Dining at the Chef’s Table at Talula’s
For 10 years, Talula’s Table has been a go-to spot in downtown Kennett Square to get everything from lattes to cheese to fine food items, and the market transforms into a private restaurant at the stroke of 7pm. It’s one of the toughest reservations to snag in the world because you have to book the famed Farm Table exactly one year in advance of the date that you want. They offer just one reservation per day, and that’s it.
I have had the pleasure of dining at Talula’s before, and it’s almost always been at the Chef’s Table, which is in the kitchen and seats up to 8 guests. (The one exception resulted from a cancellation, and we got to eat at the Farm Table!) The Chef’s Table is one of my favorite little-known facts about Kennett Square: when you eat there, you get the same delicious menu, and the same warm service as the Farm Table. Here’s what’s different:
• You can book the Chef’s Table about 4 months in advance, as opposed to a year for the Farm Table
• You get to watch the meal unfold from cooking to plating to service, which is a bonus, at least to me!
At the beginning of this year, my sister emailed me, “What do you think about doing something special for Mom and Dad’s anniversary this year? Maybe Talula’s?” Great idea! I reached out to Talula’s and asked about Chef’s Table availability around my parents’ anniversary. Amazingly, we were able to book the actual date! So, recently, my parents, sister, and brother-in-law joined my husband and me at Talula’s to celebrate my parents’ 43rd wedding anniversary!
We started with champagne and small bites at the front of the market, and then we walked back to the kitchen for dinner. My mom loves to cook and my dad loves the behind-the-scenes of anything, so they enjoyed being right near the action as the staff did their thing. Unlike a typical restaurant kitchen, with lots of meals going out the door at all times, Talula’s fixed menu for a known number of guests means a calm, relaxing environment in the kitchen.
The food was the star! My mom really enjoyed the different ingredients for each dish, and she listened intently as the staff described every course. We had a wonderful spring menu (pictured below), with highlights like:
• Crispy fried tofu with soy, lime, jalapeno, ginger, cilantro, chive
• 'Not Your Momma’s Minestrone,' hand torn noodles, baby carrots, leeks, peas, shelling beans & salsa verde
• Rhode Island squid, tangled tonnarelli pasta, foraged ramp pesto, and toasted pine nuts
• Wagyu beef pastrami, house mostarda, pickled radish and spring onion slaw
The staff was so lovely and celebratory the whole night! The pastry chef even provided a special miniature cake for the occasion: a super-rich chocolate cake, perfect for 2 people. My parents enjoyed themselves so much, and the whole dinner was a real treat. My dad called it “a once-in-a-lifetime experience” and carefully pocketed his souvenir menu!
I definitely recommend the Chef’s Table for a celebration meal, especially for anyone who likes to cook or see what goes on in a restaurant kitchen. Thank you to the whole staff at Talula’s Table for helping us make wonderful memories for my parents’ anniversary celebration!