The cuisine of the Minneapolis Club has been heralded as some of the world’s very best by members and visitors alike. From daily meals, catered events and custom menus, seriously good food awaits. For those times when you’re looking for pure fun with something a little adventurous, that’s where Kitchen Table dinners come in.
Suitable for parties of two to 12, Kitchen Table dinners give you and your guests a unique peek behind the kitchen door and into the processes that help make the Club’s cuisine so well-renowned. “Every one is different,” says Chef Håkan Lundberg. “The only thing that stays the same between Kitchen Tables is that they’re all in the kitchen.”
To hear Håkan say it, Kitchen Table meals are more than just a new location in which to eat the same food; they create “new ways to eat” and equally fleeting flavors. “Some of the dishes featured at Kitchen Tables are once-in-a-lifetime,” he says. By that, he means that the chef in charge of the meal – whether it’s Håkan or a sous chef – can express a bit of themselves through the menu.
While preparations are made to suit the party (including identifying dietary restrictions and general dislikes), Kitchen Tables exist to surprise diners. “Sometimes, it’s a dish I was particularly in the mood for,” Håkan says of the myriad menu possibilities. Other times, it’s influenced by the day, time or season – but always with the intent to bring something new and unique to the party’s plates.
The seven to nine courses in a typical Kitchen Table (including appetizers and dessert) are tentpoled by what Håkan calls “familiar” and “comfortable” flavors – favorite entrées that anchor the meal and deliver the mouth-watering flavors Minneapolis Club members have long enjoyed. In between is where he says the meals get more surprising and exciting; for example, though the main course at a recent Kitchen Table was steak, a special shrimp dish served between courses was a highlight of the menu for diners.
There’s something else a Kitchen Table dinner provides that you can’t get in the Grill or even with a custom menu: interactivity. Based on what’s being prepared for your party, you can be part of taking it from parts to plate. Håkan said that can include stirring stock, plating and even simple meat preparation. Everything about Kitchen Table is in service of creating a memorable event for Club members and their guests.
“You don’t have to be a foodie,” Håkan says. “You just have to be curious and open-minded. Maybe a little adventurous.”