Béarnaise embodies the experiences of Chef Spike and his sister, Micheline, growing up among fabulous steak frites in Montreal and spending time cooking, exploring and living among french bistros in Paris.
Owners, with their family in Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza, Béarnaise is their first venture as a brother and sister team…almost. The invaluable restaurant experience of their father, Harvey, and mother, Cathy, guided them in creating a modern twist of a classic french bistro.
Spike and Micheline’s vision was to create a restaurant that served an french fare with a chic, social atmosphere. Béarnaise was brought to life with the world-renowned design of Bess Pappas, Pappas Design Studio. Their cousin Suzie Colivas, one of the innovators behind Good Stuff Eatery, also shared her artistic skills.
“Humble but Chic”. These words began the concept and the first store opened on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC in June 2013.
Chef Spike Mendelsohn
Spike Mendelsohn graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America. As a celebrity chef, Spike has appeared on international media outlets, including Bravo TV’s Top Chef, the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Rachael Ray Show, bringing continual media attention to the Good Stuff Eatery brand. Currently, Spike serves as the Chairman of the D.C. Food Policy Council, Chef Ambassador to CARE International and Chef Contributor to DC Central Kitchen.
Micheline Mendelsohn Luhn
Micheline Mendelsohn Luhn brings her unparalleled marketing and communications expertise to the Sunnyside Restaurant Group. Her education in journalism and Master’s degree in International Relations from The University of Chicago prepared her to launch Good Stuff Eatery into the limelight with her public relations and social media plans. Micheline plays a major role in the expansion of the brand across the globe. She serves on the Board of Directors for DC Central Kitchen.