Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain Names New Chef

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For eight years, notable farm-to-table chef Greg LaPrad made Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain a destination restaurant with an ever-changing menu of sophisticated, rustic fare.

But this June, LaPrad said goodbye to his South Phoenix home, leaving to open his own restaurant, Overland Trout, in Sonoita, Arizona.

That move left Quiessence owner Pat Christofolo (who also owns Morning Glory Cafe, The Farm Kitchen, Maya's Farm, the Artist's Studio, Santa Barbara Catering, and The House at Secret Garden) with a high-profile position to fill.

What to do?

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Chef Dustin Christofolo
According to the Republic, Christofolo has tapped her chef-son, 32-year-old Dustin Christofolo, who also heads up The House at Secret Garden in South Phoenix, to helm the Quiessence kitchen.

The Republic goes on to say the Christofolos will keep the 15-year-old Quiessence -- which will reopen in late September -- a farm-to-table restaurant (think locally sourced ingredients, homemade pasta, and produce from the Farm's garden), but one with a more affordable menu and the option to simply stop in for a snack on the patio.

Stay tuned for details.

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Location Info

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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"What to do?"  Could it be Ms. Christofolo wanted LaPrad out and her son in? Perhaps no dilemma for them at all.  Sonoita's gain is Phoenix's loss, but best of luck to all involved. Greg LaPrad, you will be missed!

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

I will really miss Greag and team. but wish the family at the Farm ewll. Hope to see you guys next month


@ukuhamba3 No dilemma. Greg loves wine country and was ready to start his own restaurant. There is talk of him coming back to cook for some wine dinners at Quiessence even. 

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