Christian DeLutis, formerly of The Dogwood, The Wine Market, and other prestigious local restaurants, will be heading to Alizée Boutique Bistro and Wine Bar in the Colonnade as executive chef in mid-August.
In an e-mail, Christian told me diners can expect a "strong charcuterie and cheese program, as well as some modern techniques blended with classic French fare."
He also wanted everyone to know that he and Dogwood’s chef/owner Galen Sampson are ending on great terms. "We are good friends," he said. "I wish him continued success."
With Christian at the helm, maybe Alizée can finally get its act together. The kitchen has been a revolving door with chefs Josh Hill and then Thomas Watts behind the stove.
The restaurant, in the spot once occupied by the wildly successful Polo Grill, deserves a chance to succeed. Three previous restaurants haven’t been so lucky.
I have to credit Patti Neumann’s blog for the initial scoop that Christian was heading to Alizée. Patti, who is founder and CEO of CITYPEEK, always has a wealth of food/restaurant info on her blog. She seems to be everywhere these days. Thanks, Patti.