Opening Tuesday, February 12th for dinner, Belly & Trumpet, located in an intimate house on McKinney Ave. in Uptown, is a celebration of food and drink. Featuring the carefully balanced and innovative creations of Executive Chef Brian Zenner (Chef de Cuisine, Oak), the menu will change regularly and be comprised of sharable items. Chef Zenner enticed former Mansion on Turtle Creek colleague, Rudy Mendoza, to join him as his Sous Chef, and together they will seek to incorporate global influences into a menu that Zenner describes in the following manner: “With Belly &Trumpet, we are striving to extend beyond the ordinary in everything we do. We are challenging ourselves to be inventive and thoughtful, often taking a classic favorite and adding an exciting twist. Regardless, our primary goal is for our food to be consistently soulful and delicious.” Chef Zenner will remain the Chef de Cuisine at Oak while overseeing Belly & Trumpet on a daily basis.
The General Manager, Adam Karpf was most recently the manager at Michelin rated Spiaggia in Chicago, and prior to that he was a manager at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Thus Belly & Trumpet reunites Zenner, Karpf and Mendoza in a setting where their teamwork and collaboration will serve them well in creating the social, shared experience of Belly & Trumpet.
Husband and wife duo Richard and Tiffanee Ellman (Oak), teamed up with John Paul Valverde (Coeval Studio) to create a space that Valverde describes as “striking, regal, and comfortable.” When asked about the concept, Richard Ellman states, “We are seeking to do something unique and new to Dallas. There are lots of concepts similar to this, but we really sought to carve out a little niche where the atmosphere is both casually approachable and elegant. We have brought together a truly spectacular team and each of us is very passionate about food and all the details that are required to deliver a memorable experience.” Tiffanee Ellman adds, “Situated in a quaint little house, Belly & Trumpet is the perfect venue to socialize over shared delectable dishes, creative cocktails, and an eclectic and interesting wine list.”