This Valentines Day, I had the opportunity to share my culinary expertise with 39 Private Dinner Guests at a disclosed location in SW Atlanta. The theme was Surf N Turf and the venue perfect for Dinner and a Movie. As the guest arrived, there was a display of live seafood to welcome them to their dining experience. As the hostess took their coats and directed them to their seats, they captured the dimly lit ambiance through several occasions. Albert “Al” Greene and William “Smokey” Robinson caught the attention of many as they found their seats, moving their heads to the vinyl soundtracks. The first course was served: Basil Bruschetta with a Lemongrass Aioli.
As only the first edible experience of the night, people asked for another in awe of the flavor profiles associated with this tiny piece of bread. Little did they know, the best was yet to come…
As drinks were served and the entertainment for the night arrived, the food seemed to never come to an end. Sticking to the S&T theme, the Wild Forest Greens with Truffle infused Raspberry Vinaigrette was a hit. Followed by the Lobster Pecan Bisque, the combinations of flavors married together extremely well. At course one, the chef peaked our interest… by course three he had our attention. By the time people noticed the dissipating voices of long time legends Al and Smokey, the room reached a calm and musical sensation Takiya graced the stage for one of two performances that would prove to be nothing short of magical. Crystal Jovon, artist and local Visual Stimulus, acquainted our visual respects with a display of love on canvas. Several pieces were purchased and one lucky winner walked away with a raffle price worth staring at.
Then came the main course… a five ounce prime steak filet grilled to order, topped with a blue crab & blue cheese, accompanied by a rose oil potato hash. After all the selfies and plate pictures, you could hear a pin drop. The musical genius would grace our ears once again as we continuously thanked God for allowing us the ability to both eat and listen simultaneously. The dessert would come out a little later in the form of bacon fat infused strawberry cheesecake with a double chocolate crust. With half the guest in the 12-seater theatre and several people mixing and mingling throughout, the place just felt like, well… home. No one rushed to leave after the 4-hour extravaganza and the sounds of The Temptations played as the “grown folks table” danced the night away. Everything ended, as it always does, with Chef Jarvis Belton hugging his guests and posing for one last photo. Glad to know these memories will forever be “Left Over.”
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