave him a deeper understanding about the correlation between food and wine. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales and lives in Worcester with his wife and children.
Hugo Bensimon, ASWine Director
Advanced Sommelier Hugo Bensimon serves as the Wine Director of Grill 23 & Bar in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood where he is responsible for managing over 1,900 selections of wine varietals at the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant.
In January of 2016, Bensimon sat for the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 Introductory Exam and passed. Soon after, he ascended to the level of Certified Sommelier. Bensimon moved to Boston in July of 2016 and joined the wine team at Grill 23 & Bar. A year later he earned his Advanced Sommelier certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as the 2017 Rudd Scholarship for achieving the highest score of his class. This provided him with the opportunity to join two other 2017 Rudd Scholars and Master Sommelier exam candidates at the Rudd Round Table held annually in Napa Valley. Here, he also earned the Johnston Medal for the highest-overall score of the 2017 Exam.
In January of 2020, Hugo was promoted to Wine Director of Grill 23 under Himmel Hospitality Group Beverage Director and Master Sommelier Brahm Callahan.
Currently, Hugo is preparing for his Masters Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers. When he’s not studying, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife Emma, particularly snowboarding in Aspen.
Valerie NinExecutive Pastry Chef
Valerie Nin uses seasonal ingredients to create vibrant dessert dishes that complement Grill 23's classic steakhouse fare.
After earning her degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at Johnson & Wales University, Valerie brought her skills to Himmel Hospitality Group in 2009, where she began her career as Pastry Sous Chef at Post 390. In 2012, she moved to Singapore, where she worked as a pastry chef for a restaurant group, developing globally-inspired desserts for their fine dining restaurants.
She returned to Boston in 2013, initially working at Oleana and Sofra Bakery & Café, before rejoining Himmel Hospitality Group in 2015, this time as Pastry Sous Chef at Grill 23 & Bar. In August 2016, she assumed the role of Executive Pastry Chef.
Chris Himmel of the Himmel Hospitality Group grew up in the restaurant business. The Himmel family owns and operates four of Boston/Cambridge’s most successful and respected restaurants: Grill 23 & Bar, Harvest, Bistro du Midi, and The Banks Fish House. Chris has been a fixture at the restaurants most of his life; first at Grill 23 & Bar, one of the country’s top steakhouses; next at the iconic Harvest in Harvard Square, where New England farmers and product have been the culinary inspiration for over 45 years; at Bistro du Midi, a French bistro with coastal New England influences; and most recently at The Banks, a revival of the New England fish house.
Chris’ philosophy is grounded in hospitality and product. “At our core is the commitment to the finest ingredients and the best trained staff,” Chris explains. A graduate of the prestigious Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Chris set his sights on learning from the best in hospitality, training under Danny Meyer and Chef Thomas Keller. Running the three Boston/Cambridge restaurants owned by Himmel Hospitality Group, Chris brings a deep passion for product and hospitality to each of the restaurants.
A supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, Chris has invited youth members to come in and cook their own garden-grown product and experience the inner workings of restaurants. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” smiles Chris. “Food brings people together in a community. We are happy to bring people to the table.”
Nick HeilmannGeneral Manager
Nick Heilmann oversees the restaurant’s daily front of house operations, and works to ensure a memorable dining experience every step of the way from the door to the kitchen. A veteran steakhouse leader, Nick joins us after years at some of the city's top restaurants.
Brahm Callahan, MSCorporate Beverage Director
Brahm Callahan serves as Beverage Director of Himmel Hospitality Group and its four restaurants - Grill 23 & Bar, Harvest, Bistro du Midi, and The Banks Fish House.
Brahm is a Master Sommelier, one of only 149 professionals in North America who hold the title Master Sommelier – the highest distinction available in the beverage service industry. Brahm was most recently wine director of Grill 23 & Bar in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, where he developed an award-winning list of over 1,900 selections; focusing specifically on new cult producers as well as maintaining a balanced list that offers selections for both wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Before Grill 23, Brahm worked at Himmel Hospitality Group restaurants as well as other top restaurants in Boston such as Excelsior and Rialto. His introduction to wine began at a young age at The Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant, where he learned the business from his mentor Paul-Thiery de la Blotier.
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