Under the Table, a collaboration by a group of twenty-somethings, has added a permanent space to work out of. Starting October 1 the lads will be running weekend brunch and dinner service at 930 Pitner Avenue in Evanston. Chef Marcus Townsend and sous chef Jacob Novar are in charge of the kitchen and are promising "experimental food for the everyman."
After joining Townsend for a pop-up event, the pair worked together at the ill-fated Tribute. Novar has also spent time at local establishments City Provisions, Maude's Liquor Bar and Elizabeth.
Novar says that he and Townsend got the gig with Under the Table by creating two dishes from a black box of ingredients. The challenge came from owners Max Mora and Chikoo Patel (a la Food Network's Chopped).
On joining the Under the Table team, Townsend's youthful brashness comes through. "Before I came on the menu was not as risky or (as) interesting as I would have conceived in terms of technique and flavor combinations. I took what I was given and tweaked it a bit and ultimately had a beautiful first weekend." Townsend states that he created a "surf and turf that Alinea would be proud of."
During the week the duo will concentrate on research and development for Under the Table's weekend service, as well as their lunch time sandwich delivery service, Crunch Time (which is expected to begin October 1 as well).
Under the Table's brunch service is five courses and costs $35, while dinner service features seven courses for $60. To purchase tickets, visit their website. Until their move next month, the group will continue to host brunch and dinner service at Company (1307 Chicago Ave., Evanston) this Saturday and Sunday, as well as September 22 and 28.
Correction: Under the Table's address will be 940 Pitner Avenue in Evanston.