According to the laws in my state all monies left on the table belong to the server to be kept or dispersed only at their disgression. Unless the waitstaff tips out the kitchen upon their own volition, the chef and crew are left out. I often wonder what kind of kudos a kitchen crew receives on a meal done well.
When traversing the culinary terrain in the Puget Sound, if I come across a meal of notable distinction I make sure to drop a hand written note in the mail to the owner and the kitchen to let them know how much I appreciate their establishment. I always drop the servers name too in my note if the service is worthy of it.
In the same lines of tipping out, what is an appropriate way to compliment a chef that is not monetary? The other evening my husband asked me if it would be proper to send a glass of wine to the master of our meal, I was unsure of how to respond. What about purchasing a meal or dessert for them? Forgive my ignorance if these are major faux paxs, I just would like to express my gratitude to the kitchen in an appropriate manner!