A finished plate prepared to inspire one’s palette requires a delicate
balance of textures and flavors. A subtlety known to few. If experience is the best teacher, then Ben Pratt heads the classroom. Combining a solid education at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with over twelve years behind the open flame, Ben is on top of his game. Winner of Minnesota’s 2006 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef Cooking Challenge, Ben has proven that his cuisine is award-winning. His philosophy of consuming local and sustainable food, influenced early on during stints at Lucia’s and Cosmos, mirrors his outlook on life – quality and honesty speak for themselves.
Every great meal needs a complement or companion to share and savor the moment. A grape in its many varietals can be that friend. Ben knows wines. More importantly, he knows affordable and approachable wines and how they will pair together with a meal. He has compiled a wine list that includes varietals from The Americas, Europe, and Australia. And just as the seasons change, Ben changes the house wine to suit the seasonal menu. Eat well. Enjoy a glass. And live.