Is Eric Suniga taking the executive chef position at Jaleo’s super-exclusive back-room dining experience, É By José Andrés? A source at Jaleo tells us he already has. Cosmopolitan reps will only confirm that Suniga is considered a great asset to Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. É, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a single-table dining room where chefs show off the Spanish avant-garde techniques that Andrés is known for (please don’t call it molecular gastronomy) right at the table. Suniga worked at Culinary Dropout before joining Andrés’ team. He spent time at China Poblano, but the last I saw him was at the opening night of Ku Noodles in the SLS. If the rumors are true, this would be an important and prestigious move for the talented chef.
Staying with the Cosmopolitan, two of the resort’s chefs will lend some of their culinary prowess to a Downtown hotspot we usually reserve for cocktail hours. D.O.C.G. chef Gina Marinelli will host a pop-up brunch on February 22 at Velveteen Rabbit, put together by the queen of the underground dining scene, Jolene Mannina. The menu will include pastries by Scarpetta’s Betty Park, charcuterie, eight main course selections and an assortment of desserts—rolled out family style over the course of the day. Belvedere vodka and Moet & Chandon will supply the beverages. Tickets are $50, and you can secure reservations at VelveteenRabbitLV@gmail.com.
If you’re not cool enough to attend the Governor’s Ball at this year’s Academy Awards, have no fear. Wolfgang Puck, who has catered the event for the past 21 years, will be offering a taste of his Oscars at our local Spago, also on February 22. The seven-course meal is priced at $120 and will include yellow fin tuna sashimi, artichoke soup, chilled Maine lobster salad and an apple millefeuille with brown butter sauce and apple cider jelly. Sure, you won’t get to hang out with Reese Witherspoon or Bradley Cooper. But then they probably wouldn’t have spoken to you anyway.