Every year I celebrate my birthday with my friend who has a birthday the day after mine. We have been doing this for many years, probably more years than most of my readers have been alive! It is a fun tradition and this special birthday year we are celebrating at the Chef’s Table at Lucia, the restaurant at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, CA.
For this dinner we sit in an alcove right in the kitchen and get to watch the chefs prepare our meal. Many famous people have dined here. Their names are inscribed in the graffiti on the walls behind our heads.
So we are in good company to enjoy a multi-course meal! There are so many courses that we literally cannot eat them all. Towards the end we pull the plug on the venison and the cheese courses. Although the individual portions are small, it is just too much! Here are some of the things we were served.
At this point I am starting to flag and pass one of my gnudi to John. We are not even half way through!
There was also a fish course, duck course, chocolate course, and the venison and cheese courses which I mentioned we skipped. Everything was paired with the appropriate wine. This tsunami of food was wonderful and the service was impeccable! What an evening! Happy a birthday to me!!