Time to plan your August getaway! Nature’s playground - the Allegheny National Forest - is lush, green and beautiful. Visit old outdoor friends like hiking and fishing, or explore something new, by discovering the joys of kayaking and mountain biking. Or maybe, it’s food, wine, and a soft sunset for you!
TABLE 105 TAKES ROOT IN KANE, PA
Table 105, a new steak and seafood restaurant, offers fresh and delicious dining options created from sustainably resourced, quality ingredients. Their décor features huge slices of native Black Cherry Timber playing tribute to their location in Kane, Pennsylvania, the Black Cherry Timber Capital of the World.
Owner Rikiya Tanaka has a passion for food and the gift of hospitality. His vision for Table 105 is to bring a new style of restaurant into the area. A place where those who delight in great food can enjoy a fine meal with a glass of wine, while relaxing with family or friends. Young professionals, couples and families now have a local restaurant which understands the style of cooking where the emphasis is on “fresh”. Walk into the restaurant and you immediately are submersed in a relaxing atmosphere of fine food prepared with care, with a goal of delighting one’s palate.
Riki has left nothing to chance. He pays attention to the minutest detail. “Our goal is to have the freshest seafood, the most flavorful steaks, and a specialty bacon which will sear its flavor into your food memory.”
His starting point for all his entrees is fresh ingredients. “In my professional kitchen, the walk-in cooler is much bigger than the freezer, because the focus is on fresh,” explains Riki. “I have the freshest seafood in the county. If you enjoy fresh fish, this is the restaurant for you.” Riki expands on his seafood, “I know where the seafood served in my restaurant is caught, the name of the fishing boat, and the captain’s name. Our seafood is air-shipped from the coast, and our salmon is scaled, sliced, and prepared to individual order in-house.”
Talking about his choice of bacon selected for the restaurant brings a smile to his face. This is a man who knows his bacon. He has sourced a delicious cold smoked applewood bacon. This is a specialty bacon with very little fat but big, big flavor.
Chef Coby Butler ...
Of course, one of the most important ingredients in a successful restaurant is the chef. Chef Coby Butler has multi-layered culinary skills, developed over many years of experience. This includes time spent studying culinary arts at Drexel University and Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte. He describes himself as a chef/farmer/adventurer with a journey of learning about cooking and growing food, from charcuterie to juice cleanses and lettuce to trees.
As a child, his mother and the other female relatives would chase him out of the kitchen. It is his Uncle Joe Brunelli, a chef in New York, who first inspired Cody’s passion for the culinary field. It all started with a plate of Uncle Joe Brunelli’s spaghetti and meatballs. Intrigued by food preparation at a young age, Cody started watching cooking shows. While watching Iron Chef, he would write down hints and watch the techniques. From this interest, he pursued his passion to become a chef.
When you review his experience, it is like uncovering the many subtle layers of melded flavors necessary to produce a fine gumbo. As an intern at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Cody learned about sauces, foams and gelles. Then as an Entremettier at The Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, he worked with a range of different molecular gastronomy ingredients, helping to create dishes for chefs’ table menus.
Moving to Chicago, he worked on the grill and as a butcher at Taxim, where he developed new dishes and specials, fabricating with chicken, lamb, rabbit and octopus. At Aldino’s and Aldino’s Market, he perfected pizza dough, bread doughs, and making fresh pasta. Also in Chicago, Cody was the chef at the Boiler Room Logan Square, and later the AM sous chef at Table Donkey and Stick where he fabricated with cow, hog, lamb, duck, quail and rabbit.
Off to Hawaii to learn about juices and nut milks, flavored and brewed kombucha, elixirs and wellness shots. Next stop was working at Tai Shan Farms, North Country Farms Kauai, and Anuene Farms Hawai’i to learn about beekeeping and organic farming. Then on to the position of line cook at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Metro Area, at King Bird Restaurant.
Table 105’s Menu ...
Easy, concise headings - From the Start, From the Garden, From the Farmer, From the Fisherman, From the Saucier, South of the Border Tacos and Pizzas make it easy to focus your eyes where your appetite leads.
I was intrigued with the menu listing - Peanut Butter Burger with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, Fried onions, Peanut butter honey spread; a ½-pound burger with fries, house chips on a butter brioche roll. How could I not order something with the restaurant’s specialty bacon? So, I ordered, and I’m still trying to describe the unique savory flavor you get with each bite of burger. The burger is served up with a heavy-duty knife pinning the burger to the plate. Taste served with style - simply delightful, all at the extremely reasonable price of $13.
Other entries we enjoyed at our exploration dining at Table 105 include the Hummus (cut vegetables with fire roasted red pepper hummus with caramelized onion), French onion soup and the Baja or fish taco. Let’s start with the hummus - delicious, fresh and tasty. French onion soup had exceptional depth of flavor with mounds of provolone cheese. The Baja taco was blackened Mahi Mahi, avocado, black bean corn pico and Tequila Lime Creama - memorably delicious.
Restaurant Facts ...
The restaurant opened June 23, 2018. The casually upscale bar seats 28, with the full restaurant able to seat 118. In the center of the dining area a custom table, handcrafted of eastern pine, is rooted to the floor, as a tree trunk reaches upward to the ceiling. The table was crafted locally in Eldred, PA. As a center focal point, behind the bar, an artisan crafted a wooden tile application. They are similar in appearance to subway tile, but at Table 105, this display is crafted from a variety of Pennsylvania hardwoods.
As the chef trains the staff, expanded dishes will be added to the menu … but not before they reach perfection.
If You Go ...
Table 105 is located at 105 North Fraley Street (Rt. 6) in Kane, Pennsylvania. You can phone ahead for take-out or to have your food ready when you arrive. Seating times are Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm. The bar is open daily til 2am, except on Sundays when the bar closes at midnight. A menu for Table 105 is posted on Facebook.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS SEASON
The Forest is alive with the sounds of music, laughter and families having fun during August. Each community celebrates the beauty of the season in its own distinct way, and the public is invited to join in the fun.
In Port Allegany, on Thursdays evenings during August, the sound of music will be emanating from the charming gazebo on the town square. Folks are invited to come into town to enjoy a variety of musical venues. Dates of the 2018 performances are August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The musical performance begins at 6pm, admission is free, and there is plenty of close-by free parking. Bring a chair or blanket and spread out on the grass-covered lawn to enjoy the beauty of a musical evening outdoors. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The list of performers can be found at townsquareconcerts.com.
The 113th McKean County Fair will be held August 11-18 at the McKean County Fairgrounds. This is a true old-fashioned country fair with blue ribbons for the best vegetables, farm stock, and home-baked apple pie. Sunday is Agriculture Day with free admission. Carnival rides open on Monday. Monday also includes the pet show, 4-H livestock weigh-in, dog obedience, and at 8pm a live performance by Nobody to Blame. Tuesday, August 14 is Energy Day. This will include some fascinating displays on the local oil history by the Penn Brad Oil Museum.
Wednesday, August 15 is Veterans Day; Thursday, August 16 is Senior Citizens Day; Friday, August 17 is Farm Safety and Family Day; and Saturday, August 18 is when the Beautiful Baby Contest, Demolition Derby, and the McKean County Fair Queen Coronation will take place. The fair grounds are located at 7172 Route 46, East Smethport, PA. Find a full schedule at mckeancountyfair.net.
Mount Jewett Swedish Festival will take place August 10-12 along West Main Street in the village of Mount Jewett. This is a town-wide celebration of their founding fathers’ Swedish heritage. Enjoy music, dancing, ethic foods, and craft vendors. You might even see a Viking or two.
Bradford, located at the northern edge of the Allegheny National Forest, has a variety of events scheduled during August including the 2018 Summer Tuesday Tribute Series, Festa Italiana August 9-11, the Bradford Wine Walk August 11, and the Crook Farm Country Fair & Old Time Country Music Festival August 24-26.
For additional information, check out the Fair & Festival Map on page 20 or go to visitANF.com/events.
IT’S MORE FUN IF YOU STAY OVER
When planning a trip to the Allegheny National Forest or the Kinzua Sky Walk, scenic Route 6 is a great connector route, as it links many local attractions. The Kinzua Sky Walk is open seven days a week and has no admission fee. The Allegheny National Forest is 513,000 acres of free public access lands offering all types of outdoor recreation.
The Spoonwood Inn at 5509 Route 6, in Kane (814-561-1365) and the Kane Manor B&B at 230 Clay Street in Kane (814-837-6522) are both located close to town. Cabin rentals are available at Red Bridge Campground in the Allegheny National Forest (814-368-4158 or 877-444-6777). Other suggested nearby sites to visit include Flickerwood Wine Cellars, CJ Spirits Craft Distillery, the McCleery Discovery Center to learn about Lobo Wolves, the Longhouse National Scenic Byway with Rimrock Overlook, and the Allegheny Reservoir.
For a full list of things to see and do, lodging, and outdoor recreational rental information, phone 800-473-9370 for information or to request a free visitors guide & map. The guide can also be downloaded from visitANF.com.