This past weekend was split between Cleveland and Columbus as CK and I headed to Ohio's capital city after work on Friday to celebrate my godson Bobby's 1st birthday.
While we couldn't attend Bobby's official birthday party on Saturday due to the Table 45 event I'll being sharing with you in a moment, spending Friday evening and Saturday morning with Erin, Todd and Bobby was absolute perfection.
|Friday wine night while Bobby slept meant Todd and CK in deep convos + BOBBY!!!! laughing + BOBBY!!!! climbing on his birthday present + BOBBY!!!! crawling like a madman through my legs|
It's hard to believe Bobby is one already, he's such a happy little boy, so pleasant and sweet and I can't wait to continue to watch him grow up as his Nouna.
Upon arriving back in Cleveland, CK and I needed to hustle and get ready for a fun dinner with friends courtesy of Table 45.
A few months ago I entered a contest on Facebook to win a 6 course food and wine dinner for six at the chef's table at Table 45, one of Zack Bruell's restaurants located in the Intercontinental Hotel near the Cleveland Clinic.
Spoiler alert: I WON!
A date was picked, the guests (a Flats Cleveland reunion of sorts) were invited and the table was set - time to get our grub on.
The main staff that took care of us included our fabulous server and now buddy William and the Chef du Cuisine Tom Schrenk who was more than patient with our table full of loud (yet fun) guests distracting his kitchen. You see, the chef's table is literally in the kitchen which is for all intends and purposes, awesome.
The menu Chef Tom put together for us was glorious, delicious, contemporary and I'm honestly not quite sure how we ate it all...
First Course: Goat cheese stuffed California figs wrapped in bacon, served with arugula, dressed in champagne vinaigrette - Villa Chiara Prosecco NV
Second Course: Dragon sushi roll, futomaki with snow crab, unagi, cucumber and avocado - Domaine La Hitaire, Les Tours, Cotes de Gascogne 2010
Third Course: Grilled redfish with spicy red quinoa, grilled kohlrabi and summer salsa - Independent Producers, Unoaked Chardonnay, Dionysus Vineyard 2010
Fourth Course: Sun-dried tomato and cream cheese stuffed chicken breast with purple smashed potato and spinach - Juan Gil, Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain 2008
Fifth Course: Grilled domestic lamb chop with oregano risotto, naan wedge and mint sauce - Hess, 19 Block Cuvee, Mt. Veeder, California 2007
Sixth Course: Lemon chiboust garnished with fresh raspberries, sesame tuile and grand marnier chocolate pearl truffle - The Stump Jump Sticky Chardonnay, 2008
|The place setting + the view from the chef's table + Lzone and Seanski + the menu|
|The starter course of housemade naan with various dipping sauces + courses 1 through 3 = I'm drooling on my laptop keyboard|
|Courses 4 through 6 + Chef Tom = 1 happy chef's table, right Lzone? ;)|
We (CK, Moe, Mark, Seanski, Lzone and I) had such an amazing time at Table 45 from start to finish - the food and wine was as exceptional as the service which is a win-win in my book.
Thanks go out to all who put the evening together as I know my guests and I won't soon forget it.
Post dinner, you would think we'd be ready to roll home but instead the fab four from the westside headed to La Dolce Vida in Little Italy to see some of my D&E colleagues perform some music on the patio while sipping lemoncellos...
Life could definitely be worse.
Sunday, Father's day, was spent with CK and his little one, since my father is no sadly longer with us. We took in the Indians game in the afternoon and I was impressed with all the new kid friendly additions to the park this year - worth checking out for sure.
Good times were most definitely had by all but now if you'll excuse me I'm going to day dream about Table 45 and hanging out with Bobby.