About the Chef

About the ChefOwner and Chef Karen, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and the International Pastry Arts Center, founded Melanie’s “A Bistro”, an acclaimed Farmingdale, Long Island Restaurant in 90’s. After a very successful run she relocated her restaurant to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2003. Chef missed the Island and returned in 2011 to open her new Restaurant Bistro Etc, located at 43b Main St. in beautiful downtown Port Washington, NY

Chef Karen has a unique talent for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. She is constantly reminded of the growing change in people’s palates. Her abilities have allowed her to adapt to these changes quite easily. Her menu is a representation of this. You will find a multicultural selection of foods authentically prepared and presented.

Chef Karen Melanie’s Culinary Dinner Club not only satisfies the guests at Bistro Etc., her restaurant in Port Washington; it also keeps her on her toes as a chef, she says.

Four to six times a year, Karen offers a four-course themed dinner with an optional choice of wine as an accompaniment to each course.