Branch Water Tavern: Chef Grossman & Evan Turner

Oct 26, 2010   |   News  

We are so excited about having Chef David Grossman and Evan Turner at The Wine Conference. Chef/owner David Grossman and managing partner/sommelier Evan Turner, both formerly of Gravitas have partnered up with their new establishment, Branch Water Tavern.

Chef David Grossman

Chef David GrossmanChef Grossman sums his culinary perspective in just a few words, calling it “classically inspired modern American cooking.” “It is very much this idea of timeless great food that we want to bring to Houston,” he says.

Chef Grossman attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. While there, he took an externship with Roland Passot of La Folie in San Francisco, gaining appreciation for using the finest ingredients, while mastering solid French cooking techniques.

He graduated top in his class and signed on with Alfred Portale at Gotham Bar & Grill in Manhattan. Then he moved on to Restaurant Oceana and sharpened his seafood skills while working under Chef Cornelius Gallagher.

Next he was off to East Hampton, where he was employed by Chef John Delucie, owner of the Waverly Inn, a favorite celebrity spot.

Grossman’s time in New York gave him immeasurable experience, which he poured into the Houston kitchens at Reef and Gravitas. Branch Water Tavern reflects the years of experience Grossman gained from working at some of the most respected restaurants in the country.

Sommelier Evan Turner

The second part of this amazing duo is Evan Turner.

Evan, was inspired to be a sommelier because of his fascination with the art and science of wine coupled with the theater of serving guests.Now, as Branch Water Tavern’s managing partner and beverage director, Turner looks forward to broadening the breadth and depth of his beverage offerings.

“Every sommelier dreams of working on a list from the ground up. Branch Water Tavern offers me that opportunity for the first time ever, not only for wines, but handcrafted beers and signature cocktails as well,” says Turner.

The opportunity to partner with Executive Chef David Grossman was also a great draw for Turner. “He has tremendous talent and passion that will be exciting to be part of,” he says.

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The Wine Conference Team