Without question, the best birthday dinner I ever had was a progressive dinner of sorts, except it all took place at my house. On this particular October 4th, my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, were playing on Monday Night Football. Needless to say, since it was my birthday, we were staying in. Upon arriving home from work, I found that my lovely wife had assembled a dinner consisting of a few of my favorite dishes from various restaurants around town:
-Caesar Salad from Bijan’s–at the time, best in town. Dressing was awesome, included a few anchovy filets, olive tapenade and a parmesan crisp.
-Gilardi Pasta–Homemade ricotta cheese pasta with mushroom, Italian sausage, and a lightly spiced tomato cream sauce. Hands down the richest, most comforting pasta in SGF. The ricotta folded into the pasta dough makes it fluffy as a new pillow.
-Chocolate Heaven Cake from Mille’s: Layers of rich, moist chocolate cake and milk chocolate mousse, topped with chocolate ganache and a drizzle of red raspberry puree.
This was without a doubt the most creative, thoughtful dinner I could have ever hoped for. If you’re ever looking for a way to wow that special someone in your life on their birthday, replicate this idea. It will make a lasting impression. Even more so when the Packers come out with a win:)