Weekly Chef and Menu Report: The Week of November 4, 2013

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

Center Bar
Center Bar launched a lunch service that is offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays featuring small plate items and seasonal cocktails.

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

California

Throughout November, Del Frisco’s Grille is offering deals and hosting events to celebrate Movember, according to a press release. On “Moustache Mondays,” guests who stop and show off their mustaches will receive a complimentary appetizer, and on any day of the month, guests with mustaches can receive a “bounceback” coupon good for $10 off in January and February. To help contribute to Movember, guests can purchase Movember t-shirts and select menu items or simply give a donation. All proceeds will go toward Movember. Del Frisco’s Grill is also hosting a “Best in Mo” moustache contest, in which guests can post photos of their moustache on the restaurant’s Facebook page until Nov. 22. Voting for the best mustache will take place Nov. 23 through Nov. 30. The winner, announced Dec 3, will receive a dinner for four at Del Frisco’s Grille.

 

Massachusetts

On November 20, Theatre 1 at Revere Hotel Boston Common will combine food, film, and “party animals” for another installment of Reel Chefs, a monthly series featuring dinner and a movie inside the hotel’s “ultra-luxe” cinema according to a press release. This month, Reef Chefs will feature Tavern Road’s Chef Louie DiBiccari, preparing a three-course menu of small plates, and the classic comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House for a cost of $50 per person.

Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Moksa in Cambridge is hosing a game night with Bocce, giant board games, and beer. The event, sponsored by Sapporo Beer, will feature a full-sized indoor astro turf Bocce Court along with other games including Giant Connect Four and Jenga, “Bear” Pong (beer pong without the beer), Twister, and more. All games are free with food and drink available for purchase. Some food items offered are shrimp shumai, chicken lettuce wraps, and baby back ribs.

Belly + The Blue Room is introducing its fall menu featuring a four-course whole duck feast and Belly’s signature s’mores and fonue, and in the Blue Room, harvest-inspired dishes with ingredients such as butternut squash, walnuts, chestnuts, and roasted root vegetables, according to a press release.

 

New York City

Center Bar, located in the Time Warner Center and serving Mediterranean small plates and cocktails, launched a lunch service offering the full small plate and cocktail menu, according to a press release. The lunch service, beginning at 12 p.m., is offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Seasonal items include braised Berkshire pork belly and North Carolina quail as well as the Winter Margarita with Inocente tequila, Contreau, apple and clove.

The National in midtown just launched new brunch cocktails with a twist. The drinks can be ordered by the glass for $12 or in carafes to share. Featured cocktails include the Royal Sangria made with Pavan French Muscat Liqueur, Dorothy Parker Gin, Yuzu, fresh berries, ginger, and mint; the Morning Spritzer made with Cointreau, grapefruit, and club soda; and the Blood Orange & Ginger Mimosa made with Berlucchi “Cuvee ‘61’” Sparkling, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, fresh ginger, and blood orange.

Ashton Warren, former pastry chef at Restaurant Marc Forgione just joined the team at Duane Park, considered New York’s “only high end and celebrated Burlesque Supperclub,” according to a press release. This fall, she’s making Lady Ashton’s Chocolate Cake, a two-layer chocolate decadence with a chocolate crème filling, and a Walnut-Apple Bread Pudding with a Maple Salted Caramel.

The Kronie, a crossiant-donut hybrid by Jolie's Sweet Creations, are available at the Holiday Shops in Bryant Park, according to a press release. These treats, which have been called the “best damn donut around,” come in many flavors including Nutella, Cannoli, Boston Cream, Apple Crumb Pie, Maple Bacon, and Salted Caramel. The Holiday Shops run through January 5.

A “Light Fare” menu is now offered at Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow for diners seeking a light bite between lunch and dinner, according to a press release. The light menu items will include chicken, beef, or shrimp satay skewers and crispy seaweed salad.

 

Las Vegas

Within the Bellagio Resort and Casino, FIX Restaurant & Bar, known for combining American classics and innovation, introduced a new fall menu, according to a press release. Fall dishes include crispy truffle focaccia, chorizo stuffed dates, and duck and waffles as well as fall-inspired cocktails such as Strawberry Aviation, combining Plymouth Gin, Luxardo, Maraschino Liqueur, and a fresh chocolate strawberry.

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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