syn•er•gy: two forces working together to create something greater than itself.
Spoon and Stable seeks to break boundaries by creating inspiring experiences for our hometown of Minneapolis, the culinary community, and for each other. It is with great excitement that we present The Synergy Series.
This year, Gavin and his team will work in synergy with four guest chefs to provide the experience, food and hospitality they execute on a daily basis in their Michelin starred restaurants.
chef jeremy fox
As the award-winning chef/partner for Rustic Canyon, Tallula’s, and chef behind Esters Wine Shop & Bar, Jeremy is inspired by local purveyors and the nearby Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, crafting daily-changing menus that embrace hyper-seasonality and simplicity. Previously, he reimagined vegetarian cuisine at Napa’s Ubuntu, earning them a Michelin star, and honed his craft and food philosophy as chef de cuisine at David Kinch’s lauded Manresa in Los Gatos. He also staged at Michelin-star properties: De Snippe in Bruges, Belgium, and St. John and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London. He’s garnered four James Beard “Best Chef West” nominations, was named a 2008 Food & Wine “Best New Chef” and more. Jeremy’s cookbook, On Vegetables, (Phaidon, April 2017) features 150 recipes that elevate vegetarian cooking and showcase his philosophy of “seed-to-stalk” cooking.
synergy date 1: thursday, april 5, 2018
synergy date 2: friday, april 6, 2018
chef traci des jardins
A California native of a small central valley agricultural community, Traci Des Jardins has been a part of the San Francisco food community for 25 years and has opened many great San Francisco restaurants. She currently runs a diverse group of eateries, from her iconic Jardinière, Ferry Building located Mijita, to Public House in AT&T Park which serves classic American fare. Traci’s newest ventures, The Commissary, Arguello, and Transit are located in the Presidio in San Francisco in a newly formed partnership with the Presidio Trust and Bon Appetit Management Company.
A dedicated philanthropist, Traci sits on the board of the local non-profit La Cocina, and has been a longtime supporter of the farm to table movement and sustainability. Known as one of the top female chefs in the country, Des Jardins is a two-time James Beard award-winner and has earned a number of industry accolades throughout her career.
synergy date 1: thursday, july 19, 2018
synergy date 2: friday, july 20, 2018
chef ludo lefebvre
Ludo Lefebvre is one of LA’s most influential chefs and a global culinary authority. After training under renowned French chefs, Ludo moved to LA to pioneer the the pop-up restaurant phenomenon with LudoBites in 2010 before opening the critically-acclaimed Hollywood dining destination Trois Mec. In 2014, Ludo opened Petit Trois, his “bar a la carte” concept, with a second location to debut in Spring 2018 in Sherman Oaks, CA. Ludo also operates the brunch-only restaurant Trois Familia in Silver Lake, as well as his fried chicken-centric LudoBird. In addition to being nominated for two James Beard Awards in 2017 and for his work on PBS’ Emmy-winning show, Mind of a Chef, Ludo is also the author of two cookbooks.
synergy date 1: thursday, october 4, 2018
synergy date 2: friday, october 5, 2018
chef daniela soto-innes
Daniela Soto-Innes is the chef/partner of Cosme and ATLA in New York City. In 2014, she opened Cosme as Chef de Cuisine and soon after was named the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year. In 2017, she was included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30: Food & Drink list and Cosme made the 40th ranking on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Prior to joining Cosme, Daniela graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas and held positions at Brennan’s and Underbelly in Houston. She believes that the simplest food can inspire the most imagination and makes her dishes meaningful by “finding the secret life in each ingredient.”
synergy date 1: thursday, december 6, 2018
synergy date 2: friday, december 7, 2018
We are offering guests two options for their dining experience, the choice of main dining room seating, as well as the opportunity to purchase front row seats at our chef’s counter, creating a rare opportunity for guests to interact with the Chefs and their teams.
Each ticket includes a multi-course dinner with beverage pairings, and all service fees (tax and tip). Single dinner tickets, if any remain after season pass sales, will be available on the 1st of the month prior to each dinner. We are unable to provide refunds or accept cancellations.
Spoon and Stable’s bar will remain open to the general public and will be seated on a first come first served basis. The chef in residence will offer a menu item of their choosing to be served exclusively in the bar.
The Twin Cities are our home. Spoon and Stable will donate twenty-five percent of the proceeds of each Synergy Series dinner to a different charity partner in order to give back to the community that supports us.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 young people and their communities through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Neighborhood Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs. ACT One is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.
We are committed to using food as a vehicle for social change. We believe when families reclaim the kitchen as a place to bond with and educate their children, communities become stronger and more equipped for the struggles of daily life. Bringing people together around food is one way to build community for creating social, racial and economic justice and change.
Appetite For Change uses food as a tool building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. AFC is a community-led organization that strengthens families, creates economic prosperity, and encourages healthy living.
Angel Foundation helps adults and their families manage emotional and economic challenges due to cancer. Our Emergency Financial Assistance program helps adults with cancer with basic, nonmedical expenses including housing, food, utilities and fuel to ease their financial burden and reserve more energy for self-care and healing. Additionally, Angel Foundation’s Facing Cancer Together program provides education and support for families with a parental cancer diagnosis and school-age children to help them meet the challenges of cancer together.
Angel Foundation was formed in 2001, and since that time, the organization has provided $6 million in emergency financial assistance and more than 25,000 services to individuals in the community.
Children’s Cancer Research Fund invests in bold and new ideas that revolutionize the way childhood cancer is treated. Over the past 35 years, we’ve provided nearly $150 million for childhood cancer research, education and quality-of-life services for patients and families, helping increase the survival rate to 80 percent. However, cancer remains the nation’s leading cause of death by disease among children. Our work is not finished until every child facing cancer becomes a healthy survivor.
The Synergy Series 2016 & 2017
The Synergy Series 2016 & 2017 were massive successes that wowed diners and benefited many charities close to our hearts.