Seismic Changes at Buck's and Comet Ping Pong
In an e-mail sent to me early this morning, Alefantis wrote that the talented but temperamental chef "has decided to pursue other challenges and interests including food opportunities in NYC, food writing, music and art." He also confirmed that Greenwood and long-time sous chef Robert Dahlia recently sparred in the kitchen, an incident that resulted in Dahlia briefly quitting Buck's. (He's now back at the stove.)
Greenwood, who is traveling in New York, was not immediately available for comment.
Half of Alefantis's immediate concerns appear to be solved. Greenwood has already been replaced at Comet Ping Pong by Laura Bonino, the chef and co-owner of Griffin Market in Georgetown, which serves a take-out Italian dinner menu that changes daily. She also previously cooked under Roberto Donna at the late Laboratorio del Galileo downtown.
Alefantis is also working on other changes at both restaurants: Comet Ping Pong has joined forces with On the Fly, the local eco-friendly outdoor food vending company, to offer Comet's pizza and other Italian snacks at a yet-to-be-determined location, probably by early next month.
Meanwhile, Buck's is without an executive chef, but not without fresh ideas. Alefantis plans on redoing the dining room and launching what he calls "summer camp," a "celebration" of casual seasonal cooking beginning June 17. The restaurateur forecasts wood-grilled lobsters, fried clam baskets, hamburgers, barbecued chicken, corn on the cob and berry pies.
-- Tom Sietsema
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