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Pacing of Tasting Dinners

nickls | Nov 3, 2010 02:13 PM

I have not done a lot of long tasting menus, but I am currently planning to have one at Craigie on Main for a special occasion and it got me thinking about how the courses are paced.

The last tasting dinner I had was at EVOO (listed as seven courses) and we actually had to leave before all the courses were delivered because my DC didn't realize just how long it was going to take. They seemed to be averaging 30-40 minutes between courses. It seemed really slow.

I think for me the time at the restaurant table is akin to watching a movie: around 3 hours is pretty much the max, and it better be epic if it's over 2.5. So it was looking like the EVOO tasting meal was going to take over 3 hours and I know someone who went to Alinea in Chicago and said it just went on for hours.

Does anyone have any experience with the pacing of the Craigie tasting menus, or other places around town?

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EVOO Restaurant
350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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