Plans are coming together for Alpana Singh's new restaurant The Boarding House as the master somm reveals she tapped Christian Gosselin as exec chef for the forthcoming River North restaurant. Singh has said the menu will play off the wine program and both will be inspired by travel.
Gosselin, a Quebec native (and—fun fact!—distant relative of explorer Louis Jolliet) who most recently worked with chef Martial Noguier at Bistronomic and at the Sofitel, will craft a New American menu inspired by global wine regions. It doesn't hurt he has worked in Quebec and New Zealand and has traveled extensively throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe.
The menu will feature smaller plates ($6 to $12), medium plates ($12 to $18) and entrees ($22 to $30) with dishes like lobster poutine with a sauce Armoricaine; and shredded duck confit hash with red-wine-poached eggs, sauce Béarnaise and diced potatoes. Singh gets excited about the dishes as she will get to play around and find the perfect pairings to suggest to guests.
"Chef Gosselin brings with him an expansive repertoire and an encyclopedic knowledge of food and culinary traditions," Singh said in a release. "I look forward to building a wine program that will compliment his delicious creations."
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