Excellent front page article in today’s Frederick News Post. Talks about Bryan Voltaggio’s collaboration on a new brew with Flying Dog Brewery: Backyard Ale. The beer is designed to go with “smoked and barbecued foods.” Downside is that FNP says it goes for $5 for a 12 ounce bottle. Ouch- seems pricey for a regularly brewed beer.
Also in a sidebar the article talks about Voltaggio’s new TV show that he’s working on that might air on PBS in the fall. Equally interesting is the tidbit that he is now considering the old Carmack Jay’s property for his new second restaurant.
Two blog entries in one day. A FF first! Just wanted to let you know that rumor has it that Bryan Voltaggio is in the planning stages of opening a second, more casual restaurant. My source tells me it will be in Middletown at the site of the old Ingalls lumber building.
Remember you heard it here first!
on Top Chef that is. Hopefully not Volt. I certainly called that one wrong. There was much disappointment and some disbelief last night. The let down was soothed by the fact that all of the final three were really top-notch chefs. As one of them said last night: on any given day anyone could beat the other two. Looking forward to more enjoyable meals at Volt. Not because he’s a celebrity but because the food is great.
PS saw in the Washington Post today that the brothers are working on a cookbook.
You’ve got to love having Top Chef in Vegas. Where else are you going to have the bookmakers giving weekly odds on the contestants? They are updated following the week nine restaurant wars episode and Bryan is still in fourth. No surprise Kevin still holds the top spot. I wish I had access to the betting. It has occurred to me that in light of my promise I could hedge things at 5-1 odds for about $50. Hmm …
Full odds and story here.
EDIT: Nice catch Shannon and thanks! The actual new post-restaurant wars odds are here. Now it looks like it will now cost me $55.56 to hedge. If only I could. Stupid federal anti-gambling laws.
No- It’s not that I have reservations about Volt it’s getting them. My parents just tried to make a Friday night reservation at Volt and there was a six week wait! Fabulous. I wish Bryan, Hilda and the whole staff all the success in the world- it looks like they are getting some serious Top Chef buzz . What’s it going to be like if he wins?
All of us in the Fred household have been following Top Chef religiously. Actually we have watched the show as a family since season 2. Since we TIVO it I have been ducking the front page of the Frederick News Post on Thursday mornings and my office is forbidden to discuss it in my presence. Of course we are rooting for the local boy and there has been much cheering at Bryan’s victories. In fact a promise was made that if he wins Top Chef the whole family is going to Volt.
Here is an interesting Las Vegas blog that gives the official odds. Bryan is in 4th place according to the bookmakers after week seven. Not surprisingly Michael is in first. NOTE: the blog contains spoilers so don’t look at it unless you are current with Top Chef.