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Weekly Dish: Chef Changes

Corners Tavern and Gather get new chefs; San Ramon beer expansion; and tapas in Berkeley.


Courtesy of Corners Tavern

Corners Tavern Gets a New Chef

Corners Tavern in Walnut Creek has a new executive chef, Adam Carpenter. You may recognize Carpenter’s name, as he was named “best new chef” in Diablo's 2013 Food Awards. At the time, he was new to Park Bistro & Bar in the Lafayette Park Hotel.

At Park Bistro, Carpenter revamped the menu to go along with a major renovation, which breathed new life into the charming but decidedly old school hotel restaurant.  Before that, Carpenter was the opening chef at the well-publicized Jasper’s Corner Tap in San Francisco.

Carpenter told me he was drawn to Corners Tavern because it’s a place where he’d like to go out himself at night. He will also be developing bar food to pair with their cocktail menu.

Carpenter is starting at Corners this week, and will be working alongside outgoing chef Gavin Schmidt as he hands over the reins. Carpenter will make the menu his own, while maintaining the American tavern fare that Corners is known for.

Carpenter says this is an exciting time to be joining the restaurant: Broadway Plaza is almost finished with its multi-million-dollar renovation, and Corners Tavern will be a main restaurant at the shiny, upgraded outdoor mall.

We have a feeling this Las Lomas High grad is going to do just fine.


Tapas in Berkeley

A popular Oakland-based mobile catering business, Ñora Cocina Española, is putting down roots. Owners and chefs Sergio Emilio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte are opening a Spanish tapas bar, La Marcha, in Berkeley.

Scheduled to open this month, anticipate more than 25 small plate options and eight paellas, as well as a variety of Spanish-inspired desserts. Try a sherry flight with 20 different sherries, or expand your Spanish wine knowledge with 30 options. Spanish-style ciders and Bay Area craft beers will also be available.



Courtesy of Gather

Chef Switch at Gather

Change is in the air at Gather in Berkeley. Tu David Phu is the new executive chef. An Oakland native, 30-year-old Phu is a graduate from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and was sous chef at Acquerello in San Francisco before accepting his this new position.

Phu will bring a fresh eye to the Gather menu while continuing the focus on sustainable and local ingredients. The back of the kitchen is a busy area at Gather, as they make artisanal cheeses and pastas and butcher whole animals in-house.


San Ramon’s Schubros Brewery to Expand

San Ramon-based Schubros Brewery is growing, according to DanvilleSanRamon.com. After just four years in business, the brewery is expanding its distribution across California and to several locations east of the Rocky Mountains, including Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Schubros has a new head brewmaster, Eric Reid DuVall, who will oversee the expansion of the San Ramon facilities.

Shubros just released Midnight Cove, a barrel-aged imperial porter. We’ll keep an eye out for future expansion developments.


Upcoming Event: All About Wine

Enjoy nibbles and wine tastings at The Gretta Foundation’s 2015 All About Wine Event on October 24 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Lafayette.

Many of the wines are from limited productions, and are not available at tasting rooms or at stores. And if you like what you’re tasting, you can order more at the event.

The culinary partner at the event is Rodney Worth, the six-time winner of Diablo’s Best of the East Bay Chef of the Year.

The Gretta Foundation’s mission to provide nursing education to impoverished and disease-burdened nations. Tickets cost $100 per person.

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