Our humble beginnings involve a small basement kitchen near Times Square where Rebecca (our owner) began teaching the fine people of Manhattan to stop using their ovens to store sweaters and instead, use them to make delicious food. With the dream of being in the kitchen surrounded by friendly faces every night, she started The Social Table in order to bring people together through food and drink. After five successful years she (and The Social Table) decided to move out of The Big Apple and onto The Windy City.
Our goal is to recreate Rebecca’s best memories of growing up – a group of people all sharing in a meal – making it, eating it, talking about it and hazily remembering the good things about it the next morning. At The Social Table we get everyone together in the kitchen to laugh, nosh, drink, chip in, chop, sauté, cook, drink, sneak a bite, plate, shove their faces, drink a little more and find a way to make room for dessert. This is our perfect night, wouldn’t you agree?
The Big Cheese. Generally fond of making noises to express thoughts and emotional states. Cannot live without a pork product or red meat at any given meal. Knows a thing or two about art history, dancing, wine, cooking, & world-travel. Loves bad pop music, owns vinyl records, & tortures the rest of the staff with her country music playlists. It’s only fair, she owns this joint.
Doer of things, organizer of chaos, general reason things get done around here. Has mild hipster tendencies, has a love affair with cheese-fries, insists on making her own masa tortillas, and is learning to play the Irish fiddle. Can be found riding her bike around Andersonville, losing sleep over unfinished crossword puzzles, & wearing the ever-awesome combo: Baby Bjorn + teal Crocs.
Longtime professional chef & culinary teacher, menu guru, and knife-skills ninja! Mike believes that with a sharp Japanese knife and a Vita Prep blender you can near conquer the world! (But he would never do that….) He moonlights at the ice hockey rink and collects rare whiskey. He’s a Star Wars nerd, bass & drums player, great hugger, and lover of classic rock. Could subsist on sushi, ramen, foie gras, and coffee alone. May actually have coffee running through his veins instead of blood – we’re still not sure.
A man about town, Ian has a penchant for tattoos that make owner, Rebecca roll her eyes. His enthusiasm for all things slightly out of the main stream is his endearing trademark. He’ll happily whip you up the best bowl of fresh pasta around and talk to you about his love of hip-hop, pickling, his adorable St. Bernard Penelope, or what he is currently growing in his garden. An insatiable appetite for knowledge has driven Chef Ian to find inspiration in many places, but let’s be honest, it’s Chef Remy the Rat from Ratatouille that pulls at his culinary heart strings the most. If he’s not in the kitchen he’s sipping on a cold beer with friends at a dive bar and savoring the distinct flavor of Malort.
Renaissance lady, bringer of cheer, & whipper-up of some seriously delicious baked treats. Maddie loves great food and she loves bringing people together to enjoy it. A big fan of Indian, Italian & Middle Eastern cuisines and wannabe protégé of Ina Garten & Yotam Ottolenghi. When she’s not in the kitchen, she can be found traveling around the country, singing by the piano, doing yoga, & tap-dancing around town! Perhaps most importantly, she shares a birthday with Queen Bey.
Rookie of the Year! Joining the TST team in 2018, Louis brings a whole lotta culinary knowledge and experience to the table. Trained in the French tradition, he uses a secret ingredient (BUTTER) to bring smiles to the faces of the ones he loves. He’s an awesome teacher; a new dad; a car enthusiast; a World War II nerd, and a GIF texting extraordinaire. Like many culinary minds, Kitchen Confidential and Devil in the Kitchen rank high on his go-to reads. If he’s not in the kitchen, he’s either at the gym, on the golf-course, taking a stroll with the fam, or chowing down on a big bowl of Vietnamese Pho. (And we totally didn’t hire him just because he looks like Ben Affleck. We swear.)
The only chef (that we know) who teaches cooking classes with epic movie theme music playing in the background. (“Um, is this the Forrest Gump medley, Dom?”) Loves food, loves teaching. He’s a big fan of Italian & Latin cuisine but he’s always on the hunt for new culinary challenges including cheese-making! His top 3 favorite foods are pizza, pizza, and pizza. When he’s not in the kitchen, Dom can be found playing piano, drawing, listening to jazz, and hanging out with his one-eyed axolotl, Patchy.
If you have called or written to The Social Table, you’ve probably already met Hannah. This lady keeps our office chugging all day, every day. She hails from Doylestown, PA but spent her college years in NYC honing her writing skills and becoming cooler than the rest of us. She’s the youngest on the team but is wise beyond her years and if you’ve found a nicer human, please let us know. (Seriously, we’d like to know!) She’s a manchego cheese fanatic and a lover of of Italian & Thai food. If she’s not here at the kitchen, she’s most likely snuggling up with her kitten, Joni, binge-watching The Sopranos, or reading through Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat for a tenth time.