Someone’s in the kitchen…with Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker
It has long been perceived that sitting near the kitchen, is not one of the better dining tables. As it turns out, the best seat in the house, is in the kitchen! This is not a shocker. During the course of a meal with friends or family, you may find yourself hovering around the kitchen in anticipation of what is to be served, to get the first taste or to sneak another helping. Chef Robert Gerstenecker invites you to do just that, while joining him at his Kitchen Table, located at Park 75 Restaurant inside The Four Seasons Hotel.
Every Thursday, 14 lucky diners will be welcomed into the kitchen at Park 75 for a family style dining
experience. The evening will start, as every good evening should, with pre-dinner bubbles. After a toast with fellow guests, all will be ushered through Park 75 Restaurant and beyond, into the kitchen. Chef Gerstenecker explains:
The idea behind Kitchen Table is to allow our guests a peek at what it would be like to dine in our homes, to join the Park 75 family. The experience will be intimate and fun, with unique and flavorful food that we, as chefs, want to cook and eat.
So what’s an evening like dining in the heart of the kitchen? Well take my advice and attend hungry. Here’s the rundown of the fare from our evening at The Kitchen Table:
Truffle Butter Parker House Rolls
I could have easily made a meal out of these!
Crispy Tuna Roll
These were good. I was still thinking about the Parker House Rolls.
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
The guest next to me raved about them. Quality crab is wonderful and this was.
Vegetable Spring Roll with Sweet Thai Chili
Without a doubt, the most perfect vegetable roll I have ever tasted! The rice paper was perfect in texture, the vegetables were bright in color, crisp and plentiful. Got some veggies in and worked well
as a palate cleanser.
Dry Packed, Diver Scallops are the best unless you prefer them fresh from the shell. Perfectly seared and succulent.
Chicken Fried Squab with Honey
The Chicken Fried Quail became Chicken Fried Squab with Honey. Be prepared for surprises at the Kitchen Table. My first squab was awesome! Chef’s secret: let the coating dry on the squab a bit before frying. The dark meat tastes similar to liver and the white meat … yup, tastes like chicken. Chicken fried liver and chicken fried chicken flavors all in one dish.
Grilled Artichoke Heart with Remoulade
I like the leaves, but I love the hearts! Nicely done. A plate of hearts, that would be perfect for me.
Lamb Kofta and Chicken Kabobs with Tzatziki and Fresh Pita
I grew up around Persian food and always found Kofta ( meatballs ) to be dry and overcooked. This is not the case at Park 75 due to the Turkish heritage of their Sous Chef. I still prefer chicken over the meatballs, but now I do have a new appreciation and enjoyment for them.
Wagyu Skirt Steak with Forrest Mushrooms
Have you had Wagyu before? Well get yourself some! Nice upgrade from the usual steak and mushroom fare.
Pimento Macaroni and Cheese
Nice side dish but the best was yet to hit the table.
Chef made and wonderful. I told Chef if Park 75 Lounge would do Tots & Touchdowns, I’d be there to watch football, enjoy some beverages and keep those tots coming!
Sparkling Wine is passed during the reception while White and Red Wine was served throughout the meal. I delighted in the wines served as many house pours are not favorable to my palate. Keeping with Chef’s eat local theme, I was told these were Georgia Wines too. BONUS!
Build Your Own Brownie
This sounds familiar, but at the Kitchen Table you are in for surprises. A brownie with a dozen of toppings placed in front of you is fun. The presentation of chocolate, caramel and ice cream is EXCITING. Check out the video below courtesy of Dash & Dine Atlanta.
The Pastry Chef “planted” Terrariums for the table. Everything placed inside the glass is completely
edible! “Pure Imagination”!
Dress: It’s the Four Seasons so dress up right? Just keep this in mind, dress in layers. You are in a working kitchen that can get hot. Dress for comfort. Guys, slacks and a knit shirt worked fine. Remove your sport coat when you enter the kitchen and place on the provided coat rack.
Service: These Chefs invite you in to their “home-away-from-home” and are your Hosts, Cooks, Servers and Friends. Ask questions, have fun and enjoy this fabulous experience.
Park 75′s Kitchen Table is priced at $75.00 per person and includes two glasses of wine. Reservations
are required as seating is limited. Thursdays only. The reception begins promptly at 7:00 pm; dinner is
served at 7:30 pm. For reservations call 404.253.3840.
Prefer dinner with your own theme? Park 75’s Chef’s Table is available with advance reservation only
for $150.00 per person, including paired wines.
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