It was a week ago tonight that I drove into a nearby and charming neighborhood in an area of Milwaukee outside of my typical 3 mile radius to join some friends for a new dining experience. My friends Mike and Ericka purchased an in-home six-course sushi dinner for eight people at Next Act Theatre’s Bravo event last summer, and they were kind enough to invite me to join in on the fun.
Of course, I had to have a little fun with the theme!
The dinner would be prepared and served by “2 Tall Sushi” – a team of wonderful folks that offer up dining experiences to raise money for non-profit and charitable organizations. They each have their day jobs, but enjoy giving back to the community by sharing their talents in the kitchen!
We started off with small talk, meeting new friends, and sipping on various pre-dinner drinks.
Then, as we sat down at a beautifully dressed table, we were served edamame, both standard style and marinated (yum!). An exquisite asparagus dish followed. Such amazing flavor! And, then…Miso soup (which will become my new go-to for a healthy, yet filling dish).
I may not get the exact order of the evening correct – it’s been a full week, friends! 😉 But, I think the tempura came next. Absolutely delicious broccoli, shrimp and more – lightly battered to perfection!
After that, the gluttony began (at least for me – I don’t turn down sushi or maki!).
First, please allow me to share this photo of my friend Mike (not the host Mike, but the fellow guest Mike)…
Without exception, all of the diners’ tastebuds, sinuses, and tear ducts were surprised by the “hidden” wasabi in the sushi that was served up prior to the maki. As we would quickly discover, our chefs added wasabi between the seafood and the rice.
As I always do, unknowingly, I loaded up my sushi with wasabi (on top of the seafood), and took a big bite. And…WOW! I managed it, but not without serious clearing of my sinuses! (our li’l secret: I liked it!)
In my haste to exchange my dying phone for a new one, I think I accidentally lost the sushi pics. Sorry, folks! Aside from the hidden wasabi, they looked like traditional salmon and tuna sushi.
Following this sushi course, our servers allowed us to have a nice pause for lovely cup of tea.
And, then came the maki… Spicy tuna, rainbow roll, spider maki, and Unagi (with double servings of a few of these – because they were THAT GOOD!).
By this time, we were all feeling satisfied and full. The only dish left… You guessed it – dessert! Green tea ice cream!
After dessert, we chatted, exchanged stories, laughed (there is likely a sitcom coming out within a few years that I will key y’all into – MUST SEE TV based on the stories told over this dinner), and just had a great time enjoying the company!
Y’all KNOW I had a good time when I didn’t even begin to head home until after 9:30PM on a Sunday night. I’m lame, and I don’t stay up that late!
Who could leave when the food was so excellent, the company was both lovely and hilarious, and the cause was such a good one?!?
Here’s to supporting the arts in Milwaukee (thank you, 2 Tall Sushi!), and to enjoying quality time (and really good food) with great folks!