Thursday, April 30, 2009

Widespread Food & Fun

Oh, what a night we had last night with our Don't Panic tribute dinner. Rocking out to WSP tunes, drinking from red Solo cups (as a shout out to John Bell) and five fantastic courses dedicated to the music of Widespread Panic.
We started the evening with "Red Beans" - seared Georges Bank scallops served over braised Carolina red beans, housemade orange mustard and micro celery.

Next, we floated on to "Fishwater" - Peekytoe crab ravioli with local baby fennel, sherry and a shellfish consomme.

After a light course like Fishwater, we kicked up the spice a bit with "Thought Sausage" - Riverview Farms sausage gumbo with Carolina plantation rice. (This course was my personal favorite - just the right amount of heat to it.)
Before anyone got too full, we moved on to "Ribs and Whiskey" - braised Painted Hills short ribs over green garlic potato puree, housemade pickled peppers and Maker's Mark demi-glace. (This was the majority's favorite course. The short ribs practically melted they were so tender.)

At this point, most people were starting to get pretty full so we went very light with "Coconut" for dessert - coconut beignets with chilly watermelon and basil creme anglaise.
Top the evening off with a few PBR "Tall Boys" and some fun, take-home goodies and we were able to call last night a success! Next musical tribute dinner - Jerry Garcia, of course. Join us August 5 or 6 for a two night run. It isn't too late to make your reservation now.

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