Sean and Becky invited Julie, Patrick, Don, and me, to a "Farewell to Summer" dinner at their house. They live about 6 miles north of downtown Traverse City, in a house that sits along the shore of West Bay, but up, up, up, from the road/shore.
Sean and Becky at work on dinner. Sean is cutting watermelon that will be a part of the 1st course.
Becky with her hostess gift of cherry vinegar. Only an aspiring chef would be happy to receive something so bitter. :)
A view of West Bay out their front window. The living/dining area is an L shaped room and has windows facing east, from the living room, and south from the dining area. It is a huge room and the views are spectacular!
Cocktails before dinner. :) Me, Sean, Patrick, and Julie. Behind us, the wall of windows facing south.
Our dinner menu.........
Waiting for the 1st course. Julie, Don, and Patrick. Patrick must have been hungry, with his knife at the ready. ;)
Patrick, me, and Julie. Sean and Becky chose not to dine with us, but instead, give us the full effect of dining at a gourmet restaurant, serving each course at it's appropriate time. I really do not need to say this because I'm sure everyone would know this, BUT, I will anyway......the dinner was DELICIOUS!!!!! Not only delicious, but beautiful, too. A feast for our eyes as well as our taste buds.
Watermelon Amuse (sliced watermelon, with a layer of goat cheese between, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar/olive oil)
Sweet Corn and Arugula Salad with Heirloom and Romano Tomatoes
Bacon Wrapped Chicken, served with broccoli puree and summer squash, over mashed potato-parsnips.
Leland Fruit Pound Cake, with Vanilla, Blueberries, and Apricot Chantilly (and a generous dollop of whipped cream, too!)
Our proud chefs, Sean and Becky!
Again, our dinner was delicious and we had a wonderful time, especially since we had been able to see/spend time with the kids quite a bit during our visit to TC. This was the GRAND FINALE!!