$65 for a prix fixe dinner for two ($110 value)
- Two starters
- Two entrees
- Two desserts
- Two glasses of house wine
Before they came together to create Assembly, the culinary team behind this farm-to-table restaurant already had some serious credentials. Founder Kendra Baker scored an apprenticeship at Le Musee de l'Arte du Sucre, a Michelin-starred patisserie in France. She later worked as the executive pastry chef at Michelin-starred Manresa. Executive chef Carlos Espinas spent years in the kitchen of Bay Area standbys including Chez Panisse and Camino, and beverage director Scott Zapotocky oversaw numerous local vineyards and obtained a Level 1 certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Together, they now work together to craft the unforgettable seasonal foods that earned Assembly the Best Farm to Table Restaurant nod from the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 2016. Although the menu changes frequently, read on for a sample of what you might see:
- Snacks: five-spice chicken wings inspired by Chinese flavors and steak and mushroom skewers served with Argentine chimichurri sauce
- Greens: flat-iron steak and avocado salads, and chopped salads loaded with market vegetables and smoked seasonal fish
- Mains: red-wine-braised short ribs and chickpea stew with wild mushrooms, avocado, and baby beets
- Dessert: cheesecakes with a pineapple-citrus compote and dark-chocolate mousse with chocolate streusel
- Drinks: a well-curated, California-first wine list pairs well with craft beer, cider, and mead selections, including large-format bottles from Brasserie Dupont and Bonny Doon Vineyard.