Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ashmont Grill: Chef Douglass Now Cooking

It’s been an interesting eight months for Boston chef and restaurateur Chris Douglass.

Icarus, his beloved fine dining restaurant in Boston's South End, closed in July after a run of over 30 years. Rather than mourn the end of an era, Chris spent the remainder of 2009 shuttling back and forth between Ashmont Grill and Tavolo, proactively growing his two casual concept restaurants in the Dorchester neighborhood where he lives. He acted as handyman, host, janitor, bookkeeper, butcher, baker and sommelier.

Effective this week, Douglass will be cooking dinner at the Ashmont Grill every night. A new winter menu debuts today.

Featured entrees include:

* Navajo Stew: hominy, beans, chiles and fry bread ($15)

* Braised Lamb over Pappardelle with dried cherries, gremolata ($17)

* Baked Macaroni & Moody Bleu Smoked Cheese ($15)--I love the name of this cheese!

* Slow-Roasted, Cider-Glazed Pork Belly with Boston baked beans, brown bread and apple slaw ($17)

* Spare Ribs with apricot-chipotle glaze and hush puppies ($16)

* From Pastry Chef Clare Garland: Hazelnut Marjoleine, nutty cake layered with orange buttercream, coated in chocolate ganache, garnished with praline ($8)

Also be sure to check out their Monday Night Wine Club: $30 for a Night of Big Pours and Small Plates

March 1 – Sonoma
March 8 – Loire Valley
March 15 – Marvelous Malbecs
March 22 – Washington State
March 29 – Germany
April 5 – Tuscany vs. Puglia
April 12 – Grapes Grown in the Hills
April 19 – Russian River Valley
April 26 – Classic Cocktails

Ashmont Grill
555 Talbot Ave.
Dorchester, MA
Phone: 617-825-4300

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