Collect restaurant close to Japanese Market brings in visiting cooks for winter sequence

Larissa Popa, a butcher, a charcutier and chef who calls herself “The Meatstress,” holds a whole hog seam butchery workshop at Eastern Market in Detroit in May 2016.(Photo: Regina H. Boone, Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Pr)

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Gather, the 30-plus seat restaurant on Gratiot in the Eastern Market neighborhood, will open its kitchen to other chefs. Its winter guest chefs series starts Monday and continues every Monday through Feb. 26.  

Kyle Hunt, co-owner of Gather, says the series is a way to highlight chefs who will soon open restaurants or are in-between gigs, and others who new to the area or are showcasing new menus.

Kicking off the series is Larissa Popa, also known as the “meatstress.” Popa is well-known for her butchery and charcuterie skills. She’s taught classes and has done pop-up dinners showcasing her craft of nose-to-tail (utilizing the entire animal) butchery and cooking. Popa is planning a five-course European winter comfort meal from appetizers to dessert. It includes a main course of a cassoulet with tarbais beans, pig noodles, goose confit, smoked ham hocks and fat-poached Mangalitsa belly topped with a prosciutto crumb. The amuse-bouche and intermezzo will be compliments of the house. Cost is $55 per person.  5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.

Upcoming chefs include Clifton Booth, Reid Shipman, Anthony Lombardo of SheWolf, Joe Van Wagner of Bistro 82 and Sarah Welch of Marrow, Mike Conrad of Takoi and Lena Sareina of Selden Standard. 

Cost and times vary for each event. Register at . Gather is located at 1454 Gratiot, Detroit. For info: .

Susan Selasky at or sselasky. Follow on Twitter. 

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