Encore Boston Harbor Welcomes Executive Chef Megan Vaughan to Oversee Rare Steakhouse and Upcoming Medium Rare Lounge

  • 21-MAR-2023

  • Boston, MA

Chef Vaughan brings her culinary skills from the country's top fine-dining establishments to her new role at Encore Boston Harbor

Boston, MA (March 21, 2023) Encore Boston Harbor is thrilled to announce the selection of Chef Megan Vaughan as the new Executive Chef of Rare Steakhouse and the soon-to-open Medium Rare Lounge. An accomplished culinarian, Chef Vaughan will oversee the culinary operations at both outlets.

Chef Vaughan brings years of experience to her new role, having most recently served as Executive Chef at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Seattle. Prior, she held the titles Corporate Chef within the Mina Group and Executive Chef at The Beach Club in Santa Monica. Chef Vaughan also spent four years as the Executive Sous Chef at Wolfgang Puck's CUT in Beverly Hills, which was awarded a Michelin Star during her tenure.

In her new role, Chef Vaughan will lead the culinary programs and talent development for Rare Steakhouse and the new Medium Rare Lounge. She will draw on her years of high-end, fine- dining experience to continually elevate the award-winning service and cuisine that Rare Steakhouse is known for.

A stylish addition to Rare Steakhouse, the Medium Rare Lounge will open in mid-April under Chef Vaughan's direction. The lounge will offer classic and new interpretations of popular cocktails, approachable menu items and an intimate, locally sourced, raw bar. The lounge atmosphere will create seamless transitions between pre-dinner drinks, enticing bites and after-dinner nightcaps. Guests can create their own seafood experience from the raw bar, try the "BDF" (Best Damn Fries) with a side of black truffle, parmesan and bearnaise sauces, or indulge in the Wild Wood, a unique Medium Rare Lounge spin on the classic whiskey sour.

"I'm excited to join the Encore Boston Harbor team," said Vaughan. "I'm thrilled to bring my passion for creating memorable dining experiences to Boston's highest-rated Forbes steakhouse."

When not in the kitchen, Chef Vaughan enjoys volunteering, hiking, and spending time with her wife and their two dogs. Chef Vaughan graduated with an Associates Culinary Arts degree and a Bachelor's in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales.

About Encore Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, features more than 210,000 square-feet of gaming space, over 2,700 slot machines, nearly 200 table games and a state-of-the-art sportsbook. Situated on the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts, and connected to Boston Harbor, Encore Boston Harbor boasts 671 spacious hotel rooms, a Forbes Five-Star spa, salon and fitness center, specialty retail shops, a variety of dining and lounge venues, including Forbes Four-Star rated Rare Steakhouse and more than 50,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting spaces. The grounds feature a six-acre Harborwalk with pedestrian and bicycle paths that provide access to the waterfront, an event lawn, public art, and ornate floral displays. It is the largest private, single-phase development in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The casino offers free self-parking for all guests seven days a week.

Encore Boston Harbor is a proud partner of the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and New England Revolution. For more information, visit encorebostonharbor.com or follow Encore Boston Harbor on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.