Tasting at the Grandview

Last week we were invited to provide music for a tasting at the Grandview.

Now, this isn’t any normal tasting.  At most locations couples get stashed in the back office, hunched over someone’s desk, to sample hors d’ouevres and entrees.

Oh, no.  The Grandview tasting is an experience.

First, the cocktail hour…with music provided by Jeff on acoustic guitar, of course.  More food that you could possibly eat.  Crudites, canapes and antipasto, sliced roast beef and pork tenderloin, spicy chowder, chicken with crimini mushrooms, pasta stations.  YUM!

And of course, passed signature cocktails.  How anyone ever picks their signature wedding cocktail from this cool selection is beyond me.  By color?  I learned that you can request one of the specially made Shadows cocktails for your wedding reception, as well.  (If you haven’t visited Shadows and their “mixologist” at the bar, you’re missing out!)

Dinner followed in the ballroom with over 120 guests.  Three of our couples were in attendance, so I begged our good sports, Amanda and Tim, to be “pretend newlyweds” for the evening.  An introduction and “not quite” first dance as husband and wife followed.  Their fox trot was awesome!

The mozzarella and tomato garden salad combo appetizer (my favorite) was followed by entrees of NY strip steak, overstuffed chicken breast (when they say overstuffed, they mean it!) and stuffed shrimp.

All this was topped off by a sampler of vanilla, chocolate, marble and lemon pound cakes.  Then, the piece de resistance…the gourmet ice cream bar, complete with an impressive flambe.

Man, we could have rolled those guests out after all that delicious food!

What strikes me every time we visit the Grandview is how much attention to detail and service the staff puts into every event, whether it’s a tasting or a wedding.  Margaret and Brent in particular are just outstanding.

Playing at the Grandview is like visiting friends.

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