Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tastings: rehearsal dinner

Right after work today I met up with Jon and my parents at the restaurant where we'll have the rehearsal dinner for a tasting of the menu Jon and his folks selected. Even though we were served tasting portions and not full ones, we all left the table pretty thoroughly stuffed.

The rehearsal dinner will be in one of the tents at Canoe, a lovely restaurant along the banks of the Chattahoochee river. Remember the crazy floods from last September that closed the restaurant for a few months? I'm happy to report that Canoe has recovered, and the gardens also look like they'll be just fine by the time May rolls around.

Tonight we sat at a table indoors, overlooking the garden and the swollen river rushing by -- we've had an inch or so of rain in the last couple days, so the water was up a bit. The tasting lasted nearly two hours, which admittedly was longer than I expected, but it was definitely worth it! Plus, it was nice to get to sit and visit with Mom and Dad with no other distractions.

We started with four hors d'oeuvres: stuffed mushrooms, a crostini-type thing with pesto and tomato and mozzarella cheese, chicken satay and tempura fried shrimp. YUM. All were winners, and I think the chicken and the shrimp were the standouts.

After that we had a delicious salad of arugula with spiced walnuts, slivers of tangerine and shaved parmesan with a citrus-champagne vinaigrette. I'm really not a salad person, but I thought this was excellent! We all did. As with the appetizers, we cleared all of our plates.

For the entree, Jon's folks opted for a surf-and-turf combo of grilled salmon and roasted ribeye, with a parmesan potato gratin and sugar snap peas on the side. DELICIOUS. Everything about all of these dishes was very tasty.

Dessert was a seasonal cobbler, which apparently means apples, cranberries and raisins at this time of year, served with ice cream. At this point I was running out of room in my belly, so I had a few spoonfuls and pushed the rest toward Jon, who polished it off. (I think he regrets doing that now.)

So that's our rehearsal dinner menu! We definitely didn't taste anything we'd want to change, so we're good to go. What do y'all think? Also, my advice to anyone planning a wedding or other big event: If you are hosting a meal somewhere, definitely check and see if you get to do a tasting! What could be better than free and delicious food?

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