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

One Show Stopping Night

Written by Patti on July 26th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Saturday night we attended our third(!!) Secret Supper with Black Tie Barbecue. I am of the opinion that what they do is unlike any secret supper operation in town. The suppers are always at a fresh, fabulous, fun location and the food is incredible. Just when I think they cannot top themselves, they do.

The morning of the supper I received a call from Spencer with the location. This time to be held at Theatrical Outfit, a small, professional theatre downtown. A theatre! Eric and I were both theatre geeks in high school and college, so this was a special treat.

The Ultra Chic Venue

As I entered the lobby to the theatre, I saw my friend Lynn, from Mama Says, and her fab friends, Betsy, Susan, Donna, Jay and her husband, Ken. It was so nice to see a familiar face and to get a chance to meet her fantastic friends. When Eric arrived (he was so sweet to drop me off before parking the car), we spotted our buddy Elizabeth (you met her here) and we all went in. The stage was our dining area! Isn’t that the best?

What We Saw When We Entered

Our Table - 12

I loved the playbills made especially for the night.

Black Tie Playbill

A luscious salad with peach slices and pecans started the meal. It was so yummy.

One Of The Tastiest Salads Ever

The courses are served family style, encouraging interaction between diners. You sit down with total strangers and leave with brand new friends.

Some Of Our New Friends

First course – shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. Incredible.

Shrimp And Grits

Spencer And LaToyin Consult Between Courses

I always love the part where all four owners come out and discuss the menu.

The Fab Four - Spencer, Allison, LaToyin and Neil

These four friends are making amazing strides in the secret supper formulas. Not only is their food awesome, each of them are awesome people as well. I feel so fortunate to call them my friends.

Between courses, we were treated to a reading from Theatrical Outfit’s upcoming season of Pulitzer prize winning plays. This particular reading was from A Confederacy of Dunces, the season opener and adapted by Tom Key. Tom has been a cornerstone of Atlanta theatre for as long as I can remember, so seeing him in this intimate setting was very special indeed.

A Special Reading From The Cast

Now on to the main course. Oh my goodness, it’s smothered chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese (the best!), succotash and Asian inspired pork chops. It was fantastic.

This Was So Good...

Make Room For Pork Chops!

Am I ever full. Wonderful wines provided by Two Friends Import Company, fabulous food. Wait…what…there’s dessert? Peach cobbler? Hmmm, okay, I can make room!

The recipe for peach cobbler was provided by LaToyin’s grandmother. Boy howdy, LaToyin’s grandmother sure can cook. It was cool, warm, spicy, delectable.

That Swoony Peach Cobbler

It was a perfect evening. I saw my friends Tim Long and Laura Scholz, Elizabeth Beasley, Mark and Leah Rox, the beautiful Claire Sands (you met Claire here) and had a chance to visit a bit with Allison before the house lights came up and it was time to mosey home.

Allison and Me

A million thanks to Spencer, Allison, Neil and LaToyin, as well as Theatrical Outfit for a wonderful evening.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Ethel Merman – There’s No Business Like Show Business


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Sheryl says:

    Loved the entire evening and dining in the theater was a special treat and the play (A Conferacy of Dunces) reading was hilarious.
    Until next time!

  2. Patti says:

    Wasn’t it fun, Sheryl? What a great night! P