Savor Fall’s Earthy Treasures at Patina Restaurant Group’s
Patina Restaurant Group announced its first Mushroom Festival to take place this October at its East and West Coast restaurants. Special menus featuring a range of mushrooms will be launched, with a focus on regional American varietals. Autumn is the prime time for mushrooms, when many of them grow in the wild.
“Many of my favorite mushrooms are in season in the fall,” said Patina Chef & Founder Joachim Splichal. “It’s the ideal time to enjoy them, and they complement the heartier fare that comes as the weather gets cooler.”
Wild mushrooms have complex, earthy flavors, mostly sourced at local greenmarkets and via small distributors. The darlings of the chef world, the rarest kinds rival truffles as they are sparse and hard to find. Beautiful yellow chanterelles and spicy, aromatic matsutakes are prized when available. On the East Coast, hen of the woods, king oyster, yellow trumpet and portobello mushrooms can be found. On the West Coast, black trumpet, chanterelles, lobster and matsutake mushrooms grow. Temperature and rainfall typically determine the amount and availability of the mushrooms, with many coming from Pennsylvania in the East and Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest.
Patina Restaurant Group will be featuring the mushrooms in both a la carte and prix fixe selections, both appetizers and entrées. Examples include Café Pinot’s Shiitake velouté with tarragon and crayfish timbale in Los Angeles, and Matsutakes with shrimp and foie gras dumplings and ponzu at The Sea Grill in New York.
Below is a sampling of the restaurants participating in the celebration. The complete list is available with menus at www.patinagroup.com.
The Sea Grill: Chef Jawn Chasteen – 19 West 49th Street, NY, NY 10020. 212-332-7610
Rock Center Café: Chef Antonio Prontelli – 20 West 50th Street, NY NY10020. 212-332-7620
Brasserie 8 ½: Chef Julian Alonzo – 9 West 57th Street, NY, NY 10019. 212-829-0812
Brasserie: Chef Luc Dimnet – 100 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022. 212-751-4840
Pinot Bistro: Chef Hugo Veltman – 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. 818-990-0500
Café Pinot: Chef Gypsy Gifford – 700 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213-239-6500
Pinot Provence: Chef Hugo Veltman – 686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714-444-5900
About Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com) is the nation’s leading multi-concept operator in the premium segments of the restaurant and food service industry. On the East Coast its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, Rock Center Café, The Sea Grill, Brasserie, Brasserie 8 ½, Naples 45 and The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante at the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando, FLA and Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA.
On the West Coast the portfolio includes the renowned Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Paperfish in Beverly Hills, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot at the Maguire Gardens, Zucca Ristorante, Catal and three other restaurants in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Orange County Performing Artscenter, Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas and catering and food
service in museums and cultural centers throughout Southern California.