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Last night I attended my first Fine Dining group dinner. There were 25 of us who met at [Link Removed] in Fredericksburg, VA.  My friend Nicki was anxious to join so we went together.  

It was so nice to be in the company of people who have the same interest in food as I do.  We were served five courses and each was paired with a wine.  I’m not a huge wine fan, so I had a taste of each then just drank water. I wish I had taken pictures, but I didn’t even think of it.  Next time.  

The first course was *Friendly Cottage Farm’s Heirloom tomato, housemade mozzarella, balsamic syrup, rare Summer global basil*. The name of this course was larger than the portion, but it was good.  Nothing different than any other Caprese Salad.

The second course, Yellow Tail Jack Hamachi carpaccio Piquillo peppers, grilled lemon and fennel pollen was something I'd never tried before and was really delicious.  The fish sat on top of the peppers which were perched on the grilled lemon.  The lemon really made this dish.

The third course was one I was not really looking forward to, *Crispy Veal Sweetbreads and Henn of the Woods mushrooms*. As you can imagine it was the Sweetbreads that I had a problem with.  The reason for joining this group was to try new things, so I did.  The flavor was essentially just like fried chicken, but the texture was the turn off for me. Three bites was enough. Now I can say I’ve eaten the milk gland of a calf.

Course number four was one I was really looking forward to, *Seared #1 Grade Yellowtail Tuna Loin Panzanella salad*. Very, very good, my plate was clean.  

The fifth and final course was a delicious *Cub Creek Farm’s red wine stewed ‘Charlie-King’ Figs, salty peanut brittle, chestnut honey ice cream*. The perfect finish to a very nice meal.

As expected most portions were small, but the social experience is something this work at home grandma desperately needs. So I paid $103 for about twenty dollars worth of food, but it was so worth it. I can’t wait until October for the next outing.


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      Stephanie wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • I have to admit that I love big portions, and relaxed restaurants, over fancy places with tiny meals....

      However, its all in the experience! So i am glad that you went and tried these exquisite dishes!



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      Kathy McHenry wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • The coordinator of the group is a personal chef who also does cooking classes.  I consider myself a really good cook, but I’ve signed up for a class for tomorrow night.  

      Pretty excited to meet new people since working from home gives me no face to face social activity.



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      Sheila Reid wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • Wow, the whole thing sounds great.  I wish we had something like that around here.  How did you find it??  I stay home with my two kiddos but crave for good company  and good food and wine anytime.

      We moved from the Leesburg area of VA not long ago.  Lots of good food in VA. Now I am in Montana.  Still a few good place!



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