Thursday, I attended a special dinner at our local arts center. It was just a small group of 15 but even 30 would have been too many for comfort. While a saxophonist played some jazz, we were treated to an eclectic menu which I hope to be sampling more of when the chef opens her own cafe.
Here’s the menu:
Watermelon & Feta sald w/ Pomegrante Vinaigrette
Soul Roll (Collard Greens, Seasoned Rice & Balck eye peas) with Sweet Chili BBQ sauce
Grilled Peach Caprese w/ balsamic reduction
Shrimp w/ Smokey Hollow sauce and Smoked Gouda Grits
Baja Chicken on Red Potato slice with Corn Salsa & Avocado cream
Roasted Plantains w/ Caramel sauce
Guava Pineapple Sangria
Mango Basil tea
The brown Smoky Hollow Sauce which the shrimp was served in was the talk of everyone. It is the best sauce I can remember tasting but the cook was of course mum on the ingredients.
The Soul Roll and Grilled Peach Caprese were….interesting. I’d order the latter in the cafe when the time comes.
The roasted plantains stood out because of that very sweet caramel sauce. I’d order that as well.
But a picture is worth a thousand words, so here they are:
Earlier in the week, a cozy group of about 20 foodies enjoyed $5 Martini Monday on a number of specialty martinis regularly priced from $7-$11. I don’t care for a “straight” martini but I’ve developed a taste for Chocoberry martini: Ketel vodka, Godiva chocolate raspberry vodka, and cranberry juice. Tastes like liquid dark chocolate.