Weekly Chef And Menu Report: The Week Of October 28, 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:


New Orleans

In celebration of the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Marines will drink free at Luke on Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to a press release.


Washington, D.C.

Inspired by Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, award-winning chef Michel Richard created the Garden Café Francais menu at Gallery's Garden Café, according to a press release. The menu, which incorporates traditional French dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, includes rustic baguette; a salad with Lola Rosa greens, toasted almonds, garlic croutons, and champagne vinaigrette; and duck confit with red beet potato purée, to name a few.



Southern Art & Bourbon Bar welcomes the distillers behind Bourbon Bar's private label bourbons at its exclusive Master Distillers Dinner on Nov. 21., according to a press release. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the restaurant's head mixologist Clay Livingston will serve happy hour cocktails at the Ham Bar. Cocktails featured will be "The Governor," consisting of Buffalo Trace Private Barrel, Free Brothers black walnut bitters, bitter cube orange bitters, and flamed orange, and "The Masters," consisting of Four Roses Private Barrel, champagne, Peychaud's Bitters, and house-made Manhattan bitters. The cocktails will complement a four-course meal and a cigar and cocktail reception will follow the dinner.


North Carolina

The Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa unveiled its fall menus for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner as well as a fall-inspired Chef's Tasting Menu, according to a press release. Fall dishes include pumpkin soup with marshmallow, autumn squash ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms and Carolina moon cheese, and pumpkin spice cake, to name a few.


New York City

Casa Pomona is now hosting Sunday Siestas, which feature an all-you-can-eat Arroz Con Cosas for $15 or all-you-can-eat Arroz Con Cosas with bottomless sangria for $29 per person, according to a press release. Their Bottomless Spanish Brunch offers unlimited drinks for $15 with the purchase of $15 or more from the brunch menu. Arroz Con Cosas consists of Spanish rice with chicken, chorizo, and seafood and is only served on Sundays.

Shanghai Sogo, a "mobile bistro," serves authentic Chinese street staples with a "slight Japanese twist," such as Asian tapas like Zong Zi, which is slow-cooked sticky-rice with vegetables wrapped in bamboo leaves, as well as spring rolls, noodles, dumplings, salads, and sesame sandwiches.

White truffles have arrived at SD26 Restaurant from Italy's regions of Alba, Asti, and Monferrato, according to a press release. The price per gram is $9 with SD26's recommended amount at 5 grams per serving.

City Crab & Seafood Company announced in a press release a new menu and new chef Chopped champion Michael Siry. New dishes include more oysters, tartar, ceviche, crab dumplings, lobster bisque shooters, and more.

As the weather gets colder, Sirio Ristorante is introducing "warming [cocktail] concoctions" to complement its fall menu, according to a press release. The menu offers an oyster special at the bar with Blue Point oysters available for $1 each between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Red Rooster Harlem is throwing its traditional Chicken & Champagne celebration on Nov. 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to a press release. The tradition is a tribute to Harlem's history and will feature a live jazz performance with songs from the neighborhood's "golden age."

Beginning Nov. 4, Raymi Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar will launch Ceviche Censation, offering endless portions of Raymi's signature ceviches and bottomless pisco sours for $25, according to a press release. The ceviches will vary each week, with Salmon, consisting of ginger, peanuts, sesame seeds, and won tons; Mixto, consisting of aji rocoto, shrimp, squid, octopus, and sweet potato; and Corvina, consisting of lime, red onion, sweet potato, habanero, and cilantro. Beginning Nov. 5, the restaurant will add to its Tuesday Night Pig n' Tails Menu, which currently features $8 pork dishes and $6 cocktails, the Quarter Suckling Pig for $30, half the price of the regular charge.

Celebrating its first anniversary, Antica Pesa introduced its fall menu, a "true toast to autumn, filled with hearty, warming, and earthly options bursting with seasonal ingredients and flavors," including figs, pumpkin, mushrooms, and endive.

Paige Hospitality Group's newest menu item is candied bacon, available at all venue locations but originated at the group's newest venue, The Chester. The candied bacon is great for breakfast, as a quick snack, or as an appetizer.



New dinner and dessert menus just launched at Rex 1516, featuring seasonal ingredients with dishes such as green eggs and ham, fried oysters, and smoked calf chicken.


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!