Zagat-darling The Painted Lady, known for serving fine-dining meals in a one-time Victorian home in Newberg, is changing its winter hours and offerings. Most winters, it stops Wednesday dinner service, and this year, it will stay open to indulge its alter-egos with the Experimental Dinner Series. The Experimental Dinner Series will feature dishes still under development for the 2016 menu, and it kicks off the first Wednesday in December and continues through March. Instead of $85, it will serve six-to-ten-course meals for $55.
"Experimental Wednesdays are something we've always done," says chef Allen Routt, "They're sessions where we bring in a bunch of produce and throw ideas onto the dry-erase board [editor note: to give you an idea, The Painted Lady's dry-erase board is around nine feet long]. It's for bringing ideas that have settled into the back of the mind and seeing where they go."
For the most part, the dinners will be "format-less" to encourage creativity, but the ideas will be focused with themes, such as an ingredient or cooking technique. The dinner series launches December 2. Here's a video about it: