What You'll Get
Wine can bring out essences in meals previously only uncovered by flavor whisperers who worked painstakingly to bring shy, skittish seasonings out of their shells. Combine therapeutically delectable forces with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get one ticket to The Best of I-66 West, a four-course wine-pairing dinner event March 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Á la Carte, held at The Farm at Broad Run (a $198 value).
A world-class catering company with experience concocting feasts for weddings, banquets, and epicurean celebrations, À la Carte fetes grownup grape-juice lovers and culinary enthusiasts with its elegantly delectable dinner-club events. Palates revel in a plethora of sips from the region's top winemakers and bites from Á la Carte's renowned chef while gleaning valuable fermentation and culinary knowledge from attending experts. Learn proper pairings from the fruit elixir masters at Philip Carter Winery, Pearmund Cellars Winery, and Paradise Springs Winery, along with Á la Carte's nosh specialists who will inspire you to grow grapes in your kitchen or build a kitchen in your backyard vineyard.
Fanciful eats include hors d'oeuvres such as seared shrimp on spring pea cakes, and course offerings of heartier dishes feature the surfing and turfing trio of salmon, rabbit, and lamb. Diners can dig into chocolate-infused desserts while swaying to the key-plucked tunes of musician Dan Lamaestra before putting down the spoon to partake in a full-on waltz with a romantically robust glass of cabernet sauvignon.
Although reviews are still growing for À la Carte, clients rave about their experiences in online testimonials:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only on 3/26/11. Reservation required by 3/24/11, subject to availability. Must be 21 or older. No cash value. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About À la Carte Catering and Event Design
À la Carte Catering and Event Design shoulders the entire burden of event planning, from the food and wait staff to flowers and decorations to entertainment and lighting. Hosts just meet with an event specialist to describe the basics behind their dream party, and À la Carte hammers out the kinks to make it a reality. The company's executive chef draws on his training in France, New Orleans, and the Caribbean to craft elegant and casual menus, and partner vendors manage other accoutrements, such as coat checks, valet parking, or live musicians. Civilians get a glimpse inside the trade at cooking classes with À la Carte’s chefs during interactive demonstrations that cover professional techniques for butchering meat, cooking pasta, or licking brownie batter off of a spatula.