Family Feast

Family style meals celebrating the people and food that inspire us Thomas Pisha-Duffly started Family Feast as an outlet for his interest in the cooking traditions of his Chinese/Indonesian heritage.

As a professional cook formerly in Boston and most recently Hugo's Restaurant in Portland, Maine, Thomas uses memory, oral histories, as well as recipes passed down three generations to inspire his cooking. Family Feast is a way to share the fruits of this labor with family and friends in a traditional family style setting, letting guests enjoy the abundance of good food, good drink and good company without the constraint, and cost, of a formal table service. Please come dine with us!

09/29/2017

Our dear friends Kaki Lima Boston will be joining Gado Gado on the West Coast! For more info and to purchase tickets visit https://kakilimagadogado.eventbrite.com

We are so happy to announce that Indonesian culinary juggernaut Kaki Lima Boston is kicking off its 2017 West Coast Pop Up Tour in Portland, collaborating with Gado Gado PDX on an epic, open-fire feast!! Han Oak will host this totally unique event, which will offer a rare lineup of flavor-packed Indonesian dishes, both classic and modern, all prepared in front of guests over an outdoor fire pit.
For more info and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://kakilimagadogado.eventbrite.com

09/30/2014

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed Hams & Clams at Slab Sicilian Street Food!!
Especially our amazing crew of volunteers, Zack Bowen and Alex Steed of Knack Factory, Jaime Steed, Jason Loring and Emily Kingsbury of Slab, Biggie Delaney of Banded Horn, Adam Lemanski, Shelby Drabman, Ben Steele, Kim Rogers, Ben Wiley, Sam Bergeron
See you all in November for our next Feast!

Timeline photos 09/28/2014

Tomorrow!

Winter Point 09/24/2014

photo by Zack Bowen of Knack Factory

Family Feast had the pleasure of visiting Winter Point Oyster Farm this week! We can't wait for you all to enjoy the most perfect seafood that Maine has to offer. This Sunday we will be serving Winter Point littlenecks, steamers, and quahogs!
Thanks to our friend, John Hennessey for inviting us out and thanks to Knack Factory for the photos

Timeline photos 09/08/2014

Timeline photos

08/28/2014

Its all starting to come together for our next event at SLAB, Sunday September 28th!! Stay tuned...

Knack Factory heads to Boston, is destroyed by Chinatown 08/19/2014

Well!! Once again Knack Factory slays it and lays down proof that Boston Chinatown Run 2014 happened, and was AWESOME! Cant wait for the (hopefully heavily edited) video!!

We recently filmed a video with Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly. In it, they gave us a tour of Boston's Chinatown, where they have personal, professional and family history. We were fortunate to be joined by Jay Loring of Nosh and Slab, John R. Myers of Eventide, and Mike Wiley, who is chef/owner of/at Eventide and Hugo's.

The video will be out in the next couple of weeks, but here we offer some photographic documentation of the endeavor. We began at Gourmet Dumpling House where we met with Jason Doo, who is in the process of opening his own restaurant. We then went to Penang, where we ate with Tom's mother and grandmother, and then we finished the evening under the service of Debbie, "the Multitasking Badass Behind Peach Farm." In between, we stopped to re-hydrate at Drink and Lucky's Lounge.

You can see the rest of the photos, and read more about the adventure, here:

http://bit.ly/1n3pXYt

Timeline photos 07/07/2014

Timeline photos

"Maybe some of it comes from a lack of self confidence, and part comes from Tom and me being people of excess, but we always talk about Family Feast being shock and awe. You’re already so full and then you get a huge, crazy platter of a million different pork preparations. It is awesome to us. To other people it may be gluttonous or horrifying but to us, that’s baller. Tom’s like, 'Should we do another course?' And I’m like, 'F**kin’ Shock and Awe, dude.' It’s the Family Feast mantra."

— Mariah Pisha-Duffly

For more of our conversation with the Family Feast crew and supporting cast of characters (including Thomas, Jason Loring, Arlin Smith, and others), check out our post on the latest event here:

http://bit.ly/1m8XbJa

Pisha-Duffly’s Family Feast at The Well [at Jordan's Farm] 07/07/2014

We can not thank the folks at Knack Factory enough for putting together this piece on our latest Family Feast! We feel so luck to have such high caliber professionals in our corner. Without the generosity of all our volunteers Family Feast wouldn't exist. Thank you!

Last week we attended Family Feast at The Well. The venue is literally a farm-to-table restaurant located right on Jordan’s Farm. It is run by Chef Jason Williams, who co-hosted the event. In conversation, Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly were both extraordinarily complimentary and appreciative of Williams and his supporting staff.

Per usual, the event was substantial in all ways. The conversations were stimulating, the company was grande, and the food was substantial and unforgettable. Also per usual, Eventide Oyster Co. Bar Manager John R. Myers was on premisses crafting specialty cocktail pairings throughout the meal. Tandem Coffee Roasters Pastry Chef Briana Holt baked strawberry buckle for dessert.

We talked with Tom and Mariah, some of those present, and Arlin Smith, a Family Feast booster (and Tom’s former employer) about the event itself, the pros and cons of undercharging, and how lucky Tom is to have Mariah in his life.

You can read that conversation here:

http://bit.ly/1m8XbJa

Knack Factory On 06/28/2014

Knack Factory On

Thank you Eater for covering Family Feast! We are continually grateful for all the support we have received from the local food community, without which none of this would be possible. We are all about building community and having fun, thanks for spreading the word!!!

Knack Factory On Thomas Pisha-Duffly. Chef Thomas Pisha-Duffly is a local pop-up superstar, host of the Family Feast series, in which he explores his Indonesian...

Family Feast at Grace Restaurant 06/24/2014

photo by Zack Bowen of Knack Factory

Thank you so much to Anne Verril of Grace for hosting Family Feast in her beautiful restaurant!

Family Feast Memorial Day At Bunker Brewing Co. 06/23/2014

photo by Zack Bowen of Knack Factory

Mobile uploads 06/22/2014

Prep day for Family Feast on the Farm at The Well {at Jordan's Farm}. Kafir lime and lemongrass porchetta. Just wait until we crisp up the skin!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-feast-on-the-farm-tickets-11927193557?aff=es2&rank=1

Timeline photos 06/18/2014

We are so excited to be teaming up with Chef Jason Williams from The Well at Jordan's Farm to bring you Family Feast, On The Farm!
Using the early bounty of Maine as inspiration, we have designed a multi-course menu representing the best of the season thus far. Joining us behind the bar is John R Meyers of Eventide Oyster Co., who has paired unique and interesting beverages to be enjoyed with each course. If booze isn't your thing, we have designed non-alcoholic pairings specific for each course as well, allowing all to enjoy John's virtuosiity!
And after dinner, Tandem Coffee Roasters' own Brianna Holt has prepared some desserts representing the fruits of our labor!

The sheltered Gazebos offer communal dining in comfort, but there is limited seating for this event, so PLEASE RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY via Eventbrite
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-feast-on-the-farm-tickets-11927193557

see you on the farm, and COME HUNGRY!!

06/07/2014

SALO: Maine

Can't wait for this feast hosted by SALO!

SALO: Maine At Feastly, we believe that life is more delicious shared. We connect adventurous diners, passionate community members, and tasteful food enthusiasts for unique food experiences. Join us at our table.

Pisha-Duffly Family Feast Memorial Day Bash 05/29/2014

Memorial Day Pics!! Zack Bowen is a champion bad-ass!

We were again fortunate to spend the day with Thomas Pisha-Duffly, Mariah Duffly, and the rest of the ever-expanding Family Feast crew on Memorial Day. Where the last Family Feast event was an ode to the Indonesian cooking that Pisha-Duffly grew up with and was inspired by, this one, a barbecue, was inspired by the substantial, sprawling cookouts that he loved as a kid. The fare was still inspired by Pisha-Duffly’s youth, but with the help of super bartender John R. Myers, pastry chef Briana Holt, and brewmaster Chresten Sorensen (the event was held at Bunker Brewing Co. + Tandem Coffee Roasters), a plenitude of other flavors and inspirations found their way into the mix.

You can read our conversation with all of the event players here:

http://bit.ly/1kKdr1Y

Timeline photos 05/29/2014

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to party with us! Also, to all our wonderful volunteers and supporters, you keep the fire lit! And of course Knack Factory for the amazing photos and interviews, helping us all remember what happened!! See you soon....

We were again fortunate to spend the day with Thomas Pisha-Duffly, Mariah Pisha-Duffly, and the rest of the ever-expanding Family Feast crew on Memorial Day. The fare was still inspired by Pisha-Duffly’s youth, but with the help of super bartender John R Myers, pastry chef Briana Holt, and brewmaster Chresten Sorensen (the event was held at Bunker Brewing Co. + Tandem Coffee Roasters), a plenitude of other flavors and inspirations found their way into the mix.

Here is our conversation with just some of the people who put the event together:

http://bit.ly/1kKdr1Y

05/26/2014

Who wants to come down to bunker early and Jhelum is set up!! I see beer in your future!

Timeline photos 05/23/2014

This just in, Mosart Nunez will be playing tunes in the afternoon! Bring the kids for free and let them play in our bouncy fun castle! Stick around for Doeboy's Lunchbox at 6PM! Rain or SHINE!

Lets Party!! Join us Memorial Day! Family Feast, Tandem Coffee Roasters Bunker Brewing Co.! We will be serving up beers, coffee, and grilling some awesome bbq from noon-8, live music, bouncy fun castle, and SNO-CONES! 20$ gets you in, bring a little extra cash for beers and to tip your hosts! save some room for Pie! and COME HUNGRY!

Timeline photos 05/22/2014

Fun interview with Alex Steed of Knack Factory, thanks John Meyers and Zack Bowen as well!

"It’s like if Barack Obama came out about loving Dungeons and Dragons. That would be huge for a lot of D&D people. That is what it is like for me to find out that [Joe Beef's] David McMillan loves the Grateful Dead."

— Thomas Pisha-Duffly

For more of Knack Factory's conversation with Thomas, check out his Shift Drinks interview here:

http://bit.ly/1pgti8R

cc: Joe Beef - Liverpool House

Mobile uploads 05/17/2014

Mobile uploads

Memorial Day Family Feast complete with the Lunchbox at Bunker Brewery in Portland! Come hungry!

Timeline photos 05/12/2014

Lets Party!! Join us Memorial Day! Family Feast, Tandem Coffee Roasters Bunker Brewing Co.! We will be serving up beers, coffee, and grilling some awesome bbq from noon-8, live music, bouncy fun castle, and SNO-CONES! 20$ gets you in, bring a little extra cash for beers and to tip your hosts! save some room for Pie! and COME HUNGRY!

05/12/2014

Thanks Jessie Lacey for the awesome new logo! What do you think!

With Great Korean Barbecue Comes Great Responsibility 05/11/2014

With Great Korean Barbecue Comes Great Responsibility

"The American internal logic is the waiter comes over, they introduce themselves, they're friendly, they keep checking up on you. The Korean internal logic is, you're there to eat. And [the waitstaff] don't bother you unless you call them over."

With Great Korean Barbecue Comes Great Responsibility The bulgogi beef in Los Angeles' Koreatown might be the best grilled meat you'll ever have. At least, if you know how to place an order. We'll walk you through one important rule.

05/06/2014

We are back once again!! Ready to ring in the season with an epic barbecue with our friends at Tandem Coffee Roasters and Bunker Brewery!!! MEMORIAL DAY!!! Music, food, family, and SNO CONES! c'mahn! stay tuned for more info...

Timeline photos 04/15/2014

Timeline photos

"That is the nexus of what we’re trying to do with Family Feast. We are trying to show people that you can go out and have really good food without it having to be fussy. It’s more about having a good time."

— Thomas Pisha-Duffly

Read the rest of our interview with Pisha-Duffly—and see our gallery of photos from the latest Family Feast event— here: http://bit.ly/1hBsOZE

Thomas Pisha-Duffly’s Family Feast at Grace Restaurant 04/15/2014

What a great night!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support Family Feast and make the event such an overwhelming success!! Thank you to all the volunteers who pitched in to make this happen, to Grace Restaurant and their staff for letting us enjoy their beautiful space, and to Knack Factory for all the amazing photos! Time to literally and figuratively digest while we plan the next one. See you soon...

Family Feast is a pop-up dinner event imagined and executed by Thomas Pisha-Duffly. It features large format plates of Indonesian cuisine served to communal tables. The most recent installment happened at the beautiful Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine, which we were delighted to attend and photograph.

To read our interview with Thomas Pisha-Duffly, check out our website: bit.ly/1hBsOZE

Indonesia Eats 04/05/2014

Indonesia Eats

http://indonesiaeats.com/
Interested in learning more about Indonesian food? This blog is a great resource.
We love it's beautiful photographs and recipes!

Indonesia Eats Online Indonesian Food Recipes

11 food and drink events to get you thinking Spring 03/31/2014

11 food and drink events to get you thinking Spring

Check out Family Feast in Maine Today!

11 food and drink events to get you thinking Spring It's officially Spring, which means that regardless of the weather it's time to stop hibernating, get out of the house and do things. Go places. Eat and drink in the company of others, (instead of in front of the TV while wrapped in an afghan).

Family Feast 03/27/2014

Family Feast

Family Feast Family Feast is back, this time at the beautiful Grace Restaurant, where we will be presenting contemporary versions of several Indonesian classics: steamed dumpling, bakso, seafood curry, beef rendang and more! Come enjoy a multi course meal, from plated starters to large format family style entre...

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