In honor of the Summer Solstice tomorrow, we thought you might appreciate a tried and true menu from a progressive dinner that recently sailed up the Rappahannock River.
Do you remember the Once in a Lifetime Auction from the Anything Goes Gala? One of the one of a kind auction items was a progressive dinner for up to 10 along the rivah that Ellen, KK and mAd, along with their husbands, generously donated. dNz, cCo, jRb and I decided that we needed to be the beneficiaries of this exclusive event. It didn’t take much to convince our husbands to team up and raise some money for the Virginia Rep Theatre, and after some nail-biting bidding, our group was the winner.
That we were all able to find a mutually agreeable date alone was remarkable. The fact that it fell on the most gorgeous weekend that any of us has seen in a long time felt like a miracle. Some one of the 14 of us sure is living right, and both hosts and guests felt fortunate to be a part of this experience that you really should try to replicate. Though we can’t guarantee the weather, we are happy to show you how.
Start the evening at Merrior, the first restaurant of the now nationally known Rappahannock River Oyster Co. that we first told you about last year in Chesapeake Bay Oysters Are Back in a Big Way. mAd and PSA served as hosts for this first stop and arrived early to ensure a riverfront spot. Though not everyone in the group likes raw oysters, Merrior has plenty of other seafood selections and cold drinks that pleased us all.
After about an hour, our ride arrived to whisk us up river to our dinner stop.
Onboard, LDB served wine, beer, boiled jumbo shrimp and Ellen’s addictive Cheese Slaw. When we arrived dockside, Ellen ran to greet us
and escorted us to KK and TSK’s patio. There we enjoyed more of the
as we witnessed a brilliant sunset.
Once the sun dipped behind the horizon, KK served dinner around the pool which adjoins the beautiful guest house recently featured in Hospitality House ~ River Style. KK heaped our plates with mouth-watering delights, including Beef Tenderloin, Crabcakes, Summer Corn Salad, Green Salad with Mint Vinaigrette and Tomato Tart. As we sat under the stars, we marveled at our good fortune to be a part of such an amazing dinner.
The evening ended with dessert at Ellen’s. Fortunately her river home is only two doors down from KK’s, and we were glad to be able to stroll along the banks of the river for our final stop of the evening. Key Lime Parfaits
and Prosecco made toasting our hosts an easy task. Moving was another story as we had eaten like kings and felt spoiled to the core.
Even if you don’t have a place like Merrior or a boat, you can still create this midsummer dinner, preferably with some help from your friends. Here’s the menu with links to the recipe highlighted in gold.A Midsummer Night’s Menu Appetizers Cheese Slaw Jumbo Boiled Shrimp Savory Saltines Dinner Beef Tenderloin Chesapeake Bay Crabcakes with B’s Remoulade Sauce or Beurre au Citron Summer Corn Salad Green Salad with Mint Vinaigrette Tomato Tart Fresh Market’s Rosemary Bread Dessert Key Lime Parfait
Why not plan a night to remember this mid-summer?