Tomorrow marks a comeback of sorts for chef Christopher Lee, last seen at Berkeley's shuttered Eccolo and before that, at Chez Panisse for about 20 years. He's teamed up with his former sous chef at Eccolo, Samin Nosrat—who you may remember from her touching requiem for the restaurant—on a new East Bay project called Pop-Up General Store.
It's the not proper butcher shop Lee was looking for back in the fall, but rather, a pop-up spot in the Temescal streetcar depot where Grace Street Catering is also located. Lee and Nosrat will be offering "many of Eccolo's classic dishes, as well as other foods [they] love to make, for you to pick up and cook at home." Think: Lee's sausages (crepinettes, boudin blanc), Eccolo's cassoulets, butternut squash ravioli, handmade pastas and farmers' market produce. The food items will change on a weekly basis and the plan is to make it a regular occurrence.
· @popupgeneral [Twitter]
· Berkeley's Eccolo Closing; Chris Lee to SF? [~ESF~]
[Photo: Flickr/Samin Nosrat]