Weekly Chef and Menu Report: The Week of June 24, 2013

Staff Writer
A look into this week's new chefs and restaurant menus

Tanya Blum

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Every week, we take a look at some new chefs and menus that have appeared across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:

New York
Tres Carnes: In honor of pride week, tex-mex restaurant Tres Carnes in New York’s Fashion District will be featuring a veggie-friendly rainbow smoke, according to a release. This weekend on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, specials on the menu will include a smoked rainbow pepper special, courtesy of Pit Master Michael Rodrigues and Executive Chef Sasha Shor.

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria: This summer, stop by Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria for Fourth of July specials, margarita Wednesdays, and the first annual Guacamole Fest, and event that runs from July 1 until September 30, celebrating different regions of Mexico according to a release. You can experience all in their Guacamole Tostada Sampler, and enjoy a refreshing drink to go along with all of the flavors.

B. Smith’s Sag Harbor: Walter Hinds has been hired as the new executive chef at B. Smith’s Sag Harbor in the Hamptons, according to a release. Hinds is a graduate of Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School and has over two decades of international experience. He will bring multi-ethnic influences like French-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin, all using locally grown foods.

The Beach at Dream Downtown: According to a release, The Beach at Dream Downtown will have new specials available July 4 through July 6. Specials include pulled pork sliders with grilled peach barbeque sauce, and watermelon caprese skewers with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, balsamic glaze, an watermelon.

Sweet Chick: As of Wednesday, June 26, Sweet Chick will be hosting a weekday brunch from Monday to Friday, 11 A.M. to 4 P.M., and a happy hour from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M., according to a release. A favorite on the brunch menu is their chicken and waffles, and menu items also include a kale B.L.T. salad, sloppy duck sliders, and a Carolina Style pulled pork sandwich with red onions and house-made pickles. Stop by in Brooklyn for a tasty meal or a refreshing drink at Sweet Chick.

Recette: Recette will be offering a Fourth of July post-fireworks special, according to a release. For only $18, Chef Jesse Schenker is offering cod fritters, a beer, and a s’more.  

Red Rooster Harlem: According to a release, Red Rooster in Harlem will serve three special twists on the classic American Fourth of July food for the upcoming holiday. The midsummer is one variation you will find, a hot dog topped with shrimp salad, chili sauce, and crispy onions. The dogs will be available from 11:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. July 4 through July 5, and from 3:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on July 6 through July 8, so try one while they’re still around.

Jeepney: Jeepney in the Lower East Side is opening its backyard for summer dining, according to a release. The yard has a farmhouse table for communal eating and parties of 6 or more can dine on Filipino classics out back starting at 6 P.M.

Marshall, California
Nick’s Cove: A new on-site farm and garden, Frog Creek Farms, has opened at Nick’s Cove, an oyster bar and cottage north of San Francisco, producing many eggs and leafy greens to be used in the menu, according to a release. By the end of the summer, guests can explore the garden themselves, seeing where their food comes from and talk to Ross Barlow, master gardener and organic farmer.

Pasadena, California
Dog Haus: According to a release, Dog Haus has partnered with Adam Gertler, contestant on season four of Food Network Star, and will be the exclusive restaurant with rights to serve Gertler’s Wurst. Items that result from this partnership include hot dogs like The Abe Froman, a garlic herb kielbasa, with a fried egg, white American cheese, sautéed jalapenos, and grilled onions, and the Rueben Dog, a pastrami sausage with white American cheese, haus slaw, and haus sauce. Check out the rest of them the next time you’re in Pasadena, because you can’t find them anywhere else.

Los Angeles
Church & State Bistro: According to a release, on Sunday, July 14, Church & State Bistro will be serving a special celebratory menu in honor of Bastille Day. Chef Tony Esnault will be preparing French food classics like ratatouille, oysters, Pastis, lamb merguez sandwiches, and mousse au chocolat from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Tokyo
Park Hyatt Tokyo: According to a release, Thomas Angerer has been appointed as Executive Chef of the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Angerer was born in Austria, bringing experience from the UK, Australia, and Bermuda to Park Hyatt Tokyo. Some features you can expect to see include the best of local ingredients, expertise in preparation, and fresh produce to create balanced, healthy meals.

Las Vegas
Citizens Kitchen & Bar: Citizens Kitchen & Bar will be hosting the Ultimate Slider Challenge that allows daring diners to eat 24 sliders in 24 minutes, according to a press release. If successful, diners will be put on the Wall of Fame in the restaurant. If you’re feeling hungry enough, get down to Mandalay Bay and try the challenge yourself.

Chicago
Sixteen: Sixteen, a prestigious American restaurant located in the Trump Tower, has a new seasonal menu called “Summer Market,” according to a release, featuring items inspired by and fresh from the farmer’s market. Some menu dishes include the grilled summer peach, mustard, and cold smoked foie gras, the smoked pork cheek with corn and jalapeno, and for dessert, a mascarpone ice cream with strawberries, celery, and lovage, a plant/herb reminiscent of the flavors of celery.

Texas
MAX’s Wine Dive: Gluten friendly fried chicken will be available at MAX’s Wine Dive on July 6 in honor of National Fried Chicken Day, according to a release. Made with a blend of gluten-free flower and dried cauliflower fibers, the chicken aims to mimic the famous original so that those with Celiac disease can also enjoy it. Max’s has locations in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.

North Carolina
Ruka’s Table: Ruka’s Table will host two dinners this summer, one on Wednesday, July 24 with Mother Earth Brewery in Kinston, North Carolina, and the second on Wednesday, August 28 with Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado, according to a press release. Five craft beers will be paired with five courses, and the cost to enjoy the tasting at Ruka’s 163 Main St. address will be $60 a person, and it all begins at 6:30 P.M.

Worldwide
The Four Seasons: The Four Seasons hotel chain is underway in its second “Summer of Ice Cream Love” with new flavors of gourmet sundae bars, affogatos, and boozy treats, according to a release. Some of the many new takes on desserts include how the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is doing affogato in an Irish style, with Bailey’s or Irish Mist Liquor poured over gelato. The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is putting a spin on a boozy dessert with a raspberry-Beaujolais cheesecake poptail that has frozen wine berries, graham cracker crumbs, and whipped cream cheese.

We’re always looking for tips about new chefs and seasonal menus, so if you think there are any that we missed, let us know!

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