Posts Tagged ‘Vidalia’

Farms Race: Who Gets the Season’s First Ramps or Soft-Shell Crabs?

With spring comes an arms race among chefs all vying to be the first to have the latest local, seasonal ingredients on their menus.

How Restaurant Week Really Works

All this week, Mintwood Place chef Cedric Maupillier will show up an hour earlier to work and leave an hour later. He’s also reinforced the troops: an additional cook, server, food runner, and busser. This is not a week for kitchen rookies. This is the week to bring in the people who’ve already proven themselves. […]

Woodward Table and WTF Now Open

It's been 15 years since chef Jeff Buben last opened a restaurant. But this week, Vidalia and Bistro Bis got a new sibling: Woodward Table and its fast-casual offshoot Woodward Takeout Food (or WTF). "The other ones are getting old," Buben says. "This is the next generation." If opening a restaurant is like having a […]

Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster Chef

DC Central Kitchen's annual Capital Food Fight is coming up on Oct. 8.  Among the highlights of the star-studded fundraiser will be a cooking throw-down between Elisir chef  Enzo Fargione, Bourbon Steak chef Adam Sobel, Vidalia chef Jeff Buben, and Cuba Libre chef Guillermo Pernot. Already the trash-talking has begun. The nonprofit has a few amazing […]

Vidalia Chef Jeffrey Buben Opening Another Restaurant

TheListAreYouOnIt's Nycci Nellis tweeted a rumor yesterday that Vidalia and Bistro Bis chef/owner Jeffrey Buben may be taking over the space currently occupied by Potenza on September 1 in order to open a restaurant of his own. Buben confirmed to Y&H this morning that he is in fact opening another restaurant but that no details […]

God is My Sous Chef

The giant pot is screaming hot when Pete Smith grabs it and runs out the kitchen door. “Look out,” shouts the chef of Penn Quarter’s PS7’s. Smith swirls the contents—rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemongrass, star anise, and half a dozen other herbs and spices simmering in oil—as he makes a lap past the bar and around […]

Four Important Lessons About R.J. Cooper’s Rogue 24

On Friday night, Young & Hungry traveled to New York for the preview of chef R.J. Cooper's forthcoming D.C. tasting-menu restaurant Rogue 24 at a pop-up shop in Manhattan's Chinatown called Limited Time Only. The roughly four-hour $180 gastronomic extravaganza, which includes eight drink pairings, not counting pre-dinner cocktails, tested not only my taste buds […]

R.J. Cooper Is Happy to Make New Yorkers His Guinea Pigs for His 24-Course D.C. ‘Dance Party’

On Tuesday, former Vidalia chef de cuisine R.J. Cooper announced that he would be offering a preview of the fare at his forthcoming D.C. eatery in an alleyway, Rogue 24, later this month at a pop-up shop in Manhattan called Limited Time Only. Young & Hungry wanted to know why New Yorkers would be getting […]

A Lobster in Winter

Catching lobster in the dead of winter isn’t for the faint of heart. As the temperature dips and lobsters grow hard shells, they migrate to warmer waters in deeper seas, far from shore. Only the most determined fishermen will face open seas and hazardous conditions to bring in a winter catch. Demand for the crustaceans […]

On Capitol Hill, Skipping Spike for Ba Bay Instead

Since I don't live on Capitol Hill, I try to indulge in the best the neighborhood has to offer whenever I'm passing through. During the last year or so, these mini-vacations have more often than not left me sitting in one of Spike Mendelsohn's outposts, whether it be stuffing my face with a Prez Obama […]

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