This morning, Saison, one of San Francisco's few four-star restaurants, announced a new way to dine on chef Joshua Skenes' menu. Beginning on August 2, Skenes will host Saison Test Kitchen dinners, a sort of private chef's table. Every Saturday night, Skenes will cook for up to eight guests, and they will be the first to taste the chef's newest ideas for dishes that have never been on Saison's menu before.
According to Eater SF, the dinners will be held inside the Saison think-tank/test kitchen each Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Per a release, the experience is meant to encourage "the sharing of new ideas, experimentation, and discussion." Skenes will do all of the cooking himself and join the group at the end of the dinner for a glass of wine.
The price per person, including wine, is $498, which Eater SF notes is comparable to Saison's regular tasting ($248) with beverage pairings (an additional $248), and less expensive than the $646 "discovery menu" with pairings. This new menu doesn't do much to change the fact that Saison serves the priciest meal in San Francisco. Reservations for Saison Test Kitchen are accepted two months in advance via phone: 415-828-7990.