Spoon and Stable, courtesy of Bonjwing Photography

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN; February 25, 2015)— Chef Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, (211 N.
First St.), a 2015 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, puts his
well-documented spoon kleptomania to good use through a special gift spoon at the restaurant.

Kaysen has commissioned dinnerware company, Steelite International, to create a spoon
available for purchase for $10 at the restaurant. The chef is donating all of the proceeds from
each spoon to ment’or BKB Foundation, the culinary non-profit organization founded by Chefs
Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Jérôme Bocuse devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in
young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Kaysen is
an integral part of ment’or, serving as the head coach for Team USA who, in the 2015 Bocuse
d’Or competition, earned a historical Second Place. This record-breaking win was Team USA’s
first medal and first time at the podium. Previously, Team USA’s highest placement had been Sixth.

Of the partnership with ment’or, Kaysen says, “My entire career has been shaped by the
fantastic chefs I’ve been privileged to work with before opening my own restaurant. I love
working with ment’or because we’re able to help influence the futures of dedicated young chefs
who are shaping the culinary landscape across the country.”

As for why Kaysen is fascinated by spoons, he says, “My history of stealing spoons from other
restaurants is well documented, and it directly inspired my restaurant’s name. We knew that
because of my history, guests would come in and get the same idea to swipe a spoon from
Spoon and Stable. My hope is that my knack for stealing spoons will turn into something that will inspire young chefs and raise awareness for ment’or.”

“We’re honored that Chef Gavin Kaysen has decided to support our mission to recognize and
mentor the next generation of great American chefs,” says ment’or Executive Director Young
Yun. “As Head Coach of Team USA 2015, Gavin is an essential part of our ment’or family, and
continues to serve as an inspiration to those in the culinary industry.”

To purchase one of the spoons please visit the restaurant or call 612.224.9850.

About Spoon and Stable
Spoon and Stable is located in downtown Minneapolis, and opened in November 2014. Located
along the riverfront and among the historic warehouses and old grain mills of the North Loop
neighborhood, the restaurant introduces a spontaneous and contemporary American dining
experience, with respect to both the seasons and the surroundings. The menu focuses on
modernizing traditional dishes and ingredients of the Heartland and melding them with the
classic French techniques for which Kaysen is known. Spoon and Stable is open for dinner from
5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Guests are
encouraged to check spoonandstable.com for more information, and sign up for the email list for alerts. Spoon and Stable is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the ment’or BKB Foundation
The ment’or BKB Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire excellence in young
culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of classic cuisine in America.
Ment’or is led by a Board of Directors including Chefs Jérôme Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, and
Thomas Keller, as well as an esteemed Culinary Council of over forty renowned chefs
nationwide who act as mentors for young chefs, serve in an advisory capacity to the
organization, and participate in fundraising events. Educational grants and internships are
offered to young professionals through the Program for Continuing Education. A series of Young Chef Competitions offer yet another opportunity for young professionals to further their careers

in the culinary world. Ment’or is also responsible for recruiting, training, and financially
supporting the promising young American chefs who compete on behalf of the United States in
the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition, held in Lyon France, every two years. More
information can be found on the ment’or website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

As a proud supporter of Gavin Kaysen and the ment’or BKB Foundation, Steelite International is a world leading manufacturer of ceramic tableware products designed and developed
specifically for the global hospitality market. Our core brands, ‘Distinction’ and ‘Performance’ are complemented by collections from specialist partners including, but not limited to: La Tavola, Bormioli Rocco, Pillivuyt, Rene Ozorio, Crucial Detail, Delfin and Worthy, Noble & Kent.
Steelite’s product portfolio remains at the leading edge of foodservice presentation by providing quality dinnerware, flatware, glass, and buffet serviceware. Visit Steelite’s website for more information, visit www.steelite.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.