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Please take my reservations!

saucy | Nov 17, 2003 09:28 AM

Help me out, chows! I have reservations for five at L’Academie de Cuisine’s professional culinary school (in Gaithersberg, MD) for the annual holiday wine dinner this Friday night. It was supposed to be a family affair, with my parents coming into town to meet us for the dinner. Unfortunately, my father is having health problems, so we’ve suddenly cancelled plans. That leaves me with five reservations at $75 each—which I have prepaid—and the cancellation period for the dinner has long passed. This should be a terrific dinner—prepared by L’Academie students and instructors, these wine dinners are one of the best culinary bargains and best experiences around. There will be a wine tasting before dinner, followed by an extravagant four-course dinner, served in the kitchen as diners watch. A different wine is served with each course, and a wine expert is on hand to talk about the pairing. L’Academie founder Francois Dinot will prepare the dinner and talk to diners about each course. The menu is poached oysters with leeks and caviar, chesnut soup with foie gras flan, roast goose breast with the leg confit with a red currant sauce, followed by a margoline, a French dessert cake. Please email me at eaheil@hotmail.com if you’re interested. I’d prefer to sell all five reservations to one party, but if that’s too difficult, I’ll try breaking them up. BTW, the L’Academie catalogue lists this dinner as being on Sat., Nov. 22 with a price of $85. However, the date and price were changed. New date is Friday, Nov. 21, and the price is $75 each.

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