Kensington Market will be full of cross-promotions throughout the next few months, as places like Cold Tea, The Bellevue, and the food court at 214 Augusta Ave. are introducing a full calendar of collaborative events.
About twice a month, Cold Tea (60 Kensington Ave.), is inviting a chef to cook at the bar’s spacious backyard patio on Sunday afternoons. So far, Steve Gonzalez (Bushwick) has done a pig roast for Cinco de Mayo and, just yesterday, Jeff Claudio (Yours Truly) made plates of Filipino food. (For those still having trouble finding the place: Head to the end of the corridor at the Kensington Mall and go through the unmarked door on your left just past the used book shop.) Other people that have been tapped for future cook-offs include Francisco Alejandri of Agave y Aguacate and his new neighbour Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster Food Co., who just moved into the nearby 214 Augusta food court. (Interesting trivia: Pettit is Colborne Lane and Origin owner Claudio Aprile’s lobster supplier; he also has a lobster wholesale business. Aprile himself is getting ready to open the Liberty Village location of Origin at 171 East Liberty St. tonight.)
A short walk away at corner restaurant The Bellevue, owner Chris Dardarian is bringing back Monday dinners this summer with more guest chefs. Tonight, Gonzalez will be doing a $35, five-course dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Other chefs that have expressed interest (but haven’t confirmed yet) include Anthony Rose (ex-Drake Hotel), Woodlot’s David Haman, and extremo dude Pat Newton.