After our delicious brunch last Sunday, we headed to the Elms to help out with the Bridal Tasting; our first of these hosted since the renovations began. This wedding extravaganza would also feature an array of foods prepared by our new chef Steven Duane Cameron, so I was quite excited.
The hotel ballrooms were looking more gorgeous than ever, especially adorned with decor from our friend Russ, the proprietor of Changing Seasons Florist. I worked the registration table with Jenai and watched as the soon-to-be newlyweds and their families milled around our ever-changing hotel, checking out all of the changes. Kevin, our spa director, and his associates were set up near the front desk, offering an array of Aveda products and inviting folks to try out some paraffin dips.
The food arrived and it was fittingly sumptuous. There was many a rave about the hotel, especially the food, as the brides departed. After the event, we were all too happy to try out the food ourselves. Prosciutto-wrapped figs. Creamy crab salad. Asparagus to die for. Savory crab cakes. My favorite were the quite awesome Thai-chicken lollipops.
The hotel continues to face challenges during renovation, but as we continue to host more and more events, we get more and more of a taste of what's to come. Later in the week, we would host (and attend) the Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner and auction and we would sample some more of the chef's creations, including the delicious chicken (with potato puree and mongo asparagus) dinner and the divine Key lime tart with bruleed marshmallow topping.
I really can't wait to see what's next.