If you’ve had the chance to dine at a chef’s table, then you know it’s an intimate dining experience that really allows you into the mind of a chef. Check out these two new chef’s tables in Jackson next time you are planning a night out
The White Buffalo Club’s Chef, Joel Hammond, wanted a way to wow his customers while allowing himself the ability to play around with specialty ingredients. So he and his culinary team are offering a “carte blanche” dinner program. What this means is that if a table of any size wants to put their order into the hands of the chefs, they can be treated to a 5-course tasting menu for $95 a person.
Hammond said that he is ordering in specialty items, like expensive and rare cuts of meat and fresh seafood, so he has off-the-menu items to experiment with. None of the items served will be offered on the standard menu.
Wine pairings can also be arranged for an extra $30 per person. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if they know in advance, but an adventurous palette is a bonus to the kitchen.
At Gather, chef Clark Myers has extended his chef’s table to includes tables as small as four (you used to need 10-12 to participate). Guests can choose the chefs table any night of the week by calling ahead 48 hours for a reservation. The nine-course meals starts with an amuse— think Wyoming caviar with purple potato, trout roe, caraway crème fraiche and pepper mignonette — an ends with dessert. The seven courses in the middle represent Gather’s most popular dishes and whatever is special that evening. Myers walks out the dishes and talks about them to diners. “I can go a lot more in depth than a server,” he said. “It’s a cool experience.” The cost is $110. Wine pairing is additional. The total experience takes about two hours.