Jeremy Fox has entered the kitchen. Or he will. The acclaimed but peripatetic chef is debuting a Thursday-to-Sunday dinner series, called Old Soul, next week at Square One Dining in Hollywood.
Old Soul will run Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16, then is expected to continue next year after the holidays. The four-course menu is $50 per person, with dishes such as duck consommé with pumpkin, farro and gribenes (chicken skin); black roux gumbo with rock shrimp and hominy; charred radicchio with goat cheese, saba, trumpet "bacon" and pine nut; chipped beef tongue with hash browns and truffle fondue; roasted whole persimmon with whipped ricotta, almond and rosemary; heartbreads with Texas toast, apple, gherkins and radish; and black fig flognarde with rosemary, chile and creme fraiche.
Earlier this month Fox stepped down as chef of the not-even-open-yet Venice restaurant Barnyard. Because of Fox's announced involvement, anticipation for Barnyard had been high, and his would-be dining audience was left to wonder what Fox's next move would be.
"The end goal is finally to have a restaurant," says Fox, who left Ubuntu -- the Michelin-starred modern-vegetarian restaurant in Napa -- nearly three years ago, "but until that happens I don't want to stop cooking. Barnyard was months of planning; there's a menu and management and line staff" who accompanied Fox when he and the owners of Barnyard split.