Providence kicked off its second annual 5×5 Chefs Collaborative on May 19 with five local chefs—Michael Cimarusti of Providence; Josiah Citrin of Mélisse; David LeFevre of Water Grill; Walter Manzke, formerly of Bastide; and Gino Angelini of La Terza and Angelini Osteria—plus a guest chef, David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, up north. Each chef prepares one course.

“I enjoyed this meal more than my last meal at French Laundry,” says sassille, citing Kinch’s crispy mussels perfumed with nasturtium, and vegetables in exotic spices.

Cimarusti’s amuse-bouches trio also made a good impression, including the shot glass of ceviche with lemon, sweet-and-sour plum, and shiso granité.

The next scheduled dinner, June 17 at Bastide (guest chef Gabriel Kreuther of The Modern, New York), has reportedly been canceled due to Manzke’s departure from that restaurant. It’s not clear whether he’ll be participating in the other dinners.

The rest:
Monday, July 7: guest chef Douglas Keane of Cyrus (Healdsburg, California), at Mélisse
Sunday, August 31: guest chef Giuseppe Tentori of Boka (Chicago), at Water Grill
Monday, September 22: guest chef Alain Giraud of Anisette (Los Angeles), at La Terza

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Board Link: In Photos: 2008 5×5 Chef’s Collaborative at Providence

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