DonRocks Posted February 14, 2008 Share Posted February 14, 2008 The following two paragraphs are paraphrased from a detailed letter Amy sent me yesterday. I realize it sounds a touch "press-releasey," but since it's from the chef herself, it carries plenty of weight and significance. Congratulations on your new position, Chef Brandwein - we'll all be pulling for you! Cheers, Rocks. Amy will be the opening chef at Fyve, a new restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, currently scheduled to open in early March, pending final construction. Decor will be vibrant red, orange, and cool patterns with hardwood floors and no tablecloths. There will be an intimate dining room with an adjacent lounge. The staff at the Ritz has given Amy total creative control over the menu, which will reflect modern-American cuisine. She'll be doing some traditional dishes such as ribs, pork belly, collard greens, baby chicken, but twisting them in a different way. There will be southern-Italian influences, but also some nods to Tunisia, Morocco, and Turkey. "Inclusive and diverse menus that will look towards how all of these countries are similar in their ingredients and techniques, but using them in different ways with different spicing," she told me. Ginger, curry, saffron, turmeric, and garlic will all be used in various dishes, which will be cooked with ingredients sourced locally and from small east-coast farms whenever possible. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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