Last week, the Aces of Taste team executed their first ever private dinner for ASM International. The months leading to planning this dinner were filled with excitement and fear. There is no pressure like having to impress someone, especially when it comes to a loyal Aces of Taste guest. We were tasked to provide all the elements we usually do, but with minor changes. To start off, the majority of our guests had never attended a pop-up dinner. Nor were they accustomed to eating outside of a traditional restaurant. To top off the element of surprise, we were notified 48 hours before the dinner that our venue was not going to be available after all! Talk about stressed out! But, regardless of the madness going on in my mind, we had a task at hand and it needed to go flawlessly.
With the change of venue to Sharespace and only given a few hours to create a look for the dinner, I played off what the venue has to offer. I wanted to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere and elevate the dining experience our guests would have at any restaurant. Chef Arash developed a menu to accommodate everyone and satisfy any appetite. Stuffed mushrooms and Moroccan style meat balls were passed as guests arrived and accompanied with a glass of Colmagro Prosecco. Toasted cesar salad with charred baby romaine started the first course, followed by seared salmon with roasted pepper coulis and mock fried rice with baby vegetables. We paired the dinner with Passages Chardonnay and Pura 8 Carménére Reserve, which are wines you can find from local wine distributor Branwar. We finished the meal with was a classic tiramisu cup.
To end the evening, we wrapped out the night in traditional Aces of Taste style with a Q & A with Chef Arash. We sent each guest home with a box of chocolates provided from an ASM member and left with a piece of an Aces of Taste experience.
Overall the planning and any unforeseen set backs made for an evening of firsts. I would do it all over again and if I had too. The team we have created at Ace's is something of magic and I am truly blessed to know we have our dream team that can execute and create an experience for anyone.
PHOTOS: Fredis Benitez