Sisters combine talents to create memorable ‘dinnertainment’ at Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater

Sisters Tori, Madison and Sylver Monaco own and operate Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater. (Courtesy Erra Allen)
Sisters Tori, Madison and Sylver Monaco own and operate Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater. (Courtesy Erra Allen)

Sisters Tori, Madison and Sylver Monaco own and operate Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater. (Courtesy Erra Allen)

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Seared Scallop Risotto: Seared Sea Scallops are served over a Parmesan Risotto with a Mandarin orange butter and passion fruit pearls.
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Salt Block Filet Mignon: Drizzled with rich bearnaise sauce and served on a sizzling himalayan salt block, the steak remains hot while eaten.
One of the more unique dining and entertainment options in New Braunfels, Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater offers multi-course meals paired with one-act plays on Fridays and Saturdays.The creative minds of Sylver, Madison and Tori Monaco achieved this by combining their backgrounds and becoming a whole greater than its components.

“I think people are really shocked because they expect that with the dinner theater usually they do one [thing] well,” Sylver, the eldest of the three sisters, said. “Either the food’s decent and the theater’s crap, or the theater’s really good but the food’s crap. We try to really knock it out of the park with all of it.”

A Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, middle sister Madison’s lunch ($25) and dinner ($35) menus include three courses, featuring permanent and seasonal dishes with the option of Seared Scallop Risotto or Salt-Block Filet Mignon for an additional $15.

An eight-course tasting menu ($80, $120 with wine pairings) includes both the filet and the scallop risotto as well as a theater ticket.

Sylver, serving as the in-house sommelier, works with Madison to create monthly five-course dinners with wine pairings ($80). Sylver also runs the monthly wine subscription club ($50), which includes four bottles, in addition to a glass of wine when dining in.

Theater productions, which are shown in a lounge-like space, rotate every two months. Playwright Tori pens the scripts and directs.

She said the theatrical productions—written for adult audiences—are intended to entertain audiences while also making them think.

“We take a lot of big concepts and ideas, and we bring them down to earth so that people on date night can have fun and laugh about them, but also talk about it,” Tori said.

Despite its upscale offerings and thoughtful theater productions, Sylver Spoon remains approachable. Situated in a space on the second floor of Texas Ski Ranch, the sisters said they joke about guests occasionally arriving in swimwear after a day at the beach below the restaurant.

“The whole experience of drinking the wine that’s perfectly paired with the food, and then the entertainment that just puts it over the top—that’s really what we were looking for when we created this, was giving people a full experience that’s totally memorable,” Sylver said.

Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater

6700 N. I-35, New Braunfels


Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Mon.

By Warren Brown