We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After years of traveling and gathering a mass of information about food, I wanted a platform to share my life’s experiences through food, with people. At Grey Sweater we offer a 3-tier tasting menu experience that offers a journey around the world in flavors, right here at home. We source the highest quality ingredients from around the globe and they are the references for the dishes our guests experience. Our dishes are inspired by the stories behind these exceptional and special ingredients, like rare Kaluga caviar, considered one of the smoothest and exclusive types of caviar in the world.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The journey begins for our guests when they are on the phone to make the reservation, because there is a 5-minute interview process for each booking. We want to get to know you before you even step through the front door. If there’s an anniversary, we want to know all about it; your first date, or favorite memory from your wedding. Dining at Grey Sweater is a journey and our goal is to reference your life, while sharing our story with you through the experience.
For us, Grey has no allegiance; there is no menu. It’s a space where our team asks itself questions about the ingredients we source, and the guests get to experience the answers we arrive at; the stories behind each element of a dish. The Sweater part of our name represents the warmth and emotion that we put into the service and food. I want our guests to feel like they came to my house to eat, but are having this incredible fine dining culinary experience that is touchable and real. It is personal to me when a guest comes to dine with us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Oklahoma City, I would start by taking my friends to gather, drink and laugh out loud over great memories. I would take them for a special cocktail at Black Walnut. For a journey, true food, adventure and Michelin guide quality – Grey Sweater is the perfect answer. For a great cigar and best scotch whiskey, Stag in OKC. For a vibrant Peruvian food and bohemian vibes, La Brasa is the ticket. For hiking and hanging out, the Wichita Mountains are great for hiking and hanging out. To meet up for coffee and best french pastries, La Baguette Deep Deuce is the ticket.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank every single person who has dined with us and has been a part of my journey; and the staff that make these journeys possible. Also a huge shout out to my business partner Rudy, who has always believed in me and my dream.