16 restaurants … 1000 people … a mile-long dining table down the middle of an otherwise busy street … and another great evening! This was my 4th consecutive year attending Savor the Avenue — and I’m already looking forward to next year!
And what a show it was! Especially at the 50 Ocean table.
I’ve tried a different restaurant each year (see below). They all set a nice table and served a well-executed and interesting menu with wine pairing.
And while it’s not cheap and the prices keep going up, it’s a really special night. The restaurant and menu I chose this year was 50 Ocean ($105, with tax+tip included it was $132) — and I was beyond delighted with 4 delicious courses, wine pairings and, especially, the spectacular presentations.
First Course was Rock Shrimp Pie with charred fennel, roasted tomato petals, grilled artichokes in a lobster sherry cream and topped with an oval of puffed pastry. It was served with La Marca prosecco.
For the main course, we had a choice of Root Beer Braised Short Rib or 2 lb. Lobster Barigoule stuffed with lump crab, shrimp, and buttered leeks in a pernod sauce. That was my choice. It was huge and delicious (I enjoyed half of it the following night). The wine pairing for this course was Murphy Goode Pinot Noir.
Kudos to Chef Blake Malatesta and the staff of 50 Ocean for a fabulous treat.
I don’t know how you prep, cook and serve 4 exquisitely executed courses for so many people at the same time!
Part of the evening’s entertainment is walking up and down the avenue and seeing how each restaurant decorated their tables. There’s also a judging and this year the winning restaurant was Salt 7 which spelled out their name with ice sculpture center pieces.