Craig Adcock and his wife, Teresa, want to revive the traditional dinner party.
As owners of Table Ocho, located in historic Old Town Lenexa, Kansas, the two serve quality cuisine with excellent wine to no more than eight people at a time – hence the name.
Since 2013, approximately three times a week, the couple has hosted intimate happy hours and dinner parties at Table Ocho. Their goal is to bring people together around the same table to dine, one dinner party at a time.
“After a glass of wine, even people who come to Table Ocho and are not really sure what they signed up for, and end up letting down their hair and really enjoying themselves,” Craig says. “That is always my favorite part of the night – to see people coming together and getting to know each other over a nice meal.”
A man with a true heart for hospitality and an incredible palate for excellent and unusual wines, Craig has been cooking for people around the world for more than 15 years through his catering company Belly Up BBQ. He also makes and sells rum cakes under the name Jude’s Rum Cakes.
Craig has traveled and cooked for many wineries in California and beyond, and Food Network keeps him on speed dial for some of their larger food and wine events. The Table Ocho concept is essentially a way for him to utilize his commercial kitchen when he is not making his rum cakes or prepping for an off-site catering.
In order to attend a Table Ocho event, simply purchase seats to a dinner of choice through his website. Craig and Teresa take care the food, wine, service and all the dreaded clean-up afterward.
Adcock says he does most of the cooking for Table Ocho, and his cooking style is simple, unfussy and usually passed family-style around the table. Occasionally, he will partner with specific winemakers or local chefs on collaboration dinners, which are always a chance for him to work with people he admires and to have a little fun.
“Usually, if I have a visiting chef at Table Ocho, we will yin and yang back and forth between courses, with each of us taking a course and doing our own style of food,” he says.
Dinners are usually around five courses, and the dates, themes and prices for the dinner are announced and posted on the Table Ocho website. The dinners range from $65 to $85 per person, plus tax and a service fee. The first eight people to purchase seats will be the ones attending the dinner.
As for wines, guests can bring their own and pay a $25 corkage fee, or purchase bottles directly from Craig, who is an avid wine drinker and collector himself, and has developed an interesting wine list.
“We are also hosting private Ocho dinners for corporate clients or if someone wants to buy a table for eight to celebrate a birthday or anniversary with only friends and family,” Adcock says.
A private Ocho dinner starts at $80 per person, plus tax, service fee and any wine the table orders. He admits that these dinners have been a very fun and popular option for those wanting a more personalized experience.
“Teresa and I just want people to come in, relax, and let us do all the work,” he says.
The dinner party is not dead. It is just being redefined by Table Ocho.
Table Ocho, 13408 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Old Town Lenexa, Kansas, 913.526.6708, tableocho.com