Coming up on July 29, you'd better hold on to your hip metal seat at City House, because one of Tandy's old bosses is coming in to check on him. Wilson worked under executive chef Nate Appleman in St. Helena, Calif., at Tra Vigne, one of the best Italian restaurants in the Napa area. Appleman then moved on to become executive chef at part owner of A16, an incredible rustic Italian restaurant in San Francisco. He also authored a cookbook with the same name as the restaurant, which refers to the main highway that crosses the Southern Italian region of Campania. It's also one of my favorite cookbooks ever.
Appleman has been named a Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation and a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef, as well as competing on television on The Next Iron Chef and Chopped All-Stars. After working at a few more high profile Italian eateries, Chef Appleman has lately been (brace yourself for this one...) working on the line at a Chipotle burrito shop in Chelsea.
It's not as weird as it sounds. He's taken on a role as an adviser to the company and is learning their processes so that he can suggest how to make the food more healthy, and really more interesting, without sacrificing efficiency. If anyone can talk corporate into a whole-hog burrito, it's Appleman.
Fortunately, Appleman was able to talk his 19-year-old shift supervisor into giving him a night off so that he can come join Tandy in the kitchen on Sunday, July 29, starting at 6 p.m. All kidding aside, this should be an extraordinary evening, and it will sell out fast. For reservations to this very special event, please call (615) 736-5838. Tickets are $112 per person all inclusive. Call (615) 736-5838 for reservations, as they will not be accepting walk-in business that evening.
Just don't ask for chips and guac.