A few updates, in case you're wondering whatever happened to...
-Peter Botcher, who did impressive work at Restaurant Levain and Barbette, has returned to the kitchen of his former mentor, Vincent Francoul, so I'm expecting great things of the spring menu at Vincent. -Eric Sturtz, formerly chef of Cafe Levain, moved to Duluth and is now cooking at the New Scenic Cafe. Adam Vickerman was promoted as his replacement and has started sourcing more local ingredients and offering Sunday night prix-fixe dinners.
-Justin Frederick, formerly of Grand Cafe is now with Saul Chavez at Masa. Jon Radle came over from Corner Table to head the kitchen and the cafe is now offering tasting menus (call ahead to request) to showcase his talents. -Greg Westergreen of Clancey's Meat & Fish has returned to cooking at the Nicollet Island Inn. -David Vlach, who wowed us at the Town Talk Diner, handed the reins to his sous chef, Tor Westgard, and just left for a year in Spain--hopefully he’ll be back.
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