Picture this - Margaret's Bay Cafe is completely empty except for a table set for you and 7 of your closest friends. Rich, the executive chef at the Grand Aleutian, and Lisa, the food and beverage manager, have been collaborating for days to come up with the perfect food and wine pairings to make this a remarkable event. Rich comes out and describes each of the 7 courses before they are served, and Lisa educates with handouts and lectures on each of the wines. The wines are amazing, the food is amazing, and yes - they do taste better together, one and one does equal three. The printed menus are personalized for you. And afterwards, you are free to stay and visit with your friends, there is no hurry because there is no other seating, this is a unique one-of-a-kind event. You are pleasantly full of perfectly prepared food, you have tried some fantastic wines, and you will look back on this evening as something special for years to come. Seriously, if this comes up again, are you really going to let me attend three years in a row??? Because believe me, the last thing on your mind at the end of the evening will be how much you donated to a non-profit to attend such a spectacular event . . . .
And finally, the dessert trio of a chocolate bon bon, chocolate mousse, and a chocolate bouchon, served with a glass of 2003 Vintage Port.
Many thanks to Joe, Lee, Ricardo, Alicia, and Elaine for attending - and Rich and Lisa for a perfect evening!