A Bountiful Menu is Filled with Tradition and “Farm to Table” Signatures

Artisan, the acclaimed American Bistro by brothers Chris and Mike Kobayashi in the heart of Paso Robles, is celebrating Thanksgiving with an inspired menu of  holiday favorites founded by Chef Chris Kobayashi’s personal dedication to “Farm to Table” cuisine.

The four course menu, with a range of dishes designed for wide appeal, will be served on Thursday, November 25, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is priced at $70 per guest, exclusive of beverages, taxes and gratuities.  In addition to Artisan’s extensive wine list, guests also have the option of enjoying specific wine pairings with each dish, where the best of Paso Robles’ vineyards are showcased for an additional $25 per person. A children’s menu will also be available for $25.

Following an amuse of Tepary Bean Bruschetta, Parsnip, Oven-Dried Tomato, guests can select first course offerings that include Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Meyer Lemon Aioli, Horseradish; Snapper Crudo, Espelette, Ruby Star Grapefruit, Bottarga; Chanterelle Mushroom Toast, Bacon, Quail Egg; Baked Oysters, Speck Americano, Braised Leeks, Breadcrumbs; or a Braised Oxtail, Black Pepper Gnocchi, Taleggio.

Second courses include a choice of local Autumn Pumpkin Soup, Duck Confit, Chestnuts, Ginger Amoretti; Burrata and Prosciutto, Green Apples, Marcona Almonds; or a White Anchovy Caesar, Boquerones, Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Artisan’s Thanksgiving Turkey is locally raised and will be deep-fried, served with all the trimmings.  Also available as main courses are Center Cut Ribeye, Roasted Root Vegetables, Béarnaise; Sea Bass, Lobster Risotto, Gremolata, Caramelized Fennel, Matelote; a Dixon Lamb Rack, Potato Gratin, Fried Artichoke, Pioppini; and Atlantic Scallops, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta.

Thanksgiving desserts are always house-made and plentiful. From a Pumpkin Cheesecake, Cream Cheese Gelato, Gingersnap; Pecan Praline Profiteroles, Brown Butter Pears, Pomegranate; or a Bittersweet Chocolate Pâté, Earl Grey Ice Cream, Pistachio, everyone is guaranteed to enjoy a memorable holiday feast.

Since its debut in 2006, Artisan has been embraced by locals, travelers and journalists around the nation.  With the assistance of Shandi, Chef Chris’s wife, who leads Artisan’s wine program; brother, Mike, who oversees the business and front of house; and Tina Soto, Mike’s wife who handles all of the finances, Artisan has successfully become a family business and integral part of the growing Paso Robles community which has developed into a richly diverse wine country destination.

Artisan is committed to providing sustainable, fresh and seasonal foods. Chef Kobayashi frequents local farmers’ markets and farms to ensure the restaurant uses only the best regional and organic products when available thus supporting the community. Working closely with local producers, Kobayashi tailors the Artisan menu to showcase the best of Paso Robles and the Central Coast.  Many farmers, including Windrose Farm, Rocky Canyon Farm, Hearst Ranch and Charter Oak, plant and grow certain products exclusively for Artisan, knowing that these products will be presented by a chef that respects the ingredient and its ability to shine through in every dish.

Chris Kobayashi received a coveted nomination as a semi-finalist for Best Chef Pacific by the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2009 and was recently the participating chef in “Outstanding in the Field,” a nation-wide roaming culinary dinner series that partners diners to the land and the origins of their food, thereby honoring the local farmers and food Artisans who cultivate it. Artisan has garnered a 2 star review from S. Irene Virbila, restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, W, Wine Spectator, Chicago Sun-Times, Oakland Tribune, Bon Appetit, Sunset, Los Angeles, Angeleno, San Francisco, Central Coast and National Geographic Traveler magazines.

Thanksgiving Menu 2010

Tepary Bean Bruschetta, parsnip, oven dried tomato

First Course

Dungeness Crab Cocktail, meyer lemon aioli, horseradish

Snapper Crudo, espelette, ruby star grapefruit, bottarga

Chanterelle Mushroom Toast, bacon, quail egg

 Baked Oysters, speck americano, braised leeks, breadcrumbs

Braised Oxtail, black pepper gnocchi, taleggio

Second Course

Autumn Pumpkin Soup, duck confit, chestnuts, ginger amoretti

Burrata and Prosciutto, green apples, marcona almonds

White Anchovy Caesar, boquerones, parmigiano-reggiano

Main Course

  Deep Fried Heritage Turkey, with all the trimmings!

Center Cut Ribeye, roasted root vegetables, béarnaise

Sea Bass, lobster risotto, gremolata, caramelized fennel, matelote

Dixon Lamb Rack, potato gratin, fried artichoke, pioppini

Atlantic Scallops, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pancetta


Pumpkin Cheesecake, cream cheese gelato, gingersnap

Pecan Praline Profiteroles, brown butter pears, pomegranate

Bittersweet Chocolate Pâté, earl grey ice cream, pistachio 

$70 per guest / $25 for fixed children’s menu, menu items subject to change due to availability
vegetarian option available with advance notice, tax and gratuity not included, Artisan supports local, sustainable and organic practices whenever possible.

1401 PARK STREET  PASO ROBLES   PHONE 805.237.8084