Saugatuck restaurant launches dinner series with food, wine pairings

Courtesy Traci Bower Photography

The Saugatuck restaurant Coast 236 is launching a dinner series that will feature visiting chefs and food and wine pairings made specially for the events.

Coast 236, at 236 Culver St. in Saugatuck, said it will host the first event in “The Coast 236 Chef Series” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, with six courses made by Chef Reinhard Barthel Jr. and Coast 236’s Executive Chef Rick Bower, alongside six wine selections from Sommelier Mindy Trafman.

Rick Bower. Courtesy Coast 236

“I couldn’t be more excited to launch ‘The Coast 236 Chef Series’ with one of my mentors, Chef Reinhard Barthel Jr.,” Bower said.  “This ongoing dinner series is intended to be a walk-through of my culinary experiences with those who have made the largest impact on my career. Chef Reinhard is certainly at the top of that list.”

The inaugural event’s menu will include Hudson Valley foie gras, seared diver scallop, pan-seared Ora King salmon and sous vide venison loin, in addition to a couple of surprises.

“The cuisine will be the forefront of the evening, and we’ll tell a story with every course that explains the dishes we’ve created,” Bower said. “I’m looking forward to reinventing my time working with Chef Reinhard, more than a decade later, for our Coast 236 guests.”

The event is limited to 40 attendees, at $130 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made at

Coast 236

Established in 2018, Coast 236 markets itself as an upscale, coastal-fare restaurant and bar offering “fine food, craft cocktails and a cozy atmosphere.” The restaurant received a 2021 Restaurant Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

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