Chef Pop-Ups Around the U.S.
Thanks to collaborative chef dinners—in which chefs invite fellow toques to take over their kitchens for a night—diners have the chance to sample dishes that would normally require a plane ticket to taste. Here, a few of our favorite upcoming events:
Graffiato, Washington, D.C.
On the first Monday of each month, head to this Italian-inspired spot in D.C.’s Chinatown, where chef/owner Mike Isabella recently launched Industry Takeover Nights. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., the kitchen is turned over to chefs and mixologists for late-night snacks and cocktails. Coming up: Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac, the husband-and-wife team behind Dupont Circle’s forthcoming fried chicken-and-donut concept GBD (May 6), and Jamie Bissionnette of Boston’s always-packed tapas restaurant Toro, coming soon to New York (June 3).
Son of a Gun, Los Angeles
Tinseltown’s favorite seafood-focused restaurant—from the team behind the porcine-centric Animal—has invited Chicago’s Graham Elliot to make a guest appearance. Together with his sous chef and sommelier, Elliot (who has been spending time in L.A. while filming an upcoming season of Master Chef) will serve a five-course tasting menu ($100) on April 8 and 9. Call 323-782-9033 for reservations.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami
For a chance to interact with some of the region’s top toques, don’t miss the once-a-month Midnight Chef’s Table at this Miami Beach hotspot, a favorite for fried chicken. (Sister restaurant Swine Southern Table & Bar just opened in Coral Gables.) The likes of Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson and The Dutch Miami’s Josh Gripper and Conor Hanlon have partnered with Jeff McInnis for this small, family-style meal ($40 to $55) that takes place Friday nights in front of the restaurant’s open kitchen. John Suley of Celebrity Cruises is up next, on April 26.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York
Unfortunately, the upcoming Late Night Dinner Series starring Michael Solomonov of Philadelphia’s beloved Zahav is already sold out, but David Chang’s mini empire is a big fan of pop-ups and collaborations. Tip: Bookmark the Momofuku Long Play blog for up-to-date info. Tipplers will love the monthly Guest Bartender Series at Má Pêche, which launches April 1 and runs through October.
Empellón Cocina, New York
For the third installment of what Alex Stupak has dubbed the Push Project, this East Village Mexican spot will welcome Chris Cosentino, the offal mastermind behind Incanto, in San Francisco. So far, Stupak—the former pastry chef at wd50—has created menus with Enrique Olvera (from Mexico City’s celebrated Pujol restaurant) and Jordan Kahn, chef/owner of Red Medicine in Los Angeles. June 28; email email@example.com with your information to get on the wait list.
Brooke Porter is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.