|Photo from A Chef's Kitchen website|
Stephanie put a lot of research and work into this vacation (can you tell?). That's how she found the good deals for homeschool week and our condos. One day she called me to tell me about something special she wanted to do for a "mother-daughter" night out.
|The "tables" set for guests as we arrived|
There was a place in the downtown area of Colonial Williamsburg that lets you watch the chef's prepare the food you were eating and the food was suppose to be spectacular. Well, she told me the price (I think I choked) and I asked if she was sure this was what she wanted to do???
She assured me it was and that this place had all rave reviews online and since we only get together once a year (and rarely join them on vacation), she thought we'd both enjoy this... after all, we share a passion for great food and cooking. Since she was paying, I agreed. ;)
|Photo from A Chef's Kitchen website|
So... one evening we left behind husbands and children (that being grandchildren for me) and headed out to a special dinner. We arrived a little early so we looked around the quaint downtown area a little (love it!) and arrived back to find the gourmet gift shop area had become full.
At (I think) 6:30, we were all escorted into the room where the two chefs were already making preparations and we were offered champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Yes, I had to sip some of the champagne.
|Chef John Gonzales|
|Chefs John Gonzales and Sam Hall|
That began what... to me... was a magical night (Narnia magic) as John Gonzales and his sous chef Sam Hall not only prepared each course but they taught how to make the various dishes! No wonder the higher price, this was both a gourmet meal and a cooking class (obviously Stephanie had read the website but I hadn't).
Our menu for the evening was...
Warm Tomatillo Puree Scented with Kaffir Lime and Coconut Reduction
Green Mango Slaw with Carrots, Spring Onions and Virginia Peanut Vinaigrette
A Chef's Kitchen Skillet Baked Corn Bread
Crab "Rangoon" with Lemon, Basil and Cilantro Pesto
Asian Glazed Smoked Rack of Berkshire Pork
with Summer Squash Stir-fry
Key Lime Pie on Homemade Pecan Sandy Crust
with Cointreau Meringue
Sigh... yes, we ate it all. By taking a little extra insulin I could have half my dessert but I had to decline the different wine served with each course. That may have sent me over the edge with blood sugars! Believe it or not... my favorite was the green mango slaw.... no, really. As for Stephanie, she is still talking about that cornbread.
Why was this so wonderful? Well, as I've written before... my original plans were to become a caterer or a study to be a pastry chef once my children were older. Two circumstances made this difficult and then impossible... having my second child twelve years after the first (and then deciding to homeschool him) and developing Juvenile Diabetes in my 40s. You'd think at least I could have been normal and developed type 2 diabetes!
This place is amazing and I can't think of anyone I'd rather share it with than my daughter. The chefs are skillful teachers and easy to understand but they also share their enjoyment of cooking. It makes for an entertaining as well as instructive (and may I add delicious) evening.
As I sat there enjoying each course, I thought of the difference between that evening and this past year as I've struggled with health, finances, and the Job-like summer. I mean, really... how many people do you know whose house was hit by lightening and then almost blew up with a gas leak this summer?
But God... don't you love that... but God in His mercy and grace put a thought into my daughter's head long ago which resulted in a wonderful vacation and that very special evening. I can assure you that I didn't worry about insurance settlements while enjoying spectacular food being prepared by two excellent chefs.
I know I have quite a few blog friends who live close enough to Williamsburg to enjoy such an evening. It is not cheap but it is worth the price for what it is... a combination gourmet dinner and cooking class.
A Chef's Kitchen website is located at www.achefskitchen.biz... or by clicking here. It provides information about the classes and dinners (we attended a dinner) and has a few YouTube videos including how to make that skillet baked corn bread. You are sent home with all the recipes of the dishes prepared for the evening, too.
Pictures: Pictures taken by Stephanie except the two from A Chef's Kitchen website.