Weekly Chef And Menu Report: September 23, 2013

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

On Oct. 6th, chef Brian Clevenger at Tavolàta is creating a "hearty, meaty meal" for the next installment of his Sunday Feast Dinner Series. The restaurant reported that for the $60 three-course dinner you can have dishes such as the pork belly and manila clams with tomato and salsa verde, duck legs with red wine and thyme, and chocolate mousse with Bosc pear and grappa. Reservations are a must and seats are limited. There will be two more feasts on Nov. 3 and Dec. 8.

West Hollywood, Calif.
State Social House has told us there will be a new midday (2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and late-night menu (11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.) You can try dishes such as the crispy Buffalo wings or Niman Ranch pork sausage pizza with jalapeño, baby arugula, tomato sauce, goat cheese, and mozzarella. Prices ranges from $6 to $16.  

La Jolla, Calif.
Amaya La Jolla is already prepared for the winter season. The restaurant told us executive chef Camron Woods and his culinary team have prepared special menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve, according to a release. All celebration meals are prix fixe priced meals with optional wine pairings. With Thanksgiving less than two months away, guests can look forward to dishes such as a roasted butternut squash soup with smoked duck tartlet or a carrot cake with chocolate sauce, pineapple compote, and cream cheese ice cream.

New York
Flatiron Hall and Houston Hall have announced they are celebrating Oktoberfest on Oct. 1. You'll have Oktoberfest-themed foods such as an herb-roasted chicken, and two complimentary steins of beer. There will even be Bavarian pretzels and traditional gingerbread cookie heart lanyards for sale. Tickets are available for purchase online now.  

Carlton Hotel's French Brasserie Millesime Restaurant told us they have a new bottomless punch brunch. Only on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. for $29, you can have endless amounts of punch with brunch at the same time.

As reported by Eater, Babbo and Otto, both owned by Mario Batali, will now be serving dishes with fresh white truffles. At Babbo, guests will have the option to eat a duck appetizer, pasta course with truffles, and even have the option to add truffles as a supplement to their order. Over at Otto there will be a white truffle pizza.

Beginning next week, Fletcher's will have Tuesday fried-chicken dinners, according to Grub Street. Now for $18, customers can have a dinner full of fried chicken, potato salad, cornbread, house-made pickles, and a glass of wine. The Brooklyn barbecue place is known for using "farm-cooperative raising animals that are all-natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and traceable" for their food.

According to Grub Street, Café Boulud and DeBragga have worked together to create a special dinner, featuring Miyazki-Gyu Japanese Wagyu. You can buy your ticket for $270 to get a taste on Oct. 16. Seating is limited.

Ai Fiori will now have brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning this weekend, as reported by Eater. Along with some new brunch cocktails, you can look forward to an array of a European-style buffet full of pastries, cheese, pasta, polenta, and more. There will also be live music. 

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria announced they are celebrating National Taco Day on Oct. 4. They will have a taco sampler, which consists of six different tacos for $10, served with Serrano tomatillo salsa and Chile de arbol salsa. You can try the taco de pollo, a corn tortilla, chipotle marinated grilled chicken, iceberg lettuce, and pico de gallo, a taco chilorio, a corn tortilla, pork chilorio, pickled onions, and sliced jalapeño, and more.

Salem, N.H.
The award-winning Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market from Tuscan Village has told us they are now hosting the Salem Farmers' Market. Every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., you can shop around for some locally grown and prepared meat, seafood, vegetables, gluten-free cookies, and more.

No.9 Park has told us they are celebrating their 15th anniversary next Saturday, Oct. 5. The five-course menu, made by current and previous chefs, will include their classic dishes and libations. Chef Barbara and executive wine director Cat Silirie have also created wine pairings. Both the dinner and reception are ticketed at $275 and $95, respectively, and require reservations. 

Vail, Colo.
For the third year, restaurant Kelly Liken has announced they will have their "Whole Hog Dinner." On Oct. 8, master butcher Mark DeNittis and chef Kelly Liken have created a dinner for $99 that will include wine pairings and a butchery demonstration by DeNittis. Some dishes include the pan-roasted black cod or pork loin roulade.

Pasadena, Calif.
From Oct. 2 to Oct. 27, Maison Akira has announced they will celebrate their 15th anniversary. The chef, Akira Hirose, who has previously worked under acclaimed chef Joel Rubichon in France, has created a special a dinner for each day. With a prix fixe menu each day, diners can expect an array of dishes such as the amuse bouche or bento miso sea bass and drink pairings. 

Restaurants Sunset Grille, Mira Solo Martini & Wine Bar, and Gilligan's at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino, & Spa have announced that they have updated the restaurants' menus with diverse dining. You can find dishes and drinks such as the veal tenderloin à la Oscar or seafood casserole with rouille, coconut martinis, shrimp and pineapple skewers, and Bourbon Street chicken tortilla wraps.

Cheeseburger in Paradise has announced they have worked with Luby's Inc. to create new menu with more than 50 items. Executive chef Andrew Larus has created a menu with a mix between new dishes and "reinvented favorites." For example, there will be volcano nachos served with BBQ pulled pork and the island scampi pasta.

Little Nonna's will now be open for lunch, according to Eater. Owners Marcie Turney and Val Safran have decided to open the place up from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, except Sundays. Chef de cuisine Aaron Seppard created a menu full of various antipasti, insalate, macaroni, sandwiches, and sides. Some include rosemary fries, the roast pork and sharp sandwich, and stuffed shells.

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!