Saison Is Open
The long-awaited Windsor Heights venue, which took over the spot once occupied by Mustard's, opened yesterday. David Baruthio (Baru 66 et al.) and Mike Crownover (most recently of Lurra Cocina and formerly of Orchestrate Management) are partners in this venture.
In brief: The culinary niche falls somewhere between Star Bar and Eatery A. (Small plates, sliders, and seasonal entrees including lamb ragu; root-vegetable and barley casserole; winter penne with squash, mushrooms and sage; a three-cheese mac-and-cheese; and other hearty favorites). Prices range from $7 to $15 for salads and sliders and $14 to $26 for entrees.
Saison is at 6611 University Ave., 279-0114; www.saisondsm.com. The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, with brunch items in the works for the weekends. More info in this article I wrote for the dsm Weekly e-newsletter.
In Other News
• Fans of Table 128 might recall that last autumn, co-owner Sarah Pritchard headed to Oregon's Willamette Valley to work for five weeks at the Brooks Winery. On February 23, she's hosting the winemaker and grower for a wine dinner featuring these fine Oregon wines. The menu sounds spectacular!
• Looking for an off-the-beaten-path gift for Valentine's Day? Alexandra Meschini of "Cooking with Alessandra" fame suggests a gift certificate for two to one of her cooking classes. They're on sale through Feb. 10. Details here.
• I recently judged the Iowa Pork Producer's Taste of Elegance chef competition. My fellow judges and I unanimously (and independently) awarded first place to Ben Jones of Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar in Dubuque (pictured, above). It's a great restaurant, which I covered in the 2017 issue of ia magazine.
Second place went to Justin Scardina with the Norse Culinary Team at Luther College in Decorah. Fortunately, the third place winner is a little closer to home: Jordan Walton with Harvey’s Diner & Pub in Redfield. Clearly, a trip to Redfield is in order! If you've been, please let me know. Write to me at email@example.com. I love hearing from other dsm food lovers.