Hello there! As promised, we are back to share a few highlights of another dinner club. We were told by the hosts that there would be “a surprise” and the night did not disappoint. We had a dinner, Mardi Gras style.
A little Mardi Gras history…it is a celebration period that starts on the Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) before Ash Wednesday honoring the fasting season of Lent. Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French) is exactly 47 days before Easter. The majority of the fun of Mardi Gras happens the month or so before the actual day with parades and parties. This is called Carnival and is where the tradition of wearing masks and beads started. The masks were worn obviously to hide the person’s identity but more importantly to conceal class distinction, so everyone was free to celebrate without societal and class constraints.
photo via Northern Virginia Magazine
But enough of the history lesson…Our evening kicked off with the traditional drink of Mardi Gras, a hurricane. These concoctions were not for the faint of heart…very tasty, but very potent! We donned beads and were given fantastic appetizers of crab cakes with remoulade sauce and spicy potato chips (a recipe the hosts chose not to share!).
At the festive table we ate a dinner of crab, sausage and shrimp jambalaya severed with corn bread. Dessert was a fabulous warm chocolate and banana bread pudding topped with ice cream…..I only wish we had a photo of this to share…I think we all ate it too quickly!These hosts have a lovely wine cellar in their basement and as all parties in their home tend to do…we ended the night around the cellar table sampling various wines and sharing funny stories.
It was a fun evening filled with good food, wine and great conversation.
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