The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Chef shifting: Bookmakers Cocktail Club, Le Garage and Wine Market Bistro
In September Bookmakers Cocktail Club that opened in the old Nevin’s space in Federal Hill premiered with Chef Chris Amendola at the stove and Ryan Sparks guiding the libations at the bar. Before Bookmakers Cocktail Club, Chef Chris Amendola was executive chef at Fleet Street Kitchen. He came to Baltimore with a culinary pedigree working with the likes of Chef Todd English, Chef Sean Brock and eventually at award winning, original farm-to-table Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
Chef Amendola has recently left Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club and Chef Sarah Acconcia takes charge of their kitchen today. Chef Acconcia, most recently recognized for her French bistro fare at Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites in Hampden has graced the kitchens at 13.5% Wine Bar, Woodberry Kitchen, Maggie’s Farm and a selection of stagiaires at nationally renowned restaurants.
The Wine Market Bistro’s Chef Kevin Christian has been named executive chef of the very popular Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites replacing Chef Acconcia. Chef Christian will remain director of menu development for Wine Market Bistro, and Dan Metz, currently of the Wine Market Bistro, will step up to chef de cuisine of Wine Market Bistro. Chef Christian has been with the Wine Market Bistro for five years and worked previously at Tersiquel’s in Ellicott City where his interest in French cuisine was piqued.
According to Le Garage co-owner Brendan Kirlin, "We are excited to have Chef Christian on board. Guests really connect with his food. The Wine Market Bistro's OpenTable.com table ratings for food have been stellar during his tenure. Chef Christian will make seasonal changes to Le Garage's the menu while keeping certain key items, such as the signature frites, just as they are.”