Caswell Restaurant Group, Proprietor
Few among us can say they found their career and calling in one, but this culinary management alumna of Johnson + Wales University always knew that her goal was to be a self-styled restaurateur—and would hold every detail from concept to operations close at hand. Informed by her upbringing in a food-centric Portuguese family, Nancy Batista-Caswell applied early operations training under the tutelage of acclaimed restaurateur and prolific cookbook author Chef Chris Schlesinger and has never looked back. Buoyed by a reputation as a leader among contemporary culinary visionaries, Nancy received the 2016 SmartCEO Boston Future 50 Award, and holds the titles of FSR Magazine “Rising Stars 40 Under 40” 2016 and StarChefs ‘Rising Star Restaurateur’ for Coastal New England– a wide swath of exciting dining that includes Maine, New Hampshire, coastal Mass. and the Islands, and Rhode Island.
Her Caswell Restaurant Group, the banner under which Nancy develops, builds, and operates, has earned attention by a variety of media like USA Today, Wine Spectator, Taste of the Seacoast, and Boston Globe. Both of her restaurants debuted with Boston Magazine’s ‘Best of Boston’ nods, and Ceia’s top Zagat ratings rival any Top 20 Restaurant List in the country. However, don’t look for any laurels resting in her office, as Nancy cultivates a team that strives to sustain this excitement with bold menu innovations like New England’s first and only 15-course (Culinary Opus) dinner, wine dinners featuring world-renown winemakers, and secret diner reports to ensure that excellence is an unwavering standard.