Local food vendors showcased cuisine samples for a chance to be selected to partner with Ridgewells in catering the 2022 U.S. Open. (Photo Courtesy Leise Jones Photography)
BROOKLINE — The Town of Brookline announces that local food vendors recently showcased their cuisines at an event hosted by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and Ridgewells, the caterer for the United States Golf Association (USGA).
The showcase was held on Monday, Feb. 7, at the Putterham Meadows Golf Course as a part of the Open Works Program. More than 30 local food vendors participated in the tasting event for a chance to be selected to partner with Ridgewells in catering the 2022 U.S. Open.
There were five showcase sessions, each lasting an hour, with seven businesses participating per session. Food was sampled by town officials, as well as staff from Ridgewells and the USGA.
Vendors included restaurants, bakeries, purveyors that specialize in olive oil, juice, sauce, pies, guacamole and salsa.
Ridgewells will select the vendors based on factors including food quality, portion size and cost. Chosen vendors will be notified in the coming weeks.
"I wish to thank all the vendors who participated in Monday's showcase, as well as all the town and USGA staff who worked diligently to bring this event to fruition," said Chamber of Commerce President David Gladstone. "This was a great opportunity for vendors to showcase their culinary skills, and with so many talented food purveyors, I know that narrowing down the vendors will not be easy."
The Open Works Program is designed to allow diverse Brookline businesses and residents to receive priority for the supplier and labor needs connected with the 2022 U.S. Open Championship. Visit www.usga.org/openworks to learn more about the program. About the Open Works Program
The U.S. Open will be played at The Country Club from June 13-19, 2022. It will be the fourth U.S. Open in the club’s history and its 17th USGA championship, second-most all-time. The championship was last played in Brookline during summer 1988. The first U.S. Open at The Country Club remains one of the most significant events in golf, when Brookline amateur golfer Francis Ouimet upset two of the game’s contemporary stars, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, to win the 1913 edition. For more information about the U.S. Open visit https://brooklinema.gov/USOpen. For more information about USGA visit https://www.usga.org/.
Ridgewells will select the vendors based on a variety of factors, including quality, portion size, cost and more. (Photo Courtesy Leise Jones Photography)
Over 30 local food vendors participated in the showcase. (Photo Courtesy Leise Jones Photography)