The ever-prolific Frank McClelland recently added another feather to his rapidly expanding cap with the launch of Au Soleil Catering. To quickly recap: McClelland is the Beard Award winning chef of the soon-to-move-to-bigger-digs L’Espalier, a partner in Sel De La Terre, which plans to add at least two new locations in the next year, and now a partner in Au Soleil Catering. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this is a mighty big expansion. Does Chef McClelland have ambitions that exceed the Boston food scene or is he just committed to logical extensions of the L’Espalier/SDLT brand?
Whatever McClelland’s rationale may be, the inarguable truth is that Au Soleil’s offerings look spectacular. Cherry tomato, basil and Parmesan arancini? Sounds lovely! Torchon of foie gras with fig and Vidalia onion jam? Yes, please! The entire Sel De La Terre French Countryside Luncheon? Singlehandedly solving the problem of bad wedding food. If this is empire-building, we’ll take it.