Sunday, August 2, 2015

Brialy leaves, owner takes over Epicurean kitchen

Claire & Sandy Pogue
LATHAM -- The new head chef in the kitchen of The Epicurean Wine Bar & Bistro is co-owner Claire Pogue. That's because executive chef Dominique Brialy has left the restaurant.

Pogue, who owns the operation with husband  Sandy, is a trained chef. They told the Times Union there are no plans to replace Brialy, who was quoted via e-mail as saying only that "The moment has arrived for me to prospect on new and exciting horizons as I continue to expand my culinary adventures."

The Epicurean was the second U.S. venue for the French-born Brialy, who came here in 2004 to cook at the former Saratoga Bistro. In France, he had studied at the Hôtellerie L'Arlequin in Montmelian, and worked as a sous chef at the Restaurant du Gourmet at the Paris Hilton.

He joined the Pogues in 2006 when their business was located at Sterup Square in Raymertown, nine miles east of the Troy city line. There, it was more specialty store than restaurant, as its original name -- The Epicurean Café, Bakery & Gourmet Shoppe -- said, but kept seguing toward bistro status. In 2010, they moved it to the former Vin Santo space in the Latham Farms shopping complex and refocused and renamed the operation.

Claire Pogue, the managing partner, is a native of Montreal. She has a cooking resume that includes the upscale New York City caterer Glorious Foods, as well as a trio of Vail, CO, resorts -- The Inn at Cordierra, The Inn at Beaver Creek, and Saddle Ridge at Beaver Creek, before The Epicurean.

Sandy Pogue, who had a background in sales and marketing, was co-owner of Gourmet Foods & Fine Beverages in Vail. He has helped put together a 2,200-bottle wine cellar for The Epicurean, which also offers a line of spirits and craft brews.

The restaurant is located in the north end of Latham Farms 579 Troy-Schenectady Road. Hours: lunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; dinner, 5 to 9 p.m.Tuesday and Wednesday and till 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; wine bar, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and till 10:30 Thursday through Saturday. Phone: 786-8272.

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