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, is a co-owner and Chef. A graduate of The Culinary Institute Of America, Spike worked for icons such as Gerard Boyer in Reims, France; Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and Bouchon in Napa Valley, California; Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque and Drew Neiporent’s Mai House in New York City. Under Chef Spike’s direction Mai House Restaurant was awarded two stars by Frank Bruni of the New York Times and awarded the distinction of 10 Best Restaurants in New York City.
Spike’s television debut was on Bravo’s hit television series Top Chef Chicago. With an average of 3.5 million viewers per show for 17 weeks, he now enjoys nationwide recognition. Spike also has appeared on Bravo’s Life After Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Spike TV’s Bar Rescue.
With the success of Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza Spike has appeared on numerous television shows including Cooking with Emeril, Good Morning America, The View, The Rachael Ray Show and The Today Show. Spike participates in speaking engagements, culinary demonstrations and Food and Wine Festivals around the world.
Micheline Mendelsohn Luhn
Micheline Mendelsohn graduated The University of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in International Relations. Prior to her graduate work, Micheline majored in Journalism and Marketing at Indiana University, Bloomington. Micheline began her career in Santa Monica, California working at Harper’s Bazaar magazine and continued to work in journalism in Indiana, Massachusetts and Illinois.
Upon moving to DC, Micheline worked at the Canadian Embassy in their Public Affairs, Cultural, Congressional and Trade Departments over several years. In the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) in Washington, DC and travled to New Hampshire during his Presidential campaign. Micheline opened her own public relations company, Mendelsohn and Associates concentrating on Canadian/U.S. businesses and the nonprofit sector. Micheline coordinated special events, handled all media relations and spearheaded communication strategies for several international and domestic organizations on Capitol Hill and the DC area for over a decade.
During this time, Micheline was also appointed Director of Strategic Communications to help develop and oversee a communications plan for what proved a successful joint venture for a private company to merge with a publicly traded company.
Micheline joined Good Stuff Eatery in the capacity of Director of Communications & Marketing, responsible for the extraordinary coverage of Chef Spike, Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza and Bearnaise in the media. Since then Micheline's role has expanded to oversee all aspects of the restaurant company from operations to marketing.