Croque Star

"Brunch is probably the most honest meal of the week. It's where you just let it out. It's food, booze, group therapy."

On any given Sunday at Sinema in Nashville, chef Dale Levitski is more than happy to help diners work through their issues, mainly by lovingly swaddling them in soft bread, salty ham, tart apples, sweet shallots, an oozy egg and a crisp cheese halo—chased by a beer, just in case that combo seemed too austere. It all adds up to the croque-madame on which the former Top Chef finalist built his career (see the recipe) and his reputation as one of the most inventive brunch chefs in the country.


Tasting Table. 2015.

Photo Coverage: James Beard 'Nashville Buzz' Dinner

Housed in an iconic former movie theater, Nashville’s acclaimed Sinema is swiftly making its mark on the American dining landscape. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of longtime Chicago resident and Top Chef alum Dale Levitski’s eclectic, modern cuisine that’s reverberating across Music City and beyond.

Dale Levitski
Sinema, Nashville

Event photos taken by Jeff Gurwin.


Sinema Schedules Two Fun Upcoming Events

Sinema chef Dale Levitski (who we will from now on call Iron Fork-winning Chef Levitski instead of Top Chef contestant Dale Levitski), was honored to take part in the "Nashville Buzz" dinner last month at the James Beard House in New York City. He wants to share the menu with his new adopted hometown of Nashville, so he is re-creating the menu for a special dinner in the private dining room at Sinema on Thursday, April 23, starting at 7:30 p.m. The dinner costs $150/person, which includes passed appetizers, five courses, wine pairings, tax & gratuity.


Nashville Scene. 2015.

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Dale Levitski Wins Iron Fork 2015

Iron Fork 2015 was held last night at the Musicians Hall of Fame at Municipal Auditorium before a packed house. 

Contesting the trophy this year were returning champ Hal Holden-Bache (Lockeland Table), Crystal De Luna-Bogan (Grilled Cheeserie), Robert Grace (Kayne Prime) and Dale Levitski (Sinema).

The culinary competition's secret ingredient this year? Yogurt.


Nashville Scene. 2015.

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Veggie Panna Cotta: So Weird It Works (Bon Appetit)

If you saw the beet panna cotta with Meyer lemon mousse recipe a reader requested in our most recent edition of RSVP, you may have done a double-take. Beet panna cotta might sound strange, but it makes sense: Sweet vegetables lend themselves to desserts, and panna cotta can serve as a blank canvas for pretty much any flavor—savory included. Here are 6 veggie custards you can find across the country.



Photo by Anthony Matula

Photo by Anthony Matula

Dale Levitski Invited to Cook at James Beard House

Sinema chef Dale Levitski has been invited by the James Beard Foundation to cook a special dinner next month.

The event, titled "Nashville Buzz," will be a five-course tasting menu at the Beard House in New York City on March 31. Proceeds will benefit the foundation, and ticket information can be found here.


Nashville Scene. 2015

Chef Dale Levitski


Local chefs take on whole hog cooking in Beards for Beard, the second Friends of James Beard Foundation dinner at Green Door Gourmet.

The chefs, including Sinema’s Dale Levitski and Mason’s Brandon Frohne, will compete, with pitmaster Pat Martin and others judging. Attendees get to sample each chef’s creation, with sides and beer.


The Tennessean. 2014.