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Chef Jeff Harris and Matt Balke Join Bolsa Team to Open Bolsa Mercado

Dynamic Duo: Chef Jeff Harris (left) and Chef Matt Balke (right). (Photos courtesy of RedFork.)

Chefs Jeff Harris (Craft, RedFork) and Matt (York Street, RedFork) are going to join the Bolsa team to open Bolsa Mercado in November. After the first of the year, Harris will make some minor changes to the Bolsa menu. Bolsa chef Graham Dodds will leave to “”pursue other opportunities.

UPPITY DATE: From Bolsa folks:

Bolsa and the soon-to-open Bolsa Mercado are pleased to announce that Jeff Harris (formerly of Craft) has been named Executive Chef of Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado. Joining him on the Bolsa team is Matt Balke (formerly of York Street). Graham Dodds, who opened Bolsa in 2008 and held the Executive Chef position ever since, announced last week that he has decided to pursue another opportunity.

Full press release below

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JEFF HARRIS AND MATT BALKE JOIN BOLSA and BOLSA MERCADO

DALLAS (September 13, 2011)……Jeff Harris (formerly of Craft) has been named Executive Chef of bolsa and bolsa mercado.  Joining him on the bolsa team is Matt Balke (formerly of York Street).   Graham Dodds, who opened bolsa back in 2008 and held the Executive Chef position ever since, announced last week that he has decided to pursue another opportunity.

bolsa mercado, located at 634 West Davis Street in Oakcliff (2 doors down from bolsa) is planned to open mid-November in the old Kemp Garage space.  The vision of partners Christopher Zielke, Christopher & Jessica Jeffers, Royce Ring and Alex Urrunaga has been one to build bolsa mercado as a premier wine market and café using authentic and existing design elements combined with cedar, CMU block and carbon steel to create a dynamic room with the feeling of comfort and ease similar to sister restaurant, bolsa. bolsa mercado will be a neighborhood market space that offers a fresh breakfast menu including in-house made kolaches, Texas donuts and pastries along with granola, fresh fruit and yogurt; a lunch menu including salads, sandwiches, soup, cheese platters, charcuterie and desserts; a coffee bar with locally roasted coffee and espresso -based drinks as well as artisan teas, hand-pressed fresh fruit juices and smoothies; a retail beer and wine market offering an incredible hand selected inventory of small production wines, craft beers and interesting finds for the wine enthusiast and finally, a specialty market stocked with items such as local artisan chocolate, Texas olive oil, hand crafted specialty cheese, gift baskets and a changes-with-the-season array of micro greens, fresh herbs, mushrooms, veggies and fruits from local growers and farms.

After the first of the year, Executive Chef, Jeff Harris plans to bring his own subtle changes and desired influences to the bolsa menu. Jake Bepew is staying on at bolsa as Chef de Cuisine. Matt Balke will be Chef de Cuisine at bolsa mercado.

6 comments on “Chef Jeff Harris and Matt Balke Join Bolsa Team to Open Bolsa Mercado

  1. Maybe Matt can bring some York Street-like balance to the gluten-centric menu. Love Bolsa, but there just aren’t enough options for those wanting to avoid Gluten. We drove by Saturday at lunch and kept going because of the consistent lack of adequate GF choices.