If you're reading this, we have successfully completed our first dinner crawl as The Social Kitchen! (Insert the sound of Prosecco bottles poppin' followed by a brief Grey's Anatomy inspired "dance it out" session). Before we make everyone jealous by recapping our amazing evening, we must thank everyone who made the "No Key Needed" dinner crawl possible.
Thank you Lexi Corsaro (Assistant Food and Beverage Manager), Angela Flood (Marketing Manager), Executive Chef Keith Cooper, Sous Chef Robert De La Ree and the rest of the staff of the 1890 Lounge in the Hyatt Regency Hotel at The Arcade. Thank you Brendan Kearney (General Manager), Aubrey Austin (Event Coordinator), Chef Mario Santo Domingo and the Lago East Bank staff. Thank you Todd (Hotel Manager), Chef Zachary and George (Restaurant Manager) of Encore at the Wyndham in Playhouse Square.
Thank you to our friends at VIP Rides-Party Bus Services for the decked out luxury bus. We were cruising around the city in style. Thank you Orville McEachron of Orville McEachron Photography. We are obsessed with our photos!
Last but certainly not least, a very special thank you to all of our "No Key Needed" dinner crawlers. You guys made the night so much fun!
Now, let's talk about our evening:
The "No Key Needed" dinner crawl was a hotel restaurant themed crawl. We traveled to 3 of the best hotel restaurants in Cleveland. The evening started with the meet up on the luxury bus, a special toast with Moletto Prosecco and an awesome group of people.
Our first stop was the 1890 Lounge in the Hyatt Regency at The Arcade. We were blown away by this trio. As soon as we were seated, the chefs dropped a sea bass, shrimp, coconut and habanero Ceviche bomb on us. The Ceviche was served in a cocktail like glass that was inside of a glass bowl filled with water and dry ice. It was bubblin', smokin' and delicious. Next up was Carpaccio. The Carpaccio was a thinly sliced beef tenderloin served with a Caesar romaine spear inside of a Parmesan cheese cigar. If you've never had a Parmesan cheese cigar, you aren't doing life right. To complete the trio, the chefs created a Savory White Lentil Beignet (fried lentil pillow). It was warm, crisp and definitely SAVORY ;-)
The second stop was the very well known Lago East Bank at the Aloft hotel in the Flats. This trio tasting made our guests start to wonder if they were really on some kind of hidden camera, all-you-can-eat show. If you thought that by tasting trio we were just going to give you a little sample on a spoon, you thought wrong. The Lago staff brought out a hearty trio plate that consisted of: Lago's signature Meatball (veal,pork,beef) with a simple tomato sauce topped with Parmesan cheese and basil; Braised Beef Short Ribs over a root vegetable puree served with a glazed baby carrot, broccolini and a red wine reduction; Salmon over a beet puree served with Brussels sprouts and topped with a horseradish creme fraiche. There are no words needed to describe how amazing this plate was. Let's just say, every single plate was empty. I think our dinner crawlers forgot that there was still one more stop...
The final stop was Encore at the Wyndham in Playhouse Square. This hotel and restaurant are currently in the remodeling phase. By the end of summer there will be a complete transformation; A new name, new rooms, new menu and a new restaurant with a patio! The Encore trio tasting was an introduction for their new chef Zachary, who has been there for about a month now. To round out our evening this trio tasting consisted of: crab, avocado, tomato and goat cheese on a crostini; Miso glazed pan-seared scallop over a rice cake; Dolce pear roasted in brown butter served with toasted pistachios, roasted caramel sauce and mascarpone. This trio plate was light, tasty and a great closer to our night!
Well that about sums up our "No Key Needed" dinner crawl. We did our best to summarize this fabulous night but obviously there's nothing better than experiencing it for yourself.
We are so excited for our next dinner crawl. Details to be released soon. We can't wait to meet more good people, eat more great food and get SOCIAL!
Court and Ash