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

I Have A Secret

Written by Patti on January 23rd, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

Secrets are the most fun. Well, when they are happy secrets. Like birthday surprises, raindrops on roses and brown paper packages tied up with string. Some of my favorite things!

My friends at Black Tie Barbecue keep the most fun secrets ever!

A few very special times a year, my friends Spencer, Allison, Neil and LaToyin put on secret suppers at the coolest places in town. Tickets sell out weeks or months in advance and you have no idea where you are going until 24 hours prior to the dinner. It is the best fun.

This past Saturday was no exception.

2012’s inaugural Secret Supper was held at The Atlanta Ballet. Tucked into an industrial area of West Atlanta, we gathered with anticipation of a fantastic evening.

The Atlanta Ballet

My friends at Black Tie knocked it out of the park. Again.

Our evening started with tasty cocktails from Ultimat Vodka (part of the Patron family), mixed up by my friend Kit, who is also the mixologist at Alma Cocina. There were three offerings:

1. Moscow Mule
2. Rosemary Mojito
3. Balsamic Strawberry Martini

Eric and I tried the first two, but they all looked gorgeous.

Moscow Mules from Ultimate Vodka

Being passed during the cocktail hour were a bruschetta with sundried tomatoes, smoked salmon on a water cracker and our favorite, pork belly on a fried green tomato. OMG, so good.

Smoked salmon

I need these at least once a week. I'm sure of it. Pork Belly on Fried Green Tomato.

As we entered the dining room/rehearsal space, we were greeted by the most whimsical table decor, courtesy of LaToyin. I adored the trees with little birds perched in them.

Take a seat!

Build a little birdhouse in your soul...

First course: Crab stuffed prawn and calamari salad, citrus vinaigrette – glorious!

A perfect way to start the meal.

Soup Course: White bean soup with venison sausage and pesto – so good!

This soup was divine.

I forgot to mention that before dinner, we were treated to a lovely dance from two of the members of The Atlanta Ballet, made that much more special by being so close to the dancers.

A very special performance - just for us.

And the wines were provided by, helmed by the lovely Stacey Diltz, who we were so lucky to sit across from.

Ra, Stacey and Adrene

Back to the food.

Entrees were a choice of either beef or fish. Eric & I chose the beef, but got a chance to taste the fish, too, which was presented on a sauce made from crabmeat. It was so good. Both choices were served with luscious grits and brussels sprouts.

Adrene chose the fish.

Dessert was vodka infused shortcake with macerated strawberries. I am so embarrassed to say I don’t have a photo of dessert as I ate it in one microsecond. It was so good.

It was the perfect evening. As always with my friends from Black Tie. Do you have an event coming up that you need catered? You really should call them. They are simply the best.

For all the photos of our fun night, click here.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. It looks like it was a fabulous event! I’ve never been to a secret supper, so I must rectify that soon. 🙂

  2. Julia says:

    What a fantastic venue! And that soup sounds amazing 🙂

  3. Joe says:

    It was great to see you and Eric! I loved your review, and I can’t wait to see you two on the 20th!