Foodies ventured out of the city boundaries this month and landed in Cherry Valley at The Twisted Fork Bistro. Known for its excellent breakfast, owner and head chef Jay Powell has added dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

I began with the Caesar Salad, served in a molded parmesan cheese bowl, fresh lettuce and a perfectly balanced homemade dressing. The parmesan bowl was a unique and delicious touch to a perfect salad. Oh, and topped with pickled anchovies. Very good!

For my entrée, I actually let our server decide for me because there were too many great options; I had the Seared Sea Scallops. I have a little rule I go by when dinning out- if I crave the dish the following day, it was a great meal. Well, it’s been five days and I’m still craving this scallop entrée. Fresh sea scallops cooked to perfection and served over a parsnip puree with a side of brussel sprouts. Absolutely fantastic!

For dessert, my mouth is watering writing this, homemade vanilla ice cream topped off with homemade salted caramel made by Jay’s wife, Nancy. This was the best vanilla ice cream I have had in the area.

One point I would like to make, Chef Jay works from a scratch kitchen, with all dishes prepared per order. This takes time, but you will be rewarded for your wait with an amazing entrée.

I have to say, this was one of my favorite Foodies experiences. The food certainly played a role, but another factor was witnessing the passion and talent Chef Jay displays. I have been to the Twisted Fork many times for breakfast, and was not sure what to expect from Jay with a dinner menu. I was presently surprised. Worcester County has some amazing chefs and great restaurants; you can put Twisted Fork on the list.

Spavia Natick, MA