I’m so excited to share the experience I had this week hosting a small dinner party at La Brasa with dineoutwith.us, a cool new service that sets up great private menu dinner parties for groups at restaurants in the Boston area.
I think the service is such a great idea because handling group dinners can always be such a hassle. In my friend group, I’m often the one organizing events — whether it be a group birthday celebration or a little college friend reunion, and it can be challenging to set everything up. First, you always have to find restaurants that can accommodate big groups, and it’s often a lot of work to select menus, accommodate allergies, and figure out the potential cost. Another issue is that whenever I end up handling payment at the restaurant with a big group, it can be a hassle to calculate the appropriate cost per person including tip, and it can get quite awkward in dealing with everyone’s unique approach to money.
What I like about dineoutwith.us is that it addresses all of those challenges about group dinners. On their platform, you select the restaurant that you want to host your dinner party at, and you handle everything from menu selection and payment (including tip) before the dinner. Guests RSVP on their platform and can indicate their allergies and dietary restrictions to make sure the restaurant has time to address everything beforehand. That means that the only thing you have to worry about the night of the dinner is showing up and having a good time.
That’s exactly what I did this week with five of my friends at La Brasa, an awesome restaurant featuring globally inspired dishes and cocktails in the most wonderful industrial-chic space in Somerville. And the dinner was no less cool than the platform we booked it on!
We started out our dinner with some raw oysters and housemade bread with an assortment of different spreads.
Then, we enjoyed number of different small plates — some wood roasted oysters with herb lemon butter, an impressive tuna tostada with Serrano and avocado cream, and some pickled squid.
Then, some incredible Swiss chard empanadas with piperade and poached egg, loaded sweet potato with goat cheese, and the most delicious Mexican fried rice with charred scallions and seasonal vegetables that everyone could not stop raving about.
For our main course, I loved that we got a little assortment of a bunch of different things — Achiote roasted salmon, grilled skirt steak, Long Island duck, and a pork chop. For someone who loves trying a little bit of everything, this was perfect!
La Brasa’s incredibly talented Chef Daniel Bojorquez even made an appearance at our table to check in on how we were enjoying the food. We told him how impressed we were with the food, particularly the variety, which isn’t at all surprising given Bojorquez’s background. He’s worked at many esteemed Boston restaurants including L’Espalier, UpStairs on the Square, Aquitaine, and Masa.
And we couldn’t end the night without some of La Brasa’s homemade desserts.
It was really a wonderful evening — when you don’t have to worry about ordering or figuring out the check at the end of the night, it’s so much easier to relax and just enjoy the company that you’ve brought together. Honestly, it felt like I checked my phone and all of a sudden it was 10:30PM — my friends and I were having such a blast! And many who attended that evening told me how much they loved the experience.
If this sounds like fun, then enter the giveaway that dineoutwith.us is hosting — they’re giving away a free five-course dinner for a group of six to La Brasa. Click here to enter!
Thanks to the wonderfully talented Michael Malyszko who captured the event that evening (his photos have a watermark on them in the corner). You can check out more of his impressive work here.
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