In 2016 the James Beard Award-winning Chef Jody Adams shut the doors on her Harvard Square restaurant Rialto after an incredible 22-year run. Great food, in her view, did not depend on fine dining. TRADE, opened in 2011, is a jammed small-plates gastropub on the Greenway. Saloniki, her 2015 fast-casual Greek restaurant, has had lines snaking out the door from its opening day; its Cambridge spinoff, only six months old, is equally popular. Diners looking for a taste of Adams’ signature Mediterranean dishes found a safe harbor in her newest venture, Porto, a fullservice restaurant next to Sak’s Fifth Avenue that opened this past summer.
“I never stand still,” Adams says.
With a closetful of “best” awards, Adams is most proud of her work for organizations that advocate for children’s welfare or combat hunger like the Boston Food Bank. In 2010 she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Share our Strength. During regular visits to Haiti, she helps to shape and maintain the hospitality programs for Partners in Health facilities.
Adams might now be perched at the pinnacle of her career, except that another pinnacle might be just around the corner. She’s definitely not standing still.