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Chef Bryan Voltaggio is a true son of the Chesapeake, born and bred in Frederick, Maryland. By the young age of 20 and after having served as sous chef and executive chef at two regional hotel restaurants, Voltaggio made the decision to enroll at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. Upon graduating, Voltaggio staged at Aureole, in New York City, where he met his mentor chef Charlie Palmer. Following a stint at Michelin three-star Pic restaurant in Valence, France, Voltaggio reunited with Palmer as executive chef at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, DC. After almost a decade with Palmer, Voltaggio took a leap of faith and returned to Frederick, Maryland to open VOLT in 2008. In late 2011, Voltaggio expanded with Lunchbox, followed by Family Meal and RANGE in 2012.

About Bryan

Voltaggio is the executive chef and owner of six restaurants including VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, RANGE, and two locations of AGGIO. As a finalist on Top Chef Season 6 and Top Chef Masters Season 5, Voltaggio is the first chef to compete on both Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. The James Beard Foundation Award finalist co-authored the cookbook, VOLT.Ink, with his brother, Michael, and is set to release a new title HOME in 2014. As a father and chef, Voltaggio is a passionate philanthropist and supports Share Our Strength (SOS) in their fight against childhood hunger. He has raised over half a million dollars over the last five years to support innovative school breakfast programs, meals for achievement, and the national No Kid Hungry campaign. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children Thacher, Piper and Ever Maeve in his hometown of Frederick, MD.

Hilda Staples

After lobbying on Capitol Hill and then as an account director at Ogilvy Public Relations, Hilda Staples moved to Frederick, MD in 2000 to pursue a lifelong passion for food and business. After meeting Chef Bryan Voltaggio in 2008, the pair partnered to open VOLT restaurant in the historic Hauck Mansion in downtown Frederick. Staples has been handson with every project from the start—overseeing everything from investor relations to leading meetings with architects, general contractors, and being involved with city planning review. Now as co-owner of VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal and RANGE, and AGGIO DC and Baltimore, she continues to work on the daily financials, investor relations, and community relations for her restaurants. Staples lives in downtown Frederick with her twins, Beverly and Jules, and her husband, Jonathan.

The Restaurants

The Bryan Voltaggio family of restaurants is a collection of experiences from fine dining culinary adventure to casual comforts and grab-and-go. At each restaurant, guests will find a commitment to sourcing only fresh, local ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region and a passion for hospitality at every door.  
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To celebrate the New Year, Aggio is teaming up with Power Plant Live to offer a package consisting of a three course dinner at AGGIO and VIP passes to PPL for $200. The dinner alone is $115 and we will be providing different 3 different seating times.

Seating 1: 5p-6:30p 3 Course Menu with Wine Pairing $115, $200 for Power Plant Live Package

Seating 2: 7p-8:30p 3 Course Menu with Wine Pairing $115, $200 for Power Plant Live Package

Seating 3: 9p-9:30p 6 Course Menu with Wine Pairing $200, midnight champagne toast, no Power Plant Live Package

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Give a Bryan Voltaggio gift certificate for any occasion throughout the year.

Bryan Voltaggio gift cards are available and are valid at any of our 6 locations.

Please allow 48 hours to process your order. We offer shipping to you or directly to the recipient via USPS mail. To make arrangements for including a special message or expedited shipping, please send your inquiry to [email protected].

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Join us this New Years Eve for a 4 or 6 Course Menu at Range.

6 Course Menu

9:30 Dinner seating – $150 per person
9:30 Dinner Seating with Double Occupancy Room – $415 per couple

4 Course Menu

5:30 or 7:30 Dinner seating – $65 per person
5:30 or 7:30  Dinner Seating with Double Occupancy Room – $245 per couple

*Overnight accommodations are available at the Embassy Suites Hotel

Prices do not include alcoholic beverage, tax or gratuity.

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In this eagerly anticipated cookbook, the Voltaggio brothers present their cuisine through an exploration of 20 food families of ingredients. Their work, separately and together, combines the most exciting modern culinary techniques with impeccable ingredients and unexpected twists to create dishes that are at the same time intellectually interesting, visually stimulating, playful, and incredibly delicious.

Bryan and Michael Voltaggio have been called two of the most talented chefs of their generation. Best known for their skillful competition as the finalists on the Emmy-winning sixth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” program, the Voltaggio brothers have received high praise for their debut cookbook, VOLT ink. In this eagerly anticipated cookbook, the brothers present their cuisine through an exploration of 20 food families of ingredients. Chef Charlie Palmer, one of the brothers’ mentors, writes in his foreword to the book, “There are no better examples of kitchen craftsmen in our exciting culinary era than the Voltaggio brothers,” and celebrated chef Jose Andres calls the brothers “both amazing and talented cooks, among the best I know.” Their work, separately and together, combines the most exciting modern culinary techniques with impeccable ingredients and unexpected twists to create dishes that are at the same time intellectually interesting, visually stimulating, playful, and incredibly delicious.

Unique in its organization, VOLT ink. is stunningly photographed, featuring full-color images for every recipe along with glimpses throughout of the brothers at work in their respective restaurants. The recipes have been thoroughly tested to make even the most scientific-seeming techniques reproducible for everyone.

This edition includes an exclusive collaborative recipe for a re-imagined strawberry shortcake, based on the brothers’ shared memories of a favorite dessert prepared by their mom, along with a video that captures the brothers cooking the recipe together. Also included are two video recipe demonstrations, one from each brother. Bryan shows us his creative take on backyard barbecue using sablefish instead of pork ribs and pressure-cooked hazelnuts in lieu of baked beans. Michael reveals his inventive way to cook octopus, tenderizing it in minutes using a pressure cooker, and serving it with a mind-blowing buttered popcorn puree and piquillo pepper “paper.”

A collection of stories from the brothers themselves-touching on their shared childhood, their respective mentors and collaborators, and what inspires their cooking-gives a glimpse into what makes these culinary artists and craftsmen tick. This cookbook is sure to delight anyone interested in the art and craft of modern cooking.

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Careers

Jobs Now Available

Family Meal   |   Frederick, MD

Line Cook: Family Meal seeks strong and talented individuals who are ready to take their career to the next level. Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style cuisine. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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Range   |   Chevy Chase, MD

Externship Positions: Seeking motivated and hard working externs that are looking to take their careers to the next level. 12-18 week externships are offered to culinary and pastry students. Both front and back of house experience will be provided. Externs are assigned to specific stations and will experience rotations throughout various disciplines in the restaurant. Competitive compensation | Relocation resources not provided
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Range   |   Chevy Chase, MD

Servers: Range seeks outgoing, gracious and professional individuals to join our front-of-the-house team. Candidates are required to have at least two years of experience in similar style service.
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Range   |   Chevy Chase, MD

Line Cook: Range seeks strong and talented individuals who are ready to take their career to the next level. Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style cuisine. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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Range   |   Chevy Chase, MD

Host/Hostesses: Range seeks outgoing and committed individuals to join our exceptional team of service leaders. Candidates are required to have at least two years of restaurant or customer service related experience.
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Range   |   Chevy Chase, MD

Bussers: RANGE seeks individuals to join our front-of-the-house team. Candidates are required to have at least two years of restaurant experience.
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Volt   |   Frederick, MD

Externship Positions: Seeking motivated and hard working externs that are looking to take their careers to the next level. 12-18 week externships are offered to culinary and pastry students. Both front and back of house experience will be provided. Externs are assigned to specific stations and will experience rotations throughout various disciplines in the restaurant. Competitive compensation | Relocation resources not provided
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Volt   |   Frederick, MD

General Manager: VOLT seeks a strong and committed individual to lead our exceptional service team. Candidates are required to have at least two years of restaurant management experience. Culinary or hospitality degree preferred but not required.
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Volt   |   Frederick, MD

Line Cook: VOLT seeks strong and talented individuals who are ready to take their career to the next level. Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style cuisine. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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AGGIO   |   Baltimore, MD

Line Cook: AGGIO Baltimore  seeks strong and talented individuals who are ready to take their career to the next level. Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style cuisine. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Chef de Cuisine: Family Meal Baltimore seeks a strong and committed individual ready to successfully lead the kitchen team. Candidates are required to have at least three years of restaurant management experience. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Sous Chef: Family Meal Baltimore seeks a strong and committed individual to assist in leading our exceptional kitchen team. . Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style cuisine. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Pastry Cook: Family Meal Baltimore seeks a strong and highly motivated leader who is ready to take their career to the next level. Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style pastry. Baking and Pastry degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Busser: Family Meal Baltimore seeks individuals to join our front-of-the-house team. Ideal candidate have at least one year of restaurant experience.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Assistant Manager: Family Meal Baltimore seeks a strong and committed individual to assist in leading our exceptional service team. Candidates are required to have at least two years of restaurant management experience. Culinary or hospitality degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

General Manager: Family Meal Baltimore seeks a strong and committed individual to lead our exceptional service team. Candidates are required to have at least three years of restaurant management experience. Culinary or hospitality degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Bartender: Family Meal Baltimore seeks passionate and committed individuals to join our front-of-house team. Ideal candidates must be driven in hospitality and customer service with advanced knowledge of beverage.  Experience of at least 2 years is recommended in similar style of bartending.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Line Cook: Family Meal Baltimore seeks strong and talented individuals who are ready to take their career to the next level. Ideal candidates must be passionate and committed with at least 2 years of experience in similar style cuisine. Culinary degree preferred but not required.
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Family Meal   |   Baltimore, MD

Servers: Family Meal seeks passionate and committed individuals to join our front-of-house team. Ideal candidates must be driven in hospitality and customer service with the goal to elevate the customer’s experience.  Experience of at least 1 year is recommended in similar style of service.
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Philanthropy

As a chef, I understand the importance of nutritious food in people’s lives, and as a father, I am even more keenly aware of what a square meal means to my children. I became involved with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is fighting childhood hunger in Maryland and across the U.S., because I simply can’t stand the reality that children in this country go hungry. – Chef Bryan Voltaggio

Positive Change

Since 2010, chef Bryan Voltaggio has worked with Share Our Strength to host annual No Kid Hungry dinners at his flagship restaurant, VOLT. Recently, the 2012 dinner was held on September 13, 2012, and since its inception over $750,000 has been raised. In February of 2012, Voltaggio joined Share Our Strength and members of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland at the Maryland State House in Annapolis to testify before the House Appropriations Committee in support of increased investment for the School Breakfast program in Maryland. Frederick County school that have benefitted from Bryan’s advocacy work around Maryland Meals for Achievement Program (MMFA) are include Heather Ridge Middle School and High School, Hillcrest Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Monocacy Elementary, North Frederick Elementary, Waverley Elementary, and West Frederick Middle School.

Further Support

Please know that opportunities for national or local sponsorships and participation are limited. We remain committed to helping our community thrive through annual programs such as the Share Our Strength events, but encourage you to contact us for more information or to submit requests to [email protected] or [email protected]. Your submissions will help to determine how we will support various causes in the future.
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