Fine-dining vets Andrew and Kristin Wood are about to start working on Russet, their farm-to-table concept coming to 1521 Spruce Street, home of the former Ernesto's Cafe. In February of next year, the couple hopes to open the restaurant with a menu that will change daily depending upon available ingredients and seasonal veggies.
While the buzzwords "farm-to-table" are thrown around way too often, Wood has a strong pedigree working in kitchens like Quince in San Francisco and Terra in Napa—some of the first spots recognized for their contributions to the movement.
If Andrew Wood's name sounds familiar, it's because he's the brains and brawn behind Fork's amazing charcuterie program, which is one of the city's best. We will be expecting a hefty amount of that amazing head cheese when Russet cuts the ribbon next year.
Wife and co-owner Kristin Wood is an accomplished chef in her own right, making all of the sweet treats at the now-shuttered James, and having spent time working with Alinea's Grant Achatz when he worked the line at Trio in Evanston, Illinois. [The Feast]