.Mid-Week Menu: A Plum Gig, Yonsei Ramen, and Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Another day, another new executive chef at Plum (2214 Broadway): Inside Scoop brings the news that Daniel Patterson has hired Manfred Wrembel, formerly the chef de cuisine at San Francisco’s Incanto, to head the kitchen at both Plum and Plum Bar. Initial reports didn’t mention the plans of outgoing chef Rob Dort (or whether it was an amicable parting), but Patterson did confirm — over Twitter — that Dort is indeed moving on. If you’re keeping score at home, in the little over two years since Plum’s earliest preview dinner days, the restaurant has had, by my count, six different chefs — Jeremy Fox, Lauren Kiino, Ron Boyd (two stints), Charlie Parker, Dort, and now Wrembel. (Did I miss anyone?)

Meanwhile, Inside Scoop notes that the restaurant will take this opportunity to shift to a more traditional menu, with appetizers, entrées, and so forth — no more smallish plates divided by taxonomy (“animal,” “vegetable,” etc.). Other changes afoot: Plum will now open a half hour earlier, at 5 p.m., and Plum Bar will start lunch service in December.


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