Open Roads, Open Minds : A driving experience with Porsche and Boston Common Magazine

Modern Luxury Modern Luxury | November 24, 2020 | People, Sponsored Post, Features, Featured,

Celebrated chef, Jamie Bissonnette, shares how driving provided a moment of zen

Now more than ever we are looking for outlets of escape--a long run, a good book, a solo drive; perfect solitary moments of reflection that give peace to an uncertain and chaotic world. For Boston-based chef and restaurant owner, Jamie Bissonnette, his car became a lifeline to the city of Boston early on in lockdown.

“In the beginning of the pandemic, we started working with Off Their Plate. Where we were feeding frontline hospital workers that didn't have meals, because the cafeterias were closed in the hospitals,” said Jamie. “It allowed us to employ our out-of-work employees, and gave us the opportunity to show how much we cared.”

The team at JK Food Group would make up to 900 meals a day and deliver those to area hospitals.

“I was getting into the car, driving around to the hospitals to drop it off. And it was so unbelievably rewarding,” said Jamie. “Driving the deliveries was my time to disconnect. I would spend all morning creating something delicious, package it up, and head out.”

The Porsche Taycan provided the perfect driving santancuary as Jamie joined other Boston car enthusiasts for an afternoon drive west of the city, as part of Porsche’s Stay Driven Tour. Surrounded by the bright, bold autumnal foliage, guests enjoyed an afternoon test-driving the latest fleet of vehicles from Porsche.

“There's not a lot of ways to escape right now. No matter where you go, you've got a mask on,” said Bissonnette. “But sometimes, you just want to get away. You want a change of scenery. By getting in the car, taking off my mask, putting on some great jazz and hitting the road. Boston is beautiful at this time of year.”

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