Dover’s hidden gem serves up James Beard-level dishes with ingredients sourced daily from the land and sea of New Hampshire.
The Dover-based fine dining restaurant Stages at One Washington opened up shop in 2012, and Chef Evan Hennessey has been busy ever since. He may be based in New Hampshire, but he’s cooked and competed around the country, winning on shows like Food Network’s Chopped, and earning a place in Plate magazine’s top 30 “Chefs to Watch” in the country among many other accolades. In Dover, he stays busy running Stages, spending a lot of time with his team foraging and visiting farms every day for their truly local-inspired cuisine. Chef Hennessey says he wants to make a cuisine specific to New England, that the area is ripe with its rich agricultural history, hearty natural abundance, and proximity to the ocean. He’s using the state’s harvests to make dishes that look and taste like they were made for Chef’s Table’s opening montage.
Tucked up on the third floor of the Mills at One Washington in Dover, Stages boasts high ceilings and a chic urban vibe. The intimate setting hosts just nine guests a night to sit along the kitchen counter where patrons can watch their next course made and prepared right before their eyes.
Foodies! When the menu regularly consists of seaweed and foraged flowers, it takes an adventurous eater to take the plunge, but they are rewarded with one of the most unforgettable meals you can find in New England. Just be sure to plan ahead. Dinner begins at 6pm and if you don’t have a reservation then you won’t have a seat.
Fare in Focus
Stages takes farm-to-table to an entirely new level. Hennessey and his three professional foragers find ingredients along the state’s coast, meadows, and forests. What is found each morning determines what is plated for the 8-12 courses that very night.
Taste to Try
The menu changes daily and is determined entirely by chef Hennessey. For Stages, it’s not about trying any one dish but keeping an open mind as you taste your way through location-specific dishes. It’s like being a kid again; it’s okay to not like something, but you ought to try it!
Know Before You Go
Let the restaurant know of any allergies or dietary restrictions when you make a reservation to save yourself from having to miss out on one of the delectable courses.