Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chef Coleman moves from McNinch to Dunhill

Chris Coleman, most recently chef at the McNinch House uptown, is now culinary director at the Dunhill Hotel. In that capacity, he’ll oversee the hotel’s restaurant, the Harvest Moon Grille, as well as its banquet and catering operations, room service and the lobby bar. (Those of you who were fans of his pop-up ventures will have to wait; that effort will remain on hold, as it has all year.)

“I love what Cassie (Parsons, who opened the Harvest Moon) has built here... We're going to definitely keep it local but spruce it up a bit,” said Coleman, 30, who spent nine years at the fine-dining McNinch and plans to bring elements of that experience to this one.

He started last week, but notes a few dishes already: Charlotte Fish’s Tim Greiner brought a wahoo that Coleman served with an Asian-inspired turnip and radish stir-fry with tamari glaze that “sold like hotcakes”; he did a duo of Grateful Growers rabbit (braised leg and pan-roasted saddle over an arugula-barley risotto); and he’s planning fried green tomatoes with sunny-side-up quail egg, sweet-tea-boiled peanuts and wild baby mustard greens from the Seigle Farm Project Parsons started.

Expect new seasonal menus soon. The Dunhill: 237 N. Tryon St.; 704-332-4141.

William Parham, who's been sous chef, takes over as executive chef at McNinch.


Kellie said...

Awesome! It's like I can eat at the McNinch House without spending an outrageous amount of money.

Anonymous said...

His creations are so beautiful and delicious, it leaves you anxious for what is next. He is truly an artist.

Anonymous said...

I hope he improves it. On two visits to Harvest Moon, the food was just okay. Nothing in taste or presentation that an average home cook couldn't manage.