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by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop

R

yan VanWinkle may hold the
title "executive chef," but don't
be fooled: He's actually in the
business of time travel. Every
dish he's created for the past seven
years has been an attempt at taking
diners back to his late grandmother's
house.
"We'd walk in the door and the
first thing we'd see were shelves of
all the things she'd canned from her
garden," the 30-year-old recalls.
"Those were the best meals when I
was younger. She'd let us go pick
something out of the pantry, and
that's what we ate with the meal that
night."
The journey began in 2013,
when Ryan and Dawt Mill Resort
co-owner Ed Henegar opened The
Chef's Table. Diners who visit the
business located on Howell-Oregon
Electric Cooperative lines are in for
an experience that's unique but
not unfamiliar to those who have
fond memories of large gatherings
around the dinner table. The only
difference at the chef's table is they
gather around the stove while Ryan
and Chef Brandy Barstow cook, all
the while explaining the origins of
ingredients, the history of a particular
dish and the methods of preparation.
The inspiration, like most of the
vegetables used, is homegrown.
It's a philosophy born from family
traditions and delicious food.
"We want people to feel like they
are part of the family," Ryan says.
"It's fine dining without the pretension."
Every meal at The Chef's Table
follows a three-course design, but
that's the only consistent element. As
a result, no two meals are the same
and even the basic format changes from season to season. Summer
salads and winter soups give way to
appetizers in the fall and spring for
the starter course. The entree which
follows typically utilizes beef, chicken
or pork grown on local farms. Desserts - which can range from chocolate creme brulee to buttermilk chess
pie - cap off the meal. While diners
chat with the chef and watch the process unfold, they sample a variety of
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