• Restaurant Recommendation: Eculent is a Multisensory Dining Experience

    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE

Eculent, a new restaurant at Clear Creek Vineyard, Winery and Resort in Kemah, uses all the senses to immerse guests in the dining experience. The restaurant’s transformative environment changes around the specific course being presented, says Executive Chef David Skinner. There are lights that vary in color and intensity, ambient scents that trigger memories, artwork that morphs to emphasize the moment and a soundtrack that harmonizes with targeted senses.

Eculent’s heavy focus on local and on-site ingredients includes a proprietary database of more than 1,000 ingredients used to create 27 dishes across three menus that are layered with flavor, texture and intrigue for the restaurant’s guests. Clear Lake wines are specifically paired to the selection of the dishes offered during each course. Events at Eculent are welcome, and can be reserved for up to the restaurant’s capacity of 32. 

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