Originally Published: January 3, 2014 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - At Cork and Cuisine, the fine-dining menu changes monthly.
The restaurant, which opened Dec. 10, already has regular diners, said owner Sherri Cook.
"We've had a lot of regulars coming in and people who appreciate good food at a good price. Because we're in a small town, we really want this to be a place for locals to come. We want to give them a reason to want to keep coming in, not just because it's a comfortable place to visit, but it's something new to try," Cook said.
The restaurant is located at 2985 North Centre Court in Prescott Valley near Harkins Theater.
When the Cook family moved to Prescott Valley over three years ago, Sherri said she saw her chance to open a relaxed, social fine dining restaurant. She teamed up with Chef John Frazier to concoct new menus each month. Frazier brings 23 years of restaurant experience in five-star resorts to the enterprise. His dishes are all made from scratch.
With a menu that changes roughly every four weeks, menu items will never be static, Frazier said.
"If you dine with us in December, when you come back on Jan. 2, you're going to get a whole new experience at Cork and Cuisine," Frazier said.
Along with a new menu each month, reservation-only chef's table seating for a maximum of six will be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the Wine Me, Dine Me experience. The $45 special seating will include three courses, wine pairings and changing menu options. Advanced reservations are recommended.
"(Wine Me, Dine Me) allows John to get super creative and go outside our normal menu. When people reserve, we find out what particular allergies they might have or any serious dislikes, then it allows him to make that three-course meal with the wines we have for the month. Each week's menu for the Wine and Dine is different," Cook said. "I can create the ambience we wanted, a non-restaurant feel, where people can come in and have a comfortable seat, take the time, and feel like they can explore our menu. John makes the magic happen in the kitchen."
An outdoor patio is expected to open in April that will seat about 20 people. Inside, the restaurant seats about 40. Visit them online at www.corkandcuisinepv.com or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages for menu updates, wine and brew tastings and more. Call them at 928-237-1510.
January's new menu, which began Jan. 2, will include Lobster macaroni and cheese and a twist on the restaurant's pretzel bites, a braised veal dish, a fish dish, an oven-roasted chicken dish, new flatbreads, soups, pastas and more.
"We take things people are somewhat familiar with and bring it up to a higher level and make everything from scratch," Cook said. "Everything down to his ketchup is made in that kitchen. We don't buy anything pre-processed."
Customer favorites, Cook said, include the short ribs and the pretzel bites.
"We're trying to create a very unique atmosphere where people can come in and experience something different every time they come in," Frazier said.
The bar menu also will change regularly to feature local wineries and breweries. Weekly specialty drinks and homemade margaritas also are offered.
"We carry three Granite Mountain micro-brews. They give us a specialty brew of the month," Cook said.
In January, the restaurant will feature selections from Arizona Stronghold.