This past weekend, we celebrated Fulk Fest 2012 - which is what we coined Eric's 40th Birthday Weekend Celebration (Eric Fulkerson... Fulk Fest... you get the point).
All four of us left work, dogs, house, bills, and everything that makes us worry to spend one awesome day in Atlanta that revolved around eating and of course, celebrating Eric turning 40. Or as I like to refer to it, Eric turning OLD.
The best part of the weekend, was that each stop was a surprise for Eric - literally - his lovely wife planned this whole thing and he didn't even know it!
First stop was Holy Taco for lunch. We sat outside and had an amazing lunch which involved tequila drinks, limonada loca and fried chicken heart tacos as well as pork belly sandwiches and chorizo quesadilla.
Next stop was beer tasting and brewery tour at Red Brick Brewing Company.
We hang out for a while and drank "free" beer, played ping pong (this was Eric's first time playing ping pong... believe it or not).
We didn't realize until we got there that the tour wasn't actually until 4:15pm, so we didn't stay for the tour because we had things to do (check in at the hotel) and places to be (make it to dinner by 7:00pm).
Kerrie had not only managed to get us a reservation at Local Three (Eric's favorite restaurant in Atlanta):
but she had gone the extra 8391 miles and coordinated a Chef's Table for us... in the Kitchen! This was our table:
Birthday (old) boy besides himself with joy when the server told us that we were about to have a 10-course meal with pairings...
So the adventure started:
|Dehydrated Cheddar, Bacon & Thyme Popcorn|
|Heirloom Tomatoes, Avocado & Blue Crab Salad|
with Yogurt Mint Dressing
|Marinated Figs, Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese & Polenta|
|Roasted Monk Fish, Creamed Corn, |
Candied Bacon Relish & Cilantro Puree
This is Mike R. Server - it was about into course 5 that we realized that we didn't know his name! Not because he didn't tell us, but because we were all in another planet when he introduced himself when we first got there. So we asked him... he told us his name was Mike. We still don't know his last name, so we coined him Mike R. Server.
So we asked him to take our picture! The guy in the back, to the right is Tom... they were doing a tour of the kitchen:
We took pictures of each other:
Then we proceeded to eat the next course:
|Seared Duck Breast with Peach & Vidalia Onion Relish|
over Summer Squash Puree
As if we all don't already get enough of commercial kitchens, people at work provided us with entertainment!