When my parents came to visit two weeks ago, we asked them to babysit Reed and we headed out to Frederick with our good friends Jen and Dustin Simon to enjoy the six-course tasting menu in the chef's dining room. The meal was just outstanding. We had to wait a few minutes before being seated, and we all enjoyed drinks in the bar (I definitely enjoyed three cocktails before the night was over - my first alcohol since last July, when we found out we were expecting!). After being seated in the kitchen, I promptly took some pictures of the scene, including one of Chef Voltaggio talking to his staff.
|Diners at Table 21|
|Chef Voltaggio talks to one of his waitstaff|
My one complaint with the evening was that Chef Voltaggio did not come up to each table to say hello. I kind of feel that a greeting from him should be part of the experience. After all, it is the Chef's Dining Room, right? He did hang out at the table next to us for quite a while, as one of the guests (a weird European who had somehow torn the back of his shirt up the seam) asked if he could draw a portrait of the chef on a dinner plate. After the three cocktails, I was a little tipsy and Jeff and Jen said that I was staring at Chef Voltaggio. Whatever. I did get this nice close-up picture of him. Jeff and I were a little surprised at his tats, as he seemed more clean-cut on the show.
|Chef talking to table of weird Europeans|
Of course, I desperately wanted a picture with the chef, but was too shy to ask, so after dinner, Jen was awesome and asked one of the waitstaff if the chef could come out for a picture. We had to wait 10 minutes or so, but he did come out and we got the shot. A little out of focus, but proof that we were there! He was very nice and even played along when I told him I thought he had gotten hosed and should have won his season. His response: "So did I!". So cool.
|We were there!|