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Published on December 15, 2023
Los Gatos' Legendary Manresa Evolves Into 'Ritual' with Global Michelin Chefs Firing Up the KitchenSource: Google Street View

The once-storied Manresa, a Bay Area culinary star for over twenty years, is seeing its next evolution come to life. After the three-Michelin-starred restaurant said its farewells at the close of 2022, the Los Gatos venue is popping back up on the foodie map, transforming into 'Ritual at Manresa.' This isn't your usual pop-up shop; it's a high-end, high-rotation culinary showcase bringing Michelin-starred chefs worldwide to take their turn at the stoves. Starting from January 17, 2024, diners prepare to be dazzled. And it's all being helmed by Manresa’s original master, Chef David Kinch, now the 'culinary ambassador' for Ritual.

In a display of skill that mirrors a cooking relay race, the star-studded lineup curated by Kinch will feature monthly residencies from an international roster. First on this gastronomic tour de force, according to SF Eater, is Spain's own Chef Ángel León of the three-Michelin-starred Aponiente in January, followed by New York's Chef Junghyun Park of the two-Michelin-starred Atomix in March. The lineup boasts names no strangers to fine dining's upper echelons, with heavy hitters from London, Singapore, and Paris slated for later months.

The reinvention breathes excitement into Los Gatos, and into the bellies of those lucky enough to snag a seat. With only 48 available every evening, tickets start steep — $450 per head, to be exact. But if you're thinking about making it a round-the-year affair, as reported by the official Ritual at Manresa website, forking out $190 a month will get you a membership. Benefits include first dibs on tickets, access to spontaneous seat availabilities, members-only nights, and the coveted chef meet-and-greets. Not to mention the chance to book Manresa’s lauded private room.

Tickets for the first couple of months are already up for grabs as of today, and this isn't just another dinner, it's an experience. "Ritual at Manresa will be a creative playground for top culinary talent to innovate and create right here in Los Gatos," Chef Kinch told SF Eater