a harvest dinner at Bite Bistro for hardcore foodies and everyday diners

David Bulman in the Bite Bistro kitchen

David Bulman in the Bite Bistro kitchen preparing a salad of brussels sprouts for the Late Harvest Tasting Dinner

Since Vivo Kitchen moved to Sewickley, the younger DiBatista generation, Danina and Martina, have taken over the old Bellevue space with a new restaurant–Bite Bistro. Just like Vivo, Bite Bistro pleases hardcore foodies and everyday diners alike.

David Bulman is the chef. David is classically trained in culinary arts and the man running the show behind the line. I have had the pleasure to teach culinary classes and cook with David. He’s very passionate about his work. David is a strong supporter of local and sustainable products, and it shows in his menu choices.

Last week, Bite Bistro had a late harvest dinner. A prix fixe menu–seven courses. Bite Bistro has a tasting menu once a week and a special prix fixe dinner like the one I attended once per month. These dinner events are a great opportunity for anyone to get a good understanding of what chefs are working with for the season and maybe get to know the chef’s style as well.

David’s style is about using good, local ingredients (when possible) and using preparations that feature those ingredients in uncomplicated ways. David tells me that dishes like these are what keep people coming back. And I have to agree, simple, well prepared choices are definite winners.

The menu ranged from beets, and brussels sprouts to a duck, quail, and chicken trio. I know how much David enjoys working with duck, so I was glad to see it in the menu.

Beets were in the opening course and then we enjoyed them for dessert. The beet gelato with Gorgonzola and walnuts was a big hit. David also sent to our table a granny smith gelato. This gelato is part of their current menu and was delicious, a great way to finish any meal year around. I know David just made more. Go try it, and you’ll tell me how good it was!

Quail, duck, and chicken

The third course was quail, duck, and chicken; red wine glace de poule; carrot, ginger, local kale, and turnips. Notice the delicious optional foie gras there at the back of the plate!

Vegetable spaghetti made of zucchini instead of pasta

An alternate selection for the third course was "Vegetable Spaghetti"--zucchini and cauliflower artfully shredded and dressed with chanterelle mushrooms and truffled pecorino.

Beet gelato with walnut glace and goronzola cheese

Beet gelato with walnut glace and goronzola cheese

Martina DiBatista in the dining room of Bite Bistro

Martina DiBatista in the dining room of Bite Bistro

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About Chef Daniel

I was raised in Asturias–northern Spain–in a family that loves to cook. I have worked in large and small restaurants, food processing operations, and catering and corporate kitchens. I go back to Spain as much as I can to recharge my passion for food and the pleasures of simple things done well.

3 thoughts on “a harvest dinner at Bite Bistro for hardcore foodies and everyday diners

  1. great job grandson gram and i will come and dine soon.love gramp.glad things are going good for you.

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