MARCH 2018 – Have you ever walked into Cindy’s and felt like you stepped out onto the back porch of a super sweet lake house somewhere in Wisconsin or Michigan? The tables, the natural light, the view of Lake Michigan in the distance — it all evokes that feeling of gathering in an idyllic setting at the height of summer for food and frivolity. It’s for this reason we created the ongoing Lakehouse Series, an intimate 25-person dinner crafted by Cindy’s kitchen and bar teams in conjunction with a rotating selection of guest chefs.
Cindy’s chef de cuisine Keith Potter originally came up with this idea because he wanted to cook with his chef friends in a fun setting. “I enjoy bringing in others to cook with, to expose the cooks to different techniques and ingredients,” Potter says. “Ideas come from things that inspire us: our shared past, regional cuisines we want to explore, interesting food and wine pairings.” Pastry chef Jove Hubbard adds, “I enjoy the challenge of seeing the collaboration of the chefs and then choosing the perfect ending to the menu, and getting to taste spectacular food and wine is a bonus.” Last, sommelier Sterling Knight thinks of these dinners as a perfect way for hospitality to truly shine. “Some of the best memories are made over food and wine, we wanted to create that ‘at home with friends and family’ event to remember … with the people we want to have fun with and say, ‘Cheers friend, here is to us and to hospitality!'”
Our next dinner takes place March 25 and will have a twist. Since we’re still shaking off the throes of winter, we wanted to whisk you away to the Caribbean. We’ve invited Frontier chef Brian Jupiter to join us on a Jamaican excursion — all without having to get on a plane and fly south. The $125 per person seated five-course wine-paired dinner will highlight the smoky and spicy essence of Jamaican cooking centered around Caribbean-inspired takes on goat, which we’ll source from local Kilgus Family Farm. Jupiter will prepare some dishes as will the Cindy’s team. Sommelier Sterling Knight will join forces with Sarah Hedges-Goedhart, head winemaker for Washington State-based biodynamic Hedges Family Estate, to pair wines for the meal. Don’t miss your chance to join us for this intimate dinner, which will no doubt turn into a lively backyard soiree — isn’t that what gathering at the lake house is all about? Seats are limited so book your spot now.