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WeatherUp to begin food service, hosting pig roast Sunday

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Chef Kristine Kittrell is joining the team at WeatherUp to create and execute a menu of small plates for the craft cocktail bar on East Cesar Chavez. Kittrell, who has worked at the original Jeffrey’s and helped open El Chile on Manor Road (among other things), says she plans for the rotating menu to offer a “cocktail party” vibe. While the menu has not been solidified, Kittrell says diners can expect affordable small bites of “luxurious” dishes like caviar, oysters, terrines, rabbit, snails and scallops, in addition to meat and cheese plates. The chef, who recently spent time staging in Spain, says she is taking inspiration from the Barcelona tapas restaurant Quimet y Quimet.

Kittreell says that while WeatherUp won’t be offering full dinner service, imbibers could order eight small plates and create their own tasting-menu dining experience. WeatherUp hopes to begin food service next week, and plans to offer food from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Kittrell will remain the chef at wine bar Mulberry.

To celebrate their pending food service, WeatherUp will host a Hawaiian pig roast on Sunday at 6 p.m., with drink specials all night and boozy ices. Tickets for the dinner, which will feature a menu of pig, coconut rum and lime ceviche and homemade Spam with pickles, cost $15.