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An Immersive & Experiential Tasting Menu With a Rotating Theme

San Francisco’s most intimate dining experience with just eight guests per seating, The Table at Merchant Roots consists of Chef Ryan Shelton’s tasting menu with optional wine pairings, premised on a bold theme that rotates quarterly.  

Chef Ryan Shelton’s spring 2019 menu theme is Vanity Fair, the classic 19th century English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that explores the notions of class and corruption in Victorian society. From intricate swan-shaped gougeres to sunchoke croquettes that utilize every part of a sunflower, Vanity Fair is a highly embellished 10-course experience.

The Table is a custom-made live edge Monkey Pod wood table made by woodworker Ian Avidan of Berkeley’s Z&E Slabs, situated between a well-stocked wall of wines selected by partner/wine director Madison Michael, and a sumptuously soft art piece by fiber artist Meghan Bogden Shimek.  Chef Shelton and sous chef David Hamilton-Kidd serve courses on custom ceramics, and sommelier Chelsea Sawyer (Birdsong, Verve) presents wine in luxe handblown Sophienwald glasses imported from Austria.  Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a sip to whet their palates, and invited to mingle and meet fellow diners in the lounge before the nine-course festivities begin. 

Dinner is offered three nights a week (Thurs, Fri, Sat), with two seatings each evening (6pm and 8:30pm).