Chef Enrique Olvera of New York’s Cosme and Mexico City’s Pujol has been tapped by the team at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico, to oversee the hotel’s 114-seat signature restaurant, Manta. He'll be keeping with the casual, beach vibes of Baja with a menu that includes housemade tortillas and locally sourced seafood. The property is slated to open on June 26. Carr. Transpeninsular Km.5 - Fracc. A, L-21 Misiones del Cabo.
The Walker Inn, an intimate, omakase-style cocktail bar, has opened at the Hotel Normandie in L.A.'s Koreatown. Serving culinary cocktails and bar snacks in a tasting menu format, the concept feels a bit like Tokyo’s Bar High Five meets Chicago’s Aviary. The project is a collaboration between Devon Tarby, Alex Day, and David Kaplan of Proprietors LLC and Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Nightlife. Open 9 P.M.–2 A.M. Wednesdays–Sundays; 3612 W. Sixth St.; 213-817-5321.
The worlds of food and tech collide at the first BITE Silicon Valley festival at Levi’s Stadium on June 5–7. Chef thinkers such as José Andrés, Roy Choi, Michael Mina, Michael Chiarello, and Michael Voltaggio will converge with innovators like Michiel Bakker (director of Google's Global Food Program), Robert Egger (founder of DC Central Kitchen and LA Kitchen), and Dr. Robert Fraley (chief technology officer of Monsanto) to discuss the future of food over inventive and equally delicious eats. Tickets for the entire conference are $499, Grand Tasting tickets are $149; Levi's Stadium; 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Wy.
Le Fooding is celebrating its fifteenth birthday this month, and this year the theme of their smashing Paris-based food festival is “La Revanche des Faubourgs,” embracing the emergence of culinary cultures on the outskirts of populous city centers. From June 5–7, the program's dinners, concerts, and general festivities will feature some of the world’s most celebrated chefs—including Isaac McHale (The Clove Club in London), Iñaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand and Le Dauphin in Paris), Hugue Dufour (M. Wells in New York), Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese in New York and San Francisco), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec and Petit Trois in Los Angeles), and more. Events take place throughout Paris. For details, evenements.lefooding.com.
Director Wes Anderson has designed a cafe in Milan called Bar Luce as part of the new Fondazione Prada. In true Anderson fashion, the cafe boasts a retro design, complete with wallpaper on the ceiling and walls, formica furniture, and plenty of wood paneling, throwing back to the Milanese cafes of the 1950s and '60s. Largo Isarco 2; 39-2/5666-2611.
Eataly, the massive Italian food emporium from chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, is now peddling their pastas (and other Italian fare) in São Paulo, Brazil. Their new three-story South American location is 50,000 square feet, boasting seven restaurants, two cafes, a variety of counters, and a cooking school. And yes, there is a Nutella bar. Ave. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 1489.
Negroni Week takes place from June 1–7, with 1,700 bars and restaurants ringing in the warm summer months by pouring their take on the classic Italian aperitif cocktail. World-class bartenders like Eryn Reece of Death & Co. and Leo Robitschek of the NoMad (both located in New York) are taking part in the celebrations, applying their own personal spin on the traditional mix of gin, vermouth rosso, and Campari. For participating locations worldwide, visit negroniweek.com.
It’s anticipated that wildly creative chef David Muñoz of DiverXO—the singular Michelin three-star restaurant in Madrid—will be bringing his street food-inspired spin-off StreetXO to London this month. Muñoz has previously worked in London, in the kitchens of both Hakkasan and Nobu, and has plans for expansion in New York later in 2016. 15 Old Burlington St.
Bringing a decidedly unexpected twist to experiential dining, a Breaking Bad–inspired pop-up bar called ABQ (which is actually the Albuquerque airport code) will launch this summer in London. For the fair price of 30 quid (roughly $46), guests will get to play Walter White and Jesse Pinkman—except instead of the blue stuff, they’ll be whipping up batches of two finely crafted cocktails. Location TBD.
Los Angelenos love a good rooftop bar, especially when the quality of its cocktails match the excellent views. The city's latest alfresco outpost opens this month courtesy of E.P. & L.P., complete with vistas of the Hollywood Hills. Australian restaurateurs David Combes and Grant Smillie of Botanical Hospitality open the multi-level eatery with fellow countryman Louis Tikaram behind the burners, who will be serving up pan-Asian cuisine imbued with hints from his Fijian-Chinese heritage alongside craft cocktails by Alex Straus. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-855-9955.
Oenophiles and audiophiles alike are bracing for the opening of the 40-seat wine bar from James Murphy, former frontman of dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem. Called Four Horsemen, the venue will be housed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and will feature a selection of over 150 natural wines and a menu crafted by Nick Curtola, a veteran of much-loved Brooklyn pizzeria Franny's. 295 Grand St.
Joe Carroll (of Brooklyn's Fette Sau and St. Anselm) and Francesco Panella (of Antica Pesa in New York) have joined forces to open Oleanders at the McCarren Hotel + Pool in Williamsburg on June 10. Designed to throwback to the 1970s and '80s “fern bars”—the era's kitschy singles spots, characterized by their signature greenery, cushy booths, and oversize Tiffany lamps—comes complete with period-inspired dishes like beef wellington and pasta primavera, and era-appropriate cocktails (like a Lemon Drop) by the great Dale DeGroff. 160 N. 12th St.
If the weather wasn’t enough to convince you of summer’s arrival, take note: Grand Banks, the wildly popular seasonal bar housed on a handsomely refurbished historic fishing schooner, is again dropping anchor at New York's Pier 25. This year, Kerry Heffernan, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Top Chef Masters, is at the helm of the kitchen. He’ll be preparing dishes like poached Atlantic oysters, shellfish fricasse, and an epic lobster roll, natch, to go along with their expanded cocktail menu.
Sessanta, inside New York's SIXTY SoHo Hotel, is now pouring Italian apertifs, amari, and house-made limoncello alongside coastal Italian and Sicilian dishes prepared by chef Chef Jordan Frosolone, formerly of Momofuku and Hearth. The stunner of a space throws back to midcentury Italy with interiors done by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, calling on inspiration from Giò Ponti and Federico Fellini. 60 Thompson St.; 212-219-8119.
Akasha Richmond—most widely known for her eponymous Culver City restaurant—has opened an eclectic California-meets-India concept in the former Ford’s Filling Station space in L.A. Cribbing from her travels throughout the South Asian country, the kitchen at Sambar is spicing it up with dishes like roti tacos, garam masala lamb burgers, and local street snack sev puri chaat, made with avocado instead of potato. 9531 Culver Blvd.; 310-558-8800.
Expo Milano, also known as this year’s World Fair, has taken on the bold theme of "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." Naturally there's a strong culinary theme running throughout the programming, which include the finals of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef competition, judged by lauded international toques Massimo Bottura, Gaston Acurio, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Yannick Alléno, Margot Janse, Joan Roca, and Eric Ripert. Chef Vinson Petrillo from Charleston is representing the U.S. in the competition, which takes place from June 25-27. Via Rovello, 2; 39-02/8945-9400.
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