Monday, November 8, 2010

Mulberry Chef Trains in Esteemed Restaurant Kitchens: Diner & Gramercy Tavern

Mulberry Chef Trains in Esteemed Restaurant Kitchens: Diner & Gramercy Tavern
16-Day Trip Designed to Inspire and Further Develop Chef’s Expertise

(November 8, 2010) Austin, TX — Restaurateur Michael Polombo, owner of Mulberry, downtown Austin’s cozy New American-style restaurant and wine bar, has sent Mulberry Sous Chef Jacob Weaver to Brooklyn, New York, for extensive hands-on kitchen training in some of the borough’s most well-respected restaurants.

Chef Weaver is spending 16-days trailing the chefs at famed restaurants Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, and Gramercy Tavern. Known for their casually sophisticated menus changed and prepared daily by highly regarded Executive Chef Sean Rembold, Diner and Marlow & Sons will afford Chef Weaver the opportunity to learn every aspect involved with serving their finest modern-American cuisine. From learning how to operate as part of a kitchen team, how recipes are created and plated, and how prep work is completed, to understanding the process of costing food, Chef Weaver will receive complete kitchen training from Chef Rembold and his team. Chef Weaver will also spend a day at the Marlow & Daughters renowned traditional butcher shop, where he’ll learn the culinary art of curing fine meats. He’ll then trail the chefs at the acclaimed Danny Meyer-owned Gramercy Tavern, named by the Zagat Survey as New York City’s most popular restaurant.

The kitchen training Chef Weaver receives will help prepare him for his new position as executive chef at Mulberry, as current Executive Chef Zach Northcutt transitions from Mulberry to Polombo’s new American tavern, Haddingtons.

“This trip is designed to help enrich Chef Weaver’s culinary expertise while giving him new inspiration and techniques for Mulberry menu items,” says Mulberry owner Polombo, who also operates several New York City eateries and annually sends at least one of his chefs for in-house kitchen training in a revered restaurant. Though Polombo is currently working to open Haddingtons in downtown Austin, he is determined to continue elevating the dining experience at Mulberry. “As a restaurant group, we’re focused on enriching our people, and we’re putting a strong emphasis on bettering Mulberry, even as we launch another restaurant concept.”

Mulberry is located at 360 Nueces St. on the street level of the 360 Condominium Tower in downtown Austin. For more information about Mulberry or Chef Jacob Weaver, call (512) 320-0297, or visit

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