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photo by Mike Prince
It’s a night for husband-and-wife duos at River Twice, as Chef/Owner Randy Rucker and Owner/Operator Amanda Rucker will be welcoming in husband-and-wife team Matt Conroy and Isabel Cross from Washington D.C.’s Lutèce for the next Hidden in Plain Sight dinner, which will take place on Tuesday, April 26th at the restaurant located at 1601 E. Passyunk Ave. in Philadelphia.
The D.C. team’s restaurant is a small neo-bistro, pouring natural wines in the historic Georgetown neighborhood. Conroy spent most of his free time as a young chef in the kitchens of local restaurants in his hometown of Northern Massachusetts. By 22, he became the sous chef at Verde, a popular restaurant in the ski town of Stratton, Vermont. There, he found his passion for using local produce and working with whole animals. He honed his skills in the kitchens of Chef Tony Maws at Craigie on Main, and Chef Alex Stupak at Empellon Cocina, and then served as the executive chef of the French bistro Little Prince before joining Virginia’s, a neighborhood spot in the East Village. In 2018, he opened Oxomoco in Greenpoint, where he served modern, wood-fired Mexican cuisine that earned the restaurant a Michelin Star, as well as a StarChefs Rising Stars Award for Conroy.
Cross is a pastry chef who tells stories through her technique-driven desserts, celebrating and finding inspiration in local ingredients as well as the flavors she grew up with in Mexico. She took her first kitchen job at 17 as a bread baker in Enrique Olvera’s landmark restaurant Pujol. In 2011, she moved to NYC to work with Stupak at Empellón. In 2016, she helped open Claus Meyer and Gunnar Gilson’s Grand Central Terminal Restaurant, Agern, before rejoining Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes at Cosme. She was awarded StarChefs Rising Pasty Chef in 2019.
The seven-course dinner will feature both indoor and outdoor seating with reservations available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Dinners cost $130 per person, or $150 at the chef’s counter (four seats with two turns per night). Due to the nature of the event, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated. Reservations can be made via Resy.
The Hidden in Plain Sight dinner series is a multi-course dinning event featuring a total collaboration between Rucker and a guest chef or a beverage brand. Among the 15 previous collaborations to date include dinners with Chef Alex Yoon, Chef Amanda Shulman, Chef Christopher Kearse, .Chef Matthew Erik Harper, Hale & True Cider, Human Robot Brewery, Garden State Mushrooms, Chef Shola Olunloyo, Chef Diego Moya, (Brooklyn), and Chef Evan Hennessy (NH).
River Twice highlights local, pristine ingredients and produce-driven dishes on their constantly changing menu. River Twice was named “Best New American Restaurant” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2020, and in 2021, Randy Rucker earned honors as “Best Chef.” Learn more by visiting http://rivertwicerestaurant.com.