Friday, March 6, 2015

Fond update

The bistro coming to East Passyunk is targeting Aug. 31.

Fond update

Here's an update to my report last month on Fond, the BYOB with the great pedigree that's coming to 1617 E. Passyunk, with a target date of Aug. 31.

The project teams Le Bec-Fin alums Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki with Lacroix's Tory Keomanivong.

The Culinary Institute of America-trained Styer, Fond's exec chef, most recently was sous chef under Le Bec's Nicholas Elmi; he previously was at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel and interned at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif. 

Prawlucki's hands are in pastry. She met Styer at culinary school and has spent the last 3½ years in Le Bec's pastry department, most recently as exec pastry chef. Previous stops include the Hotel Hana-Maui in Hawaii and at Toppers at the Wauwinet Inn on Nantucket.

The Laotian-born Keomanivong, who will run the front of the house, met Styer at Lacroix, where he's been a captain for four years after 15 years at the old Founders Room at the Bellevue.

They're promising dinners every night but Sunday that will appeal to the wallet-conscious.

Here's the menu.

Michael Klein
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