Chef Mackenzie Hilton is back in the kitchen at Heritage and has completely revamped the menu. Hilton, who has been the executive chef of Time, Vintage and Heritage for five years has created a fresh and seasonal Italian menu that will launch for to-go service only. Simply stated she said “creating this style of food makes me happy”. Is Heritage going Italian forever? We will have to wait and see. For now, the menu re-concept is meant to keep the staff excited and provide a style of cuisine that is very limited in Northern Liberties.
After a couple of months of being at home, Hilton did what many of us did: reflected on her craft, her past experiences and how to stay passionate in the future. She pitched an idea to owners Jason Evenchik and Terrance Leach telling them “I get excited about the vibrant flavors and it reminds me of growing up spending my summers in Sonoma, CA. I think that’s why I’ve always enjoyed Italian food so much; the terroir of California and Italy is so similar, so they lead to a similar approach.” It resonated with Evenchik who has always valued the hard work and passion that drives his chefs. He said “once I heard that excitement in her voice, it just felt like the right move and no better time than now! Let’s have some fun with this”.
Of course, Hilton is no stranger to Italian cuisine, she was the Executive Chef of Mercato from 2006 to 2011. She says “I really miss that style of cooking and those ingredients. It’s always come naturally to me, so I’m getting back to it”.
Since those early days of Mercato she has gained a ton of experience in a wide variety of settings and cuisines including being named Food Network “Chopped” winner and excelling as the executive chef at Bon Appetit Management Company in San Francisco, CA.
Look forward to all house made pastas as the backdrop to a menu with classic yet fresh flavor combinations, with heavy influences coming from both Northern Italy and California. A tidy starters menu will feature delicious salads and house made focaccia. You should anticipate the pasta and entree dishes to change occasionally, and for chef Hilton to take a subtle twist on Italian classics.
There will also be a market menu for both raw ingredients, like high quality proteins or 1lb of fresh pasta for $6, as well as a pasta kit, such as the DIY Duck Pasta (Lemon thyme flavored housemade pappardelle pasta tossed with shredded duck confit, cremini mushrooms, garlic, shallot & white wine, topped with baby arugula & shaved locatelli cheese).
Don’t forget to add on those cocktails to go! Along with a selection of cocktails, Heritage will offer “Spritz Kits” consisting of a bottle of bubbly and the perfect mix of juices, cordials and liquors. Chef Hilton’s favorite is the Hugo Grapefruit Spritz with elderflower, mint and grapefruit to combine with sparkling wine, serves eight.
Heritage will do its first round of to go service starting this weekend Friday May 29- Sunday May 31, 2020. They will take a couple of days off and get back at it Wednesday June 3, 2020 from 2pm-8pm daily.