Off the Menu at Knead: Buckeye Chicken

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

I have two words for you: Zuni Chicken. It's a roasted chicken dish from San Francisco's Zuni Cafe that's developed a near-cultish following, and it happens to be one of Knead chef Rick Lopez's very favorite meals. He's promised to serve it at Monday's Off the Menu dinner, presented by Slow Food Columbus. And tha'ts just one of many treats on a menu featuring beak-to-tail preparations of Buckeye chicke, a heritage breed native to Ohio.

Slow Food's Off the Menu series offers local chefs a chance to depart from the limitations of their regular menus every once in a while and tackle recipes that stretch their limits in the kitchen. For diners, these multi-course meals offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience, as well as get to know the talented chefs at great restaurants around town.

Here's the rest of the preliminary menu for Knead's Harvest Dinner, to be served family-style:

--Smoked chicken heart pate on rosemary bread

-- Pan-fried chicken livers over polenta with saba and apple salad

--Fresh sage pasta with chicken broth

--Roast chicken hunter's style

--Zuni Cafe roast chicken

Sides will include greens with pine nuts and raisins, leek gratin, roasted turnips, a pumpkin tart or crespelle, and local wines.

Knead's Harvest Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Tickets are $55 for Slow Food members and $65 for non-members; purchase them here.