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CHEF'S SPOTLIGHT

We are excited to announce Sylvan Table's Chef's Spotlight!

Each spotlight features one of our in-house chefs via a curated menu and optional beverage pairings.

Seats are limited, so be sure to book in advance.

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Sous Chef Bryan Pencola

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

6:30 - 9:45pm

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Chef's Menu: $95 (not including tax and gratuity)
Beverage Pairing: $55 (not including tax and gratuity)

While Bryan's career has taken him from the Culinary Arts Program at Schoolcraft College to Breckenridge, Colorado, his most formative experience started in his grandmother's kitchen. "She would watch me while my parents were at work," Bryan says. "She didn't have cable, but we would wrap an old antenna with tin foil to watch Julia Child on PBS. My grandmother would always mimic how Julia talked while we cooked."

Bryan first heard about Sylvan Table from his good friend and sous chef, Scott Martinelli. Bryan says, "He kept telling me about this amazing farm-to-table restaurant he was helping run and wanted me to come check it out. Well, it was love at first sight: the building, the farm, the kitchen, the people, everything. I knew then that this was where I was supposed to be.

Sous Chef Bryan Pencola

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

6:30 - 9:45pm

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While Bryan's career has taken him from the Culinary Arts Program at Schoolcraft College to Breckenridge, Colorado, his most formative experience started in his grandmother's kitchen. "She would watch me while my parents were at work," Bryan says. "She didn't have cable, but we would wrap an old antenna with tin foil to watch Julia Child on PBS. My grandmother would always mimic how Julia talked while we cooked."

Bryan first heard about Sylvan Table from his good friend and sous chef, Scott Martinelli. Bryan says, "He kept telling me about this amazing farm-to-table restaurant he was helping run and wanted me to come check it out. Well, it was love at first sight: the building, the farm, the kitchen, the people, everything. I knew then that this was where I was supposed to be.

Executive Sous Chef Scott Martinelli

Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

6:30 - 9:30pm

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Scott's love for food began from the moment he could eat. As a child, he would eat anything and everything he could get his hands on. He'd even try and sample the food in the shopping cart before his mother had a chance to pay for it. Before long, Scott's attention turned to not just eating food but preparing it. His mother would include Scott in preparing each day's meals and introduce him to people as: "This is my son Scott. Food is his life." 

 

Scott decided to really make food his life by pursuing a career based around eating.  After attending vocational culinary training in the Livonia Public School System, he went on to receive degrees in Hospitality Business and Culinary Arts from Michigan State University, and Schoolcraft College.  Post Graduation, Scott spent time in several Michigan Restaurants and Hotels, including The Kellogg Center, Parks and Rec Diner, and most recently serving as Chef de Cuisine at Republic Tavern under Chef Matt , where his love for charcuterie and old world preservation methods blossomed, which explains the closet he turned into a "salami cave" at his home during the pandemic.

 

He now brings his lifelong love of food to Sylvan Table, where he's dedicated to making our restaurant and the world a little bit better, one meal at a time.

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