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.
FYI-This event is now sold out :(
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.
You're going too? Awesome. This is going to be an incredible meal.
Who can afford those prices?
I'd love to go some time but yeah, I can't afford $240 for the wife and I to have a nice dinner.
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.
It's not like anyone is splurging like this every night.
report back, please, upso!!
deere1 posted at 04:57:54 PM on Nov 06, 2013:
Who can afford those prices?
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.
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.
Here's the FB page dedicated to this group: https://www.facebook.com/chefscollectivetoledo
This is where we will post all announcements.
If you're a hashtag person- follow #chefscollective on Twitter, FB and Instagram tonight
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