Hotel Pattee in Perry, IA is sure to please!

Hi friends! I'd love to share my experiences from last weekend with you. 

I was invited to a special night out in Perry, Iowa with a handful of Iowa food and lifestyle bloggers. After getting gussied up and leaving Bruce and Manny to their own devices for the night, I headed out for a 2.5 hour road trip (with Ally) for a gourmet meal at Hotel Pattee. 

When reflecting on my night, I can say without hesitation that the Chef's Table at Hotel Pattee is the place to be on a weekend night. 

But first, a little background: 

The hotel was built in 1913 and after a $12 million renovation and changing hands a few times between 1996 and early 2013, Hotel Pattee finally landed in the ownership of Jay and Denise Hartz. Together, they created and implemented a refreshing 5-part marketing strategy to pay homage to the local guests and patrons, and attract a new, vibrant audience. In addition, Chef Chris Caes runs the kitchen and gave myself and several other Iowa food and lifestyle bloggers a savory five-course meal at their new Chef's Table, in a secluded nook right beside Hotel Pattee's lobby fireplace.

Now onto the food, because we all know that's why you're here: 

To start our meal, we had an asparagus and mushroom soup, inspired by Caes' studies and work in France. When I broke the pastry surface, I knew this would be my favorite dish of the night.

Our second course was Caes' take on BLT salad, in his words "with a whimsical touch".

Pork belly (pork belly!!!!!), endive, roasted marinated tomatoes, and a homemade crouton rounded out the flavorful salad. And, all of which we enjoyed by that beautiful stone fireplace.

Our third course was a flaky white fish soup, inspired by one of Caes' favorite Vietnamese restaurants located just a short drive from Perry, in Des Moines.

As lovers of food, we all appreciated the beautiful presentation, the atmosphere, and the service.

And, we all had our cameras and smart phones at the ready, especially when the main course was delivered.

With a close tie for my favorite dish, our main course featured a braised short rib with marinated and braised garlic, mushroom, onion, and a sun choke puree.

The vegetables literally popped with flavor! The garlic was sweet, the carrots savory, and the short rib…

Oh me, oh my…the short rib!

Chef Caes, along with owner Jay Hartz and an impeccable staff of servers, presented each of the courses to our small group. Caes answered questions, explained each dish, and was very friendly and personable.

Our dessert was a rich chocolate terrine with raspberry gelee.

I mean, really, is there any better combination than chocolate and raspberry?

I was so very lucky to be included in the invitation to review the Hotel Pattee's new Chef's Table dining experience, and will definitely be making a trip back to Perry for dinner, and a stay in one of their 40 themed-rooms in the hotel.

Every weekend evening, there is live music in the lobby of the hotel.

Guests can enjoy a low key evening with a gourmet meal, or head downstairs to bowl at the hotel's bowling alley. Yes, I said bowling alley. Also, there is a spa on the premises offering guests a little something extra before heading home.

Our group was honored to spend a few hours in the historic hotel.

For more information on Hotel Pattee, visit their website or Facebook page.
The special Chef's Table can be booked for $50 per person, (not including liquor, tax and gratuity), and must be reserved in advance. It includes five, made-from-scatch courses from Chef Chris Caes for up to 10 people, a personal server, and access to the exclusive seating for the entire night. There is only one seating on Friday night, and one seating on Saturday night - so booking early and in advance is a must!
You can also connect with my dining companions (Kristen at Iowa Girl Eats, Chez Bonne Femme author Wini, Matt and Lissah at Iowa Food Blog, Ally at Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats, and Sheryl at Eat Play Love Des Moines) for their review of the evening, and to see what they have cooking in their kitchens.

Hotel Pattee
1112 Willis Avenue
Perry, IA

Disclosure: All opinions in this sponsored post are my own. I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration, for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.


  1. That looks like an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing. Maybe Jake and I can visit the hotel sometime. And I love our first photo of your dogs. I always giggle that they know how to find the sun spots.

  2. You look lovely! That asparagus and mushroom soup sounds so good. I may have to look up a similar recipe!


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