Your De Rigueur Test Kitchen (& Walter Manzke) Update
As the culinary experiment of Test Kitchen winds down, the chef musical chairs act continues. Tonight and tomorrow night, November 30th and December 1st, Walter Manzke (Church & State, Bastide, ____ ) will be cooking Spanish tapas with Perfecto Rocher (the Blvd, Manresa). Manzke describes the menu as "all pretty traditional; a lot of family style." Okay, but what traditional means in the hands of these two chefs is anyone's guess.
Of course a phone call to Manzke requires a question about his current restaurant project. "I'm still working on it," said Manzke. A time line? "I hope soon. I'm getting tired of this." We'll let you know.
After Manzke and Rocher, Test Kitchen has quite the line-up in the coming weeks. RÃ©mi Lauvand, Ian Gresik of Drago Centro, Dominique Crenn, Seth Greenburg, etc. On December 7th, Ray Garcia, Sal Marino, Ilan Hall, Alex Becker and Sherry Yard cook for Cart for a Cause. And on December 10th, Alain Giraud will cook a dinner devoted to black truffles. Time to pitch a tent on that stretch of Pico Boulevard, I guess.