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Left: The Grilled Squash Salad highlights fresh-from-the-garden vegetables, herbs and flowers with salt-pickled okra. Center: Garlic Scape Risotto
forms the base for medium-rare beef shoulder tender. Right: Buttermilk Biscuits double as dessert when dressed with strawberry freezer jam.
perfection by the sous vide method,
in which the vacuum-sealed cut is
cooked in a temperature-controlled
water bath. He seasons the shoulder
with salt and pepper and sears both
sides in a cast iron pan, adding more
garlic scapes on the last turn. A bed
of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
is added to the plate before topping
it with the risotto, beef, scapes and
chow-chow relish.
Biscuits: It wouldn't be the Ozarks
without them. The Chef's Table utilizes the staple food for everything from
bread service to sandwich buns and,
in this case, a substitute base for
strawberry shortcake. Once out of the

oven, they receive a healthy drizzle of
homemade strawberry freezer jam -
made this spring from the bounty of
the restaurant's own patch.
"This is what I mean when I say,
'without pretension,' " Ryan says with
a laugh as he drizzles jam over the
flaky folds. "A high-end restaurant
might do the salad, they might do
the steak, but they're not going to do
biscuits as a dessert."
The concept may be different, but
it's proven popular. During the summer, The Chef's Table has two seatings, at 5 and 7 p.m., for a total of
10 diners each, which aren't hard to
come by in tourist season. In the off

season, the chefs have more flexibility on reservation times and combine
smaller groups of diners until they
reach a party of 10.
Fall on the North Fork isn't to
be underappreciated, and diners
can watch the changing leaves on
the river bluff from the restaurant
windows. The fall and winter also
are prime times for some paddling or
trout fishing, or to hit the local trails
for those seeking more solitude and a
less-crowded outdoors experience.
"It's unlike anywhere else," Ryan
says. "That's the biggest reason to
come here: to get the experience of
what the Ozarks truly has to offer."

The Chef's Table
Specialties: A varying menu of seasonal fare using fresh, homegrown vegetables
and locally sourced meats. Late summer and early fall items may include Grilled
Squash Salad, Ozark Ramen, Crawfish Hushpuppies, Smoked Pork Tenderloin with
Cheese Grits, Crispy Duck Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables.
Price: Roughly $30 per person for three-course dining onsite. Home and event catering costs start at $200. Onsite events can accommodate up to 28 people.
Details: Contact Dawt Mill Resort 24 hours in advance for reservations by
visiting www.dawtmill.com, calling 417-284-3540 or contacting thedawtmill@
gmail.com. Free Wi-Fi. No smoking. Cash and major credit cards accepted.

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