Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Feeling Bubbly

Written by Patti on August 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Last week was a whirlwind of Ritz-Carlton pampering. It was divine. But I missed you!

I have a plethora of treats to share with you this week.

Yesterday I was fortunate to be invited by Miss Sandra at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, for a peek at their new Bubble Bar and their scrumptious Sunday Brunch.

A group of journalists met to experience Krista’s fantastic champagne concoctions and nibble on the brunch offerings. As you might expect, The Ritz-Carlton has thought of everything. There is seafood, there is a carving station, a boodle of breakfast treats, decadent desserts and that Bubble Bar. The Bubble Bar is only available at Sunday Brunch, but it is fabulous. Guests may select Rotari Brut, a refreshing Italian sparkling wine made of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Nero grapes, or Louis Perdrier Blanc de Blanc, a lively French sparkling wine with pleasing balance and plentiful bubbles. Next, find favorite flavors or experiment with new tastes from our presentation of Marie Brizzard Crème de Cassis, house-made bitters, fresh fruit purees and assorted berries, fruit and citrus, to create a fresh, hand-crafted Bellini, Kir or classic bubbly cocktail. Christa offered to make me something special and boy, was it ever. My sparkling cocktail had a puree of several berries and was luscious.

Our first indication that this was a most special brunch.

We were all greeted with a glass of bubbles. That would be 12:30 p.m. here in Georgia on Sundays.

Krista whipping up delectable champagne cocktails.

Joining us at brunch was Sebastian Stutz, Director of Food & Beverage. What a delight! Sebastian kept us engaged with funny anecdotes and a true interest in everyone. My brunch mates were a lovely bunch as well. My friend Ava from My Skin Concierge was there, along with Michelle, Erin & Trisha from Macaroni Kid and a few other new friends. We all sipped and noshed the afternoon away, getting to know one another.

Seafood station with a glam ice sculpture. Don't you love an ice sculpture?

I especially enjoyed the eggs benedict with truffle.

Lobster Salad, anyone?

And oh, those sweets!

Wait, there's more! Lots more!

Aren't these gorgeous?

Every dish was tempting. Take a walk around first to decide what to choose.

Just so you can keep drooling, here is a partial list of the over 50 items on the brunch buffet. The executive chef and his culinary team present many new items every Sunday so guests will always find much to enjoy.

Seafood on ice including Jonah Crab claws, King Crab legs, Malpeque oysters and Gulf shrimp;
smoked fish and Gravlax; three types of caviar with traditional garnishes; & an assortment of sushi

Local and imported cheeses; charcuterie; antipasti, cold salads and fresh summer fruit

Traditional breakfast favorites, and omelets made-to-order by a chef while guests watch

Chef carving stations with roasted meats and fish—perhaps Roast Beef with House Made
Horseradish Cream or Salmon with Roasted Tomato Aioli

Chef’s choice of vegetables, risotto and pasta—recent selections included Green and White
Asparagus with Tomato Caper Relish; Truffle and Mushroom Risotto; and Potato Gnocchi with
Spring Peas and Fava Beans

Local artisan jams and jellies, freshly-baked breads, muffins, Danish, croissants and bagels

Our pastry chef’s unrivaled summer desserts on small plates ideal for tasting more than just
one—Strawberry Shortcake; Coffee Crème Brulee; Carrot Cake; Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries; summer fruit tarts; and house made chocolate candies

At $59 per person, with the Bubble Bar at $15, you couldn’t dine anywhere with so many luxurious options!

You deserve it!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Oasis – Champagne Supernova


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Rosalynn says:

    I love the Bubble Bar, that is so cute! Me and the beau must swing by The RC for brunch very soon!

  2. Patti says:

    Rosalynn, Darling!

    So much fun!