|E²'s Party Dungeon|
|E²'s Party Dungeon|
The party dungeon decor is spacious, simple, yet modern. Though our group had about a dozen or so guests, the space can certainly accommodate a gathering of a much larger size. Our meal was a set eight-course menu, consisting of a generous variety of anti-pasta, two different salads, two small bites, two main courses, and a dessert, each of which was a flavorful and undoubtedly thoughtful creation.
Although all of the anti-pasta items were fabulous, the clear favorite among our group was the Gorgonzola Mess. Lucky for me, as a supporter of E²'s Kickstarter project on the party dungeon, I had been gifted the recipe for this dish. I haven't tried making it yet, but when I do, I know it'll be a crowd-pleaser.
After some anti-pasta, BYOB wine, and general mingling, we were seated for dinner. I loved both our salad courses. Salads can so often be mediocre; the Big Fat Salad - a perfect balance of fresh greens, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar - was anything but. The Heirloom Caprese Salad, likewise, was a tasty twist to the typical caprese salad.
|Big Fat Salad|
|Heirloom Caprese Salad|
Our small bites consisted of Arancini with Marinara, which were essentially deep fried rice balls served with a marinara sauce and shaved cheese, and Beans and Greens with Sausage, which was lovely, and I'm not even a big fan of beans.
|Arancini with Marinara|
|Beans and Greens with Sausage|
Then came our main courses. I was very intrigued by the Rabbit Ragu, served with grilled baguette, Saint-andre cheese, and a light tomato broth, as I'm not sure I've had rabbits before and I'm (almost) always up for trying something new and different. Though the Rabbit Ragu was delicious, I'd have to say my favorite course of the evening was the Tortellini with Chive Butter, Pine Nuts, and Chiles, which was absolutely heavenly, and I say this as someone who's generally not into stuffed pastas.
|Tortellini with Chive Butter, Pine Nuts, and Chiles|
We rounded out the meal with a decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding: a perfect end to a perfect dinner.
|Chocolate Bread Pudding|
To sum up, I think it is safe to say that our entire party was hugely impressed by the quality of our dinner at E²; it was an exceptional meal and a fabulous celebration to remember. For more perspective on this meal, check out SaborPgh's post.
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