The Restaurant at...
“It is hard to destroy a cathedral- it is made of large stones and by many people over long periods of time- the mortar, the tissue, is hard to render apart. Fire destroys- plates and buildings, bay wood tables and rows of hung aprons- but the sheer density of what happened there never lived in the physical realm to begin with. It is, was, and will always be about the people who make it possible. We are nothing without them” -an excerpt from post-fire thoughts
As we take our first steps toward the next iteration of The Restaurant at Meadowood, our team will spend parts of the next few months traveling and working in collaboration with a series of restaurants whose approach and perspective have long inspired us. We will use this time to develop the next generation of techniques, to revisit our culture, rebuild the larder lost, and gain inspiration from these restaurants and the cities that they inhabit.
More information will become available for the upcoming one-night dinners in the Series:
September 2021 – The Restaurant at Audrey, Nashville
October 2021 – The Restaurant at Kato, Los Angeles
November 2021 – The Restaurant at Pujol, Mexico City
"We’ve been friends with John and Karen Shields for a long time – so when we set out on “The Restaurant at…” Series, the desire to travel to Chicago to cook with them was immediately expressed. Being the lovely people they are, John and Karen were humble and kind enough to oblige.
The cooking style they pursue at Smyth very closely mirrors what we have long tried to do at The Restaurant at Meadowood; including the focus on their farm, an emphasis of preservation, and distillation of flavors to ensure there is nothing superfluous on the plate. Chicago also holds special sentiment to certain members of the team, as we are originally from Illinois. I began my career in the suburbs of Chicago and have enjoyed returning to cook throughout the years." - Chef Christopher Kostow
Please email email@example.com for any questions regarding the August 17th dinner.