Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pre-Valentine's Dinner with GREAT FRIENDS!

Supper Friends Dinner on Friday, February 11th, 2011!
The SWOOP House @ 3012 Gonzales St., Austin, TX 78702
This is one of the best kept secrets in Austin...and the best food in town!
The dinner bunch......David, Vicki, Rob, Me, Diana, and Matt
We had a blast again....everytime we go we make new friends
(or on some cases.....FOES!!)
There is never a dull moment at the Swoop House!

The menu tonight was selected by a future bride and her groom..
.they were trying out the food for their wedding...
we loved the menu with some all-time favorites!


Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
Aged Cheddar and Jalapeno-Red Onion Marmalade on Homemade Shortbread Crackers
Delicious and served warm
Deviled Eggs topped with Praline Bacon
The BEST! 
I bet I had four of these eggs ~ the praline bacon was to die for...
Rob asked if he could just have a plate of  it!!
During the social hour before dinner was served...we drank Hard Lemonade made
with grapefruit vodka. 
The first picture was taken by accident then we took a group one!

1st Course
Petit Meatloaf Sliders on Hawaiian Roll with Creole Onion Relish,
 Queso Oaxaca & Haystack Potatoes
AMAZING!!  I am a huge meatloaf fan anyway....
2nd Course
Lobster, Macaroni & Three Cheese Gratinée with Buttery Panko Crust and Snipped Chives
We all agree...this was the BEST.
The lobster was huge and there were many pieces in each of our dishes.
It came out piping hot..crunchy topping.....Rob is still talking about it!
3rd Course
Field Greens with Candied Pecans, Tomatoes, Sangria Onions, Carrots & Citrus-Sherry Vinaigrette

4th Course
Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy, "Tres Leches" Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Roasted Pearl Onions & Buttery Biscuits
GREAT..but by this point I couldn't eat another bite...this is now in my refrigerator
for a meal later on in the weekend.
The "Tres Leches" Mashed Potatoes ...mmmm!!
Made from Buttermilk, Cream, and Butter!
5th Course ~ Dessert
Polenta Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Strawberry Sauce & Pecan Praline Semifreddo
I did manage to eat this..and it was amazing!
I am a SWEET FREAK....and I loved it!
The pineapple upside down mini cake was crusted with pineapple.
Served with a cube of ice cream...laying on top of praline sauce and drizzled with berry syrup!
Loved it!
We had a fantastic night.....laughed until our tummies hurt and met 4 great new friends!
We hope to do a dinner with them again soon!
 Three wonderful ladies that have been friends for years....they were a joy to dine with!
 Matt and Diana.....check out the wine all over the table...BYOW and we brought plenty!
 Me and Rob!
 David and Vicki...wondering "what have they gotten us into??"
 It was their first trip to the Swoop House!
 Megan, Ellen and Me......what great stories we all told!
Ready to go home and SLEEP with a very full tummy!
A great picture of our group of friends ~ old and new!
We can't wait to do it again!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, was a pleasure to dine with you!!

More pictures from Megan...thanks!! :)

 The "girls" during the social hour before dinner!
 Matt entertaining....
 Love it...maybe we will see this on this years Christmas Card?!?!?
Let the win trick begin....more entertainment...thanks MATT!
I think I finally have the hang of it?  We will see if I remember how to do it at the next party!
Ta Da....SUCCESS!!! Great pictures...Thank you, Megan!

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