Hai Hospitality today announced the appointment of D/FW native Rhonda McCullar to Chef de Cuisine of Uchi Dallas and upstairs concept Uchibā, effective immediately. Chef McCullar, known for being a vegetarian who creates protein dishes with the skill and deftness of her meat-consuming culinary counterparts, now leads the kitchens of both Uchi and Uchibā in Dallas.
“Rhonda has steadily risen through the ranks at Uchi since she came on board as a stage in 2015, surpassing expectations in every new role she has assumed,” commented Founding Chef and Partner Tyson Cole. “Her compassion and leadership skills are matched only by her talent. I am looking forward to seeing great things from Rhonda in this new role.”
Hai Hospitality announced today that Loro, the Asian Smokehouse and Bar, will open its second location, at 1812 N Haskell (corner of Haskell and Munger) in old East Dallas, to the public on Thursday, July 5, 2021. Loro, a culinary partnership between Pitmaster Aaron Franklin and Chef Tyson Cole, is part of Hai Hospitality, the restaurant group that counts Uchi and Uchiko in Austin; Uchi in Houston; Uchi and Uchibā in Dallas; Uchi in Denver; and Uchi Miami among its concepts. Loro is Aaron Franklin’s first restaurant venture outside of his acclaimed, award-winning Franklin Barbecue in Austin.
Like the original Loro, which opened in Austin in April 2018, Loro Dallas will feature a variety of dishes created by James Beard Foundation Award-winners Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin that balance Southeast Asian flavors with the rich texture of traditional Texas BBQ.
Hai Hospitality announced today that they would start taking orders for the third installment of their hugely popular sweet box, the Mother’s Day edition, starting April 26th. Executive Pastry Chef Ariana Quant developed the Sweet Box idea during the Covid pandemic as a way to offer confections curbside for their guests and plans to keep offering these delectable, sweet treats a few times a year. The first box debuted for the holiday season in late 2020 and the second for Valentine’s Day 2021. Uchi Dallas Sous Chef Britt Castro crafted this Mother’s Day edition for Uchi Dallas, which will be available for $95.
The Mother’s Day Boxes will include the six entremets style petite cakes: Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Tart; Paris Brest; Chocolate Hazelnut Opera Cake; Strawberry White Chocolate and Black Sesame Fraiser; Dark Chocolate, Almond, Mango Petite Cake; Coconut Lime and Black Tea Bombe.
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Hai Hospitality today announced the appointment of Ariana Quant to Executive Pastry Chef of all Uchi restaurants, a new position for the company, effective immediately. In this new role, Quant will lead pastry recipe development and oversee the pastry departments of all Uchi locations, collaborating with each market’s Chef de Cuisine.
“Ariana is a superb pastry chef and an unlimited source of talent and creativity,” commented Founding Chef and Partner Tyson Cole. “Ariana’s desserts have become part of the Uchi lexicon; a dish like Jasmine Cream is perfection on its own, but the way it complements the menu illustrates Ariana’s immense talent, sense of nuance and attention to detail. We look forward to seeing her creative impact on all the Uchi restaurants.”