Hot and New – St. Anselm founder Joe Carroll and restaurateur Stephen Starr have announced their new Executive Chef of St. Anselm Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. To open in late-Summer 2018, St. Anselm is the first outpost of Carroll’s place-making Brooklyn-based steakhouse of the same name. Originally from Ukiah, California, Marjorie’s first exposure to cooking came at Plowshares, a non-profit community dining hall her parents founded in Mendocino County in 1983. This early immersion into a world defined by real ingredients and simple technique laid a solid foundation for her celebrated culinary career. She later assisted STARR Restaurants with the opening of Barclay Prime in Philadelphia before returning to her home state and landing at Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Bouchon in Yountville, not far from where she grew up. Meek-Bradley spent a year as a private chef in Florida before arriving in DC in 2009, where she quickly found work as a sous chef at the José Andrés landmark Zaytinya, and later chef de cuisine of Mike Isabella’s Graffiato, further honing her leadership skills. In 2016, Meek-Bradley branched out on her own to introduce Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual concept in Shaw serving hand-crafted sandwiches. She’ll retain a stake in that business while focusing her full creative energies on St. Anselm. Stay tuned for more details.
Freshly Tapped – A new executive chef has been tapped at Mirabelle, Keith Bombaugh, formerly the chef de cuisine at Boston’s outstanding waterfront Meritage restaurant. A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu, he also previously cooked for three years at Michelin three-star restaurant, Alinea, in Chicago. Bombaugh is joining forces with two additional opening alumni from Mirabelle. Tales of the Cocktail award-winning Lead Bartender Zachary Faden, who is returning from the notable Drink Company in Washington, DC will elevate the bar program, and Pastry Chef Zoe Ezrailson, who most recently has been baking at Ellé, one of Washington’s new all-day cafés.