Monday, January 30, 2012

A chef change at the Craftwood Inn; new items at Jun

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM

A little teaser of some breaking food news that will likely be expanded upon in this upcoming week's Side Dish column:

• Chef Ben Hoffer told me late last week that he'd put in his notice at Craftwood Inn.

Outgoing Craftwood Inn chef Ben Hoffer, as seen at this past weekends Glass Slipper Ball.
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  • Outgoing Craftwood Inn chef Ben Hoffer, as seen at this past weekend's Glass Slipper Ball.

Incoming Craftwood Inn chef Dave Cottrill, as seen last fall at Conscious Table.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Incoming Craftwood Inn chef Dave Cottrill, as seen last fall at Conscious Table.

In an email sent today, he says, "I will pop up somewhere soon and I have some serious plans to open something for myself here in the springs within the next year."

Meanwhile, local chef and former Conscious Table partner Dave Cottrill posted this on his Facebook page a couple hours ago: "I am now the Executive Chef at The Craftwood Inn."

We'll have more once we've spoken to the restaurant's management.

• Sushi chef Jun Aizu of Jun says his renovated North Academy Boulevard location should be open in time for Valentine's Day.

Most notably, the newly designed space allows for a trio of tables at which Shabu-Shabu (often called Japanese fondue) will be served. Also, Jun will debut some new Ramen noodle bowls — not the crap you lived on in college, but real, homemade bone broths prepared by and based on recipes from Jun's mom, Mieko Wada, who once ran a traditional Ramen house in Japan.

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