Chef Taylor Hall will bring contemporary American cuisine to the edge of the Texas Hill Country when he opens Apis Restaurant and Apiary in Spicewood early next year.
Apis, located at 23526 Texas 71 W. on six acres overlooking the Pedernales River, will source product from an onsite garden and 20 bee hives. (Apis is the genus to which honey bees belong.) Hall’s experience working with bees began in 2010 when he learned about Colony Collapse Disorder, and he and his wife, Casie, have tended a hive at their home since that time.
“For us, the apiary is really the soul of Apis. With 20 hives onsite, the apiary will actively complete the cycle of sustainability, pollinating the gardens that will provide the honey for our craft cocktail program and many of the dishes we’ll serve, “Hall said. “Beyond the menu, the plan is eventually to provide tours for guests wanting to learn more about beekeeping in addition to bottling and selling some of the honey that’s produced.”
Native Texan Hall started his career at Brennan’s in New Orleans and has worked in several lauded restaurants in San Francisco, including Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio. For the past several years Hall has served as the head chef for pop-up dinner party Supper Underground and will use that experience to conduct pop-up dinners at Noble Sandwich Co. at Oasis Brewing on December 16 and 17 to preview Apis. Those five-course dinners (with optional beer pairings) cost $50 and will include dishes like feral hog ragu and honey-glazed duck breast.
Reservations for the pop-up can be made by calling 512-436-8918 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (apisrestaurant.com)