Craft News: New Market Menu and Top Chef Casting

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Starting tonight, Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurant in Century City will be offering a $55 three-course Market Menu at dinner. We’ve been wondering how the upscale chophouse has been doing since the recent chef shuffle and CAA expense account shrinkage, and this may just answer the question. The new menu features seasonal meat and seafood preparations served family style (the whole table has to be in on the deal). Tonight’s debut menu is below:

first course
Endive & Wild Arugula Sala
Dates, Hazelnuts & Blue Cheese

main course
Whole Roasted Loup de Mer
Baby Fennel & Black Olives

side dishes
Heirloom Squash Gratin
Braised Pee Wee Potatoes
dessert
Huckleberry Crisp
Lime Sherbet
Huckleberry Yoghurt

In other Craft news, theTop Chef casting folks will be at the restaurant on November 15 scouting culinary talent for season seven of the Bravo hit. If you ever thought about doing the show, this seems the year to try. A pregnant Padma might just let that pickle-banana-scallop amuse-bouche mishap slide.