The Sip & Chow Tasting Tour guides culinary adventurers across a carefully chosen menu of savory snacks and sweets, exotic wine and liquor, and specialty beers. Each admission ticket grants diners 15 samples from a panoply of dishes and desserts, such as a mac 'n' cheese plate baked with fresh sausage, jumbo crab, and pulled pork slow-cooked in a secret Southern sauce as mysterious as the password to Robert E. Lee’s screensaver. Each bon vivant also receives 15 alcohol samplings that enable tasty combinations of creamy rice pudding, Corsendonk Abbey brown ale, and lucid dreams about living in a Masterpiece Theatre production. Sip & Chow Tasting Tour gourmands can expect to consume and imbibe the equivalent of four glasses of wine and a large plate of victuals before returning home sporting food-sated grins.
Using healthy, natural ingredients, chef Lisa Honick crafts a diverse menu of fully prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, as well as sundry entrees, sides, and desserts that long for the finishing flames of customers' home ovens. Early morning biters can grab a seat in the bright café dining room and hang a fang on the thick-sliced challah French toast, topped with rum-glazed bananas and candied pecans ($7.95). Classic lunchtime deli fare includes the moonlight in Vermont, a roasted turkey breast sandwich that lures lazy vampires away from daytime television and swaddles tongue buds with Vermont cheddar, apples, cranberries, Euro greens, and boursin spread ($7.95). Dinner entrees to go, such as the chicken marsala or glazed corn beef with pineapple sauce, arrive at hungry tables accompanied with salad, two side dishes, rolls, and dessert ($17.95/person, all dinners).
Few people spend their days attending bar mitzvahs and corporate picnics, but The Entertainment Playground’s staff works both circuits. The event-planning company can create parties from the ground up or augment them with equipment and staff, freeing up hosts to spend more time shaking their presents. The company’s inflatables run the gamut from bounce houses to outdoor movie screens, and fog machines and strobe lights add energy to dance parties or at least make the boring people harder to see. Revelers can pile into photo booths to create instant keepsakes, or climb aboard mechanical bulls for a very in-the-moment experience. A team of entertainers complements the attractions by delighting onlookers with intricate balloon art or classic magic tricks.
Gourmet Again emphasizes fresh groceries and homemade goods in its myriad marketplace departments. In addition to fresh meat, seafood, and produce options, guests can spring for picnic fare or fall into a summer lunch with Gourmet Again's extensive deli menu. Here, shoppers can top their choice of bread—options include rye, pita, Kaiser roll, multi grain, whole wheat, and French roll—with meats, condiments, and extras such as bacon, cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. Indulge in egg salad ($4.95), dominate the Old Dominion flavor of Virginia baked ham ($7.50), or sink mouth hooks into jumbo shrimp salad ($9.50). Baked goods are also plentiful, with a wide assortment of daily-changing oven offerings such as pastries, fresh fruit pies, and homemade cookies.
While moonlighting as a slick catering company, Immaculate Cuisine provides nutritious, delectable meals to enjoy within the comfort of a home or undersea laboratory. On-the-go eaters desiring at-home dining can simply peruse the monthly meal-order form and select which week they'll be eating food. The five shining, eager meals will arrive prepackaged in microwavable containers and freshly starched pinafores, ready to be popped in the fridge or freezer for later or, ideally, consumed in a single sitting in preparation for hibernating during July. Menus include diverse fare ranging from upscale comfort food to delicious ethnic cuisine. One upcoming line-up features a crab-cake sandwich on a sweet-potato roll with sweet-potato fries; shrimp and creamy herb grits with tomato and cucumber salad; honey chicken and waffles; Asian pesto soba noodles with tofu, vegetables, and a side salad; and roasted lemon chicken with yellow rice and roasted broccoli.
"No two parties are the same." That's the philosophy that the professional party coordinators of Electra Entertainment apply to each event they take part in. They can augment a child's birthday with a moon bounce or a charity event with a casino table and photo booth. Electra gives clients options when coordinating entertainment at weddings. Clients can keep celebrations simple and elegant with carefully deployed lighting accents, or elevate receptions to party-of-the-year status with a DJ spinning the latest crowd-pleasing tunes and dazzling lights flooding the dance floor with the most crowd-pleasing shades of red.