|Presentation matters! I love this little guy's 5 o'clock shadow.|
19th century Rabbit soup tureen from 1st dibs
Today I have no words. No words, that is, to describe our extraordinary dinner experience at the Catbird Seat. My beautiful sister, Erin, is visiting Nashville from Hong Kong, and on Monday night she treated our family to the best dining experience I've ever had. I want to do the meal justice. But unlike Old Red Boots, I'm not a food blogger, and I don't think my culinary vocabulary is up to the challenge!
Each course was a delicious surprise: We had two appetizer courses, soup, monk fish, duck, lamb, something that tasted like a tiny Reuben, and three (!) desserts. But that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the experience. The chefs' attention to detail, thoughtful combinations of textures and flavors, and playful wit (Porcini and Parmesan savory Oreos!) elevate food to art.
I asked so many times, "This is really potato? How did they make potato DO that?!" We're still talking about the experience and trying to decide which course was the best. I think dining at Catbird changes one's approach to food; two days later, I'm looking at food differently and experiencing each meal more thoughtfully. Erin, thank you so much for making this dinner possible--you have no idea how much it meant to us!
What is the best meal you ever had? And if you've been to the Catbird, a) what did they serve that night, and b) Did you frame your menu? I'm seriously thinking about framing it and hanging it in our kitchen!