Eating a 7-course Meal
We love to do special dinners on holidays like Valentine’s Day and Easter OR on weekends with nothing special happening. At the “Casa de Montalbano” we make a game out of creating fancy meals with simple ingredients and comparing the cost to a dinner out. We like inviting friends to join us, too. We bring out the nice dishes, tablecloth, and cloth napkins to add ambiance. Candles are nice, too.
The first time I ever had a 7-course meal was in December of 2012. My niece Stacy bought Monty and me a sunset dinner cruise for Christmas. That cruise was a wonderful experience! When we arrived at the boat, we were welcomed onto the top deck by the captain. Champagne, crudites, and smoked salmon were served outside before we entered the dining area.
Inside the dining room, we were seated and greeted by our server. A man played soft jazz on a grand piano to entertain us. After a salad course, Monty and I walked outside to enjoy the view as the sun began its descent. When we wandered back to our table, the server brought out the soup course followed by lobster tails. They were delicious!
We walked back out on deck for sunset at Diamond Head, and strolled around. After arriving back at our table, we were served a pallette-cleansing citrus rosemary sorbet. Then, the server brought prime rib with potatoes and vegetables. At this time, other musicians joined the pianist. The trio played while a lovely singer in an evening gown serenaded the dining guests. Then they brought our dessert and coffee. The entire experience was wonderful, and we’ve repeated it, but it is expensive – $130 per person.
Our 7-course Meal
We wanted our children to have a similar experience, so we planned a home-cooked, 7-course meal! We all enjoyed it, and decided we wanted to do multi-course meals more frequently. One recent success was a 7-course meal we made at home for Valentine’s Day. Our menu was:
Course 1–cucumbers and tri-color peppers cut in half and filled with Laughing Cow cheese, garnished with bacon and strips of green onion
Course 2–cream of celery soup (made from scratch)
Course 3–romaine leaves with bacon and buffalo ranch dressing
Course 4–grilled lobster tails with lemon, pepper, butter, and garlic
Course 5– mixed berry sorbet served in small teacups
Course 6–faux filet mignon (stuffed hamburger steak wrapped with bacon) served with roasted green bean packets (several whole green beans gathered with a strip of bacon tied to hold the bunch together)
Course 7–cherry cheesecake
This whole meal cost around $80 for 6 people. That’s a REALLY great deal, and we had SO much fun!
Can you think of a 7-course menu you’d like to make at home? Would you include wine-pairings for the adults? What kind of music would you have playing? Get creative, and enjoy a fancy meal at home!