Chef Alex Astrani of Uchibā, Tyson Cole’s new bar concept featuring specialty cocktails and sharable plates inspired by classic Asian flavors, will collaborate with Chef Callie Speer of Austin’s Holy Roller to create a ramen dish for the first installment of the 2018 Uncommon Ramen series.
Inspired by nostalgic foods, Callie Speer’s whimsical and inventive pastry creations are favorites among critics and diners alike. A 2013 Food & Wine Magazine “People’s Best New Pastry Chef” nominee, Speer helped craft the pastry and bread programs for the Hotel van Zandt and the pastry program for Chameleon Group. Her new venture, Holy Roller, is Speer’s first chance to express the savory side of her talents and serves as an avenue for all of her “weird little ideas” to come alive in one place.
The Uncommon Ramen Series started in 2015 as a limited-run guest chef pop-up seeing chefs like Stephen Pyles and John Tesar as well as celebrated pitmaster Aaron Franklin collaborate on memorable ramen dishes. Guest reaction to the series was so positive that the restaurant launched a monthly series and christened the last Monday of the month “Uncommon Ramen”. The series continues at Uchibā with chefs lined up for the coming months include Chefs Jen Jesinski, Tommy Lee, Blaine Staniford, Kathrine Caine, Jonathan Thompson, and Omar Flores.
Ramen details to come. Limited reservations accepted and limited quantities available. The full Uchibā menu will also be available.
The first of the series is Monday, April 30, 5-10 p.m. with Chef Callie Speer of Holy Roller.
A portion of the proceeds benefits Promise of Peace Gardens.