Steven Doyle is a party animal. He files the following report on last night’s soiree:
As the week progresses the XLV parties are kicking it in high gear and last night was no exception. One invitation led me to join a group at “Joule Lot” which is basically the parking lot behind the Joule in downtown Dallas typically used for Neiman Marcus shoppers.
The party was celebrating Don Julio tequila and for the event they flew in Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa Ranero , a charming host. When we arrived there were only a few people milling around the giant tent-turned-dining-room. The tables were elegantly set and cocktails were passed by waitresses more elegant than the tables. As we wandered about I noticed the menu at each place setting and it looked amazing.
Jump for more.Turns out the chef they trucked in was none other than Richard Chamberlain from Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House in Addison. I hunted the chef down and he explained the dinner and his other involvements with the NFL this week. I was looking forward to the grilled quail and goat cheese salad, the 40-day aged grilled tenderloin, corn tortilla crusted fish, and the tres leches cake.
But even more exciting was the Don Julio pairings for the evening and the fact they found another local celeb to prepare the cocktails. After squinting a bit I realized it was the un-mustached barman from Cedars Social, Michael Martenson. He kicked up some nice tequila based drinks, but the best pairing for the evening came with the tres leches which was a simple flute of Don Julio 1942 Anejo. The tequila is a commemorative bottle marking the anniversary of the distillery when the Don himself was only 17 years old. This particular tequila has a sweet, dry buttery and caramel flavor with a fruity pineapple finish that makes the tequila very drinkable. And it should for the price tag.
As the evening progressed we made our way to the next event. More on that later if I can recall the details.