Monday, May 12, 2008

I Can't Wait!: VOLT

Just in case you haven't heard, there is a potentially fabulous new restaurant opening in town this summer: Volt. And, I have bought into all of the buzz hook, line, and sinker. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check out their blog (much, much more info than their web site):

The head chef, Bryan Voltaggio, seems like the real deal in food. He's a CIA grad and a veteran of Charlie Palmer Steak in DC. Here's a quote I picked up off of his blog: “Developing the menu will be driven by the changing seasons,” said Voltaggio. “Produce will be featured at the peak of its harvest. Fish, game, and aged cuts of beef and lamb will be procured from only top-notch purveyors. Wine selections will highlight both pedigreed and emerging wine makers from both old and new world vineyards.” Voltaggio says the restaurant’s wine program will be supported by a highly experienced sommelier who is dedicated “to creating a memorable dining experience.”

With so many fabulous ingredients available locally, the menu is sure to be fantastic and work for all of the locavores out there too.

Volt will be located on N. Market St between 2nd & 3rd Sts. (across from Wheel Base). He and his partnew, Hilda Staples, have hired a DC architect focused on restaurants. I'm sure they'll do the building across from justice, plus, it's right around the corner from my house. As I get more info, I'll post it here.

Hmmm, sounds like more good eating is coming to town. Woo-freakin'-hoo!!!


Anonymous said...

The sommelier is named Aaron, he left the Inn at Little Washington to join Volt.

Self said...

Is the building Volt is going into in that mansion type building? My wife and I walked around last night and were pretty sure, but not 100% that this is the building you are talking about.

Chef Christine said...

Yup, that's the one. It's undergoing some major interior renovations right now.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Self said...

No prob- I've been lurking around the Freddie blogs for a bit and decided to particpate also! So my wife and I are totally psyched about VOLT, and I've heard from DC locals that Bryan brings a good reputation. Is there any word why he's putting up a place here?

Chef Christine said...

Excellent! Leave me your blog info and I'll take a look too.

As I understand it, (this is a GUESS!), he's a Frederick native looking to come back home. My only fear is that it's going to be so posh as to make it too pricey (ok -- maybe I just don't have a ton of extra $$$ to burn). With the sommelier coming from The Inn at Little Washington (see above), I'm stoked, yet fearful. I'm waiting to see what he does, but have no doubt at all that it will at the very least have an amazing menu.

Self said...

Aha - that would make alot of sense, I would also fear that, but him coming here would make it good at least once. If his prices reflect the prices at his restaurants in DC, I wouldn't put it at the inn's prices, but certainly close to a cut above the rest in Frederick. All the same, a "reservations strongly suggested" place in downtown is nice! My blog is so check it out sometime.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chef Christine, thank you for your excitement about VOLT. We also can't wait for its grand opening. If you are in the area, please stop in and i can give you a preview tour.

Hilda Staples