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

Shhh….It’s A Secret (Supper, That Is)

Written by Patti on February 17th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Saturday night Eric and I were so happy to be invited to Black Tie BBQ’s Secret Supper for Valentine’s Day. I had yet to attend a secret supper and was very excited.

Held at a building in Midtown on the 8th floor, we were escorted (after signing in) to the dining room for the night.  The dining room was a raw space that had been transformed for the evening just for us.  The view of downtown was spectacular and the tables were beautifully set with silver rimmed china, low set candelabras and red rose petals. It was the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening.

Sitting At The VIP Table!

Our table had an unobstructed view of downtown and our fellow dinner guests included Joe, Chef Spencer’s best friend from college; Joe’s gorgeous fiance’, Lauren, fellow blog buddy, Tami Reed and publicist Tara Holland.

Lovely Lauren and Sweet Joe

Adorable Tara and Tami - We had the best table!

We could not have asked for more charming dinner companions. Allison Humphrey really knew how to put together a great table.

Wine was set out on each table so we could help ourselves (don’t you wish it was like that in restaurants?) Dawn McClain and her band provided the entertainment – lots of great romantic songs and many couples took to the floor and danced.

I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Holtzclaw when he came up to introduce himself (hi Eric!) Eric reads my blog and was so delightful to visit with.

And then…the food came out…and just kept coming. It was a feast.

First up, a scrumptious tomato and goat cheese tart.

A Perfect Start

Every course was served family-style, which cleverly helped everyone engage in conversation. Smart moves, chefs.

The guests at our table were just chatting it up when the next course arrived. The salad course. This is the salad I wish someone would fix and serve me everyday. Fresh greens, candied pecans, dried cranberries and a bit more goat cheese, all lightly dressed in the most beautiful lemon buttermilk dressing. I was swooning.

Next up?  Barbecued shrimp served with garlic toast fingers. Yup, we gobbled all of this down.

Luscious Barbecued Shrimp

And just to give you an idea of Chef Spencer and Chef Neil’s passion for entertaining – they served this magnificent repast without a kitchen onsite. It was something to see, but I’m going to keep those photos to myself so as not to mar the magic.

Shrimp devoured…what’s coming up?

I’m glad you asked….it was duck and chicken andouille sausage. Oh.My.Goodness.  Straight from New Orleans, where Chef Neil makes bi-monthly trips. This sausage was one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Then…..braised shorts ribs….chicken diane….roasted broccoli with minced olives and lemon….steamed carrots and potatoes….stop, no more! Wait…did you say cheesecake? Well, maybe just a tiny bite. 🙂

That Bewitching Andouille Sausage

Melt In Your Mouth Braised Short Ribs

Allison is the Veggie Queen!

The Lightest Cheesecake Ever

The Chefs Explaining The Courses

A Little After Dinner Schmoozing With Miss Allison

Black Tie BBQ has it down pat.  This evening was so fabulous I cannot wait to see what they do next. And I will be bringing everyone I know with me.

Many thanks to Spencer, Neil, Allison and Latoyin for a very special evening.

xoxo, Patti


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. tammie reed says:

    I had the best time with the best friends! Cheers!

  2. Joe Carlos says:

    We had a wonderful time! Great pics, conversation, tips, wisdom, advice, laughs and FOOD! Thanks again!

  3. We had a great time too. All of the food was really good – but in my opinion, the tart and the cheesecake were outstanding!

  4. Patti says:

    Allison – You are a treasure! Can’t wait to get to know you all better. xoxoox, Patti

  5. Patti says:

    Joe, we adored meeting you and Lauren. I hope this is not the last we all see of each other. xoxxo, Patti

  6. Patti says:

    Eric, It was so nice to meet you. I know we will see each other at future events! xoox, Patti

  7. John says:

    WOW, Patti, how incredible. What an awesome experience for you guys!!

  8. Thanks for the wonderful write-up. So disappointed that we were unable to attend…reading your post was like being there (without tasting BTBBQ delicious dishes).

  9. Judi Knight says:

    I love your website. My company builds WordPress sites for small creative businesses and I say kudos to you and your graphics person. Very nice!
    I met the Black Tie BBQ guys recently and was glad to see in such scrumptious detail what they have been up to.

  10. Daddy says:

    I am proud of both of you. Hope you have continued success!