Boston, MA 02215
Adjacent to the stately Hotel Commonwealth, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, the dining darling of resurgent Kenmore Square, is a classic grand café with old world style and new world cuisine. Burgundy banquettes and tiny tiled floors give the casually elegant dining room a true brasserie feel that’s echoed by the menu of French and American classics.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, Eastern Standard is the perfect spot for a quiet business breakfast or lunch, a pre-ballgame drink or bite to eat at the majestic marble bar or on the landscaped patio, overlooking the urban bustle of Kenmore Square.
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Pastry Chef Lauren Kroesser, who currently oversees the Pastry Department at Hotel Commonwealth grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts in Wenham.
A graduate of the University of Delaware honors program, Kroesser studied broadcast television working at restaurants during college. During the summer, she tended bar on the island of Nantucket at both The Ropewalk and The Club Car. After college, she continued working in the restaurant and catering businesses in both Nantucket and Key West.
In 2008, Kroesser chose to channel her passion for food into a career and headed back to school. She attended Boston University, where she studied under Jaques Pepin and some of Boston's top chefs, ultimately earning her culinary certificate in 2008.
Shortly after graduating from BU, Kroesser was hired as a pastry assistant at Sel de la Terre, an upscale French restaurant on Boston's waterfront. She soon moved to head pastry where she remained for two years writing dessert menus, developing recipes, hiring and training new pastry staff, while also developing a bread program and making daily pastries for both the restaurant and its retail store. She has also worked as a private chef and is experienced in teaching both baking and pastry.
Kroesser, who lives in Charlestown, is currently Executive Pastry Chef at Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar.