The euphoria of which I speak was a dreamy and unforgettable evening spent dining and mingling at the James Beard House in New York City. The evening represented the culmination of the thrill of having the James Beard Foundation acknowledge my food and subsequently award me the honor of dinner for two at the Beard House. I had been sitting on my gift for the many months since and finally elected my birthday weekend as the ideal opportunity to indulge. And so I did.
|All Smiles with Chef Petroni|
What ensued was a six-course feast, aptly named the St. Joseph's Feast, interpreted by Chef Christian Petroni of Fortina restaurant in Armonk, NY; Rye Brook, NY; and Stamford, CT. Course after course presented one delight after the next and carried the evening along so tastefully and beautifully that all sense of time was lost over the hours that passed. A warm greeting by Chef Petroni and his team of talented chefs and staff ended the evening on the intimate, inspiring note that I could only have imagined prior. It was, and will always be, a night to remember.
Thank you, James Beard Foundation, for the honor. It was Happy Eating indeed!
See more photos from the evening here.