Chad and Jessi Waldher (photo), owners of Bottle & Bull on Lake St and Marcy's in Walla Walla, are getting very close to sharing their latest creation with you. Many of you were sending panicked emails when their Park Lane Public House closed its doors, but have no fear, a fabulous french brasserie named Feast will be emerging in mid-February at 115 Park Lane. This is a concept they have been talking about for a while, and all of the pieces and dream team just came together now to make it happen.
I had a chance to sit down with the new Feast crew (photo) and their excitement is palpable. "This new concept just didn't fit in our pub setting," says Jessi, who toured me around the freshly wallpapered walls and walked me through all of their new French-themed decor. This will be a bit closer to fine dining but without the dress code or white linens. And still family friendly, of course. "Casual refined," says Chad with a chuckle. Chef Rich Jimenez, previously of Chateu Des Fleurs, can't stop smiling when he talks about his classic and modern dishes with a PNW flair that will be awaiting us. I, of course, can't spell them! Nor did I know quite what this meant. But then he jumped back into the kitchen and whipped me up a tasting platter and the world made sense again.
Get ready to experience vanilla bean applesauce on top of foie gras torchon, a burger with short rib Beaujolais demi gloss and pork jelly smoked onion aioli, tuna with pickled plum aoli in sesame leaf, roasted carrot with burnt honey brown butter and petit coriander, and a lyonnaise salad. Pair your meal with one of their 30 carefully selected wines by the glass or perhaps an old world bottle of beer. You'll find many new world wines that are still French in style. Expect price points to be $12-18 for the first and second course and $20-40 for mains. Here are some sexy food photos to get you in the mood..
(french onion soup, cod w/polenta, lyonnaise salad, mussels, mushroom risotto, roasted carrots)
The team at Feast is excited to take you on this journey with them. "Kirkland has always been good to us. We want to thank everyone and let them know we are eager to serve them again!" says Jessi. Opening is targeted for the second week in Feb. This establishment will be dinner only from 4-10 pm and they will be closed on Monday. Happy Hour in the bar 4-6pm.