He’s a best selling author, boundary shredding chef and all around culinary rock star, but what does Grant Achatz reach for as a post-meal snack? The same food that fed Daniel Boulud when he first arrived in Minneapolis for Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon and Stable opening night, pizza and other delicacies from Ann Kim.
Kim is the chef and owner behind the hottest restaurant of the year (thus far) Young Joni in Northeast. It’s a pizza place, but so much more with a slew of fire-kissed side dishes and flavors that borrow from her immigrant heritage. She first created a phenomenon with Pizzeria Lola and then Hello Pizza. With last winter’s unleashing of Young Joni and its Coolest Basement Bar Ever That’s Not Actually In a Basement back speakeasy, she upped her restaurant game to 11.
Achatz is in town for Kaysen’s Synergy Series. Last night and tonight he and his team have swooped into town to create what Kaysen called, “one of the most insane Synergy dinners to date.” The series is a collection of special, ticketed dinners hosted inside Spoon and Stable to raise money for charities close to Kaysen’s heart.
Post a dinner that included a sumptuous spread inside that back bar at Young Joni.
Meanwhile, for those culinary stalkers amongst us, Achatz’s first meal out in our fine metro area was a stop at Kaysen’s other restaurant, the Wayzata French bistro Bellecour.
There is one more sold out dinner tonight, but for those lucky enough to grab one of the coveted, first come first served bar seats (might want to start lining up now) there will be bar snacks and cocktail magicianery via The Aviary bar crew.
If you happen to see Achatz in the wild, let us know what he’s eating at the Eater Twin Cities tipline.