Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chef's Table

My grandparents are member of an athletic club in the Atlanta area, and last night, they invited me and my mother to attend what the club calls a Chef's Table. It's a dinner of about 8 to 10 people, and they give you a tour of the kitchen, pantry, storage, wine cellar, etc. before serving you a dinner that is prepared for you by the chef. Although, I wasn't able to take pictures, I can post the menu.

Deviled Egg with Beluga Caviar
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut
Chilled Gazpacho with Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp, Chile Arbol Oil
Salad of Roasted Beets, Grilled Corn, Chevre, and Arugula
Domaine Vincent Girardin Meusault
Smoke Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Molasses and Peppercorn BBQ Glaze
Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon
Mixed Berry Cobbler,
Buttermilk Ice Cream
Deep Fried Chocolate Truffle
Pinot Blanc Vin Glace Wine
Overall, the meal was absolutely wonderful! But, I have to say my favorite part of it all was the fact that you were eating in the kitchen, and you were free to get up from your seat to go watch the chef prepare your meal!
As someone who hopes to attend culinary school one day, it was very nice to be able to ask both the executive chef and the sous chef questions, pick their brains, so to speak. They were both helpful and welcoming.
The food, of course, was delicious, and how on earth could you not enjoy a deep fried chocolate truffle?!? It was an enjoyable, summer meal with lots of wonderful company.
So, if you can, do some research to see if any local restaurants, clubs, or kitchen stores offer something similar. If they have it, jump at the chance because it is lots of fun!

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