Bar Charley and Vinifera Land New Chefs
Just a few months after opening - and touting its globally inspired small-plates menu - the chef who was hired to implement that menu is out at Bar Charley. The Washington Post reports that LaMont Mitchell has been replaced by Jackie's chef Adam Harvey, a move that keeps the chef in the Jackie Greenbaum restaurant family.
Gone are the papri chaat, shrimp-and-pork belly dumplings and anchovy crostini with marrow butter - a dish Greenbaum raved about as the restaurant prepared to open in early September. The whole menu will be replaced with a more traditional bistro concept, according to The Post.
A less drastic overhaul will occur at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro in Reston, where John-Michael Hamlet has taken over the kitchen. Northern Virginia Magazine reports that Hamlet will add a French component to the restaurant’s Mediterranean focus, introducing such dishes as smoked oyster fricassée and the chef's trademarked dish, foiejitas - foie gras complemented by marinated peppers, candied shallots and nutmeg crêpes.
The Northern Virginia native has cooked at Stone Manor Inn in Middletown, MD, owned his own restaurant in North Salem, NY, and competed on the Food Network’s Chopped (703-234-3550).