This is Portrait of a Foodie, a weekly review of my food-centric life. You know you've had a good week when you go to the opening of Gelati Celesti and eat UNLIMITED amounts of ice cream...and I wasn't shy about trying all 30+ flavors. The boozy rum raisin and the highly caffeinated 'Dark as Dark' coffee ice cream were my favorites.
I also went to a "secret" 5-course dinner at an undisclosed location with a mystery chef. It was my first Underground Kitchen experience, and I didn't know what to expect from the pop-up dining club. All week, I obsessively checked my inbox for news of the dinner, and 2 days before the event all was revealed: I would wine and dine at the 2300 club, a Civil War row house in historic Church Hill. I was transported into another world, one where you sip cocktails in the drawing room and retreat to the smoking lounge for cigars and scotch. The food was sophisticated and southern, and I was particularly impressed with Chef Michael Hall's banana foster foie gras! Enjoy the pictures.