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s4zando Nov 7, 2008 06:22 PM

I'm trying to plan special dinner for 6. (3 of six all have birthdays with in 6 days. 2 on the same day!)

Would like to do a chef's table in a restaurant kitchen.

Last Thursday (10/30/08) or Friday (10/30/08) Twin Cities Live on Channel 5 mentioned a restaurant with a 6 seat chef's table for $125 per person in their "Steal and Splurge" segment.

Any one know which restaurant that was? or does anyone have any suggestions for similar "splurges" (since this definately ain't a steal)?



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    frittering_away Nov 7, 2008 09:41 PM

    It could be Corner Table. Did you actually see the inside of the kitchen during the clip?

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      Brad Ballinger Nov 8, 2008 05:58 AM

      Vincent has a chef's table that seats six, and they'll let you walk around the kitchen asking questions (as long as you don't overdo it).

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger
        s4zando Nov 8, 2008 07:06 AM

        I think you nailed it... It's Vincent.

        Thanks much!

        1. re: s4zando
          Brad Ballinger Nov 8, 2008 07:13 AM

          If so, the price has certainly gone up.

          1. re: Brad Ballinger
            bob s Nov 8, 2008 08:24 AM

            The chef's table at Vincent is a great experience. Perhaps the $125 price includes wine.

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        L Hoff Nov 8, 2008 11:48 AM

        I have eaten at the kitchen table at the Corner Table two times. Both rank amongst the very best dining experiences of my life. Scott Pampuch (chef/owner) tells me that the price includes "us cooking for you until you tell us to stop". I can recommend the experience highly.

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        1. re: L Hoff
          s4zando Nov 8, 2008 12:50 PM

          L: What's the cost of the dinner? Does it include wine or is that extra? Do you know if they have a corking fee?

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            frittering_away Nov 8, 2008 03:39 PM

            Their corkage fee, generally, is applied every night but Thursday. Thursday night is free corkage.

            My husband handled the money the last time we did the 'Feed us till we are rolling out the door' at the Chef's table. He remembers it being between 200-250 for 2 people inclusive of wine.

            We also did this with a couple who doesn't normally go out to dinner due to her allergy issues. Lisa (Scot was Outstanding in the Field that night) and the rest of the kitchen were excellent sending out dishes for her when ours would have been problematic. A printed list of allergies was of course provided for the kitchen to assist.

            1. re: s4zando
              L Hoff Nov 13, 2008 03:41 PM

              Sorry for my tardy reply.

              Scott tells me that the table is $125 per person, and I believe that it includes wine or beer. I'd call to verify. They have a very good beer list, for those that may not know. It's not big, but it's mighty.

              It's a very good time, and they can cook you to a happy place for that much $$.

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            Seige Nov 8, 2008 04:32 PM

            I know that Cosmos and Chambers also have Chef's tables, but I've never been to either. I've been dying to try one sometime though! If you go, be sure to come back and give us an update!

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            1. re: Seige
              bob s Nov 9, 2008 07:15 AM

              You should confirm this info with the restaurants. It's my understanding that the Chambers "chef's" table is not in the kitchen.

              As an aside, my wife and I recently had the tasting menu with the accompanying wine at Chambers for a special occasion and (a) thought it was a great meal and (b) thought it was a good bargain (but not cheap).

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              sarah.j.morrison Nov 8, 2008 07:52 PM

              this is great information. i hadn't ever thought about reserving a chef's table. fun!

              1. cheeseguysgirl Nov 9, 2008 03:03 AM

                There is also a kitchen table at Cafe Levain. I have only dined in the restaurant, but it is always wonderful so I can imagine the kitchen table would be fantastic as well.

                Cafe Levain
                4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                1. re: cheeseguysgirl
                  Brad Ballinger Nov 13, 2008 05:25 PM

                  Let me start by saying I L-U-V the "kitchen" table at Cafe Levain. In fact, I've been part of a group of 16 in that space. It's a great space to be on your own. But diners will not have much of a kitchen view or experience.

                2. diesel Nov 10, 2008 09:36 AM

                  There's a table in the kitchen at Buca in St. Paul that I think will fit 6.

                  IMO the food isn't extraordinary, but it would be far less expensive than the other options mentioned so far (it's normal menu prices and when we were there they threw a few extra dishes on the table free of charge), and it's always fun to eat family style.

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                  1. re: diesel
                    scooter260 Dec 10, 2008 05:00 PM

                    Corner Table kitchen table sounds great! I'm going to look into that....

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                    frittering_away Jan 15, 2009 10:14 AM

                    Looks like Heidi's has a new website and now a chef's table.

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