Very exciting news for fans of chef Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club) and ~PICCINO~ in Dogpatch: starting the week of August 26th, Kapur is going to stand in as guest chef for the months of September and October. I know, win-win! The partners are currently deep in discussion with a new candidate for the executive chef position, and they hope/plan to make another announcement in November.
In the meantime, partner Margherita Stewart Sagan shares, “We have known Ravi since the old days of ‘little Piccino’ (as we redundantly and lovingly call the previous location!) when Ravi and Stuart Brioza dazzled our customers in one unforgettable guest appearance in which the two of them cooked together! He is a wonderful human being besides being a very talented chef and we anticipate a lot of delighted customers at our tables!” Indeed.
As for changes to the menu, Kapur adds: “The menu is seasonally driven, so naturally I will change dishes as determined by our local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. There will definitely be some twists in the menu offerings. But as far as the food goes, there’s no way I will jeopardize what they’ve built. The ownership has such a strong presence in the neighborhood and a loyal following and I admire that.” It’s been almost a year since he’s been outside of a professional kitchen, and he’s looking forward to the day-to-day of the restaurant.
In the meantime, you can catch Kapur at the next installments of his Liholiho Yacht Club pop-up at ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~ on Sunday August 19th (12 family-style courses for $50 per person, plus beverages and tip) and the Scoop mentions he’ll be doing an à la carte menu (“pupu style”) on Monday August 20th at ~MISSION BOWLING CLUB~. Bonus: “Kevin Diedrich of Jasper’s will also be there slinging island cocktails.”
Ravi Kapur cooking for Liholiho Yacht Club during its stint at State Bird Provisions. Photo via Facebook.