St. Louis Chef Hosts Dinner Series to Highlight Culinary Talent of the Midwest

For the past three months, chef Mike Randolph has invited other chefs from Midwestern cities to partner with him on his summer dinners, titled Flyover Series. This month, he is gearing up for his final dinner with chef Justin Carlisle from Milwaukee.

Missouri—and largely the Midwest—has often been considered flyover country, denoted by its placement in the middle of the United States and its Midwestern ties. Randolph wanted to recognize the rich culinary culture in such Midwestern cities, and his series has become one way to do that. “Smaller Midwest cities sometimes get overlooked for their culinary innovation,” he says. “But these are the leaders pushing boundaries not only in their hometowns, but nationwide.”

Housed at Randolph’s Delmar Loop restaurant, Privado, the Flyover Series has welcomed a limited amount of dinner guests–only 16 each month–to partake in the multi-course collaborative meals created by him and other chefs. He has welcomed Alan Stenberg, Ryan Santos and Michael Corvino—from Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Kansas City, respectively—working with each to offer guests an exciting and satiating theme each month.

Randolph himself exhibits the outstanding culinary expertise being cultivated in the heartland. He not only owns Privado along with his wife Liz, but he also owns the popular breakfast restaurant Half & Half—with two locations: Webster Groves and Clayton—as well as the Latin-inspired Publico in the Delmar Loop, which was a James Beard semifinalist for Best Restaurant in 2016. Randolph has also received three semifinalist nominations for Best Chef in the Midwest.

Although this month’s dinner is sold out, those who are interested can still be added to the waitlist. Privado is also open on Fridays and Saturdays, inviting guests to book exploratory dining experiences with Randolph.

Photo courtesy of Brooke Lark.

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