On a beautiful Saturday in May, I had the opportunity to sit down with Lavo’s Executive Chef, John Deloach and Luxurious PROTOTYPE’s Founder, Phaon K. Spurlock for a conversation on food and nightlife, and how the two intersect. I sat with John in the lounge area at Lavo and watched the preparation for their famous champagne brunch in progress and started to get excited for the interview—also, the staff’s energy was infectious.
As a native New Yorker (Brooklyn born and bred), John credits his love for food and cooking to his grandmother and her garden and his grandfather and uncles who worked at Fulton Street Fish Market. In his early years, John went into the Navy for four years and expanded his knowledge while working in roles related to cooking and baking. After his stint in the Navy, John became an apprentice at a NY restaurant and the rest is history. Previously, John worked in Las Vegas at Tao Las Vegas and was focused on bringing the NY style Italian experience to diners on the strip. In his role as the Executive Chef, John is responsible for payroll, all building related-issues, running the back-of-house and ensuring profitability. All of those responsibilities are in addition to his most important role, making sure that kitchen sends out the delicious dishes that Lavo is known for.
During the course of our conversation I asked John about some of the most popular menu items (be forewarned, the menu is huge) and behold the list of Lavo favorites:
During the latter part of the day, John sent out a few dishes for us to try and I must say, they were all delicious and perfectly executed, but the stars of the show were unquestionably the scallops with cannellini beans and pancetta and the 16 oz Kobe Meatball.
We had our feast in the midst of Can-Can dancers passing out bottles of champagne with sparklers attached, super heroes and patrons cavorting on the tops of tables and whistles being blown, signaling more bottles were coming out–all while wearing our “I Love Lavo” sunglasses. Be prepared to be in the midst of rocking party all with flashing club lights, millionaires, billionaires and celebrities. We spotted basketball player Kris Humphries amongst others partying like it was 1999 when we were there. There were magnums, jeroboams and Methuselah bottles of Dom Perignon bottles everywhere. Brunch at Lavo is like nowhere else and you don’t just attend it, you survive it.
*The priciest item on the champagne menu was at 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades) for a whopping $75,000! What recession? Not here!
However, let’s get back to the man of the hour and his perfectly executed old style NY Italian comfort food.
Here are five fun facts about John:
39 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022