Got an email from VOLT. They’re having a party at Harry Grove stadium next Tuesday the 18th:
Please join the Voltaggio Brothers for an action packed night at the Harry Grove Stadium
– Home of the Frederick Keys Baseball Team – Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6 -10 p.m.Two of America’s best chefs have joined together in the creation of VOLT ink, a new cookbook by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio… and we are throwing a party to celebrate!
Concession food courtesy of the Voltaggios take on ballpark food. Beverages by Flying Dog Brewery and Brewers Alley. FACKA Double Header (Frederick Adult Co-ed Kickball Association) featuring one regular game and a second All Star Game with the brothers playing on the East
Coast vs the West Coast team. Concert provided by the Regal Beagles Yacht Club Band and the Blatant 80’s. Kids Fun Zone for oodles of fun for the kids.
Entry tickets $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Children will need a ticket for entry.
Early release of the book will be on sale for $40 and the brothers will be on hand for signatures.
I’m going to keep an eye on the forecast for Tuesday, but right now it looks decent. You can get tickets by calling 301-815-9939 or clicking here.
Nine days after my post the Frederick News Post had an article about Bryan Voltaggio looking to open a second restaurant. Which was three days later than the Washington Post article that referenced this blog. OK maybe I got the possible location wrong but time will tell. Anyway I never promised you I was a journalist. Whole thing was pretty cool though.
PS Thanks to the Washington Post and Twitter for helping me set a new record for the most page hits per day.
While we are on the topic of seafood I just had to mention that I had halibut on a white asparagus risotto with a rhubarb ginger compote for lunch at VOLT last week and it was absolutely the best piece of fish that I have ever had. Just perfectly cooked: moist and flaky. I was sad to finish it. It sounds lame but I actually had a dream about it that night! I don’t usually dream about food. Anybody have food dreams?
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.
Was walking up Market Street yesterday and saw that they were putting up some big tents on Volt’s grounds for what I assume will be a viewing party for the Top Chef finale. Snapped this crappy picture with my cell phone. Fred’s mailbox has no invitations to the party! Even if I could somehow come up with an invite in I would probably have to pass as it would certainly cause some major friction at stately Fred Manor if I was anywhere but on our couch at 10 p.m. We’ll certainly be cheering for Bryan! On the other hand I have reservations there tomorrow for lunch with some friends so things could be interesting if he wins! I’ll keep you posted.
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.
1. Volt is having a truffle tasting night tomorrow. From their email:
For one night only, on Friday, November 21, VOLT invites you to an evening of gastronomic indulgence. Welcoming guests into the Chef’s Dining Room, Chef will craft a seven-course tasting menu highlighting the decadent white truffle. Hailing from Italy’s luxurious Piedmont region, VOLT honors the beauty of this highly coveted fungus boasting earthy, garlicky flavors.
This particular truffle’s arrival is a telling of the fall season while welcoming the winter months ahead. We are offering two seatings for this special evening; one at 6:00 pm and one at 8:30 pm. The seven-course tasting menu is priced at $150 per person and an additional $50 for a spectacular wine paring. To view the menu please visit our menus on the website. You don’t want to miss this dinner. To secure a reservation you can book directly online through our website or by calling our reservation desk. If booking online, please note “truffle tasting” in the notes section.
The Washington Post food critic reviewed Volt in this past Sunday’s Magazine. The review was overall very positive and he gave it 2 1/2 stars (out of 4). The food reviews were very favorable, but they got dinged for service. Link is here.
Lizfrog over at Frederick Maryland Online has a review of her experience at Volt. Interestingly in the comments it indcates that Tom Sietsema’s review of the restaurant is going to be in the 10/5 Washington Post magazine.