The Planting the Seed Pop-up dinner was a fantastic way to inaugurate spring and made us feel like a tourist in our own city. In a good way. Like “I just stumbled into this alley way in Rome and found a fountain and love it” way. The dinner was held in the Alcazar Hotel ballroom, an absolutely stunning property situated one block off of Cedar Road.
The food was nothing short of spectacular. Bountiful and beautiful, we were dazzled with displays of crudite at every table. Nibbles were passed and wine was served, while a two-person string band was the exclamation point on the loveliness of the room. There were cocktail tables where you could write “Thank You” notes to several local businesses participating in the pop-up dinner that continue to champion the city. An adorable idea. A quick presentation was given at the start of the sit down portion of the meal that gave the history of the Alcazar, and created a sense of nostalgia for the glimmering dinners that were hosted in the ballroom in its heyday. The only thing missing were the fedoras and cigars. And coupes of bubbly.
After the aforementioned nibbles, crudites, and a refreshingly interesting selection wine, we were served a plated three course dinner highlighting the ingenuity of three local chefs. The courses featured local ingredients, like cheese from Lake Erie Creamery. By the way I’m stealing that idea. The dollop of goat cheese on top of a pasta ragu? Gorgeous. Also featured was a local cheese board by Farmshare, and mini pastries by Luna Bakery & Cafe.
The event was so well organized and executed that I’ll be the first to sign up for any sequels. We left with full bellies, a new appreciation for the property and the participating organizations, and something most ellusive to those stationed on the west side of Cleveland, a few east side friends.
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