- Chef Thomas McNaughton points out from Central Kitchen's dining room, soon to be filed out with 2-top and 4-top dinner tables.
- Chef Michael Gaines walks through the future courtyard, which will house a communal table, 2-tops and 4-tops. Imagine a retractable roof overhead.
- A look at the future facade from the street
- Central Kitchen chef de cuisine Michael Gaines garnishes a soup shot.
- White turnip soup with crispy crabmeat and a tempura fried turnip leaf, a bite that exemplifies what Central Kitchen will do.
- A spit in the open kitchen at Central Kitchen.
- A champagne bar set up in the future Central Kitchen dining room.
- Thomas McNaughton talks shop in Salumeria.
- This room will be filled with hanging meats, cheeses, mostardas, preserves and such. All of it will be available to-go.
- Sample charcuterie, cheese and honey from the Flour + Water hives. McNaughton said the'll eventually be making 90% of the goods at Salumeria.
- Cheese and Flour + Water honey comb.
- Repurposed olive buckets form the hanging lights at Salumeria.
On Friday, Flour and Water's chef-partner Thomas McNaughton and owner David White offered a sneak peek of Central Kitchen and Salumeria, their new projects set to debut at the end of February. The gallery above will give you a good idea of how the spaces will come together. A central courtyard is bordered on the left by Salumeria, the traditional Italian-style prepared foods vendor and deli. On the right will sit Central Kitchen, wherein a "very open kitchen" will steal the stage. McNaughton will serve as executive chef for both operations. But let's get this straight: there will be no pizza or pasta in either one of them.
At Central Kitchen, the experience will be approachable, yet notably more refined in style than Flour + Water. If you've ever eaten in The Dough Room, you've probably gotten a preview of some things that will be on the menu. Most of the seating for both Salumeria and Central Kitchen will lie in the all-seasons central courtyard, enclosed overhead by a retractable roof. McNaughton mentioned that an interesting water feature and lots of foliage curated by Paxton Gate will make the ambiance feel rich and warm.
Take a look at the images above for additional details in the comments and also a look at the style of food to expect. You can also check out preliminary branding on the website splash pages for Central Kitchen (782 Florida St.), here and for Salumeria (3000 20th St ), here. Enjoy.