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WWYD?? Erbaluce for birthday--with "difficult" DCs? Help!!


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WWYD?? Erbaluce for birthday--with "difficult" DCs? Help!!

SeaSide Tomato | Aug 24, 2010 07:37 AM

Hi Folks-

I've been dying to try Erbaluce based on all the great things I've read about it in terms of deliciousness of food, chef's philosophy around seasonal ingredients, warm atmosphere, etc. It sounds wonderful.

Here's my dilemma: the dinner will be to celebrate a birthday, some attendees have rather basic, if not down right extremely basic, tastes. {Did you read that NYT article about picky eaters? In this group, one DC will only ever order plain chicken or Chicken Parm--that's it. Literally no dairy (except what's on the parm!), no oil or vinegar-so plain salads only. Its bread and chicken with either tomato sauce or dry veg. BTW these are food aversions, not allergies.} Another DC is pretty basic and hates when she comes to my house and gets things like goat cheese, kale, (which I've tried to liken to spinach to no avail), polenta, etc. Her preference would be some steak tips, rice, actual spinach. (Not dissing those items.)

My concern is twofold, I'm not sure that these diners (there will be 6 or 7 others who like everything) will be able to find something they like--although I get the impression the chef would be more than willing to accommodate any special requests). Also, in these difficult financial times, I hate to ask folks to go out and spend a lot of $$$s on a meal that is, for them, just passable. Note--Erbaluce may not be extremely expensive but for this crowd a $15 - $25 per entree price would be best. Budgets are tight. Erbaluce's menu varies with what's available (which I think is great) but makes it hard to get a read on price range. Add to that some drink--sometimes copiously :) -- and others are teetotalers--sigh.

I guess I've pretty much answered my own question. I'm tempted to pack it in and pick a more moderate place with a menu that I know will please all and go to Erbaluce another night with someone who's as into food as me.

Any thoughts?

69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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