Those who have been following the recent changes in the Chef Tess adventure were probably just as surprised and excited as we were to hear that we'd be starting a little Bistro here in Mesa, Arizona as part of the amazing venue at Stonebridge Manor . Someone was asking me, "Why is it called Stonebridge Manor?"...Yes. There is a stone bridge. The bridge was added by the visionary owner of the manor, Michael Mills when he purchased the property in 1998. It had previously been a private mansion (details here).
When Michael Mills asked me if I would be interested in heading up the Bistro part of the food and beverage division of the manor, Palm Street Culinary, my heart almost skipped a beat. How long have I been talking about running a cafe or bistro? The reality set in this week as I got to nail down a few details on the menu and take some photos of the location's progress. "The Bistro" will be located on the East side of the manor. By the way, we haven't set the name of the cafe/bistro yet so I'm referring to it as the "Bistro" until we get a real name set. Michael Mills has created an unparalleled level of quality in his previous ventures and this will, undoubted be another wonderful success. I'm honored by the trust he is putting in me. This bistro isn't a wedding venue. It is an on-location foodie destination. It will tantalize and surprise! The best part is, that it will be where you can find me every day of the week.
There is a beautiful Victorian fence surrounding the courtyard dining area and when you arrive, this is what you will see...
(minus the picture of me dancing the jig and cheering to see you!)
There will be outside seating to enjoy the Arizona sunshine, as well as a full take-out menu.
I can't wait to share with you what we'll be serving, but it is still a surprise! The prices will be more than reasonable and it will be open for lunch initially and then we'll be adding breakfast (and hopefully dinner) down the line. The faster the place takes off, the better chance of adding the additional dining times. So, please help spread the word. It means a lot to us.
Doesn't it just make you happy looking at it?!
My favorite corner to sit in on the patio has trees covering the bistro tables and is an ideal place to just relax for hours.
Right now, as you walk through the french doors into the actual shop, this is what you'll see...
It appears that the Bistro is indeed an analogy for my life and though things are calm, stunningly awesome and cool on the outside, there is a lot of work on the inside that needs to be done. Thank goodness there are a lot of people who are willing to help make this dream a reality and I've been blessed to work with two outstanding chef's on this project.
Chef Benjamin Romine is the man! Currently, during the days, I'm working along side this remarkably cool guy, on the wedding catering for the manor. He has many years of restaurant experience and I'm so thankful for him. Admittedly it has been a few years since I worked in a kitchen full time in this capacity. He's been very patient with me. Thanks Ben! Ben will be helping develop the menu and kicking my butt in the kitchen with his wicked martial arts skills. So far he's been an absolute doll. He's in charge of catering. I'm in charge of the Bistro. We'll work together like peas and carrots. So far so good.
Truth be known, I feel like I've found my new home. We're already a crazy zany bunch! 3 chefs who love food, are passionate about ingredients and quality, and who are cheering each other on to success. It is refreshing teamwork and I'm thrilled to be part of it! We anticipate that the grand opening will be the first week of October or so! Hopefully everything comes together that quickly, but it may be a bit longer.
The Bistro (not the official name..again I'll keep you posted on what it will be called)
will be located on the East side of Stonebridge Manor:
4000 E Palm St,
Mesa AZ 85215
Join me on the Chef Tess Bakeresse Facebook Page as I post updates for the menu, the name of the "Bistro", and all the inside progress! I'd love to see you soon! Seriously. Sooooo excited!!! Onward and Upward darlings!
Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess