Chef’s Table 12

The Jewish News
Danny Raskin

Danny Raskin

Taking over the site of a former restaurant is rarely easy … Especially when that previous restaurant had achieved a reputation of ultra-successful upscale dining.

Extremely beautiful and independent Chef’s Table 12, so named because of its avenue location, located on 12 Mile, just west of Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, previous locale of Tribute, has met the task head-on with success … And can now enjoy the fruits of achievement.

High value at lower prices of elegant upscale dining is of great inducement … It is coupled with the supreme most important assets of ultra-cleanliness and delicious upscale cuisine properly prepared and served, in giving the new Chef’s Table 12 a coveted reputation of customer come-back for the many who have experienced delightful visits.

Maximum know-how by esteemed chefs with notable backgrounds in food preparation is extremely important … and a valuable asset in the offering of menu suggestions such as Colorado Lamb Chops, dry-aged New York strip, 8-ounce filet, chicken breast, tiger prawns, bronzed sea scallops, etc., that have been received with mouthwatering satisfaction goodness.

For a restaurant to be given early accolades after taking over the location of a former successful operation is valuable … Chef’s Table 12 has thus far passed the test in a short time with flying colors and is attracting many first-time customers as well as the return of numerous regulars.

Enjoying the food presented by knowledgeable, smiling and efficient servers like Kate Brown and Kim Duran does much to enhance the pleasures of a dining visit … As do the deft preparations by former French Laundry and Ritz-Carlton Chef Steve Jalbert.

Its large wine list is as expected with fine dining … a most important availability with a wanted selection of choice vintages.

Ophilia Gojcaj

Again, I repeat … Chef’s Table 12 is independently owned by Ophilia Gojcaj … and not affiliated in any way with the almost-same-name chain.

Chef’s Table 12 of Farmington Hills is currently open six days per week, Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 -11 p.m.; closed Sundays … Presently only open for dinner but future expectancy is for service of lunch as well as happy hours … Now also available for birthdays, bar mitzvah dinners, etc. … All reservations for catering and dinner are accepted, (248) 994-1212.

MAKING ROUNDS OF Yesteryears … To Buddy’s Log Cabin Barbecue on the corner of 12th and Clairmount for luscious vittles … with Buddy and Mary’s three sons, Arlyn, Jerry and Aubrey, each serving boyhood apprenticeships … As young men, they decided to someday open their own eatery … It was called Scotch ’n Sirloin on 8 Mile, Detroit … and, later, both that and another restaurant named Trio on Northwestern Highway, Southfield, the two open at the same time … To Benno’s on Jefferson in Detroit … with only nine tables and the owner, Benno Steinborn, greeting you in an apron being the same fellow who did the cooking and everything else … No reservation? … No getting in! … even if the place was empty! … To Kow Kow Inn, West McNichols, Detroit, with owner Eugene Foo telling of his former waiter scared stiff of barking dogs … Eugene asked him if he ever heard the old proverb that a barking dog never bites … and the waiter replying, “Sure, me know proverb, you know proverb, but do dog know proverb?”

JEWISH SENIOR LIFE name has not been changed to Friends of Jewish Senior Life, as thought by some … Friends of JSL, led by Director Leslie Katz, is like an arm of JSL in that it is somewhat similar to sisterhoods and men’s clubs … Friends raises funds to provide various programming events … and also provides volunteers to run operations at the new kosher Marvin’s Bistro Dining Room, Sharon’s Boutique, Walk of Ages, etc., at Fleischman Residence of the Jewish Community Campus, West Bloomfield.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … A teenager had just gotten his driving permit and asked his father, a rabbi, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him into his study and said, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut, and we’ll talk about it.”

After a month, the boy again asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car. They again went to the father’s study and dad said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up; you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair; Abraham had long hair; Noah had long hair and even Moses had long hair.”

The rabbi father replied, “Yes, and they WALKED everywhere they went!”

CONGRATS … To Steve Pardo on his 48th birthday … To Laura Novetsky on her birthday … To Alan Gildenberg on his 60th birthday.

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