For these wounded warriors, a chef-cooked meal is part of the healing process

Army Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Davis, the guest of honor at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, expresses his pleasure with a quail dish. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

At the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, soldiers and their families get a taste of the VIP treatment. The Visiting Chef Program partners with exceptional volunteer restaurant, catering, military, and personal chefs who come to the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket, VA and create once in a lifetime extraordinary meals for our injured warriors and their families.

Source: For these wounded warriors, a chef-cooked meal is part of the healing process

Maple & Pine Restaurant

Maple & Pine Restaurant
(Inside the Quirk Hotel)
201 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

American | $$$


Maple & Pine is in the trendy Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond.


Sitting on the end of the bar you get a peak at a portion of the kitchen where dishes are finished.


The bread is fresh baked in house.




Braised Leek & Oyster Mushroom Fondue, with Gruyere and French Baguette.




Pork & Shrimp Dumplings, Shiitake Mushrooms, Dashi, and Charred Scallions. The appetizers are all amazing. Chef David Dunlap has created beautifully flavorful appetizers with which you can make a meal.


For my entrée I chose the Braised Beef Short Rib Strudel with a Sweet Potato Puree, Pickled Cabbage, and Beef Jus. The braised short bib just melts in your mouth. The strudel gave each bite a delicious crunchy taste.


My wife had the Black Pepper Cavatelli, Porcini Cream, Beech Mushrooms, and Parmesan. The porcini cream and parmesan was heavenly.


I am a big chocolate fan so this looked like a no brainer. Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter Foam, Bourbon Caramel, with Maldon Sea Salt.This was crazy good and as fine a dessert as I have had. If you have even the slightest fondness for chocolate you don’t want to miss this one.When it comes to flavor think Reese’s Peanut Cup on steroids.


My wife’s dessert was the Vanilla Almond Cake, Blueberry Compote, Anise Whipped Cream, and Cardamom Ice Cream. To be honest I was so focused on my own dessert that I didn’t notice or taste my wife’s dessert. I take her word that is was excellent.

Chef David Dunlap, formerly at The Ashby Inn, has created an awesome menu of unique flavorful dishes that are suitable for almost every palate. If you live, work, or visit Richmond treat yourself to a special dinner at Maple & Pine. Reservations are recommended especially on weekends.

Mike Isabella’s First Restaurant, Graffiato, Is Closed

The restaurant allegedly owes back rent Mike Isabella’s seven-year-old flagship restaurant Graffiato has shut off its lights for good, marking the latest piece of bad news for the troubled Top Chef alum. A source inside the restaurant group told Eater that Italian-inspired Graffiato is “indeed closed.” A Popville tipster noted the 130-seat restaurant was locked on Tuesday night during dinner service hours, with no explanation posted on the door.

Source: Mike Isabella’s First Restaurant, Graffiato, Is Closed

The Best Chef’s Knives

Don’t buy a new chef’s knife without reading this excellent review of the various options from Serious Eats. This is the knife you use to dice an onion, chop herbs, cut up a pineapple, and cube meat. If there’s any knife you should spend more money on, it’s this one. They reviewed nearly 30 different chef’s knives, from both Japanese and Western manufacturers. Take a look at their favorites.

Source: The Best Chef’s Knives

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants


If you happen to be traveling the world soon and need a list of great restaurants we present this year’s top 50 from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Leading off in first place is Chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. If you can get a table figure on $288 per person for a 10 course tasting menu. Six of the fifty restaurants are here in the United States. The top U.S. restaurant in 12th place is Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.

1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
2. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
3. Mirazur (Menton, France)
4. Eleven Madison Park (New York City)
5. Gaggan (Bangkok)
6. Central (Lima, Peru)
7. Maido (Lima, Peru)
8. Arpege (Paris, France)
9. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
10. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)
11. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)
13. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
14. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
15. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
16. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
17. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
18. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
19. Geranium (Copenhagen)
20. Attica (Melbourne, Australia)
21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)
22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
23. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
24. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
25. Cosme (New York City)
26. Le Bernardin (New York City)
27. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
28. Odette (Singapore)
29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
30. D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)
31. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)
32. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)
33. The Clove Club (London, UK)
34. Alinea (Chicago)
35. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)
36. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy)
37. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
38. Lyle’s (London)
39. Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)
40. Septime (Paris, France)
41. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
42. Ledbury (London, UK)
43. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
44. Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey)
45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, UK)
46. Saison (San Francisco)
47. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)
48. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
49. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)
50. Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)

Thanks to All the Visiting Chefs

We are less than a week away from when the 100th Wounded Warrior and their family will check in for a week stay at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run. As we approach this milestone event all the volunteer Staff Chefs and Sous Chefs want to thank the over 60 Visiting Chefs that come out each Sunday night and prepare amazing meals for the families. It is almost always the best dinner the family has ever had, and it means so much to us to be part of that.


How to Set Up a Prep Station Like a Pro Cook

When cooking at home, you don’t need to set yourself up as rigorously as someone might in a restaurant kitchen, but there are still plenty of helpful tips to take from professional chefs. These tricks are especially useful if you’re planning a dinner party for friends or spending the weekend pretending to be on Chopped (everyone does that, right?). If you understand the main goals for any station, then you can create one that works best for you in your kitchen.

Source: How to Set Up a Prep Station Like a Pro Cook