Chez Le Commis Chef Launching Pop-Up Wine Bar at Union Kitchen

Previously limited to those who can respond to an email within three minutes, Chez le Commis supper club will soon be coming to a parking lot near you.Vin de Chez, a 40-seat pop-up wine bar, will operate out of a parking lot at food incubator Union Kitchen on select Sundays while the weather holds out, starting on Sept. 29, chef Tom Madrecki announced today.Madrecki, who learned to cook during unpaid gigs at some of the worlds best restaurants like Noma in Copenhagen and Le Chateaubriand in Paris, maintains a full-time corporate job on the Hill and will be running the pop-up with partner Liz Bird. The 25-year-old cook has said since starting Chez in March of 2012 that he prefers the challenge of serving a six-course dinner from his Clarendon apartment to professional chefdom.

With Chez, we only have 16 seats. I feel like crap telling people that, within three minutes, theyve lost their chance, From her kitchenShe got to know people, Madrecki says, referring to how quickly people have to respond to his supper club emails to snag a spot.Madrecki says hes been looking for a way to bring more people to the table, going as far as New York City to serve 80 at an upcoming reservations-only event. His fare focuses on turning local ingredients into high-end platesthink aged squab and squid ink.Union Kitchen founder Jonas Singer says the pop-up Madrecki proposed a couple months ago fit right in with the food incubators vision.

Madrecki, who will take advantage of some commercial kitchen space in addition to cooking outdoors, says the license opened the door for him to focus on wine. He says the temporary caf concept comes not from D.C.s burgeoning pop-up culture but from a wine-import business he frequented in Copenhagen. Its owner took wines to an outside space under a bridge and offered food and drink during the summer months.

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