by Tara Morgan
Though Boise has dabbled in the food underground—with the semi-monthly Boise Urban Market—it has yet to see the explosion of pop-up restaurants and secret dinners that have taken over seedy warehouses in cities like San Francisco and New York City.
But that will change this Sunday, April 22, when The Wandering Table wanders into town. The Coeur d’Alene-Spokane-based secret dinner club will unpack its knives and seasonal produce at an as-yet-unnamed location and serve up an elaborate, uber-local spread. According to it’s website:
“Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and you can expect to dine for about two to three hours. You will be receiving anywhere from eight to 18 courses, ranging from main course to just one bite of food.”
The Wandering Table is a side project of Chef Adam Hegsted, who recently received the National Foodservice Beef Backer “Innovator of the Year” award for his work at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort. That award got the attention of the James Beard House in New York City, where Hegsted will be cooking an elite feast for 80 in June.
“Underground dinners [are] usually done by like a home cook, or a line cook or something like that, so I thought it would be a unique spin on it to have someone that’s been trained,” explained Hegsted, who started The Wandering Table in 2009.
For the Boise dinner, Hegsted’s menu will include dishes like wild steelhead tartar with crispy skin, radish, first grass and river sand; and herb waffles with chicken fried morels and pine syrup. The dinner is $80 per person and includes wine pairings.
Hegsted added that the Wandering Table is a labor of love—he doesn’t make money on it and just hopes to break even after purchasing ingredients and gas to drive his crew down to Boise.
“It’s a long, hard drive for us, but if people are excited about the things we are doing and we can share that, then we’re totally open for it,” said Hegsted.
There are still a very limited number of seats available for Sunday’s private dinner. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.