Last night we celebrated one of my classmate's birthdays. A few weeks ago her husband contacted us wanting to plan something special for her. You see, he is a marine currently stationed in Arizona and wanted to surprise her with something special since he couldn't be there to celebrate with her. So, he told us he had hired chefs to come to her apartment and cook us dinner. Girl time, wine, yummy dinner, birthday surprise... sounds good to me!
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about the idea of random chefs coming to cook a meal in an apartment. However, they surpassed my expectations BIG TIME! The chefs were teachers at the culinary school in Raleigh so they traveled all the way to Greenville just to cook for us. And boy did they know what they were doing! It was so fun to watch them cook. They brought EVERYTHING from plates to utensils to pots and pans to all the cooking ingredients. Aaaaand they cleaned up after!
My friend had no idea about this surprise! We were all at her apartment when she got home and the look on her face was priceless! Her first words were: "Why are there men in my kitchen??" Hilarious. Once she got over the fact of the random men cooking dinner for us, she was blown away.
Dinner was to die for. Here was our menu:
Appetizer: Roasted garlic artichoke spread, portobello mushroom, roasted tomatoes, feta cheese, finished with tomato vodka cream sauce, green and black olive foccacia bread point
Salad: green italian romaine creamy italian caesar salad with italian salami, cucumbers, pickled red onions and light citrus glaze, crispy parmesan bits
Main course: Braised beef short rib off the bone in a light demi glaze served over creamy sundried tomato risotto, carrot puree, alongside a stuffed pasta shell with broccolini spinach, shrimp and ricotta cheeses
Dessert: Light macerated fresh fruit in a sweet amaretto liquor served over basil ice cream
It was such a fun night! It was my first time experiencing in-home chefs and boy if I was a millionaire I think I would have a live-in chef ;) This would be the perfect thing to do for a bachelorette party or a fun night in with friends!