Chef/Menu Report: The Week of May 11, 2014

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

The Standard’s Narcissa is set to begin brunch service, with seasonal and organic menu items from chef John Fraser.

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


Backstreet Café has re-launched their seasonal tomato menu, which is set to feature fried green tomatoes, tomato pie, and more until mid-September.

New York

On May 21, Nitehawk Cinema will partner with Tequila Ocho for a screening of Y Tu Mama Tambien as part of their “Film Feast” program. There will also be a menu inspired by the 2001 movie.

Chef Marc Murphy’s Upper West Side seafood restaurant Ditch Plains has launched a new beer menu, including over thirty beers from mostly local breweries.

Sam Hazen, formerly of Veritas, will be the executive chef at an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant at the Park Hyatt New York when it opens this summer.

For National Burger Month, New York’s The Writing Room has crafted a brunch burger with bacon, Vermont cheddar, and crispy onion rings.

On May 19thEmpire Steak House will host a pairing dinner featuring scotches from Atlantic Wines and Spirits. The menu will have five courses, and the tasting will be led by master of whiskey Spike McClure.

This weekend, The Standard’s Narcissa will begin brunch service, with seasonal and organic menu items from chef John Fraser, and specialty pastries from chef Deborah Racicot.

Brooklyn Bowl has announced a new feature for their weekend brunch: a pancakes and chicken dish inspired by The Doors’ Jim Morrison.

Saint Lucia

Chef Brendan McGowen has been named executive chef at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina in Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia. As executive chef he will oversee all food operations and menus at the resort, incorporating America, European, and Saint Lucian flavors.

San Diego

Nicolas Bour has been named executive chef at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California. Bour will oversee all of the resort’s restaurants and manage special events menus.

San Francisco

On May 28, The Restaurant at Meadowood will host its first annual Young Winemaker Dinner, which will feature three winemakers showcasing six Napa wines, and a tasting menu. Tickets are $400 a person, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Friends of The Napa River.

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Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.