Last week I was so happy to do another dineoutwith.us dinner at Troquet on South, a modern French restaurant which relocated from its long-time location on Boylston St. to South Street (in the Leather District) last year. It has always been known for both its amazing food — appetizers like cold smoked Hamachi crudo and sweet crab fitters, and entrées like roasted Rohan duck and prime beef ribeye — and its impressive wine program (they offer more than 50 wines by the glass!).
As with some of my other recent excursions, we booked the dinner through dineoutwith.us. The menu this time was a four-course dinner with a wine seminar given by Troquet’s owner and Sommelier, Chris Campbell.
If you haven’t heard of dineoutwith.us, or read about my previous dinners that I’ve hosted through the platform, it’s a service that arranges unique group dinner experiences at restaurants in the Boston area. I love it because it addresses all of the issues that come up with group dining — finding a restaurant that can accommodate a large group, accommodating for each guest’s allergies and dietary aversions, and what can sometimes be awkward payment situations. Through dineoutwith.us, you book and pay for your entire meal (including tip) before dinner. That way when you arrive, all you have to do is focus on enjoying yourself!
And a good time is exactly what my friends and I had last week at Troquet! With every course, we got a tasting of one or two wines, and an overview of the wines from Chris. I loved learning so much throughout the entire dinner — I left with so much knowledge about wine and how to make a good pairing.
(By the way, dineoutwith.us and Troquet are offering you and five friends a chance to win the same dinner my friends and I enjoyed. More details on that here!)
We started the evening with some amuse bouche — a Hamachi crudo, and a delicious octopus dish.
After our amuse bouche, we had a wonderful dish of scallops, black truffle vinaigrette, lentils, baby bock chop, and golden raisins. It paired perfectly with the two white wines we tried.
For our next course, one of Troquet’s most popular dishes, their Ricotta Cavatelli with wild mushroom and parmesan. I can tell why everyone loves it, and it was made even better by the Pinot Noir with which Chris paired it.
Our last course before dessert was a roasted Rohan duck, completed with turnips, beets, griottine cherries, and a port glaze.
We ended the night with a cheese course (my favorite!) and a wonderful dessert wine.
Can you tell how much fun we had?
It’s so easy to relax and enjoy when you get all of the details of your dinner taken care of beforehand. That’s why my friends and I always have a blast doing these dineoutwith.us dinners. I think it’s the perfect way to arrange for things like a birthday or graduation dinner, a celebration with friends on a college reunion weekend, or just an excuse to bring some friends together for a fun night.
For more details on dineoutwith.us and how it works, check out the video below, which features some scenes from our dinner at Troquet on South, as well as the previous dinners I’ve hosted with dineoutwith.us at La Brasa and L’Espalier.
If this sounds like fun, be sure to enter the drawing for a dinner for six at Troquet on South here!
Finally, thanks to the incredibly talented, Michael Malyszko for capturing the evening. You can check out more of his impressive work here.
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