9.18.2005

Willow's Chef Featured in NYT Weddings

The marriage-turned-restaurant opening of chef Tracy O'Grady and Brian Wolken was featured (subscription required) in Sunday's New York Times Vows section.

The couple, which is teaming up with Firehook Bakery co-founder Kate Jansen on Willow, decided to kill two birds with one stone by getting hitched and opening the restaurant on the same night.

O'Grady, a former sous chef at Kinkead's, was given away by Bob Kinkead at the Sept. 2 ceremony, which took place just hours before her new restaurant opened to 350 guests who were invited for a preview.

An excerpt from the NYT story: Precisely 70 minutes after saying I do, Ms. O'Grady headed into her new kitchen - still wearing her white satin-and-chiffon wedding dress - inspected her crew and emerged to open Willow. "I told her, 'You are not going to wear your chef coat to your wedding,' " said Dianne Kinkead, Mr. Kinkead's wife.

Willow is located at 4301 North Fairfax Drive. Wolken, O'Grady's new husband, serves as the restaurant's director of operations.

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