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THE CURTAIN RISES ON JANUARY 31, 2019, WHEN FINE DINING RESTAURANT, THE SILVER BOUGH, DEBUTS AT THE HISTORIC MONTECITO INN
The Hottest Ticket in Town: Phillip Frankland Lee’s Intimate Eight-Seat Tasting Menu Experience with Exquisite Food, Impeccable Service, Culinary Theatrics and a Little Magic
(MONTECITO,CA)— With opening night set for Thursday, January 31st, The Silver Bough will begin wowing audiences every Thursday – Sunday with a singular nightly seating at 7pm. Owner/Executive Chef Phillip Frankland Lee has culled an impressive troupe to execute the tasting menu dining experience, including sous chefs Danielle Van Steen (Church & State, BlueHour) and Robert Sandberg (Noma, Frantzen), and pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee (Scratch|Bar & Kitchen, The Monarch). The intimate space seats a total of eight guests up to the chefs’ kitchen, bringing the culinary theatrics up close, in an immersive setting. Reservations will be handled much like ticket sales to a theatre, with release dates on the first day of each month, for the following month’s performances. The first round of tickets became available to the general public at www.silverboughmontecito.com on December 20th for the entire month of February, with subsequent tickets released on the 1st of every month; February 1st for March and so on and so forth. Guests staying at the historic Montecito Inn, will be able to bypass the system and have access to purchase tickets a full year out, when securing a room to stay at the hotel via www.montecitoinn.com.
“Since arriving in Montecito, I’ve had an amazing time getting to know the locals through our food at The Monarch, as well as visitors from around the world,” says owner Phillip Frankland Lee. “Silver Bough is by far my most ambitious restaurant to date, and after opening our first six restaurants, along with having the opportunity to travel the world and eat amazing food over the last few years with my wife Margarita, we are incredibly excited to share everything that we’ve learned, tasted, and experienced from our own unique perspective. The evening will be an event, one we hope that epicurean pursuers and open-minded explorers alike, will cherish and remember for many years.”
The Silver Bough is not an everyday restaurant. Upon arrival, beginning at 6:30pm, ticket holders will check in with the front desk at the Montecito Inn for a pre-show beverage. A custom-made bar cart will sit within the hotel lobby, where the host will pass out a specialty libation to commence the evening. At 7pm, participants will be led into the restaurant for Act I, where a table is placed in the center of a dark room, and participants encircle it to begin their culinary journey. Placed upon the table as a centerpiece, a radiant landscape, and this is where the story of The Silver Bough begins. The host begins to guide everyone through the story of The Silver Bough, which corresponds to each bite experienced over the course of the meal. As the group unearths the various elements in Act I, they will find delicate dishes ranging from smoked cultured butter and whipped caviar, to the simple potato stuffed with bone marrow, and eventually a curious dish made of foie gras (vegan and pescatarian menus will be available upon request). At the end of the Act, the curtain opens revealing the main stage, a 16ft kitchen-facing Brazilian Quartzite chef’s counter, with Lee and team in place ready to serve dinner.
As the group takes their seats for Act II, their host continues with the story of The Silver Bough, leading them through nine courses of luxury, with rich flavor combinations resulting in a true exercise in opulence. The story, based on Irish mythology, represents the entry into the Celtic otherworld, a place believed to offer everlasting youth, beauty, health and joy. The hidden world was rich with only the finest resources, a paradise of delights, where food was ever abundant and where travelers were treated as kings and queens by the god’s themselves. As Lee and his team seek to recreate such an environment, the program includes Tasmanian ocean trout, Live Lobster, Dry aged Japanese Wagyu beef, Toulouse Goose and Foie Gras, locally caught Box Crab, Sea Urchin and Spot Prawns, aged New Zealand Venison, a prized Ribeye from Japan’s Kobe Prefecture, fine caviar, 24k gold, and an abundance of truffles. The result is a combination of classical, continental technique with progressive, modernistic approaches all served on fine silver fit for royalty.
For the finale, Act III, a world of sweets played over four courses, is presented by Pastry Chef, Margarita Kallas-Lee. These desserts begin with something refreshing, an “egg” made of passionfruit mousse, situated in a nest made from kaffir lime and lemongrass, with pine “snow” lightly dusted on top. Next is something bitter, a chocolate leaf with coffee and chicory. Then comes a bedtime course, chamomile custard with white truffle, bee pollen, gold, and hints of honey. The night will end with a dessert inspired by one of Margarita’s cherished childhood memories from her native Latvia.
At the conclusion of dinner, guests will have the opportunity to continue their experience with after-dinner drinks and aperitifs with the team. The all-inclusive tasting menu is paired with some of the world’s greatest wines, finest spirits, craft cocktails, and tinctures made by the chefs themselves, all with a ticket price of $550/person (inclusive of tax and gratuity). For guests choosing not to imbibe, a unique and specialty non-alcoholic pairing, will be provided. Think, housemade black truffle and wild honey kombucha. Dinner without alcohol will run $450/person (inclusive of tax and gratuity). There will not be any items or beverages available a la carte, and all dinners will be paired either with or without alcohol.
The 400 square foot space presents walls lined with Carrera marble, and houses a 16ft chef’s counter featuring Quartzite imported from Brazil. The room is encased by dramatic, crimson velvet curtains. The center table used in Act I is handcrafted and modeled after a voluminous Ginkgo tree, completed with painted brass butterflies and a glass top, custom designed by award-winning American artist Michael Aram. Additionally, Aram designed and crafted all of the plateware and serving dishes, inspired by nature and offer a reflection of our humanity. The eight modern chairs feature a solid chrome frame and a luxurious gray velvet upholstery. A custom-built stainless-steel stove with gold hardware, made by Montague, is a stunning showpiece in the intimate, open kitchen.
The Silver Bough is located inside the historic Montecito Inn at 1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. A 7pm seating is available every Thursday – Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at www.silverboughmontecito.com.