Special Dinners to Start Summer Off Right: Soft-Shell Crab, Wild Foods, and an Homage to L'Arpège


Spruce’s SMIP Ranch, where many ingredients for their L’Arpège dinner will be sourced. Photo from Facebook.

You like soft-shell crab? Yeah, me too. Swing by ~BLUESTEM BRASSERIE~ on Thursday May 30th for the lastest stop on their “American Road Trip” rotating menu. That Thursday evening, chef Francis Hogan will pay homage to Maryland with crispy soft-shell crabs, served with blue crab cake, Old Bay roasted potatoes, braised red kale, and roasted garlic hollandaise, and Smith Island cake for dessert.

Get wild (rawr) with chef Kory Stewart at ~AMERICANO~ on Thursday June 6th for their annual Wild Foods Dinner (Kory loves foraging for mushrooms—he’ll be heading out with foraging expert and author Connie Green for the dinner). The dinner features four courses highlighting wild and foraged ingredients: possibilites include morel and porcini mushrooms, ramps, elderflower, and king salmon. The evening will open with a cocktail reception including drinks mixed with wild ingredients, plus wine pairings from Medlock Ames. The reception begins at 5:30pm (dinner at 6:30pm) and costs $85 per person, including beverages but not tax and tip. Reservations can be made by calling 415-278-3777.

At ~SPRUCE~, check out a seven-course dinner from chef de cuisine John Madriaga on Monday June 10th. The dinner is an homage to Alain Passard’s Paris restaurant, L’Arpège, with a focus on hyper-fresh and seasonal produce from Spruce’s SMIP Ranch. The dinner includes wine pairings with each course, and you can check out the menu and wines here. The dinner costs $195 per person, not including tax and tip. Reservations can be made by calling 415-931-5100.