photo by Erik Eastman
Chef Adam Eaton of Saint Dinette
While Chef Adam Eaton and GM Laurel Elm of Saint Dinette are clearly influenced by owners Tim Niver and JD Fratzke, they are also members of an elite squad of alumni: they learned part of their craft at La Belle Vie. While the fine dining icon has been gone nearly a year, many of us still feel the hole in our guts and our hearts.
Eaton and Elm, who run Saint Dinette as a casual joint with spot-on service and a killer burger, are itching to do something a little different. They’ve been hosting special event nights on Mondays for Saints home games (usually they're closed on Monday), offering whooped up burger and beer menus for ballpark fans and it’s been a lot of fun. But there’s more to life than burgers (?!?!), and the pair have been feeling like the time is right for something else, something more posh. Heritage Dinner: Middle East is what they’re excited about next.
Along with some talented friends, the pair is throwing a formal Middle Eastern dinner on Monday, September 26 at Saint Dinette. With room for 24 at a spectacularly set table, they’ll offer an all inclusive 6+ courses with drink pairings for $175. Elm will be pairing the wines while Erik Eastman mixes the drinks, and pastry icon Zoe Francois will be there with desserts.
“We want it to be formal, but not stuffy. So maybe one course will be plated and then the next will come out family style. We still want it to be about the way people like to eat,” Eaton said. “We like to get to the heart of what it means to enjoy good food together, and doing that at one long table in a formal dinner setting is something we miss.” Don't be surprised if this turns into a series of dinners with different themes—those two have plenty of ideas up their sleeves.
Imagine sumac-infused vodka with ras el hanout bitters, octopus with green za'atar and tahini, or black garlic hummus with black lavash on a white charger, maybe some rose pistachio ice cream on the end. Eaton grew up with New York-style Jewish cooking, but he’s been leaning toward playing more with Israeli cooking and exploring those flavors. “It easier to be creative and there are so many ways to use produce," he said. "It’s just been fun to explore this heritage outside of the Eastern European or New York Jewish cooking that most people are already familiar with.”
So, if you’ve been craving something a little more formal, a little bit of pomp and circumstance with which to pay homage to the memory of LBV, you can buy tickets for the event starting today.
If perhaps pomp is not your thing, but you are rather interested in the food that Eaton is playing with lately, you can check out his new Jewish Deli Series at Kitchen in the Market, where he promises to really dig into that New York style of eating.