I was part of a group of 10 who celebrated a birthday last night at the Seasonal Pantry. I really liked it a lot. It isn't a restaurant exactly, but it's a store that sells sweet pickles and things in jars, Domino brown sugar (???), ice cream made there and a variety of other things. For dinner, they set up a high-end picnic table in the middle of the room. Dan, the chef, came out in the beginning and gave an intro, plus he introduced each course. He had a couple of people there helping him with plating. The food was delicious. We started with a delicious oyster shooter - a warm soup. Two carafes of wine, a white and a red, were placed on the table and were replenished several times. We had:
Cauliflower (Lemon, Cashews, Panchetta) This was very different and truly excellent. It was a chilled cauliflower pudding, topped with a variety of foraged herbs, parmesan toast, plus the lemon, cashews and panchetta listed on the menu. Each bite was different from the last as each bite combined the pudding with a different topping. I really loved this. They passed around a basket of bread rolls during this course and kept them coming. I would have liked the rolls much better had they been served warm - but they were good.
Apple (Fois Gras, tarte tatine, and a French preparation of fois gras that tasted like butter) The fois gras was served atop cooked apples. Delicious.
Duck (Egg Noodles, Scallion, Radish) He mentioned that he was considering doing ramen and this was an effort in that direction. It didn't taste like ramen to me at all. I would have liked this much better if he hadn't mentioned ramen! The dish was very good though.
Pork (Bordelaise, Marrow, Red Cabbage) This was a very large, pink and tender pork chop with an incredible bordelaise and a tiny bit of red cabbage. I was getting very full at this point and couldn't finish it.
Dessert - this was a cross between banana bread and sticky toffee pudding, served with whipped cream. Delicious.
Then we were given an very good chocolate chip cookie to take home.
An excellent meal, for $92.50 each, including wine, tax and tip. We paid the host up front via Pay Pal, which was nice, as there was no exchange of money while we were there.
I would most definitely recommend this for a special occasion meal for 10-12 people. They do a regular supper club 3 nights a week. I think for that you can reserve for a smaller number of people, then share the table with a few strangers - which I think would be fun.