Chef From One of many World's Finest Eating places Helms New Vegan Fantastic-Eating Idea

Little Saint in Healdsburg, CA has elevated its vegan eating expertise with the launch of The Second Story. This new eating idea is located upstairs from the bustling downstairs all-day vegan café and lounge Little Saints.

Notably, it presents a novel culinary journey crafted by Govt Chef Stu Stalker, beforehand of Noma, voted one of many world’s finest eating places.

On the coronary heart of The Second Story is a multi-course vegan menu curated by Stalker that pays homage to the seasons, counting on the freshest components obtainable on the eight-acre Little Saint Farm and the encompassing space. 

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“Each vegetable on the menu is from the Little Saint Farm. Regardless of the farm has obtainable dictates how I create our menu on an ongoing foundation, which is why our menu is ever altering,” Stalker tells VegNews. 

“We’re so fortunate to have our personal farm—I really feel that I wouldn’t be a accountable chef if I didn’t use every part from our farm,” Stalker says. “There’ll all the time be some instances which we have to supply elsewhere, however we’re all the time extraordinarily intentional in the place and the way we supply every part on our menu.” 

A vegan culinary journey

The altering nature of the menu turns into a part of the culinary journey, knowledgeable by Stalker’s work at Noma, a pioneering restaurant in hyper-local ingredient sourcing.  

“We’re all the time taking part in round with new dishes at The Second Story,” Stalker explains. “Proper now we’re experimenting with a pumpkin and tofu dish utilizing soy milk from a neighborhood natural soy producer. I’m very enthusiastic about how this might prove.” 

One other factor that units this eating expertise aside is its embrace of imperfections, celebrating the pure honesty of what the farm offers. “I’m uninterested in attempting to make every part look excellent when the flavour is an important ingredient of a dish,” Stalker says. “I’ve spent years making greens look ‘excellent’ and now at The Second Story, I purpose to make the meals converse for itself with out the strain of excellent plating and presentation.” 

With its plant-based choices, the menu combines acquainted flavors with thrilling discoveries, drawing inspiration from world culinary traditions.

Friends can anticipate a multi-course menu that’s accompanied by a thoughtfully curated beverage program that includes wine pairings, low-alcohol and non-alcohol pairing choices, together with a collection of cocktails and wines obtainable à la carte.

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An Little Saint’s award-winning vegan wine checklist—which boasts over 500 bottles—the wine program at The Second Story is notably adventurous, that includes cutting-edge choices like drought-resistant grapes, distinctive co-ferments, and non-traditional packaging. 

Little Saint’s sustainability

Nevertheless it’s not simply concerning the meals and wine at The Second Story; it’s additionally about sustainability. The beverage program is a collaborative effort between Little Saint Farm, the bar, and the kitchen, with a mission to attenuate waste. 

They proudly introduce “closed loop cocktails,” creatively reusing components from the farm to the kitchen to the bar. The menu showcases inventive interpretations of traditional cocktails, utilizing imperfect produce, objects usually thought of “waste,” and components that might not be visually interesting however contribute to distinctive flavors.

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The non-alcoholic pairings at The Second Story are equally various, that includes cocktails, tonics, ferments, nods to herbalism, and revolutionary components like tepache made out of carrot skins.

For these with a candy tooth, Govt Pastry Chef Baruch Ellsworth leads the pastry program, providing plated desserts that reveal the staff’s technical abilities and creativity. Akin to the remainder of the menu, these vegan desserts emphasize seasonality, incorporating recent and regionally sourced components.

The welcome drink

One in every of Stalker’s favourite elements of the eating expertise is the Welcome Bouquet that’s supplied to friends as they arrive. It’s a nonalcoholic drink that arrives in a terracotta cup topped with a flower bouquet from the Little Saint Farm.

“I really like that this isn’t only a drink—friends are additionally smelling and experiencing a glimpse into the Little Saint Farm,” Stalker says. 

It’s also an association of flowers and flavors of the present season. “It is rather a lot a mirrored image of what’s recent from the farm,” Stalker says. “For example, our fall drink will likely be dried flowers and autumn flavors with pumpkin and spices. Friends are then capable of deliver the bouquet dwelling with them as a memento from their expertise at The Second Story.” 

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