Spice Kitchen + Bar Unleashes the Whole Beast Feast

The {always} forward-thinking team at Spice Kitchen + Bar has come up with another creative and engaging dining experience. The restaurant, known to produce elaborate “pop up” events at places like the Coast Guard station at Wendy Park or on a historic California Zephyr train car, is calling everyone to the mothership restaurant in Gordon Square for a family style meal they’re calling the Whole Beast Feast.

The concept, known as large-format dining, essentially means a group of people partake in a communal experience with one set menu, that usually includes a show-stopping main event.

Spice is rolling out the Whole Beast Feast with a whole roasted suckling pig carved tableside, a crispy green salad, roasted fingerling potatoes, seasonal vegetables, mustard cream sauce and a gingery pork au jus for drizzling.  It all ends with homemade pie and vanilla whipped cream.

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Spice owner Ben Bebenroth said the indulgent, finger-licking dinner will deliver a memorable food experience that can be “raucous and fun. It’s a great excuse to loosen up and indulge in some Game of Thrones-style dining, appreciating impressive carving skills (minus the spontaneous chopping off of heads).

General manager Allison Pryce brought the idea to Spice after hosting this type of meals at New York restaurant. She prepared a meal for the staff and everyone loved it, especially Ben.

“Eating a suckling pig tableside is…(bleeping) awesome! I honestly felt like a bit of a Viking.”

The Whole Beast Feast is a group experience for eight to 12 people who dine at the same time. It’s unique and experiential and it requires a considerable amount of time and planning, which means reservations are a must, and diners need to understanding that everybody is partaking in the same meal. They’ll make few substitutions from the set menu (ask when you reserve) and beverages, including wine and cocktails, are extra. The current meal is $75 per person and costs may change depending on the offerings.

The feast would be a great option for a family gathering —nobody has to do the dishes! It could make for a fun rehearsal dinner or bachelor party, and Ben believes such an experience would also work well for a group of business people celebrating a big win, or a way to treat clients to a truly memorable meal. Strangers become friends over meals like this.

On taste and spectacle alone, the feast is sure to delight diners. It also meets some other goals set forth by the Spice team. This type of meal connects eaters to the food’s origins in a playful and reverent way, encourages interaction amongst diners themselves and with their staff, and allows the Spice staff to show off their consummate culinary skills. The local, sustainable menu will change seasonally— a spring lamb option will be available soon, and items such as heirloom turkey could be part of an autumn offering. A vegetarian version of the feast is not out of the question either.

“We care for ingredients and respect their creators more than the average place of libation and sustenance. If you trust that we care about cuisine then let us show you a good time,” Ben added.

Note: Reservations for the feast will require a minimum of eight diners and a credit card number to hold the reservation. Given the nature of the meal, cancellations within a certain window can’t be accommodated. For more details on how this meal works, call the restaurant at (216) 961-9637. Spice is located at the corner of Detroit and West 58th in the Gordon Square neighborhood of Cleveland.

–Lisa Sands

Photo by Robert Howard Photography, courtesy of The Spice Companies.