Drawing upon years of experience working in nationally acclaimed restaurants such as Zuni Café, Julia’s Kitchen, and The Kitchen Café — and a summer with Meadow Lark Farm Dinners — Dakota’s menus and cuisine reflect a philosophy of crafting the best quality food into simple, soulful bites. Dakota combines a respect for and knowledge of high-quality ingredients with a rare talent to craft them into immensely satisfying dishes. He doesn’t rely on tricks to impress his guests; just experience, expertise and an understanding of the finest local products. As chef and owner of Café Aion he has gained national recognition in First We Feast’s “10 up and coming chefs to watch,” Bon Appetit and Esquire. More recently, he won Food Network’s "Cutthroat Kitchen."