Nicholas Moulton, Chef
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., Nicholas Moulton is an accomplished chef who executes a seasonal menu at Mezze Bistro + Bar highlighting local foods from farms and food producers in the Berkshire region. Nick is an alumnus of Mezze Bistro where he worked for four years as a dedicated sous chef from early 2009 to 2012.
Immediately prior to his current position at Mezze Bistro + Bar, Nick worked as the head chef at Public Eat + Drink in North Adams, growing the restaurant’s popularity in the city. As sous chef at The Orchards Hotel in Williamstown for two years, he was responsible for the supervision of staff over three meal periods daily and assisted the chef in maintaining the restaurant’s AAA Four-Diamond Award. Nick has also held stages and apprenticeships at renowned restaurants Blantyre (Relais & Chateaux), L’espalier, Wheatleigh and Craigie on Main.
Producing simple food that is bright and full of life, Nick is dedicated to the nose-to-tail philosophy and is involved in the harvesting and butchering of ingredients for the restaurant’s menu. He places an emphasis on plant-based foods and wild ingredients that grow in the Berkshire region and believes in supporting sustainable agriculture. As a chef focused on regional cuisine, he holds a strong commitment to the farm-to-table movement while building awareness of Berkshire food culture and an understanding of the region’s terroir, part of the growing mission of Mezze Restaurant Group.
Amy Mendes, Manager
Amy Mendes has been working the restaurant scene since 2006. She began at Mezze as a busser in 2013, held several positions at the bistro and now manages our front-of-house team.
Working in hospitality provides Amy the opportunity to create a memory at every table. Her goal is to provide a warm, welcoming environment that is special for every guest.
Born and raised in Hancock, MA, Amy graduated from Hampshire College where she majored in illustration and dance. She is inspired by the visual arts, which requires an eye for detail – an essential skill in the restaurant biz. Amy is energized by the beverage program at Mezze Bistro + Bar, which allows her to express creativity through the cocktail and wine list.
Mezze Restaurant Group’s philosophy is in complete alignment with Amy’s personal values. After living in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley, her exposure to agriculture helped realize the importance of supporting farmers and the use of local ingredients whenever possible. Amy is excited to be part of a business that is at the forefront of the sustainable food movement, sourcing locally and responsibly.
Nancy Thomas, Co-founder + Proprietor
Nancy Thomas, local food advocate and restaurateur, grew up in Oklahoma City with a Moroccan mother and Oklahoman father who truly valued hospitality. Her family inspiration led her to a life in the restaurant industry beginning in 1984. She has explored the world of food from the far off Mediterranean Sea and the panhandle of Texas to a variety of cities on the East Coast until she landed in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
Nancy’s vision led her to founding Mezze Bistro + Bar in its first location on Water Street in Wiliamstown in 1996. The success of Mezze Bistro + Bar led to the birth of Mezze Catering + Events in 1999, which continues to allow the restaurant group to bring the original Mezze dining experience to guests throughout the region. In 2001, Nancy opened Eleven at MASS MoCA, her second restaurant, housed at the nation’s largest contemporary arts center. Reincarnated as Café Latino at MASS MoCA several years later, the restaurant served patrons for eight years at its museum location. In 2007, Allium Restaurant + Bar was opened in Great Barrington and has been well received with accolades and great reviews.
Nancy is dedicated to creating extraordinary dining experiences reminiscent of her childhood memories. She is an advocate for shaping a community of sustainable agriculture and, with her restaurants and catering company, has created a means by which consumers can lay down values with their dollars and support the local economy. Committed to the local food movement, she maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced locally and sustainably.
Nancy is the co-author of The Great Tiki Drink Book and contributor to Caribbean Cocktails with Jennifer Trainer Thompson (both published by Ten Speed Press.) She is an active participant and collaborative partner with Berkshire Farm & Table and a past board member of Berkshire Grown the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, Berkshire Creative and 1Berkshire.
Bo Peabody, Co-founder
Bo Peabody is an expert in consumer-oriented businesses and forward-thinking cultural movements as well as a well-known technology and media entrepreneur. His first company, Tripod – one of the original social networks – was the eighth largest website on the Internet when it was sold to Lycos (1998.) His second company Village Ventures – an early stage venture capital firm – pioneered the new global trend toward smaller funds. Bo also co-founded Streetmail (1998, now called Everyday Health), VoodooVox (2000), Health Guru (2004) and UplayMe (2006.) An advocate for building community and supporting the local economy, Bo co-owns Mezze Restaurant Group with partner Nancy Thomas.
Bo is featured regularly in major business and consumer publications, and has received numerous honors. He wrote a book for entrepreneurs called Lucky or Smart?, which was published by Random House in January 2005. He speaks about technology and entrepreneurship at conferences and business schools across the globe.
A graduate of Williams College, Bo resides New York City and Williamstown, MA, and is on the board of The Academy at Charlemont.