What is the Pearl all about?
- Everything we serve is made from scratch, in our kitchen: This includes bread,
pasta, and desserts. There isn't a microwave in the kitchen. This isn't because
I'm a "gourmet" type food snob, it is because fresh tastes better and ensures that
you have a wonderful, unique experience at The Pearl.
- The ingredients are from local producers whenever possible: This is important
for a bunch of reasons that help improve our economy, environment, health, and community.
Most importantly, it helps us make great food... by having a personal, first-name
relationship with each of our ranchers and farmers we can offer you the freshest
possible food. We'll have a chalkboard up naming the ranch or farm that produced
that day's food.
On to some more specifics...
Our menu will change frequently, perhaps daily, based upon what is seasonal, local,
and interesting. In general, we'll offer three or four appetizers, a couple of salads,
three or four entrees, and three or four desserts. We'll have vegetarian options
in each category. The average entree price will be around $18 but there will always
be a fairly wide range. If you don't see anything on the menu that grabs you, please
just ask... if we have the ingredients and the time, we'll whip up something special.
We want the vibe to be relaxed and focused on the food, but we also want it to be
a special experience. You'll always be served with cloth napkins and tablecloths,
the proper type and quantity of tableware, at a relaxed tempo. Our servers will
be focused on you, but not fussy or intrusive.
We insist on keeping everything immaculately clean and will welcome your visits
to our kitchen, peeks in our fridge, and looks under the stove.
We're going to start out being open 4 nights a week (Wednesday through Saturday)
from 5 PM until 9 or 10. On Friday and Saturday nights we're going to add a simple
late night menu that we'll serve after dinner from 10 until 12:30 or 1.
On Sunday afternoons from noon until 4 we're going to serve a family-style dinner.
This will be an old-school "meat and three" that we'll serve on passed platters.
Pay at the door, find a seat, and stay until you aren't hungry.
We're definitely going to do some outdoor seating and special events... the front
porch and the jasmine-covered trellis will make great settings. We also have room
for a fairly large tent that will be fun for larger groups....I'm thinking it will
be a perfect place for the High School folks to have homecoming and prom dinners,
I'll be in the kitchen most afternoons either prepping for that night's service
or trying out some new items. Please stop by, sit at our kitchen counter and see
what is cooking.