We stepped foot into a beautiful dining room, tables littered about with white linens, a U-shaped bench around the cooking area (also where we sat), candles, a wall of wines, a full service kitchen in back (they encourage you to walk through it too!). Once all ~50 people arrived, they locked us inside, pulled the draperies closed, and the entertainment began.
|Me and Ben|
|Me and April with Troy in the background|
|Ben and Troy|
The menu is fixed, organized into Acts like this:
ACT I was an overview of our evening, with introductions, and information about food. The food began with ACT II. Thai Style Bisque and Quail Confit with Black Rice, Coconut Milk, Fresh Turmeric, Fuji Apple and Chives. Sound good?
It was heaven.
ACT III came along. A Warm Salad of Sanger Lamb Sausage, Good Egg, Artichoke, Blood Orange, Frisee, and Brioche.
|They prepared every dish before us.|
That, also, was heaven. Did I mention you can order more servings? Of anything? Decisions, decisions, decisions...
Then came INTERMISSION. A beautiful spread of Sushi and Sashimi awaited us. There was even real wasabi.
|By the way, this real wasabi was over $100/lb!|
ACT IV. Maine Lobster Carbonara with Lardo, Tarragon and Duck Broth. Okay, just so you know, Carbonara is one of my favorite things. If you've ever had it, you know it's usually paired with a pork product. Needless to say, I was overwhelmingly curious to know what it would taste like with lobster. The answer? AMAZING! Also, in case you're wondering, Lardo is pork fat. Croutons of fried pork fat.
I didn't think anything could trump bacon.
|Masters at work...|
|Remembering the flavor makes me salivate.|
ACT V (no, we're not done!). Brown Butter Poached Beef Tenderloin with Potato-Gruyere 'Puffs', Porcini Mushrooms and Cabernet Reduction. You could opt to add Fois Gras, which April and Troy did. It tasted like butter.
ACT VI was a nice 'pause' for our stomachs: a white-gloved tea service and fresh brewed coffee.
Until ACT VII came along with Bittersweet Chocolate Tart, Sweet Lime Custard, Candied Pecan 'Dos Leches' Ice Cream and Strawberry Cream.
Then midnight chimed, and we turned into pumpkins. Well, not really. But we certainly felt round!
What an incredible dinner. After such an experience with so many incredible flavors, Ben and I decided we are forever ruined. Thanks April and Troy for an amazing night!