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FIREBOX Restaurant in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford will be cohosting a Cocktail Hour,  Auction and Book signing with Jacques Pépin in support of Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW) on August 3 at 5:30 PM. BFCW runs a culinary training program which provides training, internships, and job opportunities for more than 50 youth and adults each year in their KITCHEN cafes. This program is in keeping with the Jacques Pépin Foundation’s mission to support free culinary and life-skills training through community-based organizations. Tickets to this event start at $150.00 per person.

We are excited to be partnering with the Jacques Pépin Foundation,” BFCW Executive Director Cary Wheaton said. “Our missions are aligned. And, as a former Restaurateur, I’m admittedly thrilled to have Jacques Pépin at Firebox. It is a great honor!”

Firebox management and Executive Chef Chris Addley made a deliberate choice to create a specialty menu comprised of exquisite, French-inspired appetizers with the farm-fresh Firebox twist that the restaurant is so well-known for. Seacoast mushroom duxelle with whipped chive crostini; Salmon tartare, horseradish yogurt, cucumber;

Seared hanger steak, bone marrow bleu cheese are just a few of the innovative hors devours that guests can look forward to.

It will be an honor to have Chef Pépin join us. We want to be sure that our menu reflects our appreciation for  his presence. As many Hartfordites know we have supported Billings Forge Community Works for over a decade, and we are thrilled to see it receive this special attention from a world-renowned culinary icon,” Chef Addley added. 

Firebox is a restaurant with locally sourced food on a mission. The Restaurant was established by The Melville Trust in 2007 as part of a pathway to improve Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.  Over the years it has become a culinary destination for Hartfordites and city visitors - growing a solid reputation for farm-fresh food and unforgettable service. Now, Firebox, in keeping with its name, is a financial ignitor for Billings Forge Community Works - a 501c3 dedicated to offering job training in the culinary world as a means of eliminating job insecurity and food access programs to address food insecurity.   In this vein, Firebox is also a host to trainees who are nearing graduation from the Billings Forge Works programs. Firebox can be found online at On instagram it can be found through the handle @firebox_restaurant.  To contact them directly: 860.246.1222