News Bites: Petit Robert's New Chef, Wine Dinners

By Scott Kearnan  |  February 11, 2014

Petit Robert Bistro welcomes new chef. An Italian-born, French-raised chef has entered the kitchen at Petit Robert Bistro in the South End, according to a rep. That location of Petit Robert, a favorite local French chain owned by chef Jacky Robert, is now being helmed by Stefano Quaresima (pictured), a former sous who has already passed through three Michelin-starred spots: La Tour D’Argent in Paris, Hotel Chateau de Bagnols in Lyon and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison in Oxford, UK. Appearing on his inaugural menu is roasted cod filet over wok vegetables in a ginger lemon sauce, coq au vin with fettuccine, and duck magret with a honey sesame crust, parsnips and carrots.

A&E wants more "Wahlburgers." Order's up! A&E is apparently feeling satisfied with the early performance of Wahlburgers, the Boston-based reality series about the famous Wahlberg brothers and the trials and tribulations of running their eponymous burger restaurant. The network just announced it will order 18 more episodes of the show, citing an average viewership of 3.5 million and "audience growth week after week." If you missed it, here's our recent chat with chef Paul about what it was like to step out from behind the grill, and in front of the camera. 

Decades-spanning wine dinner at Tresca. Want a chance to sample the greatest wines of the 1970s, '80s, '90s and today? (Without sounding like a radio station commercial?) Make a reservation for next weeks Marchesi di Barolo wine dinner at Tresca in the North End. The dinner will be hosted by Valentina Abbona, heiress to the lauded Italian wine estate on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 PM, and feature a multi-course menu paired with lush varieties from four different decades. Meanwhile you'll dine on wild mushroom risotto with black truffles, Barolo-braised wild boar and bacon-wrapped roasted lamb loin with a black cherry agrodolce. Seats are $175; reserve by calling 617-742-8240.