Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You'll Never Forget an Experience at the Catbird Seat.

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!

6 comments:

  1. One of the best meals I have ever had fine dining was at The Red Pony in Franklin. Even the details like the assortment of spreads and breads before the meal were awesome. If I could figure out how to make their lima bean butter/spread- then I would be a happy gal. I have only heard good things about the catbird seat and would love to go to expand my palette at some point. My BF is not at all adventurous when it comes to food so I usually have to drag my foodie friends to places that think outside of the box. Isn't a fancy dinner the ultimate indulgence?

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    1. Yes, few things make me feel indulgent the way a fancy dinner does! I've heard so many good things about the Red Pony. Now that the dude and I are both working around Cool Springs, we should try to eat there sometime to celebrate a special occasion. Lime bean butter sounds SO GOOD. I have a weird obsession with lima beans!

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  2. OMG. I'm so jealous that you got to go there! It's been on my list for SO GOSH DARN LONG. I really really need to go there. Oh, and I totally love monkfish.

    My favorite meal was probably my 18th birthday dinner at Grammercy Tavern in NYC. I don't remember everything on the tasting menu, but they had the best pork belly EVER.

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    1. I thought you'd been there! Oh, wow. You, of all the people I know, NEED to go there because you would have the proper words to describe the experience. I kept thinking of you while I was there and wishing I had the right words to tell you about it!

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  3. Thanks Jen, you said it so well for all of us,
    Mom

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    1. Hi, Mom! :)
      It was SO SPECIAL. <3

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