The Les Dames d’Escoffier International held the 7th annual Afternoon in the Country yesterday. It took place south of town at Serenbe. It is the second time I donated art for the silent auction, which gets Stacey and I admission to the event and is well worth it. This is a fun and delicious affair. All the top restaurants are present, they have all set up shop and are feeding the masses. I ate great food and drank some really good wines, until my eyes popped out of my head. I am not kidding, my eyes actually popped out of their sockets. Stacey consumed so much she spontaneously combusted, that’s right she burst into flames. But we still had fun.
Like I said, last year was our first time and we couldn’t wait for this year. We enjoyed food prepared by Pangea, Pura Vida, Krog Bar, Repast, Restaurant Eugene, The Feed Store, Alons Bakery, Bella Cucina, Bold American Food, Canoe, Food Studio, Joel and more. This is less than half of the restaurants that were there. There were also about 5 or 6 wine distributors pouring wine, we had some really good Rose.
This event is also fun because you know so many people involved. Whether they are feeding you, running the event or just there for the food and wine, it seemed we knew just about every other person there. Lots of farmers, and lots of foodies and of course everyone is in a great mood. How can you not be? Serenbe is the perfect place for this event. It is about a 30 minute drive south of town and the trees are changing colors and it is truly in the country. The Chattahoochee Hill Country to be precise.
They also have a cake raffle and the cakes are incredible. There were about 30 different cakes and we won a cake baked by Alon Balshan. He is the owner of Alons Bakery and a friend and a client. Soon I will build a bunch of tables, bread racks, ect for his new location.
Check out the photo of this cake we won. We got home and called all our neighbors to come over for cake. It was huge and we needed help. Stacey took one layer to work this a.m. It was a Apricot and almond cake with a very thick chocolate frosting. Man it was goooood!