Mouthful

New chef revamps menu at Alivia’s Durham Bistro

Mark Mishalaine is the new chef at Alivia’s Durham Bistro.
Mark Mishalaine is the new chef at Alivia’s Durham Bistro. Courtesy of Alivia’s

Alivia’s Durham Bistro has hired a new executive chef, Mark Mishalanie, who is a winning competitor on Food Network’s “Grocery Games.”

Mishalanie moved to Durham earlier this year from California where he worked in the San Luis Obispo area at the Sidecar Cocktail Co., Mason Bar and Kitchen and Granada Hotel and Bistro. In early 2014, Mishalanie took over a restaurant, Black Stallion, bringing his classically-trained, farm-to-table technique to a gastropub.

Mishalanie brings a passion for Latin and Basque cuisines to the revamped menu at Alivia’s. New lunch dishes include raw winter squash alfredo, a combination of spiralized squash, coconut cream, snap peas and black truffle; and the Alivia’s Burger with aged white cheddar, baked ketchup, arugula, pickle and garlic aioli.

The dinner menu features scallop Florentine with “mushroom candy” (caramelized mushrooms with honey and sherry), wilted spinach, smoked bacon and cumin cream; and the vegan mac and cheese with cavatapi pasta, squash puree, fried sage, balsamic reduction and pomegranate seeds.

“Mark’s passion for food preparation and execution has taken our dining options available at Alivia’s Durham Bistro to a whole new level,” said Alivia’s owner, Fergus Bradley.

Last year, Mishalanie competed and won in Food Network’s “Grocery Games” in the eighth season. More recently, Mishalanie was invited back to compete in a tournament of champions. The resulting show will air this spring and a viewing party will be held at Alivia’s Durham Bistro.

Alivia’s is at 900 W. Main St., Durham, 919-682-8978, aliviasdurhambistro.com Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; Weekend brunch: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Regular weekend service, 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

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