Former Geraldine's chef Jesse DeLeon is launching his own Southern Texas coastal-focused pop-up dinner series, Victoria Provisions, starting next month. His menu will stem from regional ingredients and goods in the region, like masa crusted flounder, and chili glazed short ribs.
DeLeon helped open Geraldine’s, the Hotel Van Zandt restaurant, under executive chef Frank Mnuk, last fall. He previously worked at Vespaio, Zoot, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, too. He and Chas Spence, his partner and brother-in-law, ran interactive cooking classes in 2005. The name stems from Victoria, Texas, where DeLeon grew up.
The dinners will take place at Patricia’s Table, the cooking class venue on West 35th Street. Once it begins, reservations for the four course meals will be available for Thursdays and Sundays. The menus will be emailed to reserved guests ahead of time, which will include suggested pairings for dishes because it’s BYOB. Eventually, service will expand with more days and seatings per night.
The on-going dinner series will eventually lead into opening a physical restaurant using the same ideas, but there are no immediate plans just yet. Spence could see them leaving Victoria’s Provisions to the next new chef looking to make a mark in Austin.
The soft opening for friends and family begins on Thursday, May 5, with reservations open to the public starting the following week.
Update, May 11: Victoria Provisions will be open to the public with reserved seatings starting on Thursday, May 19.