Crisp cocktails kissed by summer sun.
Glasses of robust red and buttery white wines
The sounds of friends laughing, sharing a magnificent meal together.
And rooftop views of the Capital at sunset.
Sound like the opening scene of your favorite summer rom com?
It was our August Elite Event in Madison, Yelp's Blind Date 2.0
at Fresco Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge!
After a cocktail hour featuring Fresco's seasonally inspired drinks Elites took their seats for an unbelievable series of courses that started with a house-made ricotta gnocchi with summer
veggies in a brown butter herb cream sauce paired with California Chardonnay.
Next was a barbecue
shrimp that Bobby Flay would find flawless, with smoked butter polenta and a French Burgundy. Smoked butter? Chef John joined us at the table to chat about the process that makes his polenta perfect, but we wouldn't dare divilge his secret. You have to read the reviews then try it out yourself this summer at Fresco!
Before the steak course, Chef brought us some seriously juicy peaches, picked up from market over the weekend. (What an incredible palate cleanser. Now… someone say steak?) We're not talking any ole steak. This fan favorite blew people away with it's incredible taste and perfect internal temp. The third course course was beast according to Liz B, "perfectly seasoned and grilled, but by far, the chimichurri stole the show!” An Argentinian Malbec made a great companion to the magnificent meat.
And our evening concluded with a dessert trio; a basil shortbread cookie, sungold tomato sorbet and an Alsum corn brulee, that was only made sweeter by Alsum farmers as our dinner guests. They joined our blind date and chatted about their history and what makes cobs so crave-worthy.
Extreme (and we're talking EXTREME) thanks to Chef John, Megan, Caitlin and the entire team at Fresco for showing us an incredible evening and to Stephanie Kluz for capturing it. While nobody knew going into the night what we'd be eating, drinking and which Elite's we'd wine and dine with (it was a blind date after all) Eric C claims it couldn't have gone better: “My date foraged for fresh ingredients at
the farmer's market and whipped up a decadent Monday evening dinner, ready just
as I got off work. We watched the sunset together and had our third course by
modern candlelight. As I'd say to my mom, this one's a keeper!”
Hear that Fresco?
You're a keeper!
Thanks for an amazing evening on the roof!
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