The Standard at the Smith House, the Southern-style tearoom that recently added dinner service to its repertoire, has hired chef Joe Shaw to revamp its entire menu. Over the next two to three weeks, Shaw will streamline the rambling offerings, with a mind toward building a menu that has the same integrity as the laboriously restored Victorian residence that houses it.
The overall flavor will remain Southern, says Shaw, whose culinary resume boasts the post of opening chef at Watermark restaurant in The Gulch. But the recipes and processes will be more deliberate. For example, he says, “We'll still have chicken salad, but it will be the kind of chicken salad that nobody makes any more because it's too damn hard.”
Since leaving Watermark four months ago, Shaw has been catering and writing a business plan for his own venture, which he is still developing. For now, Shaw and Standard owner Joshua Smith have entered into a five-week consulting arrangement.
The Standard is located at 167 Eighth Ave. 254-1277.