Chef of the Month: Joyce Della Chiesa – Chef / Caterer, by Marge Chryssostomidis and Peter McNamara, November 25, 1992

"Where do jazz greats eat when they come to Boston? The answer can be found at the Della Chiesa residence in Boston's South End, where Joyce Della Chiesa's guests have included Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Dizzie Gillespie, Stan Getz and Tony Bennett to name but a few."

Kitchen doors closed to women, by Otile McManus, by March 7, 1974

"While Boston has no restaurant with the feminist political implications of New York's Mother Courage, it does have its share of women restaurant owners. There are women who have been in the business for years like Mrs. Ban, Joyce Chen and Felicia Solimine of Felicia's. There are also newcomers like Sally Scoville of Le Bocage, Joyce Scardina and Odette Bery of the Turtle Cafe."

Pre-1970: Odette Bery, Chef / Owner of the Turtle Cafe

"New chef in town is blonde, blue-eyed, British and a fluent French cook, Odette Bery, 22, already has earned her living by cooking in three continents. 'London, Paris, and Cape Town, and today Boston,' Odette beamed."

From Good Stock: Tracing Boston’s culinary heritage, by Alison Arnett, December 26, 1993

"In the beginning there was the Harvest. Its kitchen begat Jimmy Burke, of the Tuscan Grill; Frank McClelland, of L'Espalier; and Chris Schlesinger, of The Blue Room. Or maybe it was the brief fling at the Orson Welles, whence came Odette Bery's Turtle Cafe and then Another Season... Odette Bery remembers 1968 at the Orson Welles, in Cambridge, where she and Joyce della Chiesa shook things up by offering a more casual and experimental style. Chris Schlesinger remembers the Harvest a decade later, when he was hired for $4.25 an hour by Frank McClelland, then sous-chef. Jimmy Burke was the chef, and nouvelle cuisine was just hitting the United States. 'We had carte blanche to order anything we wanted,' Schlesinger says."