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This Monday, there will be a chef pop up at Registry Bistro. If you aren't familiar with the concept, it's typically, multiple chefs collaborating on a one time event at a restaurant. This is the second such event, the first was in September at Revolution Grille. The event is $120/ person all inclusive, the theme is Thanksgiving.I think the menu is supposed to be a surprise. It's 11 chefs/ 11 courses/ 11 wines. even if you don'/ can't attend, it's good to get this on your radar as it was barely publicized, but, as of this past Monday, there were only 11 seats available. They'll cap at 120 people. Call Regsitry for reservations.

Here's the list of the chefs participating:

Chef Rob Rousseau -The Gathering
Chef Michael Bulkowski - Revolver
Chef Rob Lucas - Bar 145
Chef Mike Rosendau - The Toledo Club
Chef Rob Campbell - Revolution Grille
Chef Kengo Kato - Koreana
Chef Micah Risher - House of Eats
Chef Garret Jones - Reverends Bar & Grill
Chef Erika Rapp - Registry Bistro
Chef Chris Nixon - element 112
Chef Moussa Salloukh - La Scola

This is an important moment in the culture of Toledo Culinaire. what we now have is a group of leaders that collaborate, share and support each other. This is a seachange that more mature restaurant and chef-centric cities don't necessarily have. The best cities-Cleveland, NY, Chicago, have this culture of support, you can now add Toledo to this list. I can tell you from being in the room with this entire group-there is no rivalry, no ego, just total affection and respect for each other. This will raise the bar. I can also tell you the list is not limited to this group of 11, it will be an ongoing growing fraternity. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism in place to publicize these events, partially because they fill up so quickly.

created by ahmahler on Nov 06, 2013 at 11:48:23 am     Food     Comments: 15

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Sounds great!

posted by viola on Nov 06, 2013 at 12:02:16 pm     #  

FYI-This event is now sold out :(

posted by ahmahler on Nov 06, 2013 at 12:17:07 pm     #  

It's downtown.

It'll be out of business by the second course (which, despite being "sold out" will be completely unattended), all attendees who DO brave the mean streets will be immediately robbed, their cars stolen, and generations to come will be bankrupted.

posted by endcycle on Nov 06, 2013 at 01:42:27 pm     #  

Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

posted by upso on Nov 06, 2013 at 02:52:39 pm     #  

You're going too? Awesome. This is going to be an incredible meal.

posted by endcycle on Nov 06, 2013 at 03:02:11 pm     #   2 people liked this

Who can afford those prices?

posted by deere1 on Nov 06, 2013 at 05:57:54 pm     #  

I'd love to go some time but yeah, I can't afford $240 for the wife and I to have a nice dinner.

posted by taliesin52 on Nov 06, 2013 at 06:29:11 pm     #   1 person liked this

i'm not saying i can afford to go. i'm just saying i'm stupid and am going to blow way too much money on an incredible meal.

posted by upso on Nov 06, 2013 at 06:39:00 pm     #   6 people liked this

It's not like anyone is splurging like this every night.

posted by toledolen_ on Nov 06, 2013 at 08:02:08 pm     #   2 people liked this

report back, please, upso!!

posted by nana on Nov 07, 2013 at 12:45:29 am     #  

deere1 posted at 04:57:54 PM on Nov 06, 2013:

Who can afford those prices?

Point taken.

On the other hand, what would it cost to visit the restaurant of each individual chef to taste their food, if cuisine is of interest to you?

While I understand that the price is not low, I see a real value here.

I can see how someone might spend their entire entertainment budget on this, assuming they are blessed to have one.

posted by justread on Nov 07, 2013 at 06:52:21 am     #  

justread-good point. To expand on that, to many, myself included, great meals and original experiences at great restaurants is money well spent. Some people spend thousands on hunting, watching professional sports, travelling, camping, boats, concerts, etc. This experience is in that same category. It's not just eating, it's an experience, but it's not necessarily for everyone. Just a little perspective. Heck, this is still cheaper than Final Cut (assuming you get some wine).

BTW-No one is exactly getting rich off of this event, it's an elaborate production, and events such as these are actually break even at best.

posted by ahmahler on Nov 07, 2013 at 07:16:33 am     #  

Here's the FB page dedicated to this group:

This is where we will post all announcements.

If you're a hashtag person- follow #chefscollective on Twitter, FB and Instagram tonight

posted by ahmahler on Nov 11, 2013 at 02:28:22 pm     #  

we had a blast:

posted by upso on Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51:54 am     #   1 person liked this

Here's the video from #2. #3 was last week in Findlay, but I was out of the country so I missed it, still waiting for some reports. I expect #4 will be announced soon

posted by ahmahler on Jan 24, 2014 at 09:55:38 am     #