Anniversary Celebration at Restaurant Eugene
This weekend, David and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. Could I possibly be old enough to have been married for six years?! It’s hard to believe that this time six years ago, I had just said “I do” to my best friend.
I don’t want to be cheesy in this post, but I’ve got to tell you, I am one lucky girl. For those of you with celiac disease, or any health related issues, you know the true meaning of “in sickness and in health.” David has amazingly stood by me and supported me throughout years of health problems. I truly don’t know what I would have done without him.
Fortunately, being sick is not the main thing I think about when I reflect on our marriage. We’ve done many amazing things together: toured the wine country in California and Oregon, hiked the Great Wall, lounged on the beach in Thailand, looked at art in the Louvre, taught and coached together, ran a 9th grade girls dorm, looked out on the water in Maine, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, and gone for cocktail cruises on the Eastern Shore.
Of course, one of the things we enjoy doing together the most is preparing and sharing meals together. For our anniversary celebration this weekend, we went to Restaurant Eugene, to enjoy the culinary work of James Beard nominated chef, Linton Hopkins. We were not disappointed and this was the perfect splurge for a special meal.
The menu at Restaurant Eugene changes nightly and Chef Hopkins buys most of his food from an extensive list of local farms that they include on the menu. Everyone was eager to accommodate my dietary needs and worked hard to keep me informed and well taken care of on this night. Even the ‘runner’ who brought out our dishes knew what I could and couldn’t have. Amazing. At Eugene, you can go the 5-course tasting menu route, but David and I chose to order a la carte. We had plenty of food and the portion sizes were perfect.
Judith, the assistant maitre d, brought us a taste of chilled radish soup, that was delicious. A perfect start to the evening. For an appetizer, I ordered the Georgia White Shrimp with red torpedo onion, bacon, dandelion, squash blossom, and squash parmesan broth. Squash blossoms are a rare treat so I couldn’t resist this dish. The saltiness of the bacon added great depth to the bites of squash and the overall flavor of the dish. David started with the pork belly which he nicely shared with me. The only part of the pork belly dish that wasn’t GF was the parmesan cake, which the chef kept separate so I could taste David’s too.
For my entrée, I selected the Pancetta Wrapped Veal Loin with maitake, baby bok choi and onion lavender puree. It was heavenly. As I’ve said before, everything tastes better wrapped in pancetta. I consumed every bite (except one that I spared for David). The mushrooms and bok choi went surprisingly nicely with the veal and pancetta. The veal was cooked perfectly medium rare.
At the end of the meal, they brought us a trio of housemade sorbets to sample which included the unique flavors of peach, ginger and lemon thyme. David loved the ginger (it was a little strong for me) and my favorite was the lemon thyme. A refreshing, and not too heavy, way to finish up the evening.
Overall, we had a great experience at Restaurant Eugene. This is definitely one of the higher end restaurants in Atlanta, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. We never felt rushed and the small dining area makes for an intimate and relaxing setting.
Happy Anniversary, Friend! Cheers to many more years and meals together.
Note: I took the food photos with my new iPhone (!!!) so the quality could be better. I’ll keep working on it though.