What A Year!

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We had an exciting first year in 2018 as Rascal + Thorn! Five Guest-Chef Dinners and trips to Kentucky, Barcelona, Scotland, Stone Barns and Japan.

Our year started off with two Guest-Chef dinners including a Food & Wine 2016 Chef of the Year, Brad Kilgore, from Alter in Miami. This was followed by Chef Johnny Spero, who recently opened his highly-anticipated restaurant Reverie in Georgetown.

Next up was a great Bourbon Trail Tour in Kentucky, a private Guest-Chef Dinner featuring Chef Victoria Blamey from New York City and a very special elBulli Tour of Barcelona in June.

R+T Bourbon Trail Tour – May 2018


Chef Victoria Blamey Dinner in Saratoga Springs


Barcelona with Ferran Adria in June 2018

We thought we would take a break in the summer, but the opportunity presented itself to bring the great Chef Patrick Roney from Kentucky to the Saratoga Polo Association for a really fun and delicious “Kentucky in Saratoga” dinner.

Chef Patrick Roney Dinner in Saratoga Springs

To top it off, our last Guest Chef from 2018 came all the way over from Barcelona. Chef Enrique Valenti put on a masterful performance in Troy with his version of Marea Alta in New York.

Chef Enrique Valenti Dinner in Troy

The end of the year included two whisky tours to Scotland and Japan and we also squeezed in an unbelievable day and meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

R+T Scotland – Sep 2018


Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Oct 2018


R+T Japan – Nov 2018

We are just getting started and can’t wait to unveil our 2019 experiences!

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.