Interviews

An Inteview with Jen Pelka, Founder/Managing Partner, The Riddler

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Traditional Champagne production includes a process called riddling. It’s a tedious, manual task in which each bottle in the cellar is rotated just a few degrees, allowing gravity to slowly dislodge the particles of sediment therein. The person who performs this daily ritual is known, fittingly, as a riddler. I explain all this because, prior to today’s interview, I had admittedly assumed that Jen Pelka — the restaurateur behind Champagne bar and inHouse partner The Riddler — happened to be a particularly zealous fan of Batman. But the name isn’t just a nod to The Riddler’s focus on Champagne; it’s...

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An Interview with Tomos Parry, Chef/Owner, Brat

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“The stripper pole used to be there,” says chef Tomos Parry, motioning towards Table 40 in the second-floor dining room of BRAT. The East London restaurant has been among the city’s hottest from the moment it opened, but the building has lived many lives before: as a strip club, a bacon factory, a tea factory. Today I’ve come to talk to Tomos not about history, but about the city’s current dining landscape and his restaurant’s place in it. “Hackney real estate is crazy now,” he remarks. “Same as Notting Hill.” And if anyone is well-equipped to comment on this neighborhood’s...

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An Interview with Yamil Melendez, GM/Wine Director, Casa Mono & Bar Jamon

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This past November, we welcomed our friends from London’s Barrafina #HomeAwayFromHome to Casa Mono here in NYC for a transatlantic tapas collaboration. So many people contributed to the great success of that dinner series, but we owe a special hat tip to Yamil Melendez — general manager of Casa Mono and Bar Jamón — for making it run so smoothly. Recently, we sat down with Yamil to hear how he steers this iconic restaurant/bar duo forward, while simultaneously tackling a new challenge in curating both of their wine lists. Back when we did your Spotlight on Instagram, you mentioned that, in 2019,...

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An Interview with Jeremy Chan, Chef/Co-Owner, Ikoyi

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Today’s chefs tend to wear more hats than just the figurative toque, and Ikoyi’s Jeremy Chan is no exception. To converse with him is to watch a polymath slalom between creativity and practicality, philosophy and finance, dreams and reality. And with our inHouse London official launch just days away, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to sit down with one of the more dynamic figures on the city’s dining scene right now. Jeremy, thank you for taking the time to chat today. This is a question I hate to ask, as I’m sure you get it all the time,...

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An Interview with Amanda Smeltz, Wine Director, Matter House

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Before taking over the wine programs at inHouse partners Estela and Cafe Altro Paradiso, sommelier Amanda Smeltz had explored just about every possible approach to wine on the casual-to-fine-dining spectrum in New York City. From the John Dory Oyster Bar to Roberta’s; from the tasting counter at Blanca to the white tablecloths of Daniel Boulud’s, and then Tom Colicchio’s restaurants, she’s seen it all. With this wealth of experience, we were curious to hear her insights and strategies when it comes to building a solid wine list. A conversation with Amanda Smeltz: You’ve worked with an incredibly diverse group of...

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