Chef Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson’s culinary career blends his diverse experience and artistic spirit. Born and raised in Chicago, Anderson spent much of his childhood at his parents’ restaurant where he discovered his passion for experimenting with various ingredients and culinary techniques.

Anderson embarked on his career in the hospitality industry in 2006 at Chef Thomas Keller’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, The French Laundry, in Yountville, California.  In 2009, Anderson brought his creativity to Tim McKee’s Sea Change Restaurant & Bar in Minneapolis, where he worked as chef de cuisine building menus focused on sustainable seafood and seasonal ingredients. Anderson’s cooking at Sea Change garnered nationwide attention and marked a pinnacle in his career, being named a James Beard Foundation Award nominee and a Food & Wine Magazine “People’s Best New Chef Midwest” finalist.

After staging at the prestigious Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Anderson relocated to Nashville to helm the kitchen at The Catbird Seat.  At The Catbird Seat, considered one of the Countries most ground-breaking restaurants, he delivered an ever-changing, fourteen-course tasting menu in an interactive format. In 2012, Anderson was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs..”  The following year, the magazine bestowed him with the additional honor of being named “Best New Chef All Star”, where a talent from each class of past 25 years was highlighted.  As well as being featured in the NY Times and mentions in Time Magazine, Anderson has also appeared on Bizarre Food with Andrew Zimmern, the PBS Series The Mind of a Chef, and Vice’s Munchies.

Erik earned 2 Michelin stars as the executive chef of Coi in San Francisco. He is currently working on opening his own as of yet to be named Restaurant in his home of Calistoga, California. Erik will be assisted by Chef Alex Lempka of Hamlet & Ghost in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Will Wyatt

Will Wyatt was introduced to the hospitality industry while finishing his degree in music at New York University in 2011. Working through several roles at Jean-George!s ABC Kitchen, he quickly took interest in the world of drinks. Starting as a barback at The Experimental Cocktail Club!s New York outpost, but quickly working his way into a bartending role, his dedication to the industry had set in. After 2 years, he continued on to assist his mentor Nico De Soto (ECC, Mace, Danico) in opening his celebrated East Village cocktail destination, Mace.

After the opening of Mace, Will moved west to San Francisco to undergo management training at Saison (3 Stars, Michelin Guide). Following his time in California, he spent 3 years working behind the bar at The NoMad Hotel in New York under Leo Robitschek, and became a central member of their bar team, working to mentor and educate up and coming bartenders. He left The Nomad in late 2017 to begin construction on a project of his own, Mister Paradise, which opened in February of 2019. While still calling Mister Paradise home, he has continued on to open a gastropub in New York’s lower east side called Pretty Ricky’s, as well as the popular fast casual burrito concept Electric Burrito.

Hotel Saranac & Winter Carnival

The dinner party will take place at the recently refurbished Hotel Saranac, part of the Curio Collection of Hilton. A block of discounted rooms will be available with purchase of the dinner tickets.  Limited to 40 guests per seating, the event will be held during the first weekend of the popular Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The Saranac Lake / Lake Placid area is a national center for Winter Sports activities including alpine & Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and more. It is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the North Country at its finest.

The dinner will be a multi-course exploration of Chef Erik Anderson’s cuisine with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage pairings by Will Wyatt included in the price. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advanced notice.


There will be one seating at this dinner on Friday, February 3rd, at 7:00pm and two seatings on Saturday, February 4th, at 5:00pm & 8:00pm.

Location: Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Passed Canapes
  • Multi-Course Dinner
  • Beverage Pairings (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

$225 per person (inclusive of beverage, tax, gratuity and fees)

To make a reservation for the Dinner, please click the button below to use our Tock Reservation system.

Have a question?

    Our guest chef dinner with @airick72 @willtwyatt and @lempka_gram coming up to open the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival at the beautiful @hotelsaranac is still 2 weeks away and we have already sold out both Saturday seatings! There are only a few seats still available for the Friday night seating! 

To whet your whistle even more, we are proud to say that the cocktail pairings will feature the portfolio of Chatham Imports including @michterswhiskey @sietemisterios Mezcal @farmersgin and more!

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    A great event comes down to details, both large and small. We are proud to feature these beautiful cocktail napkins done for us by @mydrap_northamerica to be used for our upcoming R+T dinners with Eric Anderson, Will Wyatt and Alex Lempka to open Saranac Lake winter Carnival at the beautiful Hotel Saranac on the 3rd and 4th of February.  Tickets are sold out for the 8pm Saturday seating, but we still have a few left for the Friday night and 5PM Saturday seatings. See our profile for more information.

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    The holidays are upon us and it’s too late for shipping, but if you hurry, you can still purchase tickets for the grand return of the Rascal + Thorn Guest Chef Series, our first since the pandemic started. Featuring Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson ( @airick72 ) currently at the 1Michelin star Barndiva in beautiful Healdsburg, CA in the heart of Sonoma wine country and NYC barman extraordinaire, Will Wyatt ( @willtwyatt ) of Mr. Paradise et al., these will take place at the impressively refurbished Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY to kick off the famously festive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

The second Saturday seating is nearly sold out and the other two seatings aren’t far behind. We have a limited number of discounted guest rooms available with purchase @hotelsaranac  so you can make a special pre-valentine’s weekend in the heart of the Adirondacks!

The evening will open with canapés from Chef Alex Lempka ( @lempka_gram ) of Hamlet & Ghost in Saratoga Springs and a welcome beverage, followed by a 5 course dinner with a choice of alcohol-containing and alcohol free pairings. 

The photo was taken 10 years ago at the legendary The Catbird Seat in Nashville, TN, where Chef Anderson was the opening chef along with Chef Josh Habiger.

Follow the profile link to the Rascal + Thorn website for more information and a link to Tock for tickets.