Mark your calendars: James Beard Award winner, Top Chef Master's finalist and chef/owner of French fine-dining city staple, Jardinière, Traci Des Jardins is stepping down -- for only three days. On April 1, 2, and 3, she will hand the reigns over to chef Douglas Keane of Cyrus fame.
Chef Keane started on the range at Jardiniere in 1997 and quickly ascended to Executive Chef before leaving in 2005 to open his own restaurant, the two Michelin-starred restaurant Cyrus in Healdsburg, which closed late last year. In April at Jardiniere, he’ll swap out the usual French fare for the rustic, Californian cuisine that won him accolades at Cyrus.
We found out today from a source at Jardiniere that this news was supposed to be released to Jardiniere’s VIP diners only, but somehow word got out to us mere mortals, and now almost all reservations have been booked. The three-night comeback is expected to totally sell out within the next few hours.
It's pricey, but it's also Jardiniere, so guaranteed to be worth it. The tasting menu is $125/person, optional $125/person more for wine pairing. Hold your reservation with a credit card, and show up when you're supposed to unless a $100/ person cancellation fee doesn’t mean anything to you. As soon as it’s finalized, the tasting menu will be sent to those who RSVP.
Jardinière: 300 Grove, S.F.; 415-861-5555