A couple weeks ago was my 4 year anniversary with Perry. 4 years of dating that is. He told me we were going to a dinner, but held his tongue on the place. I bugged him long enough for him to tell me that we’re going to the Tasting Room. The Tasting Room…sounds like a bunch of samples. I love samples!
As we drove into Frederick, MD, I eagerly watched out the window for our destination. After a 30min detour of getting lost in the countryside, we were on Main Street and I saw the Tasting Room ahead in the distance. As I urged Perry to find a parking spot, he drove right past the restaurant.
We parked right in front of the real destination, Volt, Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant.
I almost skipped through the front door. I was at Volt!
After a very short wait in the bar/lounge, we were escorted by the hostess to the dining room. The wait staff was right on our toes. Between dressing and undressing the table, refilling water, to even folding Perry’s napkin when he was up for the restroom, they were more than on top of things.
Our waiter asked for our drink order. Perry ordered the Pomegranate Fizz (I’ll be nice and not comment here), while I decided on the Old Fashioned (little did I understand that I was ordering straight Bourbon with a bit of muddled orange and cherries).
The waiter encouraged us to order 1 of all 4 courses, as the menu was designed to order.
We didn’t order 4 courses each, but I think we ordered a nice range of dishes.
I decided on a 1st course:
tuscarora farm organic beets cherry glen farm goat cheese, upland cress, meringue
and Perry went for the:
yellowfin tuna tartare avocado, chili oil, petite cilantro, soy air, marinated whitefish roe
Watermelon amuse bouche served
For our main courses, I order a “2nd course”:
cherry glen farm goat cheese ravioli, maroon carrot, romano beans, maitake mushrooms, balsamic brown butter
and Perry choose the main course of Striped Bass
For dessert we shared the
textures of chocolate chocolate ganache, chocolate caramel, pistachio, raw organic cocoa
The waiter also brought out a desert and candle for our anniversary …thoughtful huh?
Volt lavished us with surprises in addition to the dishes we ordered. We were brought breadsticks, choice of bread with our appetizer, a watermelon amuse bouche to cleanse our pallate, samples of pastries and wrapped muffins for our ride home (they didn’t make it past our car ride home :) ).
In all, I loved the entire experience.
Sorry for the lag in blogging lately…I hope to keep blogging here and there.