Moments ago, Café Momentum director Chad Houser announced the names of the talent that will be in the kitchen when the current pop-up restaurant goes permanent. The good news: Houser has hired Eric Shelton as chef de cuisine and Justin Box as executive sous chef. The bad-ish news: Houser has yet to secure a lease for the permanent restaurant. Until that happens, the Café Momentum team will begin catering ASAP. I’d suggest you book your holiday parties fast as I am sure dates will fill up lickety-split.
Eric Shelton recent chef gigs include the M Dining at the State Fair Music Hall and Kitchen LTO. He also appeared Food Network’s Cut Throat Kitchen. Justin Box worked as a sous at Bolsa and Restaurant AVA. Add Houser to the mix, and you’ve got quite a formidable trio.
Houser also hired industry veteran Kenneth Pyron to run the dining room and the curriculum in the restaurant. Pyron was a GM at Lonesome Dove and Ovation in Fort Worth. He spent 13 years at Club Corp and was F&B director at Double Diamond Resorts. Pyron has been a volunteer service trainer at every pop-up Café Momentum dinner.
You can catch the first performance of Chad, Eric, and Justin (CEJ) on Monday at Bastille Day on Bishop.