I had an incredible evening on Wednesday. I received a last minute invitation from
a favorite client to join her for dinner at VOLT in Frederick, Maryland. I always love
a good meal, but I was especially excited about this venue because the head chef
is Bryan Voltaggio of Top Chef fame. His dishes were so impressive during season 6
of Bravo’s acclaimed series that I couldn’t pass up the chance to sample them for myself.
To say that our dinner was delicious is the understatement of the century. Seated at
Table 21 (aka the chef’s table), we were presented and served a 21-course tasting menu,
5 bottles of wine and a front row view of the genius at work in the kitchen. By 11 o’clock
we were nearly delirious from four hours of absolute gastronomic indulgence. Thanks go
out to my client Donna, Chef Voltaggio and the fabulous staff at Volt. What a Wednesday!
Volt is located in the historic Houck mansion in the heart of historic Frederick.
The building was originally home to the Houck sisters – six daughters of the
wealthy, local financier Ezra Houck. The 8,000 SF structure was erected in
the early 1890’s by the architectural firm J. A. Dempwolf.
Views of the foyer’s hostess stand and adjacent bar.
Chef Voltaggio, Sous Chef Graeme Ritchie and Beverage Director Neil Dundee
oversee one of the evenings courses in the kitchen as Table 21 looks on.
L to R: Graeme Ritchie, Bryan Voltaggio and Neil Dundee
Bryan Voltaggio grew up in Frederick county and began cooking at an early age.
He studied at the Culinary Institute of American in New York and worked as Sous
Chef at Aureole in Manhattan and as Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer Steak DC.
Voltaggio opened Volt in 2008 with business partner Hilda Staples.
Some of the most memorable dishes of the evening …
celeriac macaroon | foie gras
yellowfin tuna tartare | cilantro, jasmine rice, soy “air”, yuzu, avocado
The fourth course and one of my favorite plates of the night.
chilled yellow corn soup | cucumber chive salad, coconut
cherry glen farm ravioli | maitake mushroom, goat cheese
My other favorite dish. The combination of flavors was incredible.
tuscarora farm beets | arugula, goat cheese, balsamic
I love beet salad and almost always order it when dining out.
Volt’s was delicious and beautiful
quartet of mignardises | white chocolate with sour cherry, almond macaroon with
chocolate and cardamom, madeleine, and raspberry pâte de fruits
So full at this point, I was near tears. My boyfriend looked at me in disbelief when
I nibbled each and every one of these desserts despite my distended tummy.
If your mouth is watering and you want to book a table at Volt – call now.
They are already taking reservations for 2011 … and save your appetite!
– VOLT –
228 NORTH MARKET STREET
FREDERICK, MD 21701
* several photos courtesy of Volt’s website and www.kevineats.com *