"[It was a] Friday night [at the Turtle Café,] and the place was booming. A bar full of boisterous patrons, a jam-packed dining room, and Dave already off and getting set up to play his set. A cutting edge restaurant (which became the East Coast Grill), the Turtle featured contemporary regional cuisine, changing its menu every three or four days not only for variety but to continually showcase whatever was in season, a relatively new concept for its time. On weekends they'd feature jazz greats: Teddy Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Sammy Price, and Gray Sargent, a guitarist who these days works with Tony Bennett. I quickly learned it was a great place to hang out and meet these legends, since they'd usually come in to eat before their gig."
Tag: Turtle Cafe cabaret
At Home with Ron and Joyce Della Chiesa, by Brenda Marchand, July 26, 2001
Chef of the Month: Joyce Della Chiesa – Chef / Caterer, by Marge Chryssostomidis and Peter McNamara, November 25, 1992
Cookin With Jazz, 1993
"Sculler's Jazz Club presents Cookin With Jazz — with guest chef Joyce Della Chiesa residing over this first series of dinners beginning February 24, 25 and 26 at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel in Cambridge. The dinner show packages are priced at $33.95 and include dinner and a jazz set performed by Jazz giants Frank Morgan and Eddie Harries (WGBH FM is recording the series). Della Chiesa was the chef / owner of the former Turtle Cafe in Cambridge. For complete information and reservations, call 783-0811."