Author Archives: Jonathan Laurel

New Desserts | January, 2020

By Jonathan Laurel January 7, 2020 Food

January is here, and while that means bitter cold and short days—and for many of you Dry January, Whole Thirty, or various other cleanses—that also means new desserts from Miriam, West Main’s pastry chef.  This January West Main has four gorgeous things to help restore some joy to your life in this dark month. Heading off our menu, of course, is Mom’s Chocolate-Meringue Tart, a gourmet take on Chef Greg Spaulding’s grandmother’s classic Appalachian dessert. … Read More

New Year’s Eve, 2019: 5-Course Cocktail Pairing Menu

By Jonathan Laurel December 14, 2019 Events Food

This December 31, we are celebrating the New Year in unprecedented style with a single-seating pairing dinner unlike any other.  We are offering two menus for this evening: a Yukimuro (snow-aged) A5 Wagyu & Bourbon pairing menu, and this five-course Cocktail Pairing Menu–equally fabulous, and for different diets and wallets.  This menu is a little closer to the beating heart of our kitchen, the celebration of quality, often local ingredients and the belief… Read More

Cocktail History: Rob Roy

By Jonathan Laurel November 29, 2019 Cocktails

It’s St. Andrew’s Day, which means we’ve officially entered winter drinking season and it’s time for a story. As an illustrated introduction, we start with Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book.  The fairly laconic recipe list that makes up the bulk of Craddock’s book occasionally introduces brief one-liners about the odd cocktail or two.  They may tell where the cocktail came from, from where it takes its name, or some such joke about how it should be… Read More

New Year’s Eve, 2019: Yukimuro Wagyu & Bourbon

By Jonathan Laurel November 25, 2019 Food

This December 31, we will be celebrating the New Year in unprecedented style with a pairing dinner to rival all others.  With the first of the two menus we will be offering for New Year’s Eve, we are fortunate enough to show off one of the rarest proteins in the world: Snow-Aged A5 Wagyu Striploin from Niigata Prefecture, Japan.  This obscenely rich and rare product will be showcased through five courses, each… Read More

New Desserts

By Jonathan Laurel November 22, 2019 Food

Miriam’s desserts consistently bring smiles to our faces, and the faces of our guests who know they can come every month for something new.  Her current menu is no different, featuring a series of desserts that will, invariably, make you stop whatever you’re doing and pay attention to what’s on your spoon.  Few things are as curious to eat as Angel Food Cake.  The light, airy, weightless sponge is almost a dissonant… Read More