In conclusion, it was a tasty, exciting, and relaxing experience. It is worth every penny of somebody else’s money.
See, I began with my conclusion because I wanted people actually interested in food to understand that this is not that kind of review. I will not be waxing eloquent about the freshness of the shallots or the balance of the sauces. This is partly because I can’t remember the names of the sauces, or if shallots were involved in any dish, but really mostly because I do not have a developed palate. Also because we got seven courses, chef’s choice, and we got the wine pairing with each of the seven courses, so my memory of the last two or three is a bit dim.
What I will say is that the service was attentive but not annoying, languid so that we could properly enjoy each course and pairing, and I ate sweetbreads (brains!?) and monkfish cheeks. Monkfish cheeks! Beats the heck out of my boxed organic macaroni. The wines were paired thoughtfully, and each selection brought out something new in the food. None of the combinations of fancy bits we were given seemed too bizarre- though I never even knew monkfish cheeks were a thing one might reasonably eat, so I don’t have the best concept of what’s reasonable.
Also, everything tasted good! Like, eating each bite was lovely and interesting, and the portions weren’t huge or ludicrously tiny, so you could enjoy all seven courses without bloating, and not tire of each one before you finished. And brains are chewy.
As to the local, sustainable aspects, you’ve read the news articles. They do it. They also had real towels in the restrooms for drying your hands, so no paper waste. Otherwise they’re not overt about it.
I’d definitely go back to the tasting room, if somebody else was paying. You’ll enjoy it even if you’re not really into fancy food. If you go, make sure you go with people you like, since the tastings can last four hours. I’d like to hit the less-expensive Bistro for dinner and the lunch menu is downright reasonable.