Kitchen LTO Take 6

Dallas restaurant incubator puts new chefs and artists to the test

Dallas restaurant incubator puts new chefs and artists to the test

Kitchen LTO in Trinity Groves
The lineup of candidates have been announced for the latest rendition of Kitchen LTO. Photo courtesy of Kitchen LTO

Trinity Groves restaurant incubator Kitchen LTO is teeing up its next concept with an event on January 31 that will debut its latest set of chef and artist finalists. This is the sixth restaurant that's been at LTO since it premiered in 2013.

The idea for LTO — "limited time only" — came from Casie Caldwell, owner of Greenz Salads. A new restaurant debuts every six months, with a new chef, menu, and artist whose work complements the proposed menu and concept.

"I designed the restaurant for food lovers like myself who are always exploring new trends and searching for the next best culinary adventure," Caldwell says.

Current chef Anastacia Quinones serves her last meal at LTO on February 28.

At the event, partygoers can meet the finalists, taste-test the chefs' creations, explore proposed artists, and be the first to vote for their favorites.

Voting commences at the party and continues through midnight February 6, via Kitchen LTO's website. Voting is limited to one time per 24 hours; winners are announced the week of February 8. The new restaurant opens on March 2.

The chef finalists and their concepts are as follows:

  • Nick Amoriello, modern Texan
  • Jennifer Bajsel, modern bistro
  • Mark McDaniel, modern American
  • Thomas Morris, Caribbean
  • DJ Park, Korean comfort

These are the artist finalists and their styles:

  • Mark Heitt, pop art
  • Adam Norton, fine art photography
  • Sarah Reiss, boho chic/eclectic
  • Walter Soza, iconic
  • Christina Yielding, abstract/mixed media

The event runs from 5-8 pm on Sunday, January 31. Tickets are available for $65 per person at Brown Paper Tickets.