La Belle Vie, the stalwart of fine dining, the creme de la creme of the local restaurant universe (Best Service, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Martini to name a few accolades), and the first local restaurant to be recognized with a James Beard Award, will be undergoing some surprising changes.
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We spoke with chef de cuisine Mike DeCamp to find out what these changes will be.
La Belle Vie's dining room specialty has always been its dazzling tasting menus. On a recent evening only one person in the mostly filled room chose a single entree. DeCamp has always excelled at creative, unexpected takes on fine dining -- this is the man who microwaved foie gras. The new direction of the dining room will be to focus more on the tasting menus. They are adding a 13-course tasting menu and doing away with the a la carte.
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The dishes will also be overseen by the chefs tableside, executing bits of their dazzling cookery. We expect to see custom-made serving dishes that will showcase the food in ways we haven't seen before. This will also allow the crew to show off some of the cutting-edge techniques that until now were kept behind kitchen walls.
Those averse to the experience will still be able to order any item from the more selective eight-course tasting menu as a full-sized entree. Here's a bit more from DeCamp on the changes.
The Hot Dish: How do you expect the La Belle Vie dining experience will change?
Mike DeCamp: A little funner. Not much, though. We're for the most part going to keep doing what we're doing, just more of it.
HD: You've spoken about getting new serving dishes. Will dishes include some of those scent-memory tricks to enhance the dining experience?
DeCamp: For some dishes, yes, but don't worry. It's not going to be some stupid thing on the plate for every course.
HD; How will you maintain your reputation as the leader of fine dining in the Twin Cities?
DeCamp: By doing things like this. We will continue evolving. Everything has to change.
510 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, MN