This post is sponsored by Mesa, however like always all thoughts and opinions are my very own.
Tucked away in a storefront in the quaint and charming downtown New Albany, Indiana is Mesa, A Collaborative Kitchen. What is Mesa? It's every reason to cross the bridge from Louisville and to visit. Mesa, a collaborative kitchen is more than a restaurant, in fact it's not a restaurant at all but a unique dining experience that has created a small intimate setting for live cooking shows from Louisville and Southern Indiana's best chefs.
My husband and I dressed up, greeted the sitter, kissed the baby goodnight and headed off to New Albany this past Thursday to experience the newly opened Mesa. When we pulled up to the freshly painted store front we saw Chef Peng Looi from August Moon and ASIATIQUE casually hanging out and chatting out front of the spot, a hint to how intimate this evening was going to be. Upon walking into Mesa we immediately knew that this was not a typical restaurant. The open concept room was divided into two spaces. On the right was a small shop adorn with cute cookware, delicious olive oils and toys for children all tastefully arranged. On the left of the room was a menu of the four course meal Chef Peng would be cooking for us along with an intimate kitchen that had 14 bar stools surrounding the chefs cookspace.
Waiters greeted us with a drink as we walked inside. We looked around the shop before the show started and talked with guest before dinner began. We learned that one gentleman had been there the night before and loved it so much that he returned the next night.
We knew we were in for something special.
Once the show began we took our seats and were transported into what felt like the home of a good friend, of Chef Peng. There he was inches away preparing delicious dishes such as calamari and black cod all while telling stories and making jokes with all of us.
His food was as amazing as he was charming.
That night we didn't just eat well, but we got to share in a dinner with others learning their stories along with the story of the chef and sous chef. We came together for the food but we left connected to one another. Sharing in an experience together that would be a lasting memory.
So if you're tired of the same boring date nights and want to do something that fills the stomach and the soul then check out Mesa!
There are weekly shows going on at Mesa, a Collaborative Kitchen and you can find tickets here, but you can also rent the space out for events. Talk about a memorable anniversary celebration or rehearsal dinner.