Monday, June 9, 2014

Zest Bistro Hires New Executive Chef

New Chef Mark Ricker

From our friends at Zest Bistro...

New Chef Mark Ricker Plans Decadent Father's Day Special This Weekend

Chef Mark Ricker has taken over as executive chef at Zest Bistro in Barrack’s Row. For his first Fathers Day special he’s offering Kansas City ribs with a bourbon BBQ sauce, Maryland corn on the cob, and a loaded twice-baked potato. $24.95. This will be available all weekend at Zest Bistro. Click here to make an online reservation.

Ricker joins Zest after having just returned from a national tour as chef for Backstage Bistro, a rock and roll touring company operation, where he helmed the kitchen facilities for such groups as the Rolling Stones. The DC native was executive sous chef at Bobby Vans Steakhouse. He began his career, after graduating with honors from the culinary program at the Art Institute of Washington, as a junior sous chef for Jose Andres at CafĂ© Atlantico and Minibar. He also served as a sous chef for two of Robert Wiedmaier’s restaurants, Brasserie Beck and Brabo.

Kansas City Ribs (Photo: Fredde Lieberman)

About Zest Bistro:
Zest Bistro is the creation of Capitol Hill resident Amanda Briggs. Amanda and her husband had long dreamed of creating a hip, warm and welcoming space in the neighborhood that caters to the diversity of Hill professionals while remaining friendly and accessible to families. Add great food and exceptional service to the equation and Zest Bistro fills a niche for creative American food on the Hill.
Zest is the perfect place to dine at any time of day; Pork Tenderloin with Spicy stone fruit Chutney, Roasted leg of lamb on grilled flatbread with pomegranate BBQ, Blackened Salmon with Crab Bearnaise or Mediterranean Penne pasta are some of our signature offerings. Sunday brunch is also not to be missed!

Zest is committed to being environmentally friendly and has taken a number steps towards being green. Wood from the restaurant demolition was saved and made into the dining room tables and bar top, non-toxic paint was used on the walls, the water heater, sinks and toilets are highly energy efficient and the bamboo floors are a sustainable resource. Zest continues to look for ways to be green and will incorporate these efforts into their carryout packaging, as well.

While nobody at Zest is going to rush you, or over explain the menu, getting advice when selecting from our wine list or finding out which dessert is our favorite is just the kind of information our friendly and informed wait staff are there to help you with.

Drop by for lunch or dinner or simply stop in for a drink and appetizer. We look forward to seeing you sometime soon.