By now you know that Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable has the kind of world-class chefly pedigree that our town has rarely seen. He worked under some of the biggest names in America during his many years in New York City, which means he runs in big-name food circles.
But perhaps more important than all of that, Kaysen says he wanted to do something good. Something good for the community, something good for charity, something good for Minneapolis and New York, and everyone all around. So he's created what he's calling the Synergy Series, where he'll shut down Spoon and Stable for one Thursday each quarter, and bring in one of the biggest names in food, anywhere.
Tickets to dine with one of four Michelin starred chefs are $295 each, and a quarter of the revenues will go to charity. A limited quantity of tickets for the up-close-and-personal chef's bar will go for $395.
You can purchase tickets here, as well as read chef bios, find out more about the charities, and watch a little video about what Kaysen was thinking when he decided to create the series. You'll also briefly meet each chef if you're not already familiar.
Each ticket includes a multicourse dinner with beverage pairings and all service fees (tax and tip). Tickets will be available 60 days in advance of each dinner and the restaurant is unable to provide refunds or accept cancellations. Tickets to the first dinner, featuring Michael White, go on sale today at 10 a.m.
Kaysen also mentioned that on event nights, he will keep the lounge area of Spoon and Stable open to the general public, serve the bar menu, and ask each chef to create a specialty bar item for purchase.
"That way if a 20-year-old line cook wants to come in and try something by April Bloomfield or Daniel [Boulud], they can."
It also seems like kind of a cool way to show off New York City to Minneapolis, but also show off Minneapolis to New York.
Act fast, as the tickets will surely sell out.
Chef Michael White of the Altamarea group, April 28, 2016
Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled, June 16, 2016
Chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig & The Breslin, October 13, 2016
Chef Daniel Boulud of Restaurant Daniel, December 15, 2016
Spoon and Stable
211 North First St., Minneapolis