Chef News: Traci Des Jardins Now Sole Owner of Jardinière, New Hire at Hog & Rocks, Bluestem Change


Jardinière. Photo: ©

Congrats to chef Traci Des Jardins, who was just celebrating the 15th anniversary of ~JARDINIÈRE~, as she announces that she is the sole managing owner of the restaurant after buying out her business partner of 16 years, Pat Kuleto. (Reading the press release, I had a total flashback of when it was Kimball’s West.) As for Kuleto, he’s enjoying the newlywed life with his wife, Jennifer, and son Daniel, and continues to be “on the prowl” for new projects.

More chef news: according to a tweet from chef-owner Scott Youkilis, there is a new chef at ~HOG & ROCKS~: Robin Song (he was previously at Haven, Plum, and Ame). He’ll be launching a full new menu soon.

And over at ~BLUESTEM BRASSERIE~, the previous chef duo of Francis Hogan and Josh Lucas is no more. Lucas is no longer at Bluestem, and Hogan has taken over as the sole chef. The new fall menu reflects the change, with some different items and a meatier focus.