Thursday, August 14, 2008

Anniversary Dinner

Heather and I have been married for 14 years. To celebrate, I took her to The Bistro on Park, formally The Bistro on Main. They moved into the old Park Heights building on Park St. It is quite nice. The atmosphere was perfect and we were greeted by the owner/chef and she wished us a happy anniversary.

We started with salads. Heather had a spinach and strawberry salad with a sweet vinaigrette and goat cheese. I had the Bistro salad which was a mix of baby greens, bacon, Gorgonzola, grape tomatoes, and caramelized onion with a vinaigrette. We were both happy with the selection. I selected a bottle of Louis Jadot Bourgogne Blanc. It was crisp and delicious. Jonathan did an excellent job of the wine service.

For the main course, Heather selected Veal Oscar. If there is veal on a menu, odds are, that is what she will be going for. The chef made a napleon like presentation with a base of mashed potatoes, then alternating layers of crab, asparagus, and sauteed veal scallopini. It had a piquant lemon sauce over all of it. It was incredible.

With Jonathan's guidance, I choose the Halibut Champagne. I was torn between it and the lobster and grits. He told us how the chef poached the fresh, wild caught halibut in butter, then prepared the rest. It was a good decision. The large halibut fillet was crispy on the outside and tender and flavorful on the inside. It was served with asparagus and smashed potatoes with a champagne beurre blanc. Truly rich and delicious.

Heather and I both used the country bread served with the garlic infused oil to finish the plates. It was that good.

The chef helped us celebrate our anniversary by letting us choose our dessert. Out of the many selections, we decided on the Bananas Foster. It was nicely done.

Overall, The Bistro on Park was an excellent place to celebrate our marriage and our lives.

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