I was very surprised to learn on Twitter that the talented chef de cuisine of ~BARBACCO~, Sarah Burchard, was leaving the restaurant. Aw heck, our city loses another female chef. We had a chance to catch up on the weekend, and she said it was a very hard decision, but she was just “wiped out and taking some much-needed time off.” Burchard was quick to say there was no ill will or conflict—she just needed a break. She mentioned she’ll be doing lots of traveling (she was looking into Paris flights where we spoke), spending some time with her family, and then figuring out what’s next. (You might see her helping out her boyfriend Spencer O’Meara at Paragon events in the upcoming ballgame season.) Her replacement is reportedly a sous chef from St. Helena’s Martini House, and executive chef Staffan Terje will be closely training and overseeing him.
Photo from Barbacco.