Casolare Brunch: Filling a Hole in DC for Jewish Food

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience

Chef Alex Levin

When Chef Alex Levin talks about the new Jewish-inspired brunch at Casolare in the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, it’s clear that this is a passion project.

Levin, who is the executive pastry chef of the Schlow Restaurant Group, says the idea for the brunch came from a brainstorming session with Chef Michael Schlow, Chef Matt Adler, who is Schlow Restaurant Group’s executive chef of Italian concepts, and Chef Patrick Curran, executive chef of Casolare. They were reimagining a menu for the Italian-themed Casolare, and each chef was describing their favorite brunch food.

Smoked fish and bagels are Levin’s go-to for Sunday brunch. The other dishes reflect many favorites of the other chefs. The resulting brunch menu is a merger between New York’s Lower East Side with Rome’s Jewish Quarter. While the pairing isn’t a common one, it works well.

Read the story here.

Bagel with whitefish salad

 

Casolare Ristorante and Bar, 2505 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington, DC 20007

 

Check Out My Other Stories for Jewish Food Experience

Holy Chow:  A Divine Pursuit

Justin Rosenberg of Honeygrow:  Fast Casual with Jewish Values

Mikey Fabian:  Bringing Jewish Values to the Table

Adam Greenberg:  Jewish Food Takes a Vacation

Jackie Greenbaum:  Rocking it in the Restaurant World

Meredith Goldberg:  A Recipe for Healing

Chef Sasha Felikson:  Bring on the Borscht 

Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurant Group:  From Gejdenson…err, Generation to Generation

Nycci Nellis:  She’s Got Her Pulse on the DC Food Scene

Restaurant profile:  Fired Up About Al Ha’Esh in Rockville

Holy Chow: A Divine Pursuit

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience Ami Schreiber is a software developer, but he always dreamed of owning a kosher Chinese restaurant.  He grew up in New Jersey, just close enough for his family to be able to head into Manhattan for kosher Chinese food as a special treat. Over the years, Schreiber’s affection […]

Justin Rosenberg of Honeygrow: Fast Casual with Jewish Values

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience Justin Rosenberg’s Honeygrow is expanding at a rapid pace. The fast-casual chain features made-to-order stir-fries and salads that you customize by selecting ingredients on a touchscreen kiosk. The emphasis is on fresh, local and healthy. Honeygrow was founded in Philadelphia in 2012, and now has approximately 25 locations including DC’s […]

Chef Adam Greenberg: Jewish Food Takes a Vacation

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience Chef Adam Greenberg likes Jewish food despite the fact that he and his family have always joked about how ugly it is. “It’s monochromatic…all brown on brown,” he muses. Greenberg, who was most recently the executive chef at Barcelona Wine Bar and is a four-time champion of Chopped on the […]

2017: Unpredictable, Often Unsettling. But Let’s Just Focus on the Food!

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time for me to reflect on the year in food, and some of the highlights for Been There, Eaten That. It’s been…. a year. DC continues its ascent as a one of the best food cities in the country, and those of us who live here are fortunate […]

Jackie Greenbaum: Rocking it in the Restaurant World

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience DC restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum (Little Coco’s, El Chucho, Quarry House, Slash Run and Bar Charley) confesses that she’s a former punk rocker, whose life took an unconventional path after she attended a concert by The Ramones. In the height of her rebellious days in the early 1980s, she […]

A Recipe for Healing

A Recipe for Healing by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience   October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Jews and food are inextricably linked. For some Jews, family meals and Jewish holiday celebrations inform eating and dining preferences throughout their life. Many Jewish professionals in the food industry will tell you that childhood experiences of cooking […]

Questions or comments?
Send an email to lorisue6@gmail.com