Gavin Kaysen has announced a new dinner series that his restaurant, the North Loop's Spoon & Stable will kick off in April. "Part of what we are all about here, and we talked about this a bit during our conversation about the one year anniversary, is that continuing education is important to our restaurant. Whether it's someone doing research on the North Loop or Madeira or sherry - we bring that back in and share it with everyone at the restaurant," said Kaysen.
The chef took that passion for knowledge and a commitment to giving back and the result is the Synergy Series. In April, July October and December four celebrity chefs will be taking up a one night residence in the kitchen at Spoon and Stable. There will be 70 seats available. Tickets are $295 all inclusive for dining room seating and $395 for the chance to ogle the bigwigs and possible drool on Daniel Boulud's pristine, white sleeve at the chef's bar.
"I had the idea and was talking to my Linda [Kaysen, Gavin's wife and collaborator]. She asked how I was going to get all of these chefs to come and I just said... 'I'm gonna text 'em!'" Not five minutes later, all four had agreed to come.
With each dinner, 25% of the proceeds will go to four charities near to Kaysen's heart: Angel Foundation, Pacer, Children's Cancer Research Fund, Appetite for Change - which is a new charity for which Kaysen serves on the board. and on the board. Each charity holds a personal pull for Kaysen.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. today for the first dinner, held on April 28 cooked by Michael White.
Even if you can't afford to manage to secure a ticket, there's still an opportunity to see the chefs in action. The bar will remain open to first come, first serve seating on these nights. "I like the idea that there might be a young chef in town who doesn't know if they can get a night off, but end up being able to grab a chair with Robb and his crew."
He's still working to persuade the chefs to create some of their signature dishes to serve in the bar, plus the bar's regular menu will be available. (Daniel Boulud may do his charcuterie. April Bloomfield is considering sharing her famous lamb burger.)
"This is season one," says Kaysen. "Hopefully, there's a season two. Hopefully we get chefs from around the world. The more we push ourselves, the more energy we put into the restaurant, the better."
The full Synergy Series lineup:
Chef Michael White of the Altamarea group – April 28th, 2016
Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled – June 16th, 2016
Chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig & The Breslin – October 13th, 2016
Chef Daniel Boulud of Restaurant Daniel – December 15th, 2016