This Week's Dish: Chef Mike Randolph To Launch Exploratory Dinner Series at Randolfi's

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Chef Mike Randolph recently opened his latest venture, Randolfi’s, in the former The Good Pie spit in University City. Now, the chef behind Half & Half and Público is planning to launch The Diversion Series, a new exploratory dinner experience occurring on select Monday nights—the first held in one week, on Sept. 28—which will feature Randolph’s culinary talent with a 13- to 14-course dinner for a small number of guests at Randolfi’s. The first dinner will bring guests back to favorite dishes from Little Country Gentleman, another former fine dining establishment of Randolph’s, including eats such as duck with fall forest of blackberry puree, hazelnut dirt, ash-roasted apples, fall spices and more. Dinner will start at 7pm for $100 with pairings and a bar also available. 6665 Delmar Blvd. University City

Photo courtesy of Randolfi's

Photo courtesy of Randolfi’s

“By definition, a diversion is an instance of turning something aside from its course,” Randolph says. “I think that’s a pretty accurate description of what I hope to accomplish with these dinners. At our restaurants, we’ve found this sweet spot where we offer dishes that are approachable, but also a few that might intrigue you to step outside your dining comfort zone. These Diversion dinners will be a place where we can go off course a bit and offer a fun, interesting dining experience every once in a while. This is the style of cooking that keeps me inspired.”

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