On Thursday, January 31, 2002, a group of six of us (Holly, Ed, Ted, Tracy, Wendy, and myself) met for the first monthly meeting of the as-yet-unnamed Supper Club… A group of friends who get together to socialize over great food.
We ate at The Maisonette to take advantage of a special late-dining prie fix menu consisting of a four-course meal with wines chosen to compliment each course. Never one to miss an opportunity to eat foie gras when we find it, Wendy & I added a course of foie gras.
The dinner was exceptional, of course, and some of the desserts were great favorites.
On Wednesday, March 20, 2002, the Supper Club met again. This time, we went to BOCA (another review here). Be aware that the restaurant was rather recently bought by a new chef, David Falk. Many of the reviews and websites you might find are from the old restaurant’s previous owner, Dan Reis.
This time, we were eight people… Ed, Holly, Ted, Tracy, Wendy, John, Wendy, and myself. BOCA was loud and hopping when we arrived for our 8:15 reservation.
The food was out of this world… As usual, “foie gras” on the menu means that Wendy and I will order it, which we did. An excellently prepared, large portion of foie gras was brought to the table, and believe it or not, we actually shared with the rest of the table! We discussed taking advantage of the tasting menu that David offers, but decided not to since we found it to be somewhat restrictive.
All the food was excellent, and the wine choices were awesome. The restaurant even did something special to celebrate Tracy’s birthday, which was an unexpected treat. A visit from Chef David rounded out the evening.
Some Supper Club business… We’ve got a name! After discussion, it was decided that the formal name of the group should be “Le Club des Amuse-Bouches du Dî®¥r” (thanks to Guillome for helping me with the French!). The common name will be “The Happy Mouth Supper Club“. The name seems to fit the tone and focus of our group. Beyond that, we also firmed up our ‘who gets to pick next month’s restaurant’ process, and it seems like it will work extremely well.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2002, the HAPPY MOUTH SUPPER CLUB met again for dinner and socializing.
In attendance were Ted, Tracy, John, Ed, Holly, Wendy, and Andrew. The choice of destination was Ed’s tonight, and he selected a landmark Italian restaurant in downtown Cincinnati… Scotti’s.
Scotti’s is a great little restaurant, seating maybe 40-50 people. The walls are covered with thousands of little pieces of broken ceramic tiles, and the ceiling is lined with hundreds of wicker wine bottle covers. It’s a very interesting place… Sometimes, at lunch, there will be an arguement in the kitchen and it will spill out into the restaurant. It’s not uncommon to hear Marco yelling at the top of his lungs to the back of the house!
Dinner was very good… I dined on osso buco which was excellent, and Wendy and I shared a half-order of “hot motz” — motzerella covered with a broad sheet of pasta, baked, and covered in Scotti’s spicy diavlo sauce.
The Happy Mouth Supper Club met on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at Song Phung Vietnamese Restaurant in Forest Park.
Present were: Wendy, Andrew, Ted, Tracy, Holly, Ed, Jay, John, and Kristy. The staff at the restaurant took very good care of us, feeding us almost to the bursting point and serenading us with Vietnamese karaoke (almost as surreal as you imagine!).
We had Vietnamese seafood crepes, goi cuon, and a seafood soup for nine that was out of this world. We finished up with sesame balls stuffed with mung bean paste, a Vietnamese sweet.
It was quite a good time, and our cheapest Happy Mouth yet!
The June meeting of the Happy Mouth club was last night, June 5. In attendance were Ted, Tracy, John, Kristy, Wendy B., Wendy W., Drew, and Jay. Holly & Ed were excused because they’re having a baby.
We met at Maury’s Tiny Cove in the west side. Maury’s is a steak place, and the steaks were delicious!
The July 2002 meeting of the HAPPY MOUTH SUPPER CLUB was July 27, 2002 at STURKEY’S in Wyoming, Ohio.
There were nine of us this time: Ted, Tracy, John, Ed, Holly, Jay, Wendy B., Wendy W., and Andrew. And BOY did we feast!
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On Wednesday, August 14, 2002, the Happy Mouth Supper Club met at GRAND FINALE in Glendale.
It was a great time for the eight of us that made it to the meeting… Holly, Ed, Andrew, Wendy, Ted, Tracy, Jay, and John.
We enjoyed scrumptious appetizers like Ahi Tuna, exceptional entrees like Lobster Linguine, Crabmeat Crepes, and other great dishes.
However, when you’re going to Grand Finale, it’s important to save room for their desserts! They’re simply amazing. Generously portioned, the desserts excell on every front. We enjoyed the Apple Crisp, a mountainous Chocolate Cordial Pie that was awesome, a fresh berry mousse, and much more.
It was an enjoyable, waistline-expanding night out!