You know how they say that it pays to have friends in high places? Well, it doesn’t get any better than being invited over to dinner at a home that just happens to be owned by a former chef who is best friends with a former chef and oh, yeah—they are both heads of Chaine des Rotisseurs. For those not too familiar with this acclaimed group of gourmands, let’s just say that what Harry Potter is to book sales, they are to the culinary world of high standards. So no wonder we started with Beluga caviar and smoked salmon that led into a fabulous pasta dish from Lenny’s Italian Momma’s Kitchen—a light but extremely flavorful dish of al dente pasta with the most addictive leek sauce I have ever licked the bowl after. Follow that with Larry’s absolutely perfectly grilled veal chops with porcini mushrooms and a hint of truffle, plus a tease of fabulous cheeses and port that will be available in November at C’est Cheese (more on that later). The wines—well, I can’t even begin to describe that level of holiness—but let’s just say that we finished with espresso and Louis XIII cognac and (now these are some good friends) they wouldn’t even let me wash the dishes.
Balliage masters Larry and Lenny cook up extravagent cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere for this lucky food writer.
Marsha Fottler, Susan Burns and Kay Kipling help themselves to our
Simple dishes like sliced sirloin steak, bruschetta-style, make for a flavorful spread when entertaining buffet-style.
I certainly meant no harm when I questioned why Lobster on Main had only one lobster dish, but apparently I wasn’t the only one—they already closed. It looks like a long season ahead, as Bamboo on Cooper Creek Boulevard has closed as well and I have yet to see a diner in Lan, the new but obscure restaurant on Main Street that tells me nothing from their white awning. Hmm…could it be another “I love to eat so I thought I’d open a restaurant?” Will we be seeing a “For Rent” sign soon?