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Industry Takeover Night Returns

Industry Takeover Night is a quarterly, late-night event that features prominent chefs from around the country as they take over the kitchen at Graffiato for a one-of-a-kind party. From 10pm to 1am, guest chefs and chefs from the extended Mike Isabella Concepts family serve up complimentary late night snacks on both floors of the Chinatown restaurant while offering drink specials. Industry Takeover Nights are held the first Monday of the month in January, April, July and October.

Please see the current list of guests below.

There will no industry night event on April 4th due to Taste of the Nation.

We will post the next scheduled industry night soon.


Industry Takeover Night media coverage.

Past Industry Takeover Nights


January 4

Mei Lin
Top Chef Season 12 Winner
George Pagonis
George Pagonis,
Executive Chef/Partner, Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna
Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll,
Executive Chef/Partner, Requin
Marjorie Meek-Bradley
Marjorie Meek-Bradley,
Executive Chef, Ripple
Chris Bisiotis
Chris Bisiotis,
Jonah Kim
Jonah Kim
Executive Chef/Partner, Yona
Adam Howard
Adam Howard,
Corporate Chef, Mike Isabella Concepts


January 5

Partial proceeds to benefit Fit to Fight by MIC.

Chef Jose Adorno
Jose Adorno,
Chef de Cuisine, Graffiato
Elliot Drew
Elliot Drew,
Chef de Cuisine, G by Mike Isabella
Jonah Kim
Jonah Kim,
Executive Chef, Yona
George Pagonis
George Pagonis,
Executive Chef, Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna
Matt Robinett
Matt Robinett,
Chef de Cuisine, Graffiato RVA
Scotty Holland
Scotty Holland,
Bar Manager, Kapnos
Taha Ismail
Taha Ismail,
Beverage Director, MIC

Adam Howard,
MIC Corporate Chef, Pepita


December 1

Partial proceeds to benefit CARE.

Austin Fausett
Austin Fausett,
Executive Chef, Trummer’s On Main
Asha Gomez
Asha Gomez,
Chef/owner, The Third Space & Spice To Table
Spike Mendelsohn
Spike Mendelsohn,
Top Chef Alum and chef/owner, Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza
Mary Kelly
Mary Kelly,
Mixologist, Del Campo

November 3

Partial proceeds to benefit Fit to Fight by MIC.

Jamie DeRosa
Jamie DeRosa,
Chef/Owner, Tongue & Cheek
Sarah Grueneberg
Sarah Grueneberg,
Top Chef Alum
Dena Marino
Dena Marino,
Chef/Partner, MC Kitchen

October 6

Partial proceeds to benefit Fit to Fight by MIC.

Aaron Deal
Aaron Deal,
Executive Chef, The River and Rail
Tim Lipman
Tim Lipman,
Chef/Owner, Coolinary Cafe
Tim Ma
Tim Ma,
Chef/Owner, Maple Ave. and Water & Wall

August 4

Partial proceeds to benefit Live to Fight.

Mike Friedman
Mike Friedman,
Chef/Owner, The Red Hen
Jeremiah Langhorne
Jeremiah Langhorne
David Varley
David Varley,
Executive Chef and Culinary Director, RN74 Seattle
Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen,
Mixologist, Public and The Daily NYC

July 7

Partial proceeds to benefit Central Union Mission.

Jeff Black
Jeff Black,
Chef/Owner, Black Restaurant Group
Joe Palma
Joe Palma,
Executive Chef, Bourbon Steak
Brett Robinson
Brett Robinson,
Mixologist, Republic

June 2

Partial proceeds to benefit Feed More.

Jason Alley
Jason Alley
Chef/Partner, Comfort and Pasture
Jay Bayer
Jay Bayer
Owner/General Manager, Saison
Dylan Fultineer
Dylan Fultineer
Executive Chef, Rappahannock Oyster Co.
Owen Lane
Owen Lane
Chef/Owner, The Magpie

May 5

Partial proceeds to benefit La Cocina VA.

Anthony Lamas
Anthony Lamas
Chef/Owner, Seviche
Michael Schlow
Michael Schlow
Chef/Owner, Tico
TJ Torres
TJ Torres
Philadelphia Chef
Ari and Micah Wilder
Ari Wilder and Micah Wilder
Mixologists, Red Light Restaurant

April 7

Partial proceeds to benefit Isabella Fitness Tour – The Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Haidar Karoum
Haidar Karoum
Executive Chef/Partner, Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof
Jennifer Nguyen
Jennifer Nguyen
Executive Chef, Zentan
Jon Arroyo
Jon Arroyo
Bar + Beverage Director, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers

March 3

Partial proceeds to benefit Oyster Recovery

The first 20 guests will receive a signed copy of Eat Ink, a book and joint project by Birk O’Halloran and Daniel Luke Holton about Food, Chefs, and their Tattoos. Chefs Mike Isabella, Andrew Markert, William Morris and Ed Witt all appear in the book.

Andrew Markert
Andrew Markert
Executive Chef, Beuchert’s Saloon
Will Morris
Will Morris
Executive Chef, Vermilion
Ed Witt
Ed Witt
Executive Chef, The Partisan
Rachel Sergi
Rachel Sergi
Barkeep, Lincoln

February 3, 2014

Partial proceeds to benefit FRESHFARM Markets

Lindsay K. Autry
Lindsay K. Autry
Top Chef alumni
Frederik De Pue
Frederik De Pue
Chef/Owner Menu MBK & Table
Doron Petersan
Doron Petersan
Owner, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

January 6, 2014

Partial proceeds to benefit Meals on Wheels

Victor Albisu
Victor Albisu
Chef/Owner, Del Campo and Taco Bamba
Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll
Top Chef alumni and Chef/Owner, Concrete Blonde
Scott Drewno
Scott Drewno
Executive Chef, The Source
Adam Sobel
Adam Sobel
Chef/Partner, RN74
Angelo Sosa
Angelo Sosa
Chef/Owner, Poppy Den and Anjeo Tequileria
Andre Mack
Andre Mack
Winemaker/Owner, Mouton Noir Wines
Tiffany Soto
Tiffany Soto
Master Sake Sommelier,


December 2, 2013

Partial proceeds benefitted Martha’s Table
Greg Basalla
Chef de Cuisine, Boqueria
John Miller
Owner/Craft Bartender, Level
Josh Brown
Executive Chef, Level
Andrew Fox
Owner/Craft Bartender, Level
Eli Kirshtein
Executive Chef/Partner, The Luminary, Atlanta (opening Spring 2014)
Andrea Litvin
Executive Pastry Chef, The Spence

November 4, 2013

Partial proceeds benefitted the James Beard Foundation
Jonah Kim
Executive Chef, Pabu
Ed Lee
Chef/Owner, 610 Magnolia and Milkwood
Danny Lee
Co-Owner, Mandu
Yesoon Lee
Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Mandu

October 7, 2013

Partial proceeds benefitted Autism Speaks
Will Artley
Executive Chef, Pizzeria Orso
Shannon Overmiller
Chef/Partner, The Majestic
Todd Thrasher
Bartender/Partner, PX, The Majestic, Restaurant Eve, Society Fair, Eamonns a Dublin Chipper and Bar TNT

August 5, 2013

Partial proceeds benefitted American Cancer Society’s Fit for Hope.
Victor Albisu
Chef/Owner, Del Campo and Taco Bamba
Tony Starr
Chef de Cuisine, Bandolero
Timothy Spinner, Executive Chef/Co-Owner La Calaca Feliz, Cantina Feliz, Taqueria Feliz
JP Cáceres
Bartender/Brand Ambassador, Principal of Let’s Imbibe Beverage Co.

July 1, 2013

Craig Deihl
Executive Chef, Cypress
Anthony Lombardo
Executive Chef, 1789
Duane Sylvester
Co-head Bartender, Bourbon Steak

June 3, 2013

Jamie Bissonnette
Chef/Partner Toro, Coppa, and Toro NYC
Chris Ford, Executive Pastry Chef, Wit & Wisdom, PABU and LAMILL Coffee
Jonah Kim, Executive Chef, PABU
Tiffany Soto, Beverage Manager and Master Sake Sommelier, Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore

May 6, 2013

Kyle Bailey
Executive Chef, Birch & Barley
Tiffany MacIsaac
Executive Pastry Chef, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Mark Rosati
Culinary Development Manager, Shake Shack

April 1, 2013

Brad Spence
Chef/Partner, Amis
Justin Severino
Chef/Owner, Cure

March 4, 2013

Jennifer Carroll
Top Chef alum and chef/owner, Concrete Blonde
Derek Brown
Bartender and Co-Owner, The Passenger and The Columbia Room
Kevin Sbraga
Top Chef Season 7 winner and Chef/Owner, Sbraga
Anwar Morgan
Head Mixologist, Sbraga

February 4, 2013

Scott Drewno
Executive Chef, The Source
Erik Bruner-Yang
Chef/Owner, Toki Underground
Colin Sugalski
Head mixologist, Toki Underground
Spike Mendelsohn
Top Chef Alum and chef/owner, Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza

January 7, 2013

Bryan Voltaggio
Top Chef alum and Chef/Owner, Family Meal, LunchBox, Range and Volt
Owen Thomson
Head Mixologist, Range

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