Brookline, MA 02446
Husband and wife team (or chef and pastry chef team, if you prefer) Jeremy & Lisa Sewall pull from their extensive culinary experience and deep New England roots to create Lineage, a vibrant neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Coolidge Corner.
Combining an intimate appreciation for ingredients and a profound respect for seasonality, the two create a personal interpretation of modern American cuisine via frequently changing menus that showcase their creativity and expertise. With a comfortable yet sophisticated dining room, and a strong sense of true hospitality, Lineage will be a Brookline favorite for generations to come.
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Jeremy Sewall may have been born in upstate New York, but he’s had the heart of a true New Englander since childhood summers spent in Maine with his family, feasting on lobsters, clams, chowders and other New England specialties. The water, too, is in Sewall’s blood; fishing has been a Sewall family livelihood for generations. Today, Sewall sources his fresh lobsters from cousin Mark, who sails his 38-foot boat out of York Harbor, Maine. Regardless of his original zip code, few embody New England more.
After graduating with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, Sewall worked in kitchens around the globe, from Europe to California. Not surprisingly, he began his professional career with a return to Maine for a position at the Relais & Chateau White Barn Inn. Wanting to spread his wings, he moved to Europe, working for Albert Roux in London and Amsterdam before returning to Boston for a position at L’Espalier. From there, Sewall moved to the West Coast, where he was immediately recognized for his flawless technique and passion for seafood by Bradley Ogden, the Chef/Owner of the Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, California. Hired as a Sous Chef, he was quickly promoted to Executive Chef in 1999. In 2000, just one year after his promotion, he was one of five chefs in the country nominated as a Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation.
He moved back to the Northeast in 2003 for the role of opening Executive Chef at Great Bay restaurant at Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth, where he and the restaurant garnered accolades from The New York Times, Esquire, Gourmet and The Boston Globe, among others.
Sewall left Great Bay to follow the dream of opening his own restaurant. In late February 2006, he and his wife Lisa, a former pastry chef at L’Espalier, opened Lineage in Brookline, Massachusetts. Using their appreciation for fresh ingredients to create a personal interpretation of modern American cuisine, the Sewalls have steered Lineage to critical acclaim, including “Restaurants Top Tables” in Bon Appetit and “Best Dessert” from Boston magazine. In 2013, Lineage was reviewed by Devra First, restaurant critic at The Boston Globe, and was awarded three stars.
In 2009, he joined Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, one of Boston’s busiest and most popular restaurants, as Collaborating Chef. Sewall had been friends with Eastern Standard Proprietor Garrett Harker since he first returned to Boston. Joining with Harker and Skip Bennett of Island Creek Oysters, whose oyster farm Sewall had been one of the first chefs to visit, was a natural evolution for the celebrated chef with the New England soul.
Today, Sewall continues overseeing the kitchens at both Lineage and Eastern Standard, as well as serving as a partner and Executive Chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34 where his interpretation of New England seafood will soon become a classic in its own right.