Chef News and Moves: Yoni Levy to Outerlands, New Chefs at Aveline and Hecho


Chef Yoni Levy. Photo by Tienlon Ho.


The dining room at Aveline. Photo: Wes Rowe.

We have quite a number of chef shuffles to report on this week, starting with the news that Yoni Levy, most recently at Alta CA, is now leading the kitchen at ~OUTERLANDS~. Eater reports he will be adding some dishes over the coming weeks; Brooke Mosley will continue to rock breakfast, bread, and pastry there.

Yet another executive chef has been named at ~AVELINE~: the original pastry chef, Kaley Laird, is now taking the helm. The menu will be flexible so that dishes can be “allergen-free,” as the press release is phrasing it (many items can easily be prepared so that they’re gluten-free and dairy-free). You can look at her menu here. Sunday brunch will be served as well. Also on board is new GM and beverage director Sarah Knoefler, previously from the Au Bon Repas Restaurant Group (Café Claude, Claudine, Gaspar, and Gitane) and Dosa on Fillmore. 490 Geary St. at Taylor, 415-345-2303.

~HECHO~ has a new chef, Cory Armenta, previously of Fork & Spoon Productions event catering. His new menu has some classics, like pozole and four kinds of quesadillas, and will still reflect local, seasonal ingredients. And then there are nachos a la plancha, tossed in queso, topped with four cheeses, pinto beans, pickled jalapeños, coriander-lime crema, and cilantro (with optional carnitas or carne asada), oh yeah. Weekend brunch has been amped up with double the dishes, and the new 5-6-7 Happy Hour means you can some by Mon-Fri from 5pm-7pm for $5 big Corona beers, $6 quesadillas de queso, and $7 Hecho classico margaritas. 2200 Market St. at Sanchez, 415-926-5630.