When I started this blog four years ago, I honestly didn’t know much about food blogs other than a few I admired for words, others for photography and occasionally both. I didn’t have a sense of the food community here and certainly didn’t expect to receive invitations to events, or in the case of this post, a private home, to share in something special in an unbelievable environment ( my apologies for the iPhone shots!).
I’ve bounced around Atlanta a bit, and while living in Midtown I’ve always admired The Ponce building on the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon. Midtown certainly doesn’t have a lack of high rises for in town dwellers, but this building is different in a city known for knocking down history at every turn. The building opened its doors as The Ponce de Leon apartments in 1913 and converted to condos in the 80s.
A few months ago I received a late invite to check out the West Sherrywood Supper Club hosted at the Ponce, by a person I wasn’t very familiar with, Robert Lupo, a sous chef at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur. The name might not be familiar to me, but I certainly have hit up Leon’s several times for the fantastic cocktails, beer list, and yes, the food as well.
The food at Leon’s is definitely meat-centric, however Robert’s wife is a vegetarian and therefore eats a mostly vegetarian diet at home, and going out for dinner events can be a challenge. He’s known other couples with this same challenging situation and wanted to put on a supper club with the same high-end ideals of wine & beer dinners held at restaurants, but with an entirely vegetarian menu.
I won’t delve in too deeply into the specific menu items, as they change with every supper club, but I, and my dining companion that evening, Tami enjoyed our meal and beverage pairings thoroughly. My favorite items were a white asparagus panna cotta with pecorino, arugula, horseradish emulsion paired with a Hefe Weizen and a salt-baked celery root “marrow bone.” with smoked celery root puree, parmesan crisp, thyme-potato casserole paired with a riesling.
After the five course meal, all of the dinner guests, glasses of Sauternes in hand, enjoyed an amazing view of the Midtown skyline and learned a bit more about the history of the building.
West Sherrywood’s next dinner will be held this Sunday, July 28th, and will be their first all vegan dinner. I’m not privy to the menu, but they’ve hinted on their Instagram account that chanterelles will be involved. The suggested donation for the dinner is $75 and reservations can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information including photos from past events and to stay updated on future dinners which happen every other month or so, keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram.