Best Of 2017

Best Dinner Club WE’LL MISS: Nectar Restaurant

Best Dinner Club WE’LL MISS

Every month in 2016, the farm-to-table connoisseurs at Nectar Restaurant hosted a five-course themed dinner club built around a single country or geographical location; recent installments have revolved around India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Part of the goal was to connect diners with local farmers, producers and growers, who attended the events and shared backgrounds and expertise. Nectar’s daily menus offered up creative dishes crafted by chef Julie Francis and sous chef Amanda Bowman, each of which was concocted with as many local ingredients as possible. The menu even listed area farms, gardens and bakeries from which ingredients were sourced, including Carriage House Farm, local hydroponics company Waterfields LLC and many others. Although Nectar closed in early 2017 after more than a decade, we look forward to what chef Francis does next. Nectar Restaurant, 1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-929-0525, dineatnectar.com.