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. Although concise, his menu of small plates is thoughtfully put together in a way that accommodates all tastes. And with a menu that changes daily to reflect what is seasonal, available and fresh, an incentive to try something new is ever present. -Dakota also recently won the popular cooking show Cutthroat Kitchen in season 4.