minibar by Jose Andres is this super-star chef’s flagship restaurant where chefs Katsuya Fukushima & Johnny Spero were each at one time the Chef-de-Cuisine .

Jose Andres was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2012 and he won the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award in 2011. His is also currently in consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize.

minibar by Jose Andres remains one of top representations of Spanish-style Modernist cooking in the world.

Reverie & Bantam King

Chef Johnny Spero is one of the rising stars of the Washington, DC culinary scene. We will explore where he has been as well as his wonderful, brand new restaurant, Reverie.

Chef Katsuya Fukushima was the original Chef-de-Cuisine at minibar. He is now operating three outstanding Japanese-influenced restaurants in Washington, DC. We will have Saturday lunch at Bantam King with Chef Fukushima followed by a cocktail at Daikaya.

barmini Cocktail Workshop

A special cocktail workshop at barmini.

barmini is Jose Andres’ cocktail lab next to minibar which celebrates classic cocktails and distinctly modern creations. It is DC’s premier cocktail destination. It is a learning center where chefs and bartenders collaborate and where heritage meets innovation.



  • Reverie
  • minibar by Jose Andres
  • Bantam King
  • Daikaya
  • Columbia Room


  • Saturday morning excursion (TBD)
  • Cocktail Workshop – barmini
Friday, May 3 Day 1, Arrive in Washington D.C. for two nights, cocktail reception, Dinner at Reverie (D)
Saturday, May 4 Day 2, Washington DC — Morning Excursion, Lunch at Daikaya, cocktail workshop at barmini, Dinner at Minibar (B,L,D)
Sunday, May 5 Day 3, Washington DC — Departure from DC
Breakfast (B) – 2, Lunch (L) – 1, Dinner (D) – 2
  • 2 Overnights at a premium hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • All Transportation within Washington DC
  • Tour Leaders Dr. John Sconzo & Charles Grabitzky
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing Including All Admissions
  • Tasting and Wine-Pairing Menus
  • All Taxes
Not Included
  • Airfare before or after trip
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips to tour, hotel staff

For this weekend we are staying a premium hotel for 2 nights.


A deposit of $395 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Single Supplement is $300.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form.

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.

#randtguestchefseries #wintercarnival #details  #smalldetailsbigdifference #saranaclake @hotelsaranac @airick72 @lempka_gram @willtwyatt @misterparadisenyc @hamletandghost @barndivahealdsburg
    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.