Our third annual Veterans Day Reception was held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and exceptionally well attended by over 35 active duty and retired veterans plus families. One special veteran was the 92-year-old grandfather of Laci Leoci, of Leoci’s Trattoria – he was truly the center of attention as veterans of all ages shook his hand and thanked him for his contribution to our Country.
The kitchen at Azalea Inn and Gardens was the staging ground and “bar” for the evenings repast and the on again off again sprinkles did little to dampen the spirits or the appetites of these wonderful men and women. Quiet murmurs of appreciation were heard throughout the house as they dined on an enormous spread of foods from some of our most favorite restaurants. We take this time to say “Thank You” to our restaurant partners:
Alligator Soul’s Cajun Meatloaf was the favorite of one vet whose wife declined to make him lunch before arriving… he had begged her to make him some meatloaf!
Leoci’s Trattoria provided Charcuterie and Cheese platters which were devoured quickly and these gracious hosts quickly came over with more platters.
Cha Bella contributed a mouthwatering seasoned Chicken Breasts, Mac-n-Cheese and Green Beans, and the youngest in the crowd declared the mac-n-cheese the best ever!
Pirates House pulled pork and collard Spring Rolls and dipping sauce were quick to go.
Sage made a delicous Planked Salmon, Bruchetta and herbed cream cheese with homemade crostini.
Crystal Beer Parlor shared their famous Crab Dip and homemade crostinie.
Gigi’s Cupcakes contributed 40 mini-cupcakes which were, as expected, quickly devoured.
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar also added to the dessert display with chocolate covered strawberries – Yum!
Azalea Inn and Gardens made Sweet Ricotta Cheese with Fresh Fruit Blintzes.
Wine, sodas and water were all supplied by the four Savannah Inns, Azalea Inn and Gardens, Green Palm Inn, Zeigler House Inn and Dresser Palmer House.
Jake and I aren’t often in the same state let alone the same city, but when the opportunity arises we seek out new food adventures to recommend to our guests and to satisfy our own palates! I was lucky enough to sample the menu at Sage a few weeks ago during a “for the trade” wine tasting and I must say, what’s not to love at Sage Restaurant? On that occasion the menu was small plates with tastes of several regular menu items – bibb lettuce with plum balsamic tomato reduction,beef kababs over orzo lemon salad, chili-rubbed tuna, and completed with luscious Tiramisu. I knew at lunch’s end that this was a place I would return to with my husband to savor the Spanish and Mediterranean inspired cuisine.We showed up for lunch last Friday and were seated pretty quickly in the small street level dining room. Our waiter was very attentive and efficiently delivered the day’s specials. As is often our habit, we asked our waiter for his recommendations on the specials while also sharing with him what choices we were leaning toward. His recommendations were right on target for us with the Grilled Skirt Steak over Bibb Salad with a plum-balsamic reduction for me while Jake opted for the chef’s BLT. Lunch with ice tea for two and tip came to just under $30.
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