Another elegant option for après ski opens in Aspen later this month, thanks to the soon-to-debut David Burke Kitchen. The contemporary farm-to-table restaurant, helmed by executive chef Matthew O’Neill, will incorporate local Colorado ingredients in dishes like Hoppity Acres poached rabbit chitarra with red wine, bacon, foraged mushrooms, raw cream, and shishito gremolata. The restaurant will include an outdoor terrace, from which diners can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains. 515 Hopkins Ave.; 970-429-4182.
Like their Bay Area counterparts Blue Bottle, Tartine Bakery is also branching out to Tokyo. The forthcoming brick-and-mortar space in Daikayama will serve the same treats as their stateside location, but will use ingredients sourced in Japan. Chad Robertson and his wife-business partner Elisabeth Prueitt are reportedly staking out locations in London, Los Angeles, and New York, in addition to working on their space (currently in development) inside the Heath Ceramics space in San Francisco.
L’Atelier by Joel Robuchon is slated to open in New York City this month at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be modeled after the London location, and will include counter and table seating, a bar, lounge, and waterside outdoor area. Also coming to Brookfield place: Parm (pictured below), the sandwich shop from Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick; Umami Burger; and Amanda by Jose Garces. 200 Vesey St.
On the heels of his successful “El Jefe” pop-ups with chefs Roy Choi of Kogi and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal in Los Angeles, actor and director Jon Favreau (of the 2014 film Chef) is planning to take his one-night-only concept to San Francisco and New York. Follow @Jon_Favreau on Twitter for updates.
Top Chef Masters alum and James Beard Award–nominated chef Mark Peel will open Bombo Foods in Grand Central Market, the hub of alt eating in L.A. The restaurant will feature the same California-inspired fare that he became known for at the now-shuttered Campanile, and will also include a fish market for at-home cooks. 317 S. Broadway Ave.; 213-624-2378.
Fear not, oenophiles: Thomas Keller has tracked down his massive French wine collection that went missing from the French Laundry in January. The $300,000 stash was found in a private cellar in North Carolina. An investigation is pending.
British chef Sat Bains—whose eponymous Nottingham restaurant boasts two Michelin stars—is about to give a new meaning to “high-end” dining. The chef announced that he will attempt to prepare a three-course meal atop Mount Everest next month—at an elevation of 23,000 feet above sea level—to claim the Guinness World Record for the highest formal dinner party.
From the first Taste & Savor event at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs to Relais & Chateâux's second annual Gourmetfest at L'Auberge Carmel in California, a shortlist of five incredible food festivals to sign up for this March.
Chef David Kinch plans to open ManresaBread (pictured above) around the corner from his Michelin two-star restaurant Manresa in Northern California this month. The bakery, which is spearheaded by baker/co-owner Avery Ruzicka, has been selling their loaves at farmers’ market pop-ups for over two years. The opening menu will offer seven daily bread varieties, sweet-and-savory pastries, and plenty of their wildly popular brioche. 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
Inaki Aizpitarte, one of France’s most lauded chefs, is slated to open Le Chabanais in London this spring. Paul Boudier, Aizpitare’s head chef at his Le Chateaubriand in Paris, will helm the kitchen, bringing their idea of “bistronomy” (think: a more informal, ingredients-focused dining experience at an approachable price point) to Mayfair. 8 Mount St.
Heston Blumenthal has adopted a strict photo policy at his restaurants, including Dinner at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel and his Michelin three-star Fat Duck (which has temporarily moved to Australia until renovations of the Berkshire space are complete). The chef has ruled that flash photography and standing while shooting are distracting to the dining room, and are now strictly prohibited.