The Heritage of Sherborn Team
Josh Ziskin, Executive Chef, Owner
Josh Ziskin has earned a well-deserved reputation in Greater Boston for his authentic Northern Italian cuisine, which he’s served for over eleven years at Ristorante La Morra in Brookline. Josh, and his wife Jen, spent a year in the Piedmont region of Italy where Josh cooked at the highly regarded Ristorante Belvedere, and together they studied the food and wine of Northern Italy. When they returned to Boston in 2003, they opened Ristorante La Morra, naming it after the picturesque hilltop town where they had lived in Barolo country. It quickly became a local favorite, and a destination for lovers of authentic Italian cuisine.
Before branching out on his own, Josh worked as Chef de Cuisine at The Tuscan Grill in Waltham. Josh is a long-time resident of Brookline, where his family owned a frame store for more than 30 years just blocks away from La Morra's present location. Josh is excited to expand to the Heritage of Sherborn, where he’ll explore new American Cuisine in a beloved historic location.
Jen Ziskin, Executive Director, Owner
Jen’s dreams are becoming a reality with the creation of Heritage of Sherborn. Taking everything she loves about the hospitality business and putting it all under one roof, Jen has designed the perfect space to host weddings, functions, and wine dinners. Jen is known for her personal relationships with small family-owned and operated vineyards all over the world. Her expertise in wine will also be put to good use in the property’s wine store. Jen works with her beverage director to hand-select the wine list at both La Morra and Heritage.
Jen was initiated into the restaurant business when she was fifteen years old and is familiar with all aspects of the industry—from bussing tables, serving food, bartending, marketing, to managing the consummate customer experience in the front of the house. She has worked at many of Boston's finest restaurants including Maison Robert, Chez Henri, Eight Holyoke and Aigo Bistro.
Bernadette Keaveney, Beverage & Wine Director
Bernie was raised on a farm in rural western Ireland. She has always possessed an affinity for wonderful food and believes in the farm-to-table approach. Bernie pursued other careers before realizing that the restaurant industry had the pulse she desired. La Morra was where Bernie eventually found her footing. Bernie recently received her ‘Italian Wine Specialist’ qualification from the North American Sommelier Association and her French Wine Specialist Certification. Bernie and Jen carefully select wines for Heritage of Sherborn from producers who hold similar values and believe in meeting the wine makers and their families to really appreciate their passion. Bernie also focuses on a seasonal cocktail menu that highlights local distilleries and ingredients from local farms.