A traveling dinner is not the usual image that comes to mind when people think of the words “dinner”. By roaming, I mean not only staying in one place – but going from one private place to another – maybe a class to each? Maybe going into a garden, then inside for the main course and dessert?
When you hear the words “dinner,” most people imagine a small group of guests having a meal at the host’s – a party over dinner. A relaxed meeting in one place.
But it doesn’t have to be like that – in fact, I recommend you try a totally different dining experience with your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or acquaintances. Or someone important enough to you who you’d like to have a dinner party with.
Not that conventional dinners aren’t fun – they’re just typical. Getting around can add an element of excitement – especially if you don’t have to travel too far to the next location (imagine renting a limo to take you from place to place with a bit of a route panoramic)! But hey, a walk is just as good! By sharing the preparation of dinner with your guests, it takes the pressure off a single cook – a group of friends can share the cooking but make the experience amazing. A good dinner can get expensive, so you can share the expenses as well.
A traveling dinner is really a great idea if you want a good three-course meal or more .. I’ll tell you a bit about my last experience ..
I have a few friends who love to spoil their guests just as much as I do. So I approached two of our friends who live nearby and suggested that they join in and organize a traveling dinner. We were all within walking distance of each other so we didn’t have to worry about drunk driving or anything. The date was set and we decided who would host the entree at their house, who would host the dish, and who would host the dessert.
It was a superb night – the real experience was the most memorable thing about the dinner.
When we arrived at our friend’s house for the entree, they greeted us with refreshing cocktails and a light platter of canapes. We sat down and ate a wonderful starter and an accompanying drink. We didn’t rush – we had plenty of time.
We moved to my place for the principal. When I arrived home, I had prepared and ready to light all the candles and I had chosen the background music that would set the mood even further. It was the Buddha Bar CD – I went to the Buddha Bar in Paris for dinner and bought their CDs as a souvenir .. it was the kind of music I wanted to play because I enjoyed my meal in Paris so much listening to that and it also brought back wonderful memories to me.
I had of course prepared a meal in advance and when I arrived I was able to put the finishing touches on the dish quickly and dress the salad so that it was nice, crisp and fresh. We had bought a bottle of Pinot Gris to accompany the fish dish I had prepared.
We ate, laughed and chatted. Even though we knew the dessert was at our other friend’s house, the whole experience was just plain exciting. . and because we knew from the start what our plans were, we were all prepared for what dinner would involve moving around.
When we thought the time was right, we moved on to the final destination where our other friend had thought again and made the right dessert for the occasion. She had made a baked dessert and all she had to do was put it in the oven while we settled into the new environment. Again the mood had been set with the lighting and the table was beautifully set with flower arrangements, dessert wine glasses and the cutlery and plates for our pudding. We settled into the new environment and soon the dessert was ready to be served. It was really sensational.
The whole dinner took a few hours but of course it flew and before we knew it it was over.
But not forgotten!