The culmination of her culinary career, Cultivar is Dumont's debuts independent restaurant. Informed by the restaurant's proprietary, on-site hydroponic garden, her menu is inspired by the diverse New England landscape and highlights hyper-seasonal produce, foraged ingredients, sustainable seafood and dry-aged meats. Dumont is driven by never-ending curiosity about the natural world and feels the Andy Warhol quote, "the world fascinates me," best summarizes her.
Dumont's menu is informed by the restaurant's proprietary, on-site hydroponic garden, and showcases her hyper-seasonal, sustainable cuisine inspired by our diverse landscape.
Designed by Glen Coben of Glen & Co., Cultivar’s 88-seat dining room combines natural materials with an upscale, refined aesthetic reflecting Dumont’s fascination with New England's diverse landscape. Natural elements pervade the décor, from the copper beech branch-inspired chandeliers to the Japanese kokedama garden suspended from the ceiling. The 12-seat bar features a long slab of live-edge beechwood from a fallen beech tree, nodding to the copper beeches (know as the "Queen of the Forest") that grow at the historical childhood homes of both Dumont and her wife, Emily French-Dumont, who assisted in Cultivar’s interior design. Metal accents adorn the space both with galvanized metal panels from reclaimed chicken coops, and a custom black steel sculpture by Ray Ciemny, entitled “Swarm of Bees,” that hangs in the corner of the dining room. Tufted blue banquets with buttons that are replicas from Revolutionary War uniforms nod to Cultivar's historical location at the site of the Boston Massacre.
Upstairs, Cultivar’s private dining space can accommodate up to 90 guests seated and 120 guests reception style. Not only do the floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with natural light, but the space offers stunning fireside views of Boston's Old State House. Cultivar's patio is surrounded by lush plantings, and soft couches and a fire table that welcomes guests to relax within Cultivar’s urban garden against the backdrop of historical downtown Boston.