Today we get word that the Concord Cheese Shop (once home to the world's largest chunk of cheese) would like you to "fan the flames of romance" with a Friday night dinner club. If you're in trouble with your beloved and need to concoct a Parisian-style date night and quick, here's help!
For $75, you get a robust three-course meal for two, plus a fine bottle of wine, culled from their extensive and not-too-expensive collection. The offerings definitely beat whatever you might scrounge about for at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods at 6 p.m. on a humid Friday:
Mixed Green Salad with strawberries, pecans and chevre’
Beef Tenderloin with chimichurri, feta creamed corn, garlicky Swiss chard
Vanilla-Jim Beam Bread Pudding
2010 Cotes du Rhone “Red Clay,” France
Bibb Lettuce with Marcona Almonds & Green Goddess dressing
Stout-Braised Beef Chuck, Lemon-Asparagus-Pea Risotto, braised red cabbage
Bourbon Pecan Pie with whipped cream
2008 Bordeaux Blend “Calcu,” Colchagua, Chile
Crystal Brook Farm Goat Cheese and Potato Tart
Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken, 3-cheese macaroni gratin, grilled asparagus
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with crème anglaise
2011 Roquesante Rose’, Provence, France
Call ahead to place your order, then pick up at your leisure. Then decamp to your own kitchen and pretend that you made everything yourself. See? So easy! You don't even have to tip. Good luck!
Earlier: The Biggest Cheese in the World is Coming to the Suburbs