SO- we were thrilled when new friends Mon & Beth offered to include us in a reservation they had for Saturday night at the kitchen table! I really should make that like five exclamation points- because this is a BIG deal!!! LOL
so off we went- and first I will do the photos and then my remarks about the courses I liked and ones I didn't care for at the end...
then the full menu- don't worry about reading it as I will break it down along the way into smaller bite sizes- LOL
our table which isn't exactly right in the kitchen is right next to the action and only glass separates us-
a bell arrives at our table- for the parade of the platters of ingredients that in the competition would be used for the dishes - they make their way around the dining room and make an extra stop at our table-
and we off on the odyssey of the evening-
then a table side show of freezing the centerpiece roses for a dusting atop the cauliflower course-
a close up of the lichen like item atop the beef- it was just so light it was a hint of being there until you put it in your mouth and it was all flavor!
the cheese course- where the cheese was shaved at the table to top the wonderful fruit flavors-
I moved the lattice (as in apple pie lattice) so you could see it better-
somehow I forgot to photograph the mignardise-
we had our server take a photo for posterity- sadly the flash didn't make it to the men- so they are quite mysterious - but you can see three happy ladies in the front row- LOL
and now my completely biased review- the course I liked the best was the osetra caviar bite- and the course I liked the least was the fall dessert- it just didn't suit my taste. Every one of the appetizers from the terrine through the salad were fabulous and the fish and fowl courses were amazing- every one a winner. The mushroom consommé was exquisite! And I loved the first dessert with the "apple pie"!
OK so it sounds like I am not too much of a critic but here are my minor gripes- very minor- I thought the beef course somewhat uninteresting and wonder how they are gong to do the next Next menu of "Steak" and make it fabulous- it is kind of like beef is beef.... the bone marrow mixed into the potatoes and replaced in the bones was a lovely touch but just didn't quite have enough to put this dish at the top of my LOVED IT list-
and then as I mentioned the last dessert course with the fall theme and the huckleberries just didn't do it for ME- others at the table loved it-
overall- an amazing meal - I would have the entire thing over again tonight up to the pheasant course and be a very happy camper!
Thanks to M&B for including us in the evening - it was a very special treat!!!!!! (and that does get five exclamation points!)
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