Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a Tasting Dinner?
The Chef's Tasting Menu is designed to showcase the talent, creativity and seasonal selections of the chef. In order to do this, the chef creates a small portioned multi-course meal consisting of delicately balanced flavors which progress throughout the menu. The dishes are comprised of seasonal, sometimes hard to find or difficult to prepare courses that often have high quality and premium ingredients. The technical aspects of the various cooking methods are often expressed as the menu progresses course to course.
Tasting menus are often accompanied by wine flights or a selection of wine pairings which complement each course. A tasting menu allows each guest to thoroughly experience a wide variety of tastes, techniques, preparations and beautiful presentations, and also allows you to discuss each course in detail with your table.
2. What is the Dress Code?
Business casual is the norm. Ties and jackets are not required for men, but are certainly not out of place.
3. What is the best way to make a reservation?
The best way to make a reservation is by phone. Our phone hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-3:00pm. We return all phone messages as soon as we can, either the same or next business day.
4. How far in advance do you need to make reservations?
You are invited to make a reservation at any time, but due to our limited number of tables and the popularity of our Tasting Dinners, reservations tend to book up quickly. Our calendar on the website should reflect the most up to date openings and we invite you to ask to be put on our wait list in case of last minute cancellations. We open up our calendar at least 4 months in advance from the current date. For private events, we can book out farther, please call for availability.
5. Do you accommodate food allergies or dietary restrictions?
Please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions upon making your reservation. Due to the structure of our menu and the size of our kitchen, Chef McConnell is only able to accommodate a limited number of dietary restrictions requests per evening, but as a chef, it's important for him to honor the origin of the cuisine. We want all of our guests to have an memorable dining experience at the Cottage while keeping as close to the menu as possible, so not all requests can be honored.
Chef McConnell makes every attempt to identify items which may contain ingredients that could cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies; however, there is always a risk of contamination. Chef McConnell is the only Chef at Stone Soup Cottage, and he prepares foods that may contain nuts, soy, peanuts (legumes), dairy, gluten, fish, and shellfish in our kitchen, and it is possible that trace oils may be present. Customers concerned with allergies should be aware of this risk.
6. What is your cancellation policy?
At the time of your reservation, we take a credit card number to hold your reservation. If you need to cancel or reduce the number in your party less than a week before your reservation date, a $50.00 per guest fee will be charged to your card. If you cancel or reduce the number of guests the day of the reservation, a $100.00 per guest fee will be charged to your card. You may transfer your reservation over to another guest but we ask that you let us know of this in advance.
7. Do you offer Gift Cards?
We offer gift cards in any amount. Certificates may be purchased at the Cottage, on our website, or over the phone. Gift cards are mailed out Monday - Friday via USPS. Gift cards purchased from the Cottage do not expire. The Cottage is not responsible for replacement of lost or stolen gift cards.
8. Where can I buy your Cookbook?
Our first cookbook, Stone Soup Cottage: A Vignette of Seasonal Recipes, is currently sold out and is no longer available for purchase.
9. Can I bring in my own wine? Do you have a corkage fee?
We allow up to 2 bottles to be brought in per reservation. There is a $50 per bottle corkage fee per 750 ml bottle. Magnums or any other sizes are not allowed. Guests must call prior to the reservation to alert the restaurant of wines being brought in. Please communicate this policy with all guests in your party prior to your reservation. We thank you for respecting this policy.
Opportunities to pair your own cellared wines with Chef McConnell's cuisine can be organized as special private event Monday - Wednesday evenings - corkage fees and F&B minimums apply. Please contact the Cottage for more details.
10. Do you have alcohol besides wine?
In addition to our wine flights, wine by the glass, and bottle list, we offer a full premium bar and a selection of craft beers. Non-alcholic drinks are also available.