A well-known local chef will soon be serving up dinner at a Woodstock institution.
After 15 years of serving Woodstock’s residents a delicious lunchtime tea house experience, Tea Leaves and Thyme is opening the dining room for dinner with chef Lauri Grizzle at the helm.
Seatings will be available at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning April 19.
Conceptualized by owner Kim Jordy and Grizzle, dinner at Tea Leaves and Thyme will be an intimate affair, with a focus on delicious meals, attentive service and the kind of charming, English countryside atmosphere the restaurant has spent more than a decade perfecting.
In 1998, Grizzle opened the Mustard Seed Cafe, which went on to win multiple accolades in the community of Ball Ground. During her 10 years of ownership at the Mustard Seed, the chef took pride in crafting a unique and memorable experience for her diners.
“I am just over the moon. Lauri is the best I know and the Mustard Seed was always my favorite place for dinner and I could not be more pleased that we are joining forces,” Jordy said.
Grizzle began her love of cooking at an early age, and at just 12 years old she had already joined aunts, sisters and her mother in preparing meals for the Grizzle clan.
Grizzle said her kitchen-focused family encouraged experimentation with new recipes and ingredients, whether those came from her interest in such publications as Gourmet Magazine or her lifelong television idol Julia Child.
After leaving home, Grizzle completed a three-year apprenticeship through the American Culinary Federation, traveled to culinary hotspots like Napa Valley and Florence in 2005 to hone her craft, and spent time under the tutelage of Chef Gino Nocci and the Mondavi wine family.
While at Mustard Seed Café she played host to numerous cooking classes, private events and wine dinners, and was committed to utilizing merchandise from local farmers and artisans wherever possible, she said.
“Lauri’s commitment to quality and taste will be right at home at Tea Leaves and Thyme, where her hand-crafted menu of upscale American fare will expand on the traditional favorites our kitchen is already known for,” Jordy said.
As the dining room offers a more intimate experience than others, seating will be limited to reservation only.
The restaurant is located at 8990 Main Street in Woodstock. For reservations, call (770) 516-2609.