One would never be able to guess that a high school drop out from Southie was behind the sleek, high-concept design of Boston’s B+G Oysters. From the fine quality produce and seafood to the beautifully crafted menus, this eatery is the perfect spot for an impromptu lunch as Libby herself indulged in yesterday while taking appointments in Bean Town. Enjoying a delectable sampling of local oysters, sipping on some mouth-watering clam chowder and noshing on a beautiful Sugar Snap Pea Salad with ricotta, mint and marcona almond vinaigrette. Is your mouth watering yet?
Libby has been a long-time fan of Barbara Lynch Gruppo- the woman behind B+G Oysters. One of seven children, Lynch learned how to hustle at a young age. In school, she ran bets for teachers on horse races while her peers were at Dave Matthews concerts. She refused to do homework and when her guidance counselor threatened her with summer school her senior year, Lynch dropped out. Island-bound, she headed to Martha’s Vineyard with a friend and took a job as a chef on a dinner cruise. Slowly but surely learning her way around the galley, Lynch was gaining skill as a cook, evolving into a talented chef. Before she knew it, she was being invited to interview at well-known restaurants like Michaela’s by celebrity chefs like Todd English. The rest is history. Now sitting atop a 6 restaurant empire- Ms. Lynch has got her hands full. Also the face of the Barbara Lynch Foundation- an organization dedicated to helping Boston’s youth develop life skills and providing educating about nutrition- there is little that Lynch can’t do. Wearing many hats as chef, restaurateur, philanthropist, and more- we salute Lynch and praise her for her determination and tenacity.